About Terry

Terry Lane was known as one of Australia's best-known brokers - an icon, a mentor and an inspiration to many within the industry. In addition to his larger-than-life personality and countless achievements throughout his career - one of which included NIBA's coveted Lex McKeown trophy in 2014 for his outstanding service and contribution to the industry - Terry always took a strong interest in wider industry issues, and was a prominent and active supporter of broker education.

Terry also had a special knack for communicating and simplifying the complexities of insurance contracts to his clients. As a result, "uncomplicating the complex" has been instilled in the company’s culture to this day and has subsequently become the company’s brand tagline.

Terry Lane

Founder: 1942 - 2018
What does 50+ years in the insurance industry look like?

Where Terry started his career in Insurance….

  • 1958 Phoenix age 16 to 20 Internal support role
  • 1962 Phoenix Trainee Inspector (Sales)- Underwriting
  • 1971 Phoenix Agency Supervisor – Underwriting
  • 1976 Robinson Insurance Services – Insurance Broking
  • 1977 OAMPS – co-founding Directors (OAMPS was to become one of Australia’s largest and most successful Insurance Broker firms)
  • 1993 became a co-Director owner of Cilmi Wigley Insurance Brokers
  • 2000 bought out Cilmi Wigley shares (later renamed Midland Insurance Brokers)
  • 2014 Awarded the Lex McKeown Trophy in recognition of ‘outstanding service’ and ‘significant contribution to the broking profession’


Terry's other achievements included…
  • NIBA – 1981 founding Director supporting a formal educational standard and program for the Insurance industry.
  • NIBA- ex-Board member who was instrumental in engaging NIBA to sponsor Guide dogs raising over $800,000 during this period
  • Point Lonsdale Surf Lifesaving Club – Life time member
  • Eastern Golf Club – Ex-President
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