Our Directors

Executive Directors


Rowan Lyle – Managing Director

Rowan joined Galileo Risk in 2018 after being with the Hollard Insurance Company for the last 18 year. During this time he held various roles including Select Broker Division Operations Director; Select Broker and Broker Markets Divisions – Head of New Business Development, Strategy and Strategic Projects; Select Broker and Broker Markets Divisions Exco Member as
well as P310 Branch Manager. He was also a member of the team that designed the new organizational structure and integrated Hollard Select Brokers, Hollard Corporate Markets business
units with Etana Insurance company after the latter was acquired by Hollard in 2014.

Hayden Simpson – Sales & Marketing Director

Hayden joined Galileo Risk in 2006 with a clear vision in mind. Hayden has successfully realised this vision with astute acquisitions both of business and staff. Hayden has an excellent relationship with the clients and cultivates this through regular interaction in varying situations.

Paul Rushforth – Chief Operating Officer

Paul joined Galileo Risk in 2010 as a result of the acquisition of his brokerage, Rushforth, King & Associates cc, which was founded in 1998. Paul brings strong insurer relationships to the business as well as an acute attention to operational detail.

Nico Barnard – Financial Director 

The newest addition to the team is Nico who joined in 2012 after the acquisition of his brokerage, Woodbridge Insurance Brokers. Nico founded Woodbridge in 1990 and grew it into a major brokerage in the Cape before joining forces with Galileo Risk. Nico is a FIA board member (Peninsula Branch, Regional Short Term representative) and has valuable insight into the market.

Non-Executive Directors

Warren Ingram & Theo Vorster

Warren & Theo are founding Directors of our holding company GalileoCapital and hold seats on the board of Galileo Risk. They are an invaluable resource as they provide an outsider’s viewpoint to our issues.