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Commissioners

Toka Tū Ake EQC has a board of nine Commissioners. The Board is accountable to the Minister responsible for the Earthquake Commission, Hon Dr David Clark(external link).

Board meeting minutes can be found here.


Chris Black – Board Chair

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Chris brings more than 25 years’ governance and executive experience with a strong background in insurance, banking and investment management.  

He was previously Chief Executive of FMG (Farmers Mutual Group) from 2008 to 2021, has been the President of the Insurance Council of New Zealand (ICNZ) and served on the Board of the Insurance & Financial Services Ombudsman (IFSO) Scheme. Chris has expertise in corporate strategy, customer service, financial and risk management, and leading cultural change. Chris was appointed to the Toka Tū Ake EQC Board in April 2022 and as Chair from 1 July 2022. 


Term ends: 31 March 2025


Hon Ruth Dyson - Deputy Chair

Ruth DysonQSO

Ruth Dyson has had a lengthy political career, serving as President of the NZ Labour Party from 1988 to 1992 and as a Member of Parliament from 1993 to 2020 representing the electorates of Lyttelton, Banks Peninsula and Port Hills. She was a Cabinet Minister between 1999 and 2008, serving as Minister for Social Development, ACC, Labour, Disability Issues and Senior Citizens amongst others. She has a strong public policy background and a track record of working for her constituents following the Canterbury earthquakes. She was Opposition spokesperson for Earthquake recovery, Chief Whip and Assistant Speaker prior to her retirement. Ruth joined the Toka Tū Ake EQC Board in May 2021 and was appointed Deputy Chair in April 2022.

Term ends: 30 April 2023


Alastair Hercus

Alastair HercusBA (Hons), LLB, CMInstD

Alastair has been a Partner at Buddle Findlay since 1995, following an earlier career as a diplomat in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He brings legal, governance and government sector experience. He has insurance sector experience as former Deputy Chair of the Medical Assurance Society and is currently Chair of Co-operative Life Ltd. He is also a Director of Invercargill Airport Ltd, and Chair of the Risk & Advisory Committee at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Alastair brings a focus on Toka Tū Ake EQC's policy, regulatory and commercial environment, including responses to the Public Inquiry, regulatory changes, and the Toka Tū Ake relationship with the private insurance industry. Alastair joined the Toka Tū Ake EQC Board on 1 March 2020, and is Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.

Terms ends: 30 June 2025


Alister James

Alister JamesQSO LLB

Alister is a Christchurch barrister with significant public sector governance experience, whose active involvement in the community and voluntary sector, was recognised by his appointment as a Companion of the Queen’s Service Order in 2004. Alister was a Christchurch City councillor for 20 years and a member and former Chair of the Canterbury District Health Board. He has also perviously served as British Honorary Consul, Deputy Chair of the State Housing Appeal Authority, Director and Chair of Christchurch City Holdings Limited, Chair of the Nga Hau e Wha Christchurch National Marae, and until recently, independent Chair of the Greater Christchurch Public Transport Joint Committee. Alister is the Chair of Southern Response Earthquake Services and joined the Toka Tū Ake EQC Board in May 2021.

Term ends: 30 April 2024


Emma Dobson

Emma DobsonEmma is a New Zealander who has returned after many years working at a senior level with Westpac in Australia. Her career included work on the Australian Federal Government’s Digital Business Council and the Australian Tax Office’s Digital Strategy Working Group. Emma will bring a strong focus on strategic opportunities and risks, and pursuing digital transformation to meet customer expectations. She has transferable skills and extensive experience working at a high level within government and the private sector. Emma joined the Toka Tū Ake EQC board in March 2020.

Term ends: 28 February 2023


Erica Seville

Erica SevillePhD, BE (Hons), CMInstD, Hon FBCI

Erica brings a strong focus on building broader resilience for Toka Tū Ake EQC, as well as preparing for our role during a disaster recovery. She is the co-founder of Resilient Organisations, a social enterprise undertaking both public-good research and consulting to help organisations and communities to improve their resilience. Erica has a PhD in risk management and has experience leading several major research programmes in the fields of disaster management, economic and business recovery, and the efficacy of insurance. In addition to her role with Toka Tū Ake, Erica is also a director for Resilient Organisations, BRANZ, and is Chair of RRANZ.  Erica joined the Toka Tū Ake EQC Board in 2018 and is the Chair of the People and Culture sub-committee. 

Terms ends: 30 June 2024


Fiona Wilson

Fiona WilsonB.Sc, M.Sc, GradDipApplStats, CMInstD

Fiona, originally from Australia, now a New Zealand citizen, has held Chief Information Officer and Chief Executive Officer roles in Australia and New Zealand. Having been Chief Information Officer for major organisations in the Australian health sector, she brings experience leading technology related changes across complex organisations to deliver benefit to diverse stakeholder groups. Fiona has also worked with a large consulting firm and led an analytics business in New Zealand. Fiona brings a track record of bridging technology, data, and business needs, and building business capability to deliver in both the public and private sectors. 

Term ends: 28 February 2023


Scott Lewis

Scott Lewis BBS, FIAA, FNZSA, CMInstD

Scott has had a career in insurance and actuarial work in New Zealand and overseas. He provided expertise to Lumley Insurance from 2012 to 2014 with its response to the Canterbury Earthquakes before joining IAG as Head of Insurance Risk and Reinsurance. More recently, he spent two years at Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for Children, working on a data driven approach to better understand wellbeing for the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia and the NZ Society of Actuaries and also currently sits on the Council of the NZ Society of Actuaries.

Term ends: 28 February 2023


Ziena Jalil

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Ziena brings a rich experience as an accomplished business and public sector leader with a focus on delivering equity and opportunity for those with diverse cultures, abilities and experiences.

A champion of customer and community centricity, Ziena has consulted for some of New Zealand’s largest businesses and organisations on their strategies, building their stakeholder relationships, reputations and revenue.

She advocates for outcomes that make a difference and is passionate about supporting the growth of women and young people from Māori, Pacific and ethnic communities.

Ziena holds several governance positions across public, private and charity sectors. These include roles with Education New Zealand, Manukau Institute of Technology, Unitec Institute of Technology, DNA Design, Asia New Zealand Foundation, and the Cancer Society of New Zealand.

She has received several international awards for her work promoting New Zealand trade and education in Asia, and advises businesses looking to grow in the region. Ziena jined the Toka Tū Ake EQC Board in July 2022.

Term ends: 30 June 2025


Jacqui Apiata (Future Director)

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Jacqui joins the Toka Tū Ake EQC Board as a Future Director under the Institute of Directors in New Zealand’s Future Directors development programme, which is designed to identify and grow the next generation of New Zealand directors.  

Jacqui’s areas of strength lie in organisational risk, strategy and leadership. Her governance experience includes roles with the United Fire Brigades Association (UFBA), Public Service Association (PSA), Forest Industry Safety Council (FISC), Tai Tokerau Polynesian Canoe Association (Deputy Chair), Tai Kotuku Incorporated (Founder and Chair). 

Jacqui has a track record of leadership and business success. Along with astute business and managerial skills, across the public and private sectors, Jacqui brings a long history of community involvement -with a particular focus on youth development, organisational and workforce development and hapu development, and rich community insight.

Jacqui also brings a deep cultural awareness, a deep-rooted understanding of He Whakaputanga (Declaration of Independence of New Zealand) and Te Tiriti o Waitangi, cultural capability and understanding of te ao Māori.