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


Sir Maarten Wevers was appointed Chair of the EQC Board in August 2013. Sir Maarten 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; and the Victoria University Foundation; 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. Keith 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.
Terms ends: 30 June 2016

Alison O'Connell

Dr Alison O'Connell - Commissioner

MA, MSc, PhD, FIA (London), FNZSA

Dr Alison O’Connell was appointed to the EQC Board in September 2013. She is an actuary and research consultant who has held senior positions at Swiss Re, Mercer, and McKinsey & Co.  She was founding Director of the Pensions Policy Institute in London. Dr O’Connell lives in Christchurch, and was an advisor at the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority. She is also a Director at the Education Benevolent Society.
Terms ends: 30 June 2018 

Roger Bell

Roger Bell - Commissioner


Roger Bell was appointed to the EQC Board in August 2013. As past Chief Executive of Vero Insurance, Roger has a passion for organisational excellence. He is a past Director and long-term Chairman of the New Zealand Business Excellence Foundation, a not-for-profit body which assists New Zealand organisations to achieve world-class performance and results as measured by the global Baldrige Criteria across a number of disciplines. He is a Fellow (by examination) of the Australia & New Zealand Institute of Insurance & Finance and has completed the Executive Program at the University of Michigan Business School. Roger is a strong advocate for animal welfare as a Director and Deputy Chairman of SPCA Auckland.
Term ends: 30 June 2018

Russell Black.

Russell Black - Commissioner

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

Russell Black was appointed to the EQC Board in December 2010. Before that 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. Russell served on the Hong Kong government's Vocational Training Council from 1998 to 2002, the 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 a Director of Northpower Ltd and the NSW Government’s Sydney Metro Advisory Board, and runs his own project management consultancy business, Leafcutter Ltd.
Term ends:  30 June 2016

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. Gordon 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.
Term ends:  30 June 2017


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.
Term ends:  28 February 2017


Paul Kiesanowski

Paul Kiesanowski - Commissioner


Paul Kiesanowski was appointed to the EQC Board in March 2014. He 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. Paul is also a Director of New Zealand Red Cross, a Trustee of the Red Cross Foundation, and Chairman of The Red Bus Company.
Term ends:  28 February 2017


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