about PNO


Since launching in 1977, PNOinsurance Brokers has consistently delivered exemplary service, which has earned its reputation as one of Australia’s most respected and dynamic insurance brokers.


PNO employs 33 staff and works with more than 60 insurers, which gives PNO the reach to find the most suitable insurance partner for each unique client, regardless of the complexity of needs.


The collective business experience of the PNO team, combined with leading technical industry knowledge across construction, transport, professional services and commercial sectors, enables PNO to source and secure the right insurance solutions for all businesses.


Clients range from transport and construction companies to manufacturers, consultants, financial services firms, exporters and franchisors.


As a member of the Steadfast Group, PNO also utilises the buying power of one of Australia’s largest insurance networks, which generates more than $6 billion worth of insurance sales every year.


PNO secures the right insurance solution at the right premium for businesses across Australia. PNO promises protection to business assets, which in turn creates peace of mind.






john percey director


After completing his university studies, John commenced his career
in the insurance broking industry and has flourished ever since.
He has worked in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, and since 1999
John has specialised within the construction industry looking
after some of Australia’s largest contracting firms.

Having gained the experience of working for two of the world’s largest insurance broking firms, John joined PNO to become a partner in 2005.

John’s tenacity, deep industry knowledge and strong work
ethic are a major asset to clients and PNO.


peter conquest director


Peter started his career in funds management in London before joining Macquarie Bank in Melbourne where he worked for
10 years and was National Head of Insurance Broking for
Macquarie Business Banking.

His involvement in the insurance industry commenced in 2006
and he joined PNO to become a partner in 2011.

Peter brings a strong commercial background and particular expertise in the insurance requirements of financial services firms, while also managing a number of PNO’s largest commercial clients.


mathew lethborg director


Mathew commenced his broking career in 1995 in Tasmania and quickly moved into leadership roles in North Queensland, Brisbane and Melbourne.  Through his previous roles at national and international brokerages, Mathew has had a wide ranging experience advising a variety of large and complex businesses. In particular he has developed significant expertise in the Sports, transport and civil contracting industries.

Mathew joined PNO in 2016 as a partner and key member of our management team driving the strategic direction of the business and looking after a number of our key clients.


dean bassed director


Dean commenced his insurance career following completion of his university studies via a graduate program with QBE Insurance. He then progressed to a state manager position with the largest mobile plant insurer in Australia.


Dean joined PNO at the beginning of 2017 with the transition into partner following in 2018. He brings to PNO significant expertise in the civil, crane and transport industries while looking after a number of key clients in this space. Dean is an integral part of our management team with a strong focus on driving the business development activities within PNO.


anthony bourke PNOlife director


Anthony’s career in the insurance broking industry began almost 20 years ago as a specialist Life Broker based in Melbourne. He subsequently joined the ANZ Private Bank as Director of the Life Risk division before launching his own business providing specialist life insurance advice to a broad range of clients across many sectors.

Anthony joined the PNO team in July 2017 and adds significant value and minimises risks for existing PNO clients while also building the life insurance arm of the business.


peter "rolly" howard PNOlife director


‘Rolly’ is a specialist Personal Insurance Adviser with over 30 years’ experience in the industry and is also a founding partner of PNOlife. Rolly’s decision to focus solely on Personal Insurance means his client network benefits from receiving professional advice that is founded on many years of experience.

Rolly has built a very strong reputation amongst his client base as a result of his straightforward and uncomplicated work methodology. As an expert in his field, Rolly has the ability to simplify the insurance concept and manage the application and implementation process with ease.

The PNO business was first established in December 1977 in a small office in St Kilda. Unlike most insurance brokers at the time who were given a client base from insurers, PNO’s founders started with nothing. Their first few years were lean, however they developed a niche focus in transport insurance.


The business has grown from strength to strength during the last 40 plus years.  The company leadership has increased from a partnership of two to a Board of four Directors in recent years. John Percey joined the Board with expertise in construction in 2005, followed by Peter Conquest with extensive experience in financial services in 2011. Former Principal of Allfreight Insurance Brokers, Martin Scollon also became a Director and shareholder of PNOinsurance in 2014. Mathew Lethborg joined the business and Board in 2016 and adds a wealth of strategic expertise via the sports, transport and civil contracting industries. Most recently, Anthony Bourke joined the team in 2017 to spearhead the PNOlife component of the business.

The business changed its name from Philp, Newby and Owen to PNOinsurance in January 2013, and acquired Allfreight Insurance Brokers in July 2014, which is now recognised as PNOallfreight.


PNOinsurance is made up of a team of 33 working in offices in Malvern East, and Somerton, which enables the business to serve a diverse range of clients. PNOinsurance services clients across Australia, with a particularly strong presence in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.


Many people have contributed to the success of PNO during the last three decades. The average PNO employee (excluding directors) has worked with the business for 9.5 years, which is unprecedented in any professional services business and is testament to the strong company culture.


All 33 staff members are qualified, reliable, considered, trustworthy, knowledgeable, loyal and passionate about what they do, and these qualities are all part of the ongoing recruitment criteria at PNO.



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Ground Floor, 1911 Malvern Road,

     Malvern East, Victoria, 3145

     P.O. BOX 1423, Darling, VIC, 3145

t    +(61) 3 9536 7333
f    +(61) 3 9536 7399

17 Stanley Drive,

      Somerton, Victoria, 3062

t     +(61) 3 9930 1000