New Zealand Member Advisory Board

The New Zealand Member Advisory Board (NZ MAB) comprises experienced members of the New Zealand insurance and finance industry who provide support and guidance to ANZIIF on matters relating to the industry in the region. 

  • Paul Munton



    Paul Munton

    ANZIIF (Fellow) CIP
    Executive General Manager
    Rothbury Insurance Brokers

    Paul has in excess of 25 years industry experience and has an extensive knowledge of reinsurance and insurance. He is currently Executive General Manager at Rothbury Insurance Brokers.

    His prior role was as General Manager – Broker Products, Lumley General, in which he had overall responsibility for the underwriting and claims for Lumley General’s five commercial portfolio’s. Other past roles include General Manger Corporate, AON NZ, Manager for NZ EIG-Ansvar and Client Manager Swiss Re. 
    He is a past Board member for the Insurance Council of New Zealand and is a past examiner for the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance. Paul became President of ANZIIF’s New Zealand Member Advisory Board in July 2013.

  • Karl Armstrong


    Karl Armstrong

    ANZIIF (Fellow) CIP
    Chief Risk Officer
    IAG NZ Ltd

    Karl Armstrong was appointed Executive General Manager NZI in August 2008, and in April 2012 his role was extended to include responsibility for IAG’s other intermediated channel, Business Partners, which incorporates banking partners and niche brands.

    Prior to this he was IAG New Zealand Limited’s head of underwriting and risk management, responsible for underwriting assessing, professional risks, product development, pricing and reporting.

    Karl joined NZI in 1971 and spent 18 years working for NZI and GA in the United Kingdom.  He returned to New Zealand in 1994 and set up the accident insurance division in 1998 when the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) was opened to competition.

    His experience includes underwriting and risk management, reinsurance, sales, broker relationship management and marketing. 

  • Chris Black


    Chris Black

    ANZIIF (Assoc) CIP
    Chief Executive
    Farmers' Mutual Group

    In both his personal and professional life, Chris Black treats risk as a necessary ingredient for achievement. Helping rurally minded people and businesses in New Zealand gauge and manage a realistic level of risk is something he is passionate about.  In the nicest possible way, Chris wants it all – a better deal for rural New Zealand, and a top three rating for FMG as New Zealand’s best workplace.

    When Chris first joined FMG in 2008, he quickly realised the organisation was an unpolished gem. “Here was a 107 year-old organisation with a rural brand to die for and really great clients, but not many people knew about it!” A few years down the track and Chief Executive, Chris is proud of FMG’s strategic competitive advantage in the rural market, and his avowed goal is to grow FMG’s current 41% share of the rural market to 70%.

    The Chris Black career story is one of challenges met and risks surmounted – beginning with a school holiday job on the factory floor in his father’s business making wire products for the rural market. Choosing tertiary study over taking up the reins in the family firm, Chris’ professional life also had rural roots, as a qualified land surveyor. Yet a desire to explore new opportunities soon saw Chris embark on a finance and banking career with international firms like Citibank and SG Warburg in London, before returning to New Zealand. Fifteen years of further achievement followed Chris’ return home, this time with BNZ, and included a stint at Harvard Business School and serving in some key role’s as the bank’s Chief Financial Officer, Head of Strategy and General Manager of Personal and Private Banking.

    The outdoors, the rural life…its always appealed to him. “Good people doing important things to underpin the NZ economy.” Chris is married to Kate, who comes from a sheep farm in North Canterbury, and they have three young children. In his spare time, Chris plays tennis and golf and has a keen interest in contemporary music. 

    People who live and work on the land still are, in his view, the backbone of the country. “So, if we’re helping rural New Zealand to take the risks required to achieve their goals, then that’s an important and worthwhile role that we play.”

    Chris has a Bachelor of Surveying from Otago University, is a Chartered Accountant and the current Vice President of the Insurance Council of New Zealand (ICNZ).

  • Jill Comley-Forbes


    Jill Comley-Forbes

    ANZIIF (Assoc) CIP
    Executive Director / Regional Manager
    Aon NZ

    Jill has 25 years experience in the insurance, broking and risk management industry. Jill is an Executive Director with Aon New Zealand, managing the Canterbury and West Coast Regions. Jill has responsibility for the marketing and growth of Aon in those regions.

    Aon is the largest insurance broker globally and in New Zealand, and Jill has enjoyed the many opportunities to work with colleagues around the globe. Aon’s global colleagues have assisted Jill and her team “on the ground” to manage the many challenges associated with the Canterbury Earthquakes.

    Jill has several years experience as a Trustee on two separate Boards involved with education and work experience. Jill advocates the vast career opportunities available to young people working within the insurance industry.

    As a member of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance since the commencement of her insurance career, Jill appreciates the educational and networking opportunities the Institute provides and is proud to serve on the New Zealand Member Advisory Board.

