EQC has a board of seven Commissioners. The Board is accountable to the Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission, the Hon. Gerry Brownlee.
Sir Maarten Wevers
Chair - KNZM, BSc, BA (Hons)
Sir Maarten is a former Private Secretary to the then Prime Minister, the Right Honourable David Lange, High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea, and Ambassador to Japan. Sir Maarten was also the Chair of the APEC Senior Officials' Meeting, and General Manager, Government Business, New Zealand Post, and served most recently as Chief Executive of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet from 2004 to 2012. In 2012 he was appointed Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit
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.
Dr Alison O'Connell
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.
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 NZ 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
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 runs his own project management consultancy business, Leafcutter Ltd.
Trevor Burt was appointed to the EQC Board in December 2010. He is a Christchurch-based company director with several non-executive directorships.
Mr Burt recently returned to New Zealand after a career as a senior executive with the global industrial company, BOC Group PLC. When the BOC Group was acquired by the Linde Gas Company, Mr Burt became Executive Director of The Linde Group. He has managed businesses in Asia, Australia and the USA.
Mr Burt is a director of several private New Zealand companies: Lyttelton Port Company Ltd, Silver Fern Farms Ltd and Mainpower NZ Ltd. He is Chair of the Ngai Tahu Holdings Corporation Ltd.
Gordon Smith was appointed to the EQC Board in October 2011. He is a former Chief Executive Officer of Farmers' Mutual Group and holds five directorships in New Zealand and Australia. 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.