Our People – Our Differentiator

Our people are what makes Group Risk Management Services different – passionate about supporting and advising our clients. We’re dedicated to making a measurable difference in everything we do, true to each client’s unique situation. Our highly skilled and qualified teams treats each client’s business as a partnership with Group Risk Management Services in which we share their concerns, aspirations and align our professional knowledge with their objectives. With our collaborative style of working, we emphasise teamwork, support and mutual goals. Our people – the reason our clients continually recommend us to others!

Anthony Valsamakis
Tony holds a Doctorate in Business Economics, and besides his position as Chairman of the Eikos Group, he gives lectures world-wide on risk financing and risk management.

Tony is based in London where he consults in the complex areas of reinsurance, risk finance and international treasury.


Des Vernon

A prominent risk management figure on both the South African and international scene, Des has over 40 years of experience in insurance having “made’ it as an insurer, “sold it” as a broker and “bought it” as an in-house risk manager.

He is a member of the Institute of Risk Management South Africa, and a founding member and past Vice President of the Institute of Risk Management South Africa. Des has also published many articles in the risk management field.


Julie Myers

Julie, who holds a BA (Hons) in European Business Administration, joined the company as Deputy Managing Director in 2011.

Julie’s portfolio includes liaising with insured members and service providers as well as maintaining the integrity of insurance and reinsurance placements. As she is tasked with all matters compliance-related, Julie is also a member of the Corporate Governance Committee.


Louis Ferreira

Louis graduated in 1977 with a Masters of Business Administration, and has been a well-known member of the South African financial industry since 1979. Over the years, Louis has set up several companies, and has consulted in tax, accounting and computer systems to a variety of businesses.

With the Eikos Group, Louis has concentrated on risk finance consulting including captive feasibility studies and the setting up of captives.


Sean Pyott

Sean holds an Honours Degree in Computer Science from Witwatersrand University. He has been with the Group since 1999, and currently holds the position of director responsible for finance, compliance, operations and IT.

Sean combines his extensive knowledge of computer science with his formidable ability to multi-task!



Rosa Rasch

With experience in the insurance and broking industries in excess of 35 years, Rosa brings a wealth of experience to her role as the Claims Manager of Group Risk Management Services.

Her role includes the negotiation and settlement of claims on behalf of our captive insurer as well as dealing with our market underwriters on claims matters. As a renowned expert in her field, Rosa also liaises with loss adjusters and attorneys on our large or complicated claims.