Meet the team


Bruce Hodkinson – Director (MBChB, DCH, MBP)
Has 22 years experience in both the insurance and reinsurance sectors. Since 2005 Bruce has been the Managing Director of Swiss Re in Africa as Head of both the Life and Non Life operations. In June of 2010, Bruce relocated to Zürich to head up a broader geographical area that added, in addition to his Africa responsibility, the head of Life and Non Life for Turkey, Middle East and Pakistan. Bruce serves as an executive Director on the local South Africa Swiss Re company Boards, and has previously served a two year term as a Director of the LOA.

Ralph Richardson – Managing Director (B Bus Sc Actuarial, FIA)
Ralph has 22 years of insurance experience, starting his actuarial career in 1988 with the then Southern Life. Prior to joining Zestlife in 2008 Ralph was the CEO of Momentum Collective Benefits.

Chris McCallum – Executive Chairman (BA LLB LLM)
Chris started his career as an attorney and became a partner at the firm Cliffe Dekker Fuller Moore, a position he held until 1998. He then spent 10 years as a legal advisor and director of Momentum Ability Limited prior to joining Zestlife in 2008.

Sebastian Zoutendyk – Director (BSSc)
Sebastian started his career in the Old Mutual’s marketing division in 1988. He spent 18 years implementing and managing call centre sales and research campaigns that predominantly spanned the motor and financial services industries. Prior to starting Zestlife in 2005 Sebastian was the Marketing Director of SIM (Pty) Ltd.

Charles Lorentz – Director (BSSc, Hons Eco.)
Charles has 12 years experience in financial services sector. As a co founder of ZestLife he has spent the past 5 years employed in the life insurance industry. Prior to his current position at Zestlife Charles was a portfolio manager with Morgan Stanley, Zurich.

Noleen Bell – Financial Director (B Compt Hons, CA)
Noleen has 22 years financial management and life insurance policy administration experience. Prior to joining Zestlife in January 2009 she was employed as the Chief Financial Officer of Momentum Group Business.

Pip Lorentz – Director
24 years experience in insurance policy administration. Previously Pip was the Managing Director of Hollard owned, International Underwriters and Administrators.