Meet the Team

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Diana Crossan

Director & Chairperson

Diana Crossan is the former Retirement Commissioner of New Zealand, a position she held for ten years. Prior to this, she was a Senior Executive with AMP and held senior leadership roles in the public sector. Her past directorships include Mighty River Power, NZ Post, and Wellington Free Ambulance.

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Sir Michael Cullen


Sir Michael Cullen is the former Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister of New Zealand. As a minister, he was responsible for setting up KiwiSaver and establishing the New Zealand Superannuation Fund. He was also Attorney-General of New Zealand and Chairman of NZ Post.

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Ralph Stewart

Director & Managing Director

Ralph Stewart was CEO of AXA Insurance New Zealand for 9 years and more recently the CEO of ACC. He has thirty years of experience in New Zealand's financial services sector, including 8 years as General Manager of Marketing & Strategy at TOWER Insurance. Ralph holds a Masters in Business Administration from Manchester University in England.

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Martin Hawes


Martin Hawes is one of New Zealand’s leading financial commentators and advisers. He has authored multiple books on personal financial planning including best-selling titles "Twenty Good Summers" and "Family Trusts". He is also a financial columnist.

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John Strahl


John Strahl is a former Partner at international law firm, DLA Phillips Fox and was the principal legal adviser to Tower Insurance for over 20 years, specialising in demutualisation and capital raising.

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Graeme Mitchell


Graeme Mitchell is a former Audit and Assurance Partner at Deloitte and Director at Cigna Insurance New Zealand. He is currently Chair of the Audit Committee for the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Social Development.

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Tim Paris


Tim Paris is CEO of Ruark Consulting LLC, a US-based behavioural data analytics provider, servicing approximately 70% of the US variable and fixed annuity markets. Tim is also a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.

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James Beale


James is CEO of Oriens Capital and has worked in the financial services industry for more than 20 years. Central to James’ career was 14 years with leading investment advisory business, Craigs Investment Partners Limited from 2001 to 2015.

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Charles Hett

Appointed Actuary

A Fellow of the New Zealand Society of Actuaries and a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia. Charles has provided advice in NZ, UK and Asia on long-term insurance business products and liabilities alongside business risk and value. He has acted as statutory Appointed Actuary for a number of NZ insurers. Corporate roles include AMP, CIGNA International and TOWER.