Our Executives

Chief Executive Officer

Kevin Jacques

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Dip (Financial Management)

Kevin Jacques
  • Joined Hollard Life 2002 as Divisional Director responsible for development of Hollard Life partnership/JV/UMA insurance businesses
  • Joined TBFS as CEO in 2012

Having started his career in the insurance industry in 1980, originally with Liberty Life before moving into the reinsurance field with Munich Re & GenRe followed by 11 years with Hannover Life Reinsurance, dealing extensively with all major South African Life Assurers in a product development and risk management capacity. He was also seconded to Hannover Reinsurance (Germany) for 3 years to head up underwriting and product development for English speaking countries, including New Zealand, Australia, S.E. Asia, Middle East, UK and USA.

On returning to South Africa he was actively involved in the medical underwriting field, being a past regional chairperson of the SA Society of Insurance Medical Underwriters and a representative on the ASISA Medical Underwriting Standards Committee. As a divisional director of Hollard Insurance Partners for over 10 years, he headed the life division, responsible for the expansion of Hollard partners, prior to joining THE BEST Funeral Society.

Managing Director

John Turnbull

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    B.Comm LLB (Wits)

John Turnbull
  • Focus on providing real value to low income market
  • Founder TBFS (1997), a Hollard Assurance Joint Venture

After completing legal articles at Priscilla Jana in 1992, he joined Southern Life and gained experience across the ambit of life-products from individual to group benefits. From 1995, he was part of the development team to investigate and develop THE BEST Funeral Society. He has been managing director of THE BEST Funeral Society since inception.

Central Services Executive Manager

Melonie Phillips

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    B.Comm majoring in Risk Management

Melonie Phillips

Melonie Phillips is the Central Services Executive Manager for TBFS. She holds a Bcomm degree in Risk Management. Having started her career at Norwich Life, and later managing Back-office operations for Regent Life, she has over 34 years' extensive experience in the Insurance Industry. Melonie is also responsible for the Legal, Compliance and Governance divisions of TBFS.

Operations Executive Manager

Noelle Szweczyk

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    B.Comm – Industrial & Organisational Psychology

Noelle Szweczyk

Noelle Szweczyk is the Operations Executive Manager for TBFS. She was previously part of Hollard Life until the end of 2007 and then moved to TBFS in 2008 where she was responsible for heading up the Claims and Call Centre Departments. She is a seasoned executive manager with extensive experience in Call Centre, Claims, Data Management and Premium Administration and has recently added Quality Assurance and Business Improvement to her portfolio.