  • Michael Dunning


    Michael Dunning

    ANZIIF (Snr Assoc) CIP
    Executive Manager Business Insurance
    Vero Insurance New Zealand

  • Tim Grafton


    Tim Grafton

    ANZIIF (Assoc) CIP
    Chief Executive
    Insurance Council of New Zealand

    Tim Grafton was appointed Chief Executive of the Insurance Council of New Zealand in November 2012.  

    Over the past 30 years has had extensive experience in the media, government, public relations and market research sectors. 

    Prior to his appointment at ICNZ, he was Executive Director of leading market research company, UMR Research, where he led a number of key research projects particularly in the energy, primary industry and public sectors providing strategic advice at Board and Chief Executive level.  

    He has been a senior adviser to former Prime Minister Rt Hon Dame Jenny Shipley, the current Minister of Finance, Hon Bill English, and former Finance Minister the Rt Hon Sir William Birch.   

    He has also been a senior public relations practitioner and lobbyist as well as a senior parliamentary reporter.   

  • Peter Leman


    Peter Leman

    ANZIIF (Assoc) CIP
    DLA Piper

    Peter has been practising as a specialist insurance litigator since 1986. He began his career in Auckland then worked in London. Since 2002, he has been based at DLA Piper in Wellington. Peter heads up the insurance team in Wellington and is part of the New Zealand claims team. 

    Peter’s practice covers a wide range of insurance claims issues from coverage disputes, to defence of liability claims, and finally subrogated recovery actions. He has a particular interest in property insurance and in professional negligence claims involving engineers. 

    He is a regular speaker at ANZIIF and other conferences and has been associated with ANZIIF since the mid-1990s.  Having previously held the position of the President of the New Zealand Branch Executive Committee and being a member on the ANZIIF Board.

  • Myles Noble


    Myles Noble

    Head of Claims and EQ Response
    Crombie Lockwood (NZ) Ltd

    Myles has been the National Claims Manager for Crombie Lockwood Since 2004, New Zealand’s largest insurance brokers, and was made General Manager NZ Claims in March 2008. He is currently Head of Claims and Earthquake Response reflecting his present commitment to leading their Canterbury earthquake response.

    Throughout his career Myles has been passionate about customer satisfaction and service delivery whilst meeting stakeholder’s expectations. His drive to achieve this is backed up with sound technical knowledge and extensive change management and process review experience. He is not afraid to challenge convention.

    Myles also enjoys an excellent reputation for the leadership and development of his staff.

    In 2005 he was awarded the Insurance Brokers Association of New Zealand (IBANZ) Young Broker of the Year award and in 2011 was awarded the IBANZ Claims Professional of the Year award.

    Myles is currently on the ANZIIF NZ Member Advisory Board and the National Committee for the Insurance Law Association.  

  • Martyn Norrie


    Martyn Norrie

    ANZIIF (Fellow) CIP
    Cunningham Lindsey NZ

    In March 2013, Martyn retired from the role of CEO of Cunningham Lindsey in New Zealand.  He continues as Chairman of the NZ company and works with the wider Cunningham Lindsey Group in various capacities.

    He consults to the Insurance Industry and other commercial organisations.  He is also involved with the governance of several "not for profit" organisations in New Zealand.

    Martyn is a Fellow of the Institute and also qualified as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters.  He also completed an MBA which focussed significantly on customer service and the supply of professional services.

    Martyn is married to Marg and they have four children and five grand children.

  • Alistair Monk


    Alistair Monk

    ANZIIF (Snr Assoc) CIP
    Marine Business Development Underwriter
    QBE Insurance (International) Limited

    Alistair has been active in the New Zealand and Australian insurance industries for over 15 years.

    His experience extends to most lines of commercial underwriting including engineering, motor, property and liability, however, it has been marine insurance which has dominated his career. Starting as an insurance cadet, Alistair has worked his way through administration, claims, underwriting and into business development. He joined QBE NZ in 2013 and is their Marine Business Development Underwriter.  

    In 2013 Alistair won the NZ Emerging Young Professional of the Year Award and in 2014 received the ICNZ/ANZIIF Insurance Scholarship and has recently completed his MBA through Auckland University.

    Alistair has been involved with ANZIIF councils since 2009 sitting on both the New South Wales and New Zealand Gen-i Councils and joining the New Zealand Members Advisory Board in 2013.

  • Jeffrey Pryde


    Jeffrey Pryde

    ANZIIF (Snr Assoc) CIP
    Chartered Loss Adjuster & Head of Marketing
    Crawford & Company New Zealand

    With the Insurance industry since 1982, Jeff has been a Loss Adjuster since 1988. Jeff became Chartered in 1999 and is a Senior Associate of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance and Associate of the Australian Institute of Chartered Loss Adjusters. Jeff specialises in Major Loss (Commercial and Residential), Commercial Property, Contract Works and Bloodstock. Jeff has held several positions within Crawford and currently operates as the manager of client relationships and business development.