David Jones, Director
When did you join Keystone? What were you doing beforehand?
I joined Keystone in 2018, having previously worked with Talbot a ‘Lloyds of London’ Syndicate. We were two years into setting up a local Australian Financial Institutions business for Talbot when the parent group ‘Validus’ was acquired by AIG globally.
It was the ideal experience for setting up an Australian FI business with Lloyd’s backing.
What is your role at Keystone and what does a typical day look like for you?
There is no typical day really. I am ultimately responsible for Keystone’s Financial Institutions business. Working in a start-up agency exposes me to many different areas which I love. Involvement in our Broker Portal has been exciting and new to me. I really enjoy staff training which has continued over Zoom during the lockdown. Ultimately as an extrovert, it is the people that I engage with each day that help motivate me.
What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most?
The varied nature is what I love. No two days are the same. I especially enjoy being in a relationship business. We meet many interesting characters in this game. Keystone is developing a national footprint which is exciting. In start-ups, you really get to see the impact you have.
What makes Keystone special in comparison to other places you’ve worked?
The remote and flexible nature of our business was a hallmark for Keystone prior to the ‘work-from’ era that has been thrust upon us this year. By being nimble we have found we have an advantage over our competitors.
What is your proudest moment at Keystone?
Obtaining our own AFS licence was a big moment for us. On a personal note after many years of underwriting clients needing AFSL’s. I have now experienced the process myself.
If you were stuck on an island, what three things would you bring?
A kayak, a paddle & a camel (I am not a fan of being limited).
What is the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
Working in a Vineyard in Italy.