Our People

Our Team Awesome is focused on a true customer centric approach through specialising in understanding business and personal risk and addressing both through expertise, focus on service and value.

Our Executives

We have an experienced leadership team in place to drive us into the future. Our company is led by CEO and founding member, Michael Petersen, whose entrepreneurial skills have guided the company from a small start up to a significant player in the financial services industry. The importance of people is underpinned in our Vision, they are the centre of our business.  Our People are passionate about working together and are experts at what they do.

Founder and CEO

Michael Petersen

Chief Operating Officer

Sean Pretorius

Executive Head: Human Capital

Deseree van den Berg

Founder and CEO

Michael Petersen

Chief Operating Officer

Sean Pretorius

Executive Head: Human Capital

Deseree van den Berg

Account Executives

Our team of insurance brokers are experts in their respective fields, focusing on acquiring only the most cost effective insurance solutions for you without compromising on cover or service. With years of service in the insurance industry, you can rest assured in the knowledge you are in safe hands.

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RBS Employee - Pierre Du Preez
Executive Head: Corporate

Pierre Du Preez

Account Executive

Niel Dobrowsky

Account Executive

Welna Nel

Account Executive

Barry Williams

Account Executive

David Zetner

Personal Lines Key Account Manager

Zingisile Bam

Account Executive

Jaime De Lancey

General Manager Gauteng

Lesley Richardson

Strategic Account Manager & Global

Annelie Smith

Account Executive

Jeff Singer

Account Executive

Singeon Green

Account Executive

Colin Van Zyl

Account Executive

Gareth Hennessy

Account Executive

Daneel Lucas

Account Executive

Bryan Eybers

Account Executive

Venessa Smuts

Account Executive

Andy Wesson

Account Executive

Marine Nel

Account Executive

Shelia Knight-Dawson

Account Executive

Leshe James

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Account Executive

Cornell Strydom

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High Net Worth Consultant

Tracy du Plessis

Account Executive

Bronia Le Roux

Account Executive

Noel Harvey

Account Executive

Desiree Jennings

Account Executive

Henk Nel

Account Executive

Rob Rusnati

Account Executive

Roger Morello

Corporate Account Executive

Hellen Sekete

Marine Specialist

Missy Good

RBS Employee - Pierre Du Preez

Executive Head: Corporate

Pierre Du Preez

Embarking on his professional journey at Willis Towers Watson, Pierre seamlessly transitioned into roles with a specialized focus on the intricate realms of manufacturing and mining sectors. His tenure at Willis was marked by a dedication to excellence and a deep understanding of the complexities within these industries.

Transitioning to AFGRI, Pierre shifted his focus to the pivotal domain of agricultural insurance. Here, he demonstrated his unwavering commitment to serving the agricultural community while refining his expertise in risk management within this dynamic sector.

In 2019, Pierre embarked on an exciting new chapter by joining Aon, a move that underscored his commitment to continuous growth and innovation. At Aon, Pierre played an integral role in expanding and fortifying the corporate team, leveraging his adept leadership skills and profound industry knowledge to drive organizational success.

With a proven track record of leadership and a wealth of experience under his belt, Pierre’s contributions were instrumental in navigating complexities and achieving strategic objectives.

In February 2024, Pierre embraced a new challenge as he transitioned to RBS. Armed with a rich tapestry of experiences and insights garnered throughout his career, Pierre is poised to make significant contributions toward advancing the objectives of RBS, embodying the company’s ethos of excellence and innovation.

Account Executive

Niel Dobrowsky

Neil has been in the insurance industry for 13 years. Learning something new everyday fuels his passion for servicing our clients and partnering with them.

He helps them navigate through a complex and crucial component to any business – Insurance and Risk.

Account Executive

Welna Nel

Welna has 18 years’ experience in  Personal and Commercial lines with her current focus being Commercial Insurance. Equally important to product & industry knowledge, she believes that the broker-client relationship is key in identifying and addressing the changing risks a business faces daily.

Account Executive

Barry Williams

Barry has been in the industry for 29 years with the last 20 years specialising in commercial insurance. He thoroughly enjoys the daily challenges and interactions this role brings.

He continuously looks for innovative solutions that is inherent with such a diverse client portfolio.

Account Executive

David Zetner

David has over 40 years’ industry experience, having expertise in the placement of large commercial and corporate type risks.  

David has served on various insurance boards throughout the years.

Personal Lines Key Account Manager

Zingisile Bam

Zingisile has been in the Insurance industry for over 10 years, specialising in the Personal lines Private client portfolio. Having worked for various top insurers and insurance brokerages in the industry, Zingisile brings a wealth of professional experience and knowledge to the team.

