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





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.

Mary Jane Daly

Mary-Jane Daly - Deputy Chair


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:  29 February 2020

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

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


Tim Hurdle - Commissioner


Tim Hurdle was appointed to the EQC Board in July 2016 and is the General Manager Strategy at Downer New Zealand Ltd.

He worked as Senior Ministerial Adviser to the Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery from 2010 – 2013. Tim has previously worked for IAG New Zealand on insurance public policy issues and regulatory reforms. He is currently the Chair of the Partnership Board of Wellington ICT Graduate School and is a previous Chair of the Regulatory Committee of the Insurance Council of New Zealand.
Term ends: 30 June 2019

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:  29 February 2020


Page last updated: 2 Mar 2017

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