Gareth Barnes

Gareth Barnes

B.Sc Hons


Specialist Loss Adjuster

Mobile: 0400 914 649


  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) majoring in Geology
  • Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator


Gareth graduated from the University of Wales, Cardiff in 2004 with an honours degree in Geology. During this time Gareth worked as a part time surveyor’s assistant, becoming familiar with surveyor processes and procedures.

On graduation, Gareth was employed by a Welsh construction company as an assistant geotechnical engineer, performing a variety of site investigations, and providing advice and recommendations regarding a wide range of construction issues, including foundation design and excavation support.

Wishing to become more experienced across the geological spectrum, Gareth moved into the mining industry, carrying out exploration geology and geotechnical engineering duties on a limestone quarry. This required Gareth to determine the extent and varying quality of the quarry, and investigate and recommend mining procedures and direction.

Gareth moved to Australia in 2008. He first entered the Insurance industry as a claims handler for Comminsure but was quickly moved into more senior roles dealing with large loss claims including the Victorian bushfire claims of 2009. Gareth’s technical knowledge and construction background was noticed and he became a member of the loss adjusting team at Comminsure carrying out investigations on home and contents claims including the Queensland flood and cyclone claims of 2011.

Gareth moved back into the mining industry in 2011 as an exploration geologist working on mine sites throughout Australia, including sites in Tasmania, Queensland, New South Wales, and South Australia. This required co-ordination of a mining exploration drilling crew, where Gareth was responsible for the drilling, logging, and reporting on various prospects throughout the lots where he was posted. This also made Gareth familiar with the operation and maintenance of plant and equipment, such as drilling equipment, generators, mud plants, and the like.

Gareth joined Technical Assessing in 2012.