Board and Advisors

Our board and advisors give Montoux the strategic direction to drive innovation and change for life and health insurers.

The Montoux board

Claudia van der Salm

Claudia van der Salm

Claudia brings extensive executive insurance experience from Europe, USA, and Asia Pacific, most notably in her recent roles as Chief Investment Officer and Chief Risk Officer, Transamerica Life at Aegon. She has a passion for building the future of insurance and creating life time value for all stakeholders involved.

Charles Hett

Charles Hett

Charles has wide-ranging experience of Financial Services businesses internationally; both as a consultant and in various insurance company roles. Charles established and led the Deloitte actuarial team for the last 10 years.

Serge van Dam

Serge van Dam

Chair Person

Serge is a full time director of multiple high growth tech companies. He was previously CMO of M-Com, driving its growth to be the world’s leading mobile banking platform - acquired by NASDAQ-listed Fiserv in 2011.

Scott Houston

Scott Houston

Scott Houston was the founder and CEO of GreenButton, an award winning global cloud-computing software company. GreenButton was acquired by Microsoft in May 2014 and Scott now works with other Hi-Tech companies that are expanding offshore.

Sam Knowles

Sam Knowles

Sam was the founding CEO of KiwiBank, and has worked extensively in governance for growth companies, including as chairman at Xero and a Director of Synlait Ltd, both publicly listed companies.

Allan Dawson

Allan Dawson

Allan brings a wealth of governance, financial and international business experience to the Montoux Board, with a passion for supporting organisations and industries undergoing transformational change.  Currently serving as Chair of SaaS training software provider - Arlo Software Limited and a Board member of New Zealand's Electricity Authority (the industry regulator). Allan is a Chartered Accountant.

Advisors

Peter Le Beau

Peter Le Beau, MBE, FCII, JP

Peter Le Beau is one of the best known consultants in life and health insurance protection; he began his career at British and European and in 1981 moved to Swiss Re where he was initially Head of Underwriting and later became Head of UK Marketing.

He left in 2001 to set up an independent consultancy, Le Beau Visage, which focused  on differentiation in the Protection sector. 

After starting Le Beau Visage, Peter joined forces with Andy Couchman of Bank House to form The Protection Review, which holds the pre-eminent event in the UK protection calendar; he set up a strategic discussion group called The-Net-Work which continues through the pandemic as the Virtual Network and celebrates its 20th birthday in May 2021 and in 2005 Peter and Clive Waller (CWC Research) set up the Income Protection Task Force to promote a greater awareness of the value of the product.IPTF staged the Seven Families campaign which is acknowledged as the most effective awareness campaign the UK protection industry has ever mounted.

Peter was a non-executive Chairman of Fineos, and a non-executive Director of Red Arc, HCB Group  and Exeter  Friendly before stepping down from those roles.

Peter was a regular contributor to Health Insurance, Financial Adviser, TechLink  and Money Marketing. He was also Course Director for the Strategic Marketing module run by the  Swiss Re Academy for several years. 

In 2007 Cover magazine voted Peter the most influential person in the UK protection industry over the previous 10 years and in 2009 he was voted Health Insurance magazine’s Personality of the Year. Peter was awarded the MBE for services to the Insurance Industry and Charity in 2009.