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EQC has a board of six Commissioners. The Board is accountable to the Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission, the Hon Grant Robertson

Board meeting minutes can be found here


Sir Michael Cullen

Michael Cullen was an Otago University lecturer until he entered Parliament in 1981. Michael was Finance Minister from 1999 to 2008, and Deputy Prime Minister from 2002 to 2008. His achievements include the establishment of the New Zealand Superannuation Fund and the creation of KiwiSaver.

Term ends:  30 June 2021


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. Mary-Jane is Deputy Chair of Airways Corporation of New Zealand, a Director of Cigna Life Insurance New Zealand Limited, Auckland Transport and Kiwi Property Group Limited.
Term ends:  29 February 2020


Alison O'Connell

Dr Alison O'Connell - Commissioner


Dr Alison O’Connell is an actuary and research consultant.  She was founding Director of the UK’s Pensions Policy Institute and has held senior positions at Swiss Re, Mercer, and McKinsey. Alison lives in Christchurch is also a Director at the Education Benevolent Society and the Government Superannuation Fund Authority.

Terms ends: 30 June 2020


Paul Kiesanowski

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 and is currently Acting CFO for City Care Limited. He is also Chairman of the Red Bus Company Limited, a Director of New Zealand Red Cross and Apex Environmental Limited, and a Trustee of the Red Cross Foundation.
Term ends:  29 February 2020


Toni Ferrier

Toni Ferrier - Commissioner

LLB (Hons), CMinstD

Toni is an experienced senior Executive in the financial services sector and was appointed to the EQC Board on 1 July 2018. Toni was most recently an Executive at Crombie Lockwood (New Zealand) Limited part of the Arthur J Gallagher international group of Insurance Brokers. Prior to that Toni was on the Executive team at Lumley General Insurance (part of the Wesfarmers Group) from 2010 to 2015 where she ran the Lumley Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Business Unit and the Lumley Business Solutions Division. Toni is a qualified lawyer who was in practice for ten years before starting her financial services career. She is a current Director of Accuro Health Insurance, Advisory Board member for Fergus Software Limited and runs her own consultancy business Purposely Limited.
Terms ends: 30 June 2021

Erica Seville

Erica Seville

PhD, BE (hons)

Erica was appointed to the EQC Board on 1 July 2018.  Erica is a founder and director of Resilient Organisations, a social enterprise doing both public-good research and consulting with communities and organisations to help them improve their resilience.  Erica is also a Principal Investigator with QuakeCoRE, the New Zealand Center of Research Excellence on Earthquake Resilience, and has led several major of research programmes in the fields of disaster management, economic and business recovery, and the efficacy of insurance.  She is a member of the Resilience Expert Advisory Group, providing advice to the Australian Government on critical infrastructure resilience issues.  Erica is an Adjunct Senior Fellow with University of Canterbury and she has Ph.D. in risk management.
Terms ends: 30 June 2021


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