About Us

Honesty, Integrity, Understanding and Service

Alex Cohn

Managing Director

T: 02 8052 3997   M: 0405 217 760  

Ag Guard was founded in 2013 by Alex Cohn who has been involved in the agricultural
finance and insurance markets since 2000. Alex’s affinity with agriculture started with
his degree in Agricultural Business at Gatton College. He has since lived in numerous
country towns and appreciates the day-to-day challenges facing the agricultural

After cofounding one of the largest insurance underwriting agencies, Rural Affinity, in
2006, Alex saw through his exposure to the insurance broking market, an opening for a
network of committed and passionate insurance specialists all driven by the same core
values with a desire and willingness to provide the best insurance service to farmers
across Australia.

Alex is excited to start the next chapter in Ag Guard’s story and share his experience
and commitment to the rural insurance industry with the broking community. Alex
is responsible for crop underwriting, insurer and broker relationships and the overall
strategy for the business.

Martin Birch

Director - Technical

T: 02 80520 3997   M: 0401 557 278  

Martin has a family farming background in South Africa. His corporate experience includes
Senior Management roles as a property banker for Nedcor Investment Bank Ltd and as
Agricultural Advisor for Barclays Bank PLC. He also has agricultural insurance broking
experience in Australia.

Martin has 10 years’ experience running the Farm portfolio as the Farm Product Manager
in the Technical and Product Management Division of Allianz.

He is responsible for managing the farm portfolio and providing technical expertise in
Product, Underwriting, and on-going systems innovation at Ag Guard.

Martin holds a Master of Insurance & Risk Management (Deakin), MBA (Stellenbosch),
B. Agric (Natal), Dip. Agric (Cedara Ag College) and is a Fellow of ANZIFF.

Ben Ko

Director - Finance & Operations

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Ben is a qualified Actuary with an MBA from MGSM and has actuarial pricing experience
IAG, Allianz and Suncorp across a range of GI products.

He has also provided consulting services for analytics (data science), finance, strategy
and marketing in aviation, e-commerce and technology companies.

In addition to actuarial services to Ag Guard, Ben supports operation and finance

Daniel Topping

Non-Executive Director

Dan Topping is the Senior Executive with overall responsibility for the portfolio and
investment strategy for B.P. Marsh, working alongside the Board and the Investment
Directors to find, structure, develop, support and monitor the portfolio.

Dan was appointed as a Director in 2011 having joined B.P. Marsh in February 2007,
following two years at an independent London accountancy practice. In January 2016
Dan was appointed Chief Investment Officer of B.P. Marsh.

Dan graduated from the University of Durham in 2005 and is member of the Securities
and Investment Institute and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

Terry Francis

Business Development Manager

M: 0448 223 000  

Terry has 25 years of experience in the insurance industry and holds
an Advanced Diploma of Financial Services. For 9 years, Terry was Insurance Manager
and Grower Services contact with Special One Insurance Brokers and Special
One Grain in Walgett.

Terry will be responsible for managing broker relationships in WA & SA along with
servicing his own portfolio of clients in Northern NSW.

Ingrid Argo

Office & Account Manager

M: 0438 615 740   F: 02 8088 3879

Ingrid graduated in 1997 from Universtiy of Sydney with an agricultural economics
degree. Ingrid has a very strong understanding of both agriculture and insurance and
she is well regarded in the agricultural insurance industry. Ingrid manages the office
and claims administration work and continues to ensure that Ag Guard’s reputation for
service and quality is second to none.

Dean Nelson

Strategic Advisor

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An accomplished and experienced executive with a demonstrated ability to deliver
results and build profitable businesses, from start-up to scale-up, across diverse
companies, industries and business environments including agribusiness, finance
companies and related industries. Dean is working on innovative solutions in the
agricultural industry that Ag Guard can bring to market to better serve its broking and
farming customers.

Erica Kirby

Finance Manager

T: 02 8052 3997  

Erica grew up in South Africa and lived in Europe for 10 years before moving to Australia
in 1999. Her background is in Information Technology and has worked as an IT consultant
for Oracle in both Europe in Australia.
Erica supports Ben on the day-to-day finance functions.

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