WELCOME TO
AVOCA

Avoca Insurance Brokers are proud members of the largest insurance broker network in Australasia, the Steadfast Group. As a Steadfast network insurance broker, you get the best of both worlds – local and personalised service, with the insurance expertise and support of a large organisation.

about avoca

Our company heart beat is “rewards with respect” which epitomises how we do business. We believe in integrity and trust above all and by focusing on servicing clients’ needs to the highest levels we know the rewards will come.

We believe in dealing with people the way we would like to be treated; such that what is best for you, our clients, will also be the best for us.
You will come to us as an unknown but go away as a trusted friend.

Our business philosophy is based on a triple bottom line agenda (economic, community and environmental) and we strive not only to make the business economically successful but also to contribute and put back into our community and to operate a business that is environmentally aware and friendly.

Our Purpose

We see our purpose as being ‘To provide certainty and peace of mind to clients through the mitigation and handling of risk’. In alignment with ‘rewards with respect’ our positioning statement is “When nothing is too much trouble, when you need reliability, and certainty it is done right, we can be trusted.” So many of our existing clients have been referred by other clients which is testament to our philosophy and purpose.

Background

Our founder, Charles Elders, has worked in the industry both in Europe and in Australia since 1982. Avoca began with a portfolio of wonderful clients who have been very supportive and who have been pivotal in helping us create something unique. It is our intention that we grow our business mirroring these current client relationships.

mEET THE aVOCA tEAM

Charlie Elders

The force behind the team. 

Charlie founded Avoca in 2005 and has worked in the insurance broking industry for over 35 years. Completing a double major in Finance and Management, together with a number of insurance industry qualifications, he has experience both in the Australian and European markets. 

He is reliable and committed to establish that the service provided to this clients is the very best, plus ensuring strong and enduring relationships are developed and trust is built. 

Often starting his day on his bike or doing laps in a pool, Charlie lives a healthy lifestyle and loves to take his second wife, a 1977 red Porsche 911 out for a drive.

Carolyn Iddles

Brace yourselves! With over 30 years of experience in the accounting sector, Carolyn is one of the oldest employees of the Avoca team. The gentle soul of the office, calm and collected, her commitment, flexibility and willingness to adapt are commendable. 

Besides spending time in her natural habitat, the tennis court, Carolyn is often found on her yoga mat or busy cooking up a creative storm in her kitchen. 

Her motto – If you haven’t got the correct ingredient use something that looks the same! 

Mia-Carla Tree

A kid of the bush, the office problem solver and straight shooter Mia-Carla has been in the insurance industry since 2001. She knows you have a business to run, and will ensure no questions go unanswered!

Mia does not have the phrase “impossible” in her dictionary. Whatever is unknown, becomes an enchanting challenge for her.

In her spare time, you will find her in the Perth Hills, enjoying family life or in a hidden watering hole – talking about work-of-course! She never stops, and she absolutely loves what she does. 

Kris Hackett

Kris holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and in the past, has worked in senior positions as a loan officer and has been with Avoca ever since it was founded in 2005.

She spends way more time getting things done than she does chatting away with us in the office. She is very accurate with her work and pays attention to the finer details.

In her spare time she enjoys the beach, takes walks along the coast and loves holidaying on Rottnest Island with her family. 

Elaine McNicholas

Elaine moved to Australia to test the waters and loved it so much she now lives here with her family. She has been with the Avoca family since 2019 and says she is the hardworking and honest Irish girl that wants the best for everyone at work and at home. 

She will hands down provide her clients with the best options!

When she is not looking after others, she likes to enjoy “me time” walking along the beach, sipping bubbles and camping with the family. 

Julie Potter

Julie has previously worked in real estate doing advertising and is our claims support hero. She makes sure our customers get fast and informative responses to their claims lodgements and queries. 

When she is not dealing with copious amounts of paperwork in the office, she loves spending time with her family, especially Simba her cat!

Her wish is to take her boys to Bali, put her feet up and have a great time!

Michelle Bremner

Be it personal or commercial, Michelle loves any insurance talk. Having worked in the insurance industry for over 9 years, she still enjoys getting to know her customers expectations, and performing a thorough needs analysis to find an optimal solution for her clients. 

A mother of 4 boys, who likes to spend her weekends outdoors with family and friends. 

Alison Lewis

It’s Alison not Allison!

The lady of the office, linguist and financial lines expert, says she is older than she looks. 

She also has been in the industry for quite some time. Her preferred sector is the not for profit/community groups as she enjoys helping those who help others. 

Her rescue pup – Milo the Rottweiler – gives her an almost unlimited supply of excuses not to do any gardening.