EQC has a board of seven Commissioners. The Board is accountable to the Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission, the Hon. Dr. Megan Woods.

Sir Maarten Wevers





Sir Maarten Wevers - Chair


Sir Maarten Wevers 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, 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. 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

MA, MSc, PhD, FIA (London), FNZSA

Dr Alison O’Connell is an actuary and research consultant. She is a Fellow of the New Zealand Society of Actuaries and the Institute of Actuaries in the UK and has held senior positions at Swiss Re, Mercer, and McKinsey & Co.  She was founding Director of the Pensions Policy Institute in London. Alison lives in Christchurch and was an advisor at the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority. She is also a Director at the Education Benevolent Society and the Government Superannuation Fund Authority.
Terms ends: 30 June 2018 

Roger Bell

Roger Bell - Commissioner


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 that assists New Zealand organisations to achieve World Class levels of performance as measured by the demanding global Baldrige Criteria. Vero Insurance achieved the highest award of 'Gold-World Class' under his leadership. 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 also a strong advocate for animal welfare as a Director, and Vice Chairman, of SPCA Auckland.
Term ends: 30 June 2018

Gordon Smith.

Gordon Smith - Commissioner

Gordon Smith is a former Chief Executive Officer of Farmers' Mutual Group and has considerable experience in banking, finance and insurance. He is currently Managing Director of Bureau Specialised Insurance Agency Limited. He is Chair of Vo2 Hawkes Bay Limited, Vo2 Manawatu Limited, Manfield Park Trust, RFL Limited, MALO Limited and Porters Boutique Hotel. He is also Advisory Board Chair of Cole Murray Group Limited in Hastings.


Tim Hurdle - Commissioner


Tim Hurdle 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 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


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