Account Executive

Jaime De Lancey

Jaime has been in the insurance industry since 2008, Having started in the ‘mail room’ as it were, working his way up through every department.
This has given Jaime a working knowledge of every cog within the insurance spectrum allowing for accurate advice and solutions to any requirement an organisation may face.

Jaime has a passion for people and his friendly demeanour helps create long-lasting, effective relationships.

General Manager Gauteng

Lesley Richardson

Lesley has been in the Insurance industry for 38 years. Her passion is ensuring clients receive cost-effective solutions that are best suited to their needs.  Lesley is almost as passionate about gardening and golf as she is about insurance!

Strategic Account Manager & Global

Annelie Smith

Annelie joined our team in 2014. She has more than 29 years’ experience in servicing major corporate and global portfolios in Underwriting, Claims and Account Executives.

As a board member of WING (Worldwide Insurance Network Group) and her insurance knowledge she guides our Corporate and Specialty Division.

Account Executive

Jeff Singer

Jeff has been in the Insurance Industry for over 30 years. He specialise in Commercial and High Net Worth Personal Lines Insurance.

Account Executive

Singeon Green

Singeon has over 24 years in the short-term insurance industry and is responsible for the management of various exclusive underwriting facilities involving the protection of assets in the local as well as international markets in the commercial, industrial and marine sectors.

Account Executive

Colin Van Zyl

Colin has been with the group since 2007. He is committed and dedicated to finding the best insurance options for his Commercial clients in this ever-changing risk environment.

Account Executive

Gareth Hennessy

Gareth has been in the insurance industry for over 15 years, He believes that claims are the shop window to your insurance brokerage and excellent client service is the key to any successful business.

Account Executive

Daneel Lucas

After completing his Bcom Law degree through UNISA, Daneel started as a Graduate Trainee at a Global Insurance Brokerage. Daneel has been successful in the client servicing space, being the trusted risk and insurance advisor for major corporate clients throughout his career, ranging from JSE-listed companies, Agriculture, F&B, Pharmaceutical, Co-Op’s etc. Daneel is professional in his everyday tasks and is extremely client focused. He has the product/service knowledge to provide the most professional and accurate advice and solutions relating to any type of company’s risk requirements.

Account Executive

Bryan Eybers

Bryan has been in the insurance industry for over 20 years. He has a depth of knowledge across all insurance types but specialises in agricultural, heavy commercial vehicles, and courier insurance.

Bryan is an innovative thinker and applies his experience and knowledge to create tailor-made solutions for his clients.

Account Executive

Venessa Smuts

Venessa has 31 years of experience in the industry, from working for an insurer to running her own brokerage for 21 years.  

Her specialities lie in servicing personal portfolios, where her ability to identify everyday risks enables her to provide cost-effective products best suited to her client’s needs. Venessa’s values in maintaining a personal relationship with her clients and striving to provide excellent all-around service make her an asset to the role of servicing High Networth clients.

Account Executive

Andy Wesson

Andy joined the insurance industry in 1996. He works with a diverse client base of business owners and builds relationships that last. Business insurance is complex, and Andy has built these relationships by being a trusted adviser to clients to understand and address their needs and requirements. 

Account Executive

Marine Nel

Marine started in the industry in 1999 in a small brokerage representing National Broking companies in Durban and Johannesburg before returning to PE in 2005. 

Having a true passion for customer service in the Commercial space, Marine has excelled in providing a holistic solution approach to business risks. From Assets risk, Marine Transit, Specialised Liabilities and Cyber,  from a beauty salon to a construction site, Marine is comfortable assisting clients with suitable cover for their business risks. Marine holds several insurance qualifications. 

Account Executive

Shelia Knight-Dawson

Sheila has been in the industry for 30 years, specialising in commercial insurance.  She handles a wide variety of clients, which ensures the day-to-day client contact is never dull as no two days are ever the same, so it is impossible ever to be bored. One never knows what new challenge is going to come along needing creative solutions that is why the industry is so interesting.

Account Executive

Leshe James

As a high-net-worth consultant, Leshé excels at helping clients find insurance products tailored to their needs.

She specialises in personal insurance and has the expertise to offer high-net-worth individuals the most innovative and comprehensive solutions possible. Her commitment to building positive relationships with her clients is the cornerstone of her beliefs.

With over 5 years of experience in the insurance industry, Leshé has the skill set, background and credentials to advise you on the best insurance plan for your situation.

