Meet the Team

John Austen

CIS (Int) Dip Com Dir, Joint Managing Director

John Austen set up and headed a specialist Financial Lines division at a listed brokerage before starting Southern Cross in 2004. He has over the years been the broker and advisor to the likes of Standard Bank, the Central Securities Depository, Strate, Peregrine, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, the South African Futures Exchange (SAFEX) and the Bond Exchange. Apart from his managerial role, John oversees the Professional Indemnity and Financial Lines aspects of the business.

Lars Forssman​

Dip Com Dir, Joint Managing Director

Lars Forssman​ ​left a listed Insurance Company as an Executive Board Member to join SCRM in 2009. He served as the president of the Insurance Institute of Gauteng in 2007, thereby displaying a strong commitment to the insurance industry. In addition to his managerial position, Lars also oversees the corporate and general liabilities broking and heads up the new business development and Affinity divisions.

Jimmy Blake


Jimmy Blake holds and NQF6 in Financial Management and has been in the insurance industry for over ten years. He joined Southern Cross Risk Management in June 2012. Jimmy is responsible for the Corporate and Affinity divisions within the company, where he manages other group interests, companies, and joint ventures in short-term insurance, with a focus on volume business, assist and loyalty.

Henning Germishuys


Henning worked as a legal officer from 2006 – 2013 dealing with recoveries and liabilities, and as a claims handler. Henning started working in the credit insurance industry in 2014 as a claims assessor at a leading specialist credit insurer and later moved to Santam Structured Insurance as a credit insurance underwriter, further extending his knowledge in the field. Henning joined the Southern Cross team in 2019 as head of the credit division, and also acts as the internal compliance manager.

Linda Frylinck ​


Linda Frylinck has worked in the short-term commercial insurance industry since 2003 and has completed a National Certificate in Short Term Insurance. Linda moved into the specialised field of Liabilities Insurances, specifically Professional Indemnity Insurance, in 2010, and has gained valuable underwriting and broking expertise. She is currently an Account Executive on the open market PI lines and also brokers General Liability policies and D&O policies.

Nicole Kern


Nicole Kern has worked in the FSP PI insurance field since 2006 and is highly adept and experienced in her niche. Nicole joined Southern Cross Risk Management in 2012. She is the Account Executive on the FSP PI Facility, providing Professional Indemnity Insurance to Insurance Intermediaries and Financial Planners. 

Natasha Moodley


Natasha joined Southern Cross in 2017 and is an experienced account executive with an Associate in Insurance, ACII. Natasha manages and provides full support for a portfolio of Corporate and Commercial clients. She has a deep understanding of the insurance industry. Skilled in Working with Corporate Clients, Insurers, Customer Service, Claims, Underwriting, Corporate and Commercial Insurance.

Nomsa Mathega

BCom LLB (Wits)

Nomsa joined Southern Cross in 2022. She has vast knowledge from her time as an underwriter specializing in liability and property insurance. Her roles have included all aspects of the underwriting process, including portfolio management, risk evaluation and assessment, pricing and wording negotiations. She is skilled in Risk Management, Property & Casualty Insurance, and Analytical Work. Nomsa is an official statistician with a FETC – Short Term Insurance – Level 4 (150 Credits) and RE 5 certificate.