Fri Oct 16 2020

This month, we shine a light on one of our team members, Cameron Livingstone who joined AM&T in January 2020 as a Development Underwriter, developing our business proposition with insurance brokers in our Northern Region. Cameron has spent most of his career at sea, as a seafarer on a wide variety of vessels and he now lends his marine expertise to AM&T adding to the premise that our knowledge runs deep.

Based in AM&T’s Brisbane office, he is a Broncos fan (we won’t hold that against him) and is a self-confessed instant-coffee addict. We sat down with Cam (over a cup of instant coffee) to find out a bit more about his life at sea and working at AM&T.

Name: Cameron Livingstone

Company Role: Development Underwriter

Years of experience: 12 years in the maritime sector and seafaring, started with AM&T in January 2020.

Specific areas of expertise: Commercial seafaring, vessel operations and engineering, industry practises, and risk assessment.

What was your first-ever job?

My first full-time job was as a deckhand on a Moreton Bay prawn trawler when I was 16. This started my career in commercial fishing, working on more than 10 different trawlers all over the east coast of Australia.

I joined the Royal Australian Navy when I was 22 years old, serving memorable postings in Darwin and Armidale Class Patrol Boats and in Headquarters Northern Command.

In 2015, I joined Shell Tankers Australia’s LNG operations. Shell’s 105,000 gross ton LNG tankers trade between Australia and Japan. I sailed as a deck officer on Northwest Stormpetrel, Northwest Sanderling, Northwest Snipe and Northwest Sandpiper. Understanding LNG transfer operations industry practice gave me a unique appreciation for assessing marine and cargo risk.

While working I also completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Nautical Science).

What do you enjoy about working at AM&T?

There is a strong sense of corporate responsibility here. AM&T are ethical decision-makers with a great sense of community. The culture is excellent and staff retention reflects that.

The team are also very supportive and encourage continual learning and development. I am currently undertaking a Bachelor of Law at the Queensland University of Technology.

What advice would you give a newcomer to the industry? 

“Expect an art form, not a science…” (a quote shared with Cam on his first day!).

What has been the biggest challenge while working with AM&T

Covid-19 has affected our industry partners in many different ways. Understanding the impact on insured clients, and the adaptations our broker partners have had to endure is a key part of retaining our relationships. Recognising the challenges faced by the industry and formulating solutions that can help all parties has been a challenging and rewarding experience for me.

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