“I will continue to empower and encourage my staff to perform at their best as I have done for the last decade. I will continue to advocate for my clients, embracing new technology and being open to business and industry changes”
Dixon Insurance Services
Kerri Buttery founded Digital Literacy Licence in 2018 and is also the firm’s CEO. After initially embarking on a career in teaching technology and business, she decided to pivot to suit her strengths and migrate to EdTech. The decision to begin her business was spurred on by Buttery’s observation of attitudes towards technology, as the firm’s ethos is to improve everyone’s ability to understand and use technology.
She says, “So many people experience disadvantages in accessing education and training because we assume everyone can get online and do ‘all the things’ needed to learn online.”
A key focus of Digital Literacy Licence is to aid teachers in the classroom. It supports them to be able to use technology more effectively by offering solutions and providing guidance, such as:
• apps designed for online learning in classes
• tools that scan information and create multiple-choice quizzes
• facilitating online collaboration for teachers
• streamlining teachers’ workloads
• aiding teachers in staying organised
“Given the advances in generative AI over the past 12 months, things are changing at such a rapid pace that many teachers can’t keep up,” Buttery says. “It has been a tough few years for educators since COVID-19, and hopefully, the changes in technology over the past 12 months will mean we can lighten that load a little.”
Buttery is passionate about empowering educators and has also begun specialising her offerings so they can be customised for the end user’s personal situation.
“We want to address the digital divide in the area of capability, and a program we have recently developed will begin to filter out to different communities to address that digital divide,” she says.
Starting the firm and driving it successfully has been a challenging process. Buttery’s determination has arisen from her belief in the company’s purpose.
“I have invested a lot personally into the development of this program including time and money,” she says. “We didn’t have government funding. We don’t have outside investors; we have worked to reinvest everything into the development of Digital Literacy Licence and this is because of my belief in how important it is to address this inequity.”
The need to be current and have a finger on the pulse is of paramount importance to Buttery. It’s something that she embraces to ensure that she can always devise innovative ways to enhance and refine technology in the education sector.
She says, “I lead by example by spending a lot of time researching current trends in EdTech, testing out technology that can be used in schools and RTOs and providing real-life examples. I am committed to helping communicate how these advances can assist educators so that we can keep advancing our approaches to teaching.”
Being not only a business executive but also a passionate advocate for digital literacy means Buttery maintains a focused and diligent approach. However, she admits there is a basic element that keeps her energised.
“Working with teachers and seeing how my company can make such a difference spurs me on each day,” she says.
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“To be able to give back to the community is rewarding and fulfilling. I am honoured to be in a position where I can raise funds for those less fortunate and in need”
Dixon Insurance Services
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How does he distinguish himself among fellow brokers?
“I believe all brokers are working very hard in a difficult market,” he says. “However, I have demonstrated continued growth, advocacy and performance on my client’s behalf, which is now recognised [for 10 consecutive years] in the Elite Broker awards.”
In 1990, Dixon got started with FAI, working in claims and as a team leader. From the late 1990s up until 2003, he worked at FAI and Suncorp in underwriting and as an area manager at VACC, CGU (South East Queensland). From 2003 to 2012, he got into broking and eventually started Dixon Insurance in 2013. Since then, he’s accumulated numerous acccolades, including Elite Broker, Diversity and Equity, and Fast Broker awards.
During the pandemic, Dixon challenged insurers over the Quarantine Act application to insurance wordings. His argument was that the Quarantine Act does not apply as an exclusion, as the Biosecurity Act was invoked by the Morrison Government, and this was not a subsequent amendment to the Quarantine Act. The test case in the Appeals court was won for Dixon’s client with a unanimous five-judge verdict.
He remains focused on transport, manufacturing, motor trade, engineering and large farm clients.
What are his plans for the future?
On a business level, “more of the same. I will continue to empower and encourage my staff to perform at their best as I have done for the last decade. I will continue to advocate for my clients, embracing new technology and being open to business and industry changes.”
On a personal level, Dixon invests significant time, effort and funds, along with his GT3, to support many charities through his passion for motorsport. From participating in and sponsoring the Thunderbolt Run (which provides tens of thousands of dollars in support for Beyond Blue and Prostate Cancer), to organising and running the Track Knights for Amira charity night where 28 Exotic Supercars raised funds through passenger laps in wet conditions, Dixon states “this is our time to give back to the community and those in need. My friendships and association with those seeking to do the same, allows us to contribute to those less fortunate and raise funds and awareness”.
He adds: “To be able to give back to the community is rewarding and fulfilling. I am honoured to be in a position where I can raise funds for those less fortunate and in need.”