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 and farm underwriting, insurer and broker relationships and the overall
strategy for the business.

Ben Ko

Director - Finance & Operations

T: 02 8052 3997   

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.

Nigel Watson

Business Development Manager - Southern

M: 0418 269 395  

Nigel has a family farming background in southern NSW. With 20 years of experience in the
insurance industry, broking for 11 years and 9 years as a Business Development Manager
providing farm insurance.

Nigel will be responsible for managing broker relationships in Vic, SA and Tasmania.

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

T: 02 8052 3997   

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.

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