Meet the EBM Board of Directors

Management Strength
The EBM team benefits from strong, strategic leadership, good governance and a disciplined approach to management. Our board members are business and insurance industry leaders with a formidable reputation in Australian industry and an extensive track record for community service.

The Board is backed by the National Executive consisting of the Executive Chairman and Managing Directors who are shareholders and specialise in their various fields. All have been with EBM for a substantial period of time in their careers and are dedicated to the company’s purpose, vision and values.

For more information about our Board of Directors profiles click below.


Meet the National Executive

Alan Bishop – Founding Partner & Executive Chairman

Director since 1975

Alan was the President of the National Insurance Brokers Association (NIBA) from 1996 to 1998 and served 16 years as a Director, being awarded an Honorary Fellowship in 2004 all whilst steering EBM to become the leading privately owned Australian brokerage.

Alan was involved in directing the insurance broking industry through some of its most turbulent times such as the HIH crisis and the introduction of the Financial Services Reform Act (FSRA).

Up until recently, he served as a board member and Deputy Chairman of the public charity, Teen Challenge Foundation, and is currently a board member and Deputy Chairman of the Churchlands Senior High School Foundation.

“When I founded EBM on the 1st October 1975 I did so on the basis our clients would receive honest and personal representation with the simple objective of achieving the most appropriate and cost effective cover. This has become the foundation for our ongoing success” Alan Bishop


Steve SparkesSteve Sparkes

Managing Director (Corporate Broking) 

Having commenced his insurance career with a major insurer in 1986 Steve joined EBM as an Account Manager just 2 years later, taking over a number of accounts from outgoing director John Molineaux.

Transitioning over more than 25 years with the company to Executive Account Manager, General Manager and now as Managing Director (Broking).  Steve became a shareholder of EBM in 2009 and has since been appointed to EBM’s National Executive Team.


Ward Dedman

Chief Executive Officer / Executive Director

Ward has over 20 years’ experience in the insurance industry having commenced in claims and underwriting for major insurers in 1994 before joining a broking firm in 1997. Ward commenced with EBM in early 2000 where his sharp skills and can do attitude were quickly recognised by clients and management.

Ward’s in depth knowledge of the business has also seen him become a company shareholder in 2009 and he sits as a director on EBM’s Board.

In 2007 Ward was successful in achieving the National NIBA Young Professional Broker of the Year Award, and has remained active with the national insurance body, since serving as Chairman of NIBA’s WA Divisional Committee and presently as a Director on NIBA’s National Board representing WA, and most recently appointed as the NIBA Board Education Sub Committee Chair.


Sharon Fox Slater

Managing Director RentCover

Sharon has over 30 years’ experience in the insurance industry, 25 of those years have been with RentCover and working with the property industry. As Managing Director of the RentCover division Sharon’s experience means that she can help identify key factors in minimising the risk in owning both a real estate agency or other business involved in the property industry as well as risks associated with owing an investment property.

Sharon ensures that all RentCover systems and procedures are compliant and that above all that everyone provides an outstanding level of Customer Service. The Customer Service Levels in all areas, particularly claims are of an extremely high standard, all staff are committed to ensuring that all RentCover Clients enjoy this high level of service.

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