EQC has a board of eight Commissioners. The Board is accountable to the Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission, the Hon. Gerry Brownlee.


Sir Maarten Wevers

Sir Maarten Wevers - Chair

KNZM, BSc, BA (Hons)

Sir Maarten Wevers served as Chief Executive of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet from 2004 until 2012. He was formerly Ambassador to Japan and High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea.  Sir Maarten is a member of the Audit Committee of the Ministry of Social Development; a trustee of the Fred Hollows Foundation and the National Army Museum; a member of the Ministry of Primary Industries Investment Advisory Panel for the Primary Growth Partnership, and the Registrar of Pecuniary and other Specified Interests of Members of Parliament.

Keith Taylor

Keith Taylor - Deputy Chair 

BCom, BSc, FIA (London), FIAA

Keith Taylor was appointed to the EQC Board in August 2006. He is a former Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of TOWER Ltd. Mr Taylor has experience in governance and the insurance industry, and is widely skilled in strategic and business planning.  He has a number of Board positions including Chair of the Government Superannuation Fund, Chair of Gough Holdings Limited, Deputy Chair of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and Director/Trustee of the Southern Cross Healthcare Group.

Alison O'Connell

Dr Alison O'Connell - Commissioner

Dr O’Connell was founding Director of the Pensions Policy Institute in London, and previously held senior positions at Swiss Re, Mercer, and McKinsey & Co. She moved to New Zealand in 2006 and lives in Christchurch, working as a researcher and policy adviser. After the 2010/11 earthquakes, she spent a year working at the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority. Dr O'Connell gained a PhD in longevity and public policy at Victoria University of Wellington in 2012. She has a degree in mathematics from St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge, a postgraduate degree in Gerontology from King’s College, London, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries.

Roger Bell

Roger Bell - Commissioner

As past Chief Executive of Vero Insurance, Roger has a passion for organisational excellence. He is a current Director, and past Chairman, of the New Zealand Business Excellence Foundation, a not-for-profit body which exists to assist New Zealand organisations to achieve World Class levels of performance and results as measured by the demanding global Baldrige Criteria across a number of disciplines. He is a Fellow (by examination) of the Australia & New Zealand Institute of Insurance & Finance and also completed the prestigious Executive Program at the University of Michigan Business School. Roger is also a strong advocate for animal welfare as a Director of SPCA Auckland.

Russell Black.

Russell Black - Commissioner

BE (Civil) (Hons), FREng (UK), FHKAES, FIPENZ, FHKIE

Russell Black was appointed to the EQC Board in December 2010. Prior to 2010 he spent 34 years managing major infrastructure projects in Hong Kong, Singapore, England and China. He was Projects Director for Hong Kong's rail operator, MTR Corporation Ltd, for 18 years. Mr Black served on the Hong Kong government's Vocational Training Council from 1998 to 2002, Construction Advisory Board from 1993 to 1999, and Provisional Construction Industry Coordination Board (and subsequently the Construction Industry Council) from 2001 to 2010. He is currently a Director of Northpower Ltd and the NSW Government’s North West Rail Project Advisory Board, and runs his own project management consultancy business, Leafcutter Ltd.

Gordon Smith.

Gordon Smith - Commissioner

Gordon Smith was appointed to the EQC Board in October 2011. He is a former Chief Executive Officer of Farmers' Mutual Group and holds four directorships in New Zealand. Mr Smith has considerable experience in banking, finance and insurance. He owns an independent business consultancy that works with a wide variety of companies in the areas of strategic direction, business growth and enhanced profitability and is Managing Director of a niche general insurance agency.


Mary Jane Daly

Mary-Jane Daly - Commissioner

Mary-Jane was appointed to the EQC Board in March 2014. She was formerly Executive General Manager at State Insurance. Prior to this she was Chief Financial Officer for IAG New Zealand having joined the company in October 2006. Before joining IAG, Mary-Jane spent four years with Fonterra as Group Treasurer and Risk Manager. Mary-Jane has a strong background in banking and finance with extensive experience in a variety of roles both in New Zealand and the UK. Mary-Jane is an Independent Director of the New Zealand Green Building Council, Airways Corporation of New Zealand and Kiwi Property Group Limited.


Paul Kiesanowski

Paul Kiesanowski - Commissioner

Paul is a former partner of KPMG. He brings strong financial management skills, risk management and assurance over a career working with a large number of clients. He is also a Director of New Zealand Red Cross, a Trustee of the Red Cross Foundation, and a Director of The Red Bus Company.


Page last updated: 30 Jan 2015

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