Meet the Team
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 in the UK and New Zealand and has held senior leadership roles in the public and SOE sectors. Her past directorships include Mighty River Power, New Zealand Post, and Wellington Free Ambulance.
Sir Michael Cullen
Sir Michael Cullen is the former Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister of New Zealand. During his time in Government, he was responsible for setting up KiwiSaver and establishing the New Zealand Superannuation Fund. Sir Michael has also been Attorney-General of New Zealand and Chairman of New Zealand Post.
Martin Hawes is one of New Zealand’s leading financial commentators. An authorised financial adviser, Martin has authored multiple books and publications on personal financial planning. He is also a financial columnist for the Sunday Star Times and stuff.co.nz.
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.
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. John is currently the principal adviser to the Wellington City Council.
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. Graeme is also deputy chair of the National Provident Fund board of trustees.
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.
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.