5 MINUTES WITH… Matthew Robson, senior motor underwriter at Dawes

Q. How long have you been working at Dawes? 

A. I’ve been with Dawes for about two and a half years now. My role as a motor underwriter is basically to underwrite insurance for classic, exotic and prestige motor vehicles, as well as motorcycles, across Australia. The main part of my job is to deal with new business requests, assessing them against our risk criteria such as the type of vehicle, how often it's driven, the age of the drivers , any prior claims history and where the vehicle will be located. With that information, I’ll determine a price for the insurance, based on our underwriting guidelines.

Q. Have you always worked in motor insurance? If not, how did you end up working in insurance? 

A. Prior to joining Dawes I worked in motor claims investigations at QBE, and before that I worked in a recoveries finance role within the motor portfolio at Wesfarmers. Like many people, I fell into insurance. I studied business at university, majoring in finance, and worked as a maths tutor while I was studying. A parent of one of the students I tutored worked at Wesfarmers and that’s how I found out about the Wesfarmers role, which I was lucky enough to get.

Q. What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working? 

A. I became a first time parent last year – my son is 11 months old– so that takes up a lot of my spare time now! I also enjoy fishing, reading, playing tennis and I’m a big sports fan, I’ll watch pretty much any sport on TV but I particularly love watching combat sports such as boxing and martial arts.

Q. What type of car do you drive and what is your dream car? 

A. I’m one of the few people working at Dawes that isn’t a huge car enthusiast. Most of the others in the team are very knowledgeable about cars and follow the market more closely although I’ve certainly learnt a lot about cars over my years of working in motor insurance. I own a Mazda 2 and if I had to pick a dream car I’d say a Ferrari F40 or Aston Martin DB5 just because of the history behind both cars.

Q. Is there a road trip you’d love to do? 

A. I’ve previously travelled around Italy, Spain and France, visiting all the major cities and tourist sites. I’d really like to return there and do a road trip around some of the less touristy areas to get a taste of how people really live.

Q. Is there anything about you that other people find strange? 

A. I’m a fairly quiet & introverted person so most people find it a bit strange when they find out I’m a huge combat sports fan. Boxing has been my favourite sport from a young age & I’ve become a fan of mixed martial arts more recently.

To contact Matthew, senior motor underwriter at Dawes, you can email him at matthew.robson@dawes.com.au.



Dawes Underwriting Australia Pty Ltd trading as Dawes Motor Insurance acts for the insurer, Allianz Australia Insurance Limited. Consider the Product Disclosure Statement, Target Market Determination available by contacting Dawes or visiting www.dawes.com.au.