Craig joined the financial services industry in 1978 as a junior in a large Manchester based insurer doing claims work. After a couple of years, he moved to a small life and short-term brokerage before leaving for South Africa in 1984.
He initially joined the Federated, but that didn’t last long and soon thereafter moved to Commercial Union where he stayed for six years. In 1991 he joined Allianz in Pretoria as Assistant Branch Manager for a year before being transferred to the Cape Town branch in 1992, where he became Branch Manager a couple of years later. To avoid a transfer back to Johannesburg, he then joined AIG in 1998 and later First Central Insurance (FCI) in 2000, both at Regional Manager level. With the demise of FCI, a move back to Johannesburg was inevitable, so Craig joined a UMA specialising in heavy commercial vehicles in 2002. Craig’s move to compliance came in 2003 following the FAIS Act in 2002 when he opened Pretium Services with Bryan Thomas.
He was awarded his Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute in 1981 while still in the UK, and completed his Fellowship in South Africa in 1990. He later converted to the Insurance Institute of South Africa format.
He has achieved the designation of Compliance Practitioner (CPrac (SA)) via the Compliance Institute of Southern Africa.
He was a founder member of the Gauteng Chapter of the Compliance Institute of Southern Africa (CISA) Forum for FAIS Compliance Officer members in 2007, of which he is the current chairperson and represents this chapter on both the CISA FAIS and Insurance Exco committees.
He is also a member of the IISA’s Professional Standards Committee (PSC) and chair of its CPD sub-committee.