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Our Board

Martin Stokes (President)

Medical Assurance Society (MAS)

Martin Stokes is CEO of the MAS Group, a Wellington based mutual providing insurance and wealth management services to professionals. He has over 30 years’ experience in financial services, including senior management and Board roles in insurance, investment management and commercial and corporate banking. He is a Chartered Member of the NZ Institute of Directors.

Martin believes in the importance of effective dispute resolution services. He has been Chair of the Insurance & Financial Service Ombudsman (IFSO) Board and a Member of the IFSO Commission.

Martin passionately believes that ICNZ plays an important leadership role in developing more risk aware and resilient communities. He sees this role becoming increasingly important in the face of rapid climate and technological change and believes ICNZ is ideally placed to work with government and community interests to respond to these challenges.

Paul Smeaton (Vice President)

Suncorp

Paul Smeaton is the CEO of Suncorp New Zealand, which includes Vero and Asteron Life. Paul also holds Directorships at Vero Liability Insurance New Zealand, AA Insurance Limited and the Insurance Council of New Zealand.

Paul has over 30 years’ financial services experience, having worked in banking, funds management, stock broking and insurance.

He joined Suncorp in 1994, after working in the UK for 7 years, and has held senior positions in Suncorp’s information technology, corporate projects, human resources and general insurance teams.

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.

Chris Black

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.

Andrew Brooks

Chubb

Andrew Brooks was appointed as Chubb’s New Zealand Country President 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 and global market to ICNZ.

Andrew previously worked at ACE as Southern Regional Manager from 2000–2002. He completed a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration at Victoria University from 1988-1990.

Andrew began his insurance career at Willis in Wellington in 1991 and was part of the original team that started Aon in New Zealand in 1996. He worked at ACE Insurance as Southern Regional Manager from 2000-2002 and then moved back across to broking. He worked at Marsh and Aon before returning to ACE (now Chubb) in late 2014.

Chris Curtin

AA Insurance

Chris is the Chief Executive of AA Insurance Limited, a joint venture between NZAA and Suncorp NZ, and is charged with managing growth, profitability and return on shareholder investments.

He holds responsibility for AA Insurance’s reputation and ensuring all staff are focused on providing an outstanding customer experience. The company has been consistently recognised by IBM Kenexa Best Workplaces Survey (since 2008), and among the top five businesses in the Colmar Brunton Corporate Reputation Index (since 2015), which acknowledges New Zealand’s most successful companies.

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

Andrew Flitcroft

Gen Re

Andrew is the Managing Director of General Re Australia, a member of the Berkshire Hathaway group of companies. He is based in Sydney and has over 30 years experience in local and international insurance and reinsurance markets.

Andrew began his career with Commercial Union Assurance in Sydney in 1985, holding multiple underwriting, claims and management roles before joining General Re in 1996.

Since then he has held various underwriting and leadership positions across both the facultative and treaty units. These roles have included responsibilities for various parts of the business in the Group’s Australian, New Zealand and Asian offices.

Andrew is Fellow of the Australian & New Zealand Institute of Insurance & Finance and was appointed to his current position in 2015.

Marc 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

Tower

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.

John Lyon

Hollard

John is CEO of Ando Insurance Group Limited and represents Hollard on the Insurance Council of New Zealand.  Ando is jointly owned by Hollard and the Ando management team, and delivers innovative propositions tailored to the NZ insurance market.

John is a past President of ICNZ, and has over 40 years’ experience in the insurance industry in Ireland, the UK, and in NZ since 1991.

John was previously CEO at Lumley NZ, and has held a number of senior executive and governance roles in the industry.  He is a Chartered Member of the NZ Institute of Directors, and a Senior Associate of ANZIIF.

Craig Olsen

IAG

Craig Olsen has been CEO since the start of 2016. Previously he was Executive General Manager – Direct Insurance New Zealand and prior to that he was Executive General Manager – Transformation responsible for the successful integration of AMI following its acquisition in 2012.
 
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 General Manager Workers’ Compensation at IAG’s CGU brand. In 2007 he was named Young Executive of the Year by the Australian Financial Review’s Boss magazine.
 
He 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.