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Deanne Wood, Consultant

Deanne Wood

Consultant Fasken
Language(s) English
Office(s) Johannesburg


Deanne Wood is a consultant at Fasken in the Johannesburg office. As a leader in her field, with more than 20 years of experience, Deanne specialises in the areas of commercial law, financial services and regulatory law (particularly employee benefits), pension law and insurance law. Her key competencies are leadership, problem solving and analysis, dispute resolution, regulatory and legislative implementation and strategic thinking.

Deanne is currently the Chairperson of the South African Ombud Council Board as appointed by the Minister of Finance. This role entails serving the Financial Services industry during her three year term with the Ombud Council on the Council’s objectives.

Deanne’s prolific expertise has previously included a position as the CEO and Ombudsman of the Ombudsman for Short Term Insurance.  In addition, she previously practised as a senior counsel at the Johannesburg Bar, and has significant experience appearing before numerous Courts and Tribunals, as well as in private arbitrations.

Client Work

Date Client

Career & Education


  • Pension Law Certificate University of Witwatersrand
  • LLB University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • BA University of KwaZulu-Natal

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Chairperson The Board of the Ombud Council


Fasken Institute



Speaking Engagements

Speaker Ensuring alignment of your policy documents with the Twin Peaks framework The Insurance Institute of South Africa
Speaker Presenting on Covid-19 Insurance Regulatory Measures 7th Insurance Claims Conference 2020


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