About Us

Our ownership is unique. A family-focused, privately owned Group, that understands the needs of today’s wealthy families. A service-oriented company specialising in planning for High Net Worth clients and families.

Our Core Principles

Protection

Everything we do is about protecting clients’ wealth and protecting their families from a range of negative circumstances.

Freedom

We understand that wealth isn’t about money, it is about giving clients freedom. The freedom to enjoy life without worrying too much about the future.

Innovation

We monitor the market continuously, ensuring we can keep pace with emerging trends, and paving the way for innovative new products to be brought on-stream.

Agility

We provide products that are agile – giving clients the flexibility they need to suit their particular situation as it progresses.

Insight

We apply our vast experience to understanding the needs of individual clients.

Optimisation

Tax applied once the policy is surrendered is generally far less than income or inheritance taxes.

Independence

As a privately-owned firm, Octium Life values its independence from outside investors, allowing us to make decisions that are best for our clients.

Professionalism

We work hard to deliver the superior level of service that successful individuals deserve.

Leadership Team

Jean-Francois Willems

Group Executive Chairman

Dara Hurley

Group Chief Executive Officer

Conor O’Mahony

Group Chief Financial Officer

Benoît Piccart

Group General Counsel

Francesco Camerlingo

Group Head of Sales & Business Development

Jean-Francois
Willems

Group Executive Chairman

Jean-Francois Willems is the Executive Chairman of Octium Group. He has over 20 years of experience in the financial industry and has held several very senior positions in European banks.

Jean-Francois’ leadership skills and business acumen have been recognized through his various chief executive positions, as well as his involvement in complex M&A transactions and successful restructuring.

Before joining the banking and insurance industry, Jean-François started his career in 1999 with PwC in Corporate Finance.

He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Liège.

Dara
Hurley

Group Chief Executive Officer

Dara Hurley has worked in the Insurance Industry for over 20 years with experience gained in various roles in Switzerland, Ireland and The Cayman Islands.

He has been CEO for Octium since 2017 following its acquisition and previously as CEO of the company since 2005 while it has been part of the UBS Group. During that time he was also the Global Head of Life Insurance for UBS and Country Head for Ireland.

He not only has extensive experience in Life Insurance, but arising from his experience with UBS an in-depth understanding of the wealth management requirements of private clients.

He is a previous Chairman of Financial Services Ireland’s Cross Border Life Insurance Association and a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.

Conor
O’Mahony

Group Chief Financial Officer

Conor O’Mahony has 13 years’ experience within the Wealth Management Industry across both Insurance and Investment Banking.

Conor joined the company in September 2015 as Head of Finance for UBS in Ireland. Prior to this he spent over eight years with UBS in Australia in a number of senior Finance roles and has gained a wealth of experience covering all aspects of financial management, supporting strategic business initiatives and managing significant regulatory and business-led change.

Conor is a graduate of University College Cork, holding a Bachelor of Science degree, and is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland. He is also Treasurer of the Association of International Life Offices.

Benoît
Piccart

Group General Counsel

Benoît Piccart is an in-house lawyer with 20 years’ experience in cross-border life insurance, through successive executive roles and corporate mandates for leading carriers in Luxembourg. Since 2006 he has been serving as the local Chief Legal and Compliance within Swiss and Belgian insurance groups, responsible for various purposes such as legal & tax, compliance, product management, or wealth analysis & planning. Apart from this wide background in technical and management matters, arising from a commercial role in the first part of his career, he has further acquired sound understanding of corporate as well as private clients’ needs and expectations.

He joined Octium in 2018 in quality as General Counsel at the parent company level where he has been acting as expert for the development and monitoring of whole the group’s insurance affairs.

Francesco
Camerlingo

Group Head of Sales & Business Development

Francesco Camerlingo joined the Group in 2020 as Group Head of Sales & Business Development. Francesco is a fully qualified Italian lawyer and holds a LL.M. in Economics and Business Law, with a long-standing career in International Law Firms and Institutions, such as Allen & Overy and Hogan Lovells in Milan, as well as IBFD in Amsterdam. In 2011 Francesco joined Swiss Life Global Solutions as Wealth Planner. He was then appointed Head of Sales Switzerland in 2014 and in 2016 Head of Sales Europe South & East.