About Me

Prof. Allan Manning

Professional Qualifications

  • Doctor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Fellow Certified Practising Accountant
  • Fellow Aust. & NZ Institute of Insurance & Finance (Honorary Member)
  • Fellow Chartered Insurance Institute (UK)
  • Fellow International Institute of Claims Preparers
  • Fellow Chartered Loss Adjuster
  • Fellow Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters (UK)
  • Chartered Insurance Practitioner (UK)
  • FUEDI European Loss Adjusting Expert

Professional Experience

After 11 years claims experience with General Accident Insurance, Allan joined Robins MBS Loss Adjusters in 1981. In 1987, he transferred to Papua New Guinea, as Managing Director. During this time, Allan handled one of Australia’s largest claims, which surrounded the closure of the Bougainville Copper Ltd mine. The claim had a reserve of US$1,000 million. Allan returned to Australia in 1990 and, in 1991, was appointed Regional Leader for the Southern Region and was also appointed to head up GAB Robins’ loss adjusters national large loss claims team.

At the start of 1999, Allan founded the LMI Group, a firm dedicated to providing a high level of customer service and technical expertise in pre- and post-loss insurance services. Pre-loss work is offered by the Risk Management International division, while post-loss matters including forensic accounting, loss adjusting and claims preparation are handled within Loss Management International. Allan is an industry innovator having developed PolicyComparison.com, a web-based training and comparative tool on the feature and benefits of general insurance products; BIcalculator.com a website designed to assist calculate adequate cover for business interruption insurance, PolicyCoach, which is an expert system for ISR insurance; and the Business Continuity Management System, ContinuityCoach.com. His latest brainchild is ClaimsComparison.com

For over 45 years, Allan has managed large and complex losses involving major property, business interruption including advanced consequential loss, fidelity, construction, liability, professional Indemnity, and Directors & Officers throughout Australia, Asia Pacific, Europe and North America. Assignments have been completed for many multi-national companies, such as ACI, Amcor, Nestle, Mitsubishi, PaperlinX, Spotless and Toyota, as well as government organisations and small to medium-sized businesses. He particularly enjoys the challenge of assisting companies to return to normal trading after a major crisis. His interest in the survival of a business following an insured loss prompted him to complete a Doctoral thesis, following 6 years of extensive research.

Since 1983, Allan has acted as an expert witness, primarily handling quantum, policy response, and issues surrounding industry practice. Over the past 15 years, Allan has been engaged by insurers, insurance brokers and clients to carry out risk analysis and the review of insurance programs for businesses, including multi-nationals. His lifetime of experience in managing major losses proves invaluable in this area. This has more recently extended to drafting wordings and it is estimated that over 30% of all businesses in Australia are insured under a policy drafted or reviewed by Dr Manning.

Allan has lectured at RMIT, Melbourne, and Victoria Universities and has delivered over 1,200 seminars on various topics including risk management, ISR, and Business Interruption. Dr Manning holds the post of Adjunct Professor at Victoria University in the faculty of Law & Justice and is the author of 13 books on insurance, including Business Interruption Insurance & Claims: A Practical Guide, the 3-volume Understanding the ISR Policy, Manning’s Six Principles of General Insurance, and It may happen to Me! – The essential guide to general insurance.

Allan is an honorary life member of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance & Finance, and was awarded the Life Time Achievement Award at the 2012 Insurance Industry Awards. He has been rated one of the 20 most influential people in insurance for the past 9 years by InsuranceNEWS [the magazine] due to his strong and unswerving ethical stance on doing what is right by the consumer.

Media Experience: Television, Radio, Newspapers, and Magazines.