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Account Executive

Cornell Strydom

Cornell is a seasoned professional offering a 21-year track record of success in customer servicing and advising of suitable insurance cover for various high-net-worth clients.

She provides in-depth knowledge of evaluating, classifying, and evaluating risks to determine acceptability, coverage and pricing.  Cornell has an outstanding reputation for delivering excellent customer service, quickly building rapport with new and existing clients, and continuously achieving high client satisfaction and loyalty levels.

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High Net Worth Consultant

Tracy du Plessis

Tracy has amassed over two decades of experience in the Insurance industry. After qualifying in 1999 as an Insurance professional, she spent the next nine years gaining precious experience in underwriting. Tracy joined Risk Benefit Solutions in 2008, where she continues to play a fundamental role in the Personal lines department looking after Key Accounts in the   Gauteng region.. Tracy’s commitment to superior customer service is based on her empathetic approach to managing each client’s needs, ensuring they are always exceeded.

Account Executive

Bronia Le Roux

Bronia is a skilled Insurance Broker with 20 years of experience.

She believes that careful and proactive insurance advice can help clients run their businesses with fewer long-term risks and greater peace of mind.

Bronia takes the time to truly understand each client’s unique risk profile when establishing and advising them on their insurance needs. Her key strengths include proactivity, always striving to add value and enhance the client experience, and unwavering commitment to delivering service excellence for all her clients.

Account Executive

Noel Harvey

Noel began his journey in the insurance industry in 1971 and has dedicated 48 years to this field. He spent several years in Natal and Eastern Cape with  Bank & Co-Operative Insurance, affiliated brokerages, and Guardian National. 1991 he established his own brokerage, focusing on various sectors, including Contracting, Commercial, Farming, and Personal risk management solutions. His passion for the industry and deep understanding of his client’s activities have allowed Noel to become a well-known expert among his peers and clients.

Account Executive

Desiree Jennings

Desiree jumped into the insurance industry after she completed her education, starting with a role at her family-owned brokerage. Learning the ropes from the back office thru Underwriting has given Desiree a unique understanding of all the moving parts in the insurance ecosystem. Her comprehensive knowledge, qualifications and experience have allowed her to excel in personal and commercial insurance and, over the last five years, have driven a focus on the Sectional Title domain.

Account Executive

Henk Nel

Henk began his career at Hoskens in 1987. Working around South Africa, he was involved in risk management for several significant construction projects, including the Lesotho Highlands Water project. This experience propelled Henk to lend his expertise to managing various important accounts, such as Eskom. In 1997,  he established Thor Insurance Brokers (Pty) Ltd and successfully grew the business until its sale in 2023 to RBS. His passion for business admired.

Account Executive

Rob Rusnati

Kicking off his career with Price Forbes in 1977, Rob has held several director positions within the Insurance industry and managed large national accounts, including Eskom. He offers a wealth of knowledge in complex risk management environments. His early career included professional football, and he is now great credit to the RBS team. Rob’s significant experience provides him with vast knowledge of complex risk environments that continues to benefit his clients. 

Account Executive

Roger Morello

Roger has over 20 years of knowledge in the Insurance industry, allowing him to offer a rich blend of knowledge and expertise. His proficiency spans commercial and personal insurance, where he has developed in-depth knowledge that provides significant value for his clients . Combined with his genuine dedication to forging and maintaining client relationships Roger consistently delivers exceptional client service and peace of mind.

Corporate Account Executive

Hellen Sekete

Hellen started her insurance career over three decades ago, building her expertise in the global and corporate insurance arena. This included valuable experience from claims handling to underwriting, risk management consulting and extensive account management. Hellen is vested in her clients’ successes, using her invaluable knowledge and expertise to develop customised solutions for her clients, no matter the complexities and requirements.

Marine Specialist

Missy Good

Missy is a Marine Specialist and has been in the insurance industry for 24 years, including working in the UK for two years. Her career has allowed her to focus on the marine insurance segment for the last fifteen years, dealing with commercial and corporate clients, both locally and internationally. Her significant wealth of experience provides RBS’s clients with a unique skill set in the marine insurance market.

Employee Value Proposition

At RBS we strive to Attract, Acquire and Develop a diverse workforce and foster a culture that celebrates individuation and growth through valuing differences of opinion, encouraging open debate, active listening and innovation.

Our team of insurance brokers are experts in their respective fields, focusing on acquiring only the most cost effective insurance solutions for you without compromising on cover or service. With years of service in the insurance industry, you can rest assured in the knowledge you are in safe hands.