Joe Vella Insurance Brokers (JVIB) currently has a staff of 29 employees across three offices; Vella Plaza in Cairns, and our Tablelands offices in Mareeba and Atherton. Our staff are a tribute to how we, JVIB, are seen and it is their wealth of experience and knowledge that ensures that we continue to have successful relationships with both our new and existing clientele.

All broking staff and their assistants are required to maintain their Qualified Practicing Insurance Brokers (QPIB) or Certified Insurance Professional (CIP) levels by undertaking an externally audited, annual professional development program.

Cairns Office

Joe Vella
Joe Vella

Managing Director

Managing Director Joe commenced his insurance career with one of Australia’s largest international brokerage groups in 1977. During the course of his 21 years employment with the company he held a number of titles including an overseas appointment as the National Sales Manager in their United States office. On returning to Australia he was promoted…

Joanne Carucci

Broker Dip Fin Serv (Insurance Broking)

Broker Dip Fin Serv (Insurance Broking) Joanne has worked alongside Joe Vella since 1989 and was a part of the JVIB team when it was established in 1996. She has seen the company grow from a two person operation to a large corporate brokerage. In her years working in the industry, Joanne has enjoyed the…

Rene Sturiale

Broker Dip Fin Serv (Insurance Broking)

Broker Dip Fin Serv (Insurance Broking) Rene joined the JVIB team in 2010. She began her career in the Insurance Industry in 1990 as an Assistant Broker for a local brokerage in Mareeba, North Queensland and later moved to Cairns where she continued to work within the Insurance Industry. Rene works alongside JVIB principal Joe…

Renee Vella


Broker Renee joined the JVIB team in 2008 and currently assists Joe Vella. Renee’s clients appreciate her excellent customer service and dedication to obtaining a speedy claims process. Renee started out in the Insurance Industry with one of the major underwriters back in 2005 where she gained an extensive understanding of many facets of general…

Anne Croft

Receptionist & Assistant to Managing Director

Receptionist & Assistant to Managing Director Anne joined the JVIB team in November 2014 as Receptionist and Assistant to Managing Director, Joe Vella.  Anne is no stranger to the insurance world and started out working as part of an Insurance Brokerage in the administration department, she then moved into Print Media where she spent 11…

John Devaney

Broker ANZIIF (Snr Assoc) CIP Dip Fin Serv (Insurance Broking)

Broker ANZIIF (Snr Assoc) CIP Dip Fin Serv (Insurance Broking) John is one of our most Senior Brokers with considerable expertise in all facets of Commercial Insurance. He is committed to ensuring that the client’s needs are met and uses his wealth of knowledge to ensure you have peace of mind with your insurance program.…

Stephanie O’Keefe

Broker Assistant

Broker Assistant Steph joined JVIB in 2007 as a receptionist before moving into a broker assistant role supporting two senior brokers. In 2009 Steph gained experience in the UK market working as a commercial broker assistant for broking house Stackhouse Poland. She gained further experience in data management and analysis at the Office for National…

Lynne Devaney

Broker ANZIIF (Snr Assoc) CIP Dip Fin Serv (Insurance Broking)

Broker ANZIIF (Snr Assoc) CIP Dip Fin Serv (Insurance Broking) Lynne began her working life as a book keeper for a public accountant in Brisbane before progressing to work at a chartered accountant’s office in Toowoomba. When her husband, John, moved to Papua New Guinea she moved with him and accepted a position as an…

Lisa Ryan

Broker ANZIIF (Snr Assoc) CIP Dip Fin Serv (Insurance Broking)

Broker ANZIIF (Snr Assoc) CIP Dip Fin Serv (Insurance Broking) Lisa joined the JVIB team in 2010 where she currently heads up the Marine Division. Lisa is a Marine Specialist; predominantly working with the Fishing Industry and associated trades however also has extensive background in all other areas of general insurance. Lisa commenced work in…

Paula Carey

Broker Dip Fin Serv (Insurance Broking)

