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Our Board

Chris Black

President ICNZ, FMG

Chief Executive of FMG since December 2008, Chris Black chose to step down from his position as a director of the organisation to take up the reins of New Zealand’s leading rural insurer in an operational management capacity. Chris came to the role with a wealth of experience from the banking sector as well as broad insurance experience and expertise in corporate strategy, customer service and financial and risk management. Chris has a strong affinity with rural New Zealand through his family and business background, and having been a Land Surveyor early in his career.

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

Andrew previously worked at ACE as Southern Regional Manager from 2000–2002. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration from Victoria University.

Chris Curtin

AA Insurance

Chris is the Chief Executive of AA Insurance, charged with managing their growth, profitability and return on shareholders’ investments. Chris holds responsibility for AA Insurance’s reputation and for ensuring that all staff are focused on providing an outstanding customer experience.

Chris managed AA Insurance’s transition, in 2002, to a joint venture between the New Zealand Automobile Association Incorporated and Promina Direct Group, which became Suncorp when Promina merged with Suncorp Australia in 2007. He also oversaw the amalgamation of AA Insurance and SIS Insurance.


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

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.

Mark Guppy

Allianz New Zealand

Marc was appointed CEO, Allianz New Zealand in February 2017 after leading the Allianz Corporate teams in Western Australia, New South Wales and Queensland. 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.

Marc is a Senior Associate of the Australian Insurance Institute and has over 35 years’ experience in the General Insurance Industry. With a strong claims and underwriting background, Marc is passionate about the customer experience and in leading high performing teams.

Richard Harding


Richard Harding is the CEO of Tower Insurance, New Zealand’s largest locally listed general insurer and an iconic brand that is trusted by more than 350,000 kiwis.

Richard has over 30 years’ experience in the insurance sector in Australia and Asia. Before joining Tower, Richard was the Chief Executive Officer of the Territory Insurance Office, the leading general insurer in the Northern Territory of Australia. Prior to that, he held a number of senior roles at Insurance Australia Group (IAG) in Australia and China.

Richard was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Tower in August 2015.

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 was appointed as CEO of Vero New Zealand in 2015. He has over 30 years’ financial services experience, having worked in banking, funds management, stock broking and insurance.

As well as being a Director of Vero Insurance Limited New Zealand, Paul also holds Directorships at Vero Liability Insurance New Zealand, AA Insurance Limited and the Insurance Council of New Zealand.

After working in the UK for seven years, Paul joined Suncorp Group in 1994. He has held several senior positions including within information technology, corporate projects, human resources and general insurance. Prior to joining Vero, Paul was the Executive General Manager – Statutory Claims, Commercial Insurance. Through his career at Suncorp Paul has gained experience in both short and long tail claims in both Personal and Commercial insurance business units.

Paul was previously a Director of GIO Workers Compensation (NSW) Pty Limited and GIO Workers Compensation (Victoria) Limited in Australia. He was also a Board Member of the Personal Injury Education Foundation Limited and on the Board of RACT Insurance.

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.