About Us

Austock Life is one of the leading specialist issuer of insurance bonds. Its core Imputation Bond product offers investors an expansive investment menu and strategy-based avenues for incorporating "tax-paid" lump sums into financial plans to meet life-event objectives. These include education funding, home ownership and estate planning as an accessible alternative to superannuation.

Austock Life operates as a registered life insurance company under the Life Insurance Act 1995 and also holds an Australian Financial Services Licence under the Corporations Act. As an emerging financial products provider, the company's business strategy is to use its life office structure to design, manufacture and distribute creative "tax-paid" investment products.

Martyn Pickersgill
Chairman and
Non-Executive Director
(James) Eric Barr (CA)
Non-Executive Director
Ross Higgins
Managing Director
Martyn Pickersgill has had a long and distinguished career in financial services, including 12 years as Managing Director of the IOOF Australia Group. Prior to this, he was financial controller for the Australian Natives Association (now Australian Unity). More recently, Martyn held the role of Executive Director of the Australian Friendly Societies Association for over 10 years retiring in 2005. He is formerly Chairman of Transport Health and currently chairman of Transport Friendly Society Ltd. Eric was appointed a Director in March 2015. He is a Chartered Accountant who retired from PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2000 after 20 years’ service as a tax partner providing multi-disciplinary services to numerous clients. He is experienced in providing tax-expert forensic reports for litigation matters. Eric is the Chairman of Austock Group Ltd. He has been a director of public and private companies in the United States and Australia and is currently Deputy Chairman of Beacon Lighting Group Ltd and a Director of Asia Pacific Stock Exchange Ltd. Ross established Austock's life office business in 2001 and originated the Imputation and ChildBuilder Bond products. He has over 25 years financial services experience at senior executive levels, including over 12 years with IOOF. Ross has specialist experience with product development, marketing, taxation and the regulation of life insurance, superannuation and managed funds. His career also includes over 10 years as a financial services lawyer and he has had considerable involvement in legislative reviews and government lobbying relevant to financial services.
Jonathon Tooth
Non-Executive Director
Jonathan was appointed a Director in October 2012. He has over 20 years experience in providing corporate advisory servcies to ASX listed and unlisted small cap companies. He is a principal of Henslow Pty Ltd, which specialises in equity capital markets, strategy and planning, and mergers and aquisitions. Jonathan previously was employed for 10 years as a Director of Austock Corporate Finance. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Austock Group Ltd, Vita Life Sciences Limited and Sensera Ltd.