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 - 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.
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.
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 - 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 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.
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 - 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 - 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 Management Limited.
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.