Our Board



Chris Black

President ICNZ, FMG

Chief Executive of FMG since 2008, Chris Black entered the role with a wealth of experience from the banking sector as well as broad insurance experience and expertise in corporate strategy, financial and risk management and customer service.

At an industry level Chris is also on the Board of the International Cooperatives and Mutual Insurance Federation (ICMIF).

Martin Stokes

Martin Stokes

Vice-President ICNZ, MAS

Martin is currently CEO of MAS, a membership based mutual for professional people. Prior to that he held several senior positions in financial services, and has over 20 years experience in the Insurance industry.

Until recently Martin was Chair of the Insurance & Financial Services Ombudsman (IFSO) Board and a Member of the ISO Commission. He is a Chartered Member of the NZ Institute of Directors.

Andrew Brooks

Andrew Brooks

Andrew Brooks was appointed Country President – New Zealand for Chubb in February 2015.With 24 years of industry experience gained mostly at international broking firms, he brings a wealth of knowledge about the intermediated market to the Insurance Council of New Zealand.

Andrew previously worked at Chubb as Southern Regional Manager from 2000 – 2002. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration from Victoria University. Away from the industry he is a devoted husband and father of four children, a football coach and a marriage celebrant.

Chris Curtin

Chris Curtin

AA Insurance

Chris Curtin has been the Chief Executive of AA Insurance Limited for nearly 20 years. He has worked in the industry for over 30 years having commenced his career with GIO Australia in Sydney, Australia. Chris is responsible for managing the company’s growth, profitability and organisational reputation.

Chris is an Associate of the Australian Insurance Institute and holds a Graduate Diploma in Business (Administration) from the University of Auckland. Chris is also a member of the Institute of

Bill Donovan QBE

Bill Donovan


Bill Donovan is a seasoned industry professional with a career spanning 4 decades in the General Insurance industry.

Bill has had substantial experience in both the NZ and Australian markets, having been Chief Executive of Willis NZ and Australia and is currently General Manager New Zealand Operations for QBE Insurance.

Bill is married with two grown up daughters and enjoys walking Millie the Labrador in his spare time.

Kai Dwyer

Kai Dwyer

Zurich (New Zealand)

Kai was appointed General Manager of Zurich New Zealand in 2015. Prior to this he held a number of senior management roles with Zurich Australia. He has worked in the Insurance Industry for more than 30 years since since starting his career with Willis Faber & Dumas in London which served as a springboard for his extensive international career working in both underwriting and broking in major markets across several continents.

Kai is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute, United Kingdom. He is also an Associate of ANZIIF and a serving member of ANZIIF’s Risk Management Faculty Advisory Board.

Eugene Elisara (ICNZ)

Eugene Elisara

Allianz New Zealand

Eugene was appointed CEO, Allianz New Zealand in November 2014 after spending a number of years with another global insurer. The Allianz insurance brand is one of the largest in Australasia and part of the Allianz SE Group, the largest property and casualty insurer in the world.

Eugene has degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Canterbury and over 20 years experience in the Australian, English and local legal and financial services industries. With a strong legal background, Eugene enjoys strategic planning and execution (he led the team that obtained New Zealand's first full insurance licence two years ahead of the market as well as the team that won the 2007 New Zealand Law Award for Dispute Resolution).

Eugene is excited to be a part of the Board at this pivotal time for the industry and brings a keen eye for effective governance and efficient regulation. He is married with three children.

Craig Olsen

Craig Olsen


Craig Olsen was appointed Chief Executive New Zealand in December 2015.

Craig was previously Executive General Manager – Direct Insurance New Zealand. Prior to that, he was Executive General Manager – Transformation, responsible for the successful integration of AMI into IAG in New Zealand.

Craig joined IAG in 2000 and has held a number of senior roles in Australia and New Zealand, including Head of Workers’ Compensation – Victoria; and national General Manager of CGU Workers’ Compensation division. He is a director of Loyalty New Zealand Ltd, First Rescue and Emergency (NZ) Ltd and Sureplan New Zealand Limited.

Craig has a Bachelor of Accountancy from the University of South Australia and has completed programs at the Australian Graduate School of Management and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Paul Smeaton

Paul Smeaton


Paul Smeaton is responsible for the strategy and operational delivery for Suncorp New Zealand which includes the Vero, Asteron Life and AA Life brands.

Paul is also a Director of Vero Liability, AA Insurance and the Insurance Council of New Zealand. Paul has over 30 years financial services experience having worked in banking, funds management, stock broking, life and superannuation and general insurance.

After working in the UK for seven years, Paul joined Suncorp in 1994. During his time with Suncorp he has held several senior positions within Information Technology, Corporate Projects, Human Resources, Procurement, Facilities and General Insurance. In 2006 Paul was appointed General Manager Property Claims and, as a result of the Promina acquisition, he took on the role of Executive General Manager – Commercial Claims. In November 2008 he was appointed to the board of RACT Insurance and then in November 2010 Paul took on the role of Executive General Manager – Statutory Claims, Commercial Insurance.

In September 2015 Paul was appointed as Chief Executive at Vero in New Zealand.


Mathew Spears

Munich Re

Mathew Spears was appointed Client Manager for New Zealand in October 2016.  Mathew has worked for Munich Re for a total of 15 years, with most of that time spent as a Casualty Underwriter for their Australian & New Zealand business.  He also spent 8 years working for GE Insurance Solutions, as their Senior Underwriter for Casualty business in Australia & New Zealand.

Mathew is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance, and has completed a number of courses with the Australian Graduate School of Management.