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.
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.
Andrea Dry is Senior Client Manager P&C at Swiss Re Australia & New Zealand, based in the Sydney office.
Andrea brings more than 20 years' experience in underwriting, actuarial, and relationship management across the (re)insurance industry. In her current role, she is responsible for relationship management with large General Insurance clients, including those with significant market share in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands.
Before moving to Client Markets, Andrea was a key senior member of Swiss Re's Property Treaty Underwriting team. In recent years, she has taken an interest in the application of Behavioural Economics principles to insurance, with customer outcomes a key success metric and ethics a core guiding principle.
Andrea started her career in the Actuarial departments of AMP Limited in Wellington, followed by GIO Re Limited in Sydney. She holds a Bachelors Degree of Science, Operations Research, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Organisational Psychology from Massey University, with contribution from her studies at the University of California, Berkeley.
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 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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Toni Ferrier is the CEO of AIG New Zealand Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of AIG International Group Pty. Toni is also a Director of Fergus Trade Software Limited and a Chartered Member of the NZ Institute of Directors.
Toni joined AIG with a 25-year career with extensive legal, governance and insurance experience. After working as a commercial litigation lawyer in New Zealand and the UK; Toni has held Executive roles at Lumley Insurance (Wesfarmers) and Crombie Lockwood Brokers.
Most recently Toni was a Director on the Board of Accuro Health Insurance and a Commissioner at the New Zealand Earthquake Commission; this has given her experience working with the Crown and with a business owned by its members. She joined AIG in October 2019.