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Executive Management

Our Executive Management team includes the CEO, Bruce Watson and our Chief Officers who are each responsible for key areas of the business.

This team reports to the Board and drives our people towards the vision and goals of the organisation, bound by our corporate values of excellence, integrity, responsiveness and respect.

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Bruce Watson - Chief Executive Officer
MOL, Dip Fin Services, FAICD, FASFA

Commencing as WorkCover Queensland CEO on 1 January 2017, Bruce was previously CEO of Mine Wealth and Wellbeing Super Fund for 11 years and was awarded “Executive of the Year” in 2010 by the Fund Executive Association for his contributions to
business and industry. Bruce is a highly experienced and proven CEO, recognised by industry for delivering sustainable financial performance and customer service excellence in the financial services sector. Bruce is committed to achieving WorkCover's vision of being Australia's leading workers' compensation insurer by driving the delivery of technologically advanced claims management platforms and outstanding customer experience.

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David Heley - Deputy Chief Executive Officer

David has more than 20 years' experience in the finance and insurance sector. As Deputy CEO and CFO, David's focus is on ensuring a strong financial position now and into the future. His group provides corporate and financial strategies to secure WorkCover as Australia's best workers' compensation insurer. David is responsible for all of the company’s financial functions, including accounting, audit, treasury, corporate finance, governance, risk, data and analytics functions that support the business.

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Janine Reid - Chief Legal Officer
BLaws, MBA, GIA (Cert), GAICD

Janine has worked in personal injuries for over 20 years. Her knowledge and experience in personal injuries support her ability to manage our common law strategy and legal panel. She is also responsible for providing legal advice and strategy to the business, the WorkCover Board and engaging with external stakeholders. Janine is also the company secretary.

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Emma Wright - Chief People Officer

Emma is a trusted, authentic leader who displays personal commitment and inspires others, leading with a vision that values people. With over 13 years’ experience in corporate services and human resources within the utilities and insurance industries, she builds and leads high performing and diverse teams with a strong focus on culture and employee experience. As Chief People Officer, Emma leads the People Group, a team that is driven to transform WorkCover into a contemporary organisation that’s highly adaptive for the future of work.

Barbara Martin - Chief New Claims Officer photo
Barbara Martin - Chief New Claims Officer
BBehSc, MRehabCounsel

Barb is an accomplished Executive Leader and industry expert with over 20 years’ experience in claims management. As Chief New Claims Officer, Barb’s focus is on improving the registration, determination and onboarding of customers as they start their claims journey with us. She is dedicated to supporting innovative ideas and streamlining processes to allow her teams to deliver high quality
and efficient services. Barb is passionate about supporting people to develop and achieve their best in a performance and customer focused culture.

Leah Plimmer - Chief Claims Management Officer photo
Leah Plimmer - Chief Claims Management Officer

Leah is a highly-regarded insurance executive with extensive experience in life insurance and superannuation claims spanning more than 30 years. Leah has previously held roles at Commonwealth Bank’s CommInsure division and with Australian Retirement Trust. Leah brings to her role of Chief Claims Management Officer a broad skillset in claims management, underwriting, operations and risk management and is committed to making a positive difference to our customers. A passionate leader, Leah loves to create stimulating, innovative and dynamic environments and driving positive culture and engagement with her team and the broader organisation.

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Claudia Lajeunesse - Chief Digital Information Officer
MA (Honours), MOrgLdrship, FinTech SBS

Claudia has extensive experience leading digital teams in Australia and Europe, with a strong focus on transforming organisations and creating exceptional digital experiences for customers. Claudia leads the Digital and Technology Group at WorkCover Queensland, aiming to create a seamless collaboration that drives a culture of connection through tools that support and produce great work. She will also oversee the development and delivery of our Digital Transformation Portfolio through a multi-year program of work, targeting core renewal and digital identity.

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Marc Dennett - Chief Partnerships and Relationships Officer
MBA, GradDipMgt, GradCertBus

Marc has more than 20 years’ experience in injury management and prevention. He has previously held senior roles at WorkCover Queensland, the Office of Industrial Relations and was previously the Queensland member of the Heads of WorkSafe Authorities. Marc leads the Partnerships and Relationships Group, focusing on building trusted networks, engaging our stakeholders and industry associations to help support and deliver strategic and sustainable outcomes for our customers.