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
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 was the Chairman of Austock Group Ltd until 18 July 2017. 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.
Chris Freeman
Warner Bastian (FAICD)
Non-Executive Director
Chris was appointed a director and Chairman in November 2017. He has over 40 years’ experience in the financial services industry in Australia and overseas. He currently serves as Chairman of Templeton Growth Fund Limited, MiFund Pty Limited and of the Advisory Board to Barrons Magazine. He is a Strategic Consultant to BT Financial Group and Distribution Consultant to BT Investment Management. Chris has a strong reputation in the wealth management industry and has extensive contact with financial advisers, having been General Manager for Advisor Distribution at BT for many years leading up to his recent retirement. He is a Chartered Accountant, a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Warner was appointed a Director in March 2017. He had previously been a Director of Austock Life from 2007, retiring in 2015. He is the former Managing Director of Guild Commercial Limited, the insurance and financial services arm of The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, a position he occupied for 19 years.

Warner's career spans over 50 years in insurance and financial services, including directorships with the Master Builders' Housing Fund Limited, Austock Insurance Brokers Ltd and Folkestone Real Estate Management Limited. He is currently a member of the Compliance Committee for Mutual Ltd.