Broker Dip Fin Serv (Insurance Broking) Paula joined JVIB in 2010 and heads the Strata Division. Paula has been in the Insurance Industry since 1979 where she has gained experience as an Underwriter for an insurance company providing Commercial and Domestic insurances and in 1995 Paula transitioned across to broking where she continued her involvement…

Stuart Craig

Broker Assistant

Broker Assistant Stuart started at JVIB in October 2010 as an assistant to Paula Carey in our Strata Division team. He made the transition into the Insurance Industry after several years in the Retail Service Industry. Stuart is a meticulous and focused individual and is looking forward to expanding his industry knowledge through further studies.…

Karen McFarlen


Broker Karen joined JVIB in 2009. Karen started her career in the Insurance Industry in 2002 as a consultant and continued to advance her qualifications through working with two of Queensland larger “direct market” insurance companies. She has extensive expertise and knowledge of the domestic and strata insurance products. Karen offers a professional and friendly…

Debbie May

Broker Dip Fin Serv (Insurance Broking)

Broker Dip Fin Serv (Insurance Broking) Debbie commenced her employment at JVIB in 1999 having previously been employed as an Underwriter for a leading Insurance Company. Debbie has continued to extend her vast knowledge of Commercial and Retail Insurances during the course of her years with JVIB. In her words “I have a passion for…

Col Craig

Group General Manager JP Qual

Group General Manager JP Qual Col joined the JVIB team in 2008 as the Group General Manager. Col is responsible for the overall operational health of JVIB including financial control, personnel and property management. Col has been unofficially involved with JVIB since its inception in 1996, albeit he was Joe Vella’s Business Banking Manager, and…

Larissa Cooper

Assistant to Group General Manager Dip Fin Serv (General Insurance)

Assistant to Group General Manager Dip Fin Serv (General Insurance) Larissa accepted the role of Assistant to Group General Manager to Col Craig at JVIB, in February 2011. Larissa commenced employment as a Broker’s Assistant in April 1998 before taking on a position as an underwriter for one of Australia’s largest insurance companies in 2002.…

Jan Blake

Accounts Administration

Accounts Administration Jan joined the JVIB team in 2005. She has a background in accounting and with her previous managerial experience is perfectly suited to overseeing the accounting management for all of the JVIB offices. In her words “it is a pleasure to work with such a friendly and welcoming group of people.”

Mareeba Office

Rosetta Spena

Assistant Broker

Broker Rosetta joined JVIB as part of the Mareeba office in 2009. Rosetta brings with her the experience she has gained from years managing her own local business as well as working at a local newspaper. Rosetta works in the senior role and is responsible for overseeing all operations of the Mareeba office as well…

Linda Vecchio-Ruggeri

Broker Assistant

Broker Assistant Linda was born and raised on the Tablelands.  Linda has been providing locals with exceptional customer service in the retail industry since finishing high school. In 2012, she completed a Certificate III in Business Administration and decided to expand her knowledge of insurance and joined the JVIB team in August the same year. …

Atherton Office

Leesa Cuda


Broker Leesa has been a part of the JVIB team since 2005 and assisted in opening the JVIB Atherton Office in February 2006. She is a born and bred Tablelands local and understands that face value in a small town is an important commodity. Leesa has a strong community stance and is here to assist…

Katherine Hanson

Assistant Broker

Assistant Broker Katherine joined JVIB in October 2012. She decided to make a move from working in banking, where she was involved with some insurance products, to making it her new career. Katherine is a dedicated individual and providing support and assistance to customers is second nature. She has also immersed herself in learning more…

Rebecca Doolan

Assistant Broker

Assistant Broker Rebecca joined the JVIB team in June 2011. Her appointment as a Broker Assistant in our Atherton office is her first role within the Insurance Industry. Rebecca is accustomed to thinking on her feet and multi-tasking from her experience working in the hospitality industry as a front office duty manager. As JVIB is…

Sarah Finch

Broker Assistant

Broker Assistant Sarah came on board with JVIB in December 2014.  Prior to JVIB, Sarah worked in the Commercial Construction and Engineering Industries.  The projects that Sarah was involved in were high paced and demanding, however these challenges enabled her to develop proficient multi-tasking skills and the ability to work resourcefully to achieve results for…