Plenary Speakers

NZSA is pleased to announce the following plenary speakers.

Grant Spencer 

Grant Spencer is Deputy Governor and Head of Financial Stability with the Reserve Bank of New Zealand.  He chairs the OECD's Committee on Financial Markets, and the EMEAP working group on financial markets, a cooperative organisation of 11 East Asia and Pacific central banks.

Grant has held executive positions with the ANZ Banking Group and the IMF.  He has also been Head of both the Economics and Financial Markets Departments within the Reserve Bank.


Sir Gordon Tiejtens

Sir Gordon Tietjens has led New Zealand's dominating run in the world of rugby sevens since 1994. In 2013 Gordon was recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours list and was Knighted for services to Rugby. Gordon's success continued as his team went on to win the Sevens Rugby World Cup in Russia 2013.

In 2012 Gordon became the 49th inductee into the International Rugby Board's Hall of Fame. The commemorative cap and gold pin were presented at an awards ceremony at Twickenham, shortly after New Zealand clinched their 10th World Series title from 13 attempts. 

Gordon has been the New Zealand sevens coach since 1994, guiding the team through a string of wins in tournaments from South America to Dubai. Gordon was named the New Zealand Rugby Union Coach of the Year for 2010, recognised for guiding his team to a fourth consecutive Commonwealth Games gold medal. 

Gordon represented New Zealand in rugby sevens in 1983 and played 86 games for Bay of Plenty between 1981 and 1989.


Andrew Patterson

A passionate business champion, with extensive experience in a range of different sectors enables Andrew to deliver a polished performance whenever he is called on to speak or MC at an event.

With more than 20 years media experience, he is comfortable on stage communicating to any audience – from students to senior corporate leaders.

He regularly engages with New Zealand's leading CEOs as well as visiting academics as the presenter of New Zealand's only specialist programme Sunday Business which is broadcast nationally each week on RadioLIVE. Now in its sixth year, the programme has attracted a loyal audience of listeners who use it to keep updated on the week's business news.

Andrew is a prolific reader and maintains an up-to-date knowledge of the key issues and trends impacting on business both at a micro and macro level.

He is particularly interested in entrepreneurship and its ability to contribute significantly to economic growth as well as the impact that education has on economic performance.

Andrew engages easily with people, maintains an extensive network of business contacts both here and overseas and has a reputation for professionalism and attention to detail in all assignments that he undertakes.


Tony Alexander

Tony Alexander has been employed as Chief Economist at New Zealand's second largest bank, the Bank of New Zealand, since 1994 with responsibilities including informing the board and senior management about economic developments and prospects, risks and opportunities, and provision of services for the bank's staff and client base. 

Tony is often asked to comment on economic matters with the media whether it be print, radio, television and on-line media to discuss developments in the local and global economies and financial markets, along with the production of written publications including newspaper and magazine columns.

Tony conducts the monthly BNZ Confidence Survey which provides not only a near real-time snapshot of business sentiment but insight into how businesses currently perceive their operating conditions. Tony also runs the BNZ-REINZ Residential Market Survey of the NZ residential real estate market and the BNZ-Nine Rewards Consumer Trends Survey. 

Prior to joining the BNZ Mr Alexander worked as principal economist at a stock broking firm in Wellington and before that as Research Officer then Treasury Economist with Westpac Bank initially in Sydney, Australia, then New Zealand from 1987. He holds a Master of Arts degree (first class honours) from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. He is the father of five children, his wife is one of New Zealand's foremost early childcare researchers, and he lives in the countryside north of New Zealand's capital city Wellington. 

Tony is an accomplished public speaker much in demand and each year delivers between 80 and 130 presentations at bank seminars, conferences, and client functions around the country and offshore.

Tony's mission is to help Kiwi business people and householders make informed financial decisions by discussing the economy in a language they can understand.


Diane Maxwell, Retirement Commissioner

As Retirement Commissioner Diane leads the Commission for Financial Capability (previously the Retirement Commission). The Commissioner's goal is building the financial capability of New Zealanders of all ages, with an increased focus on low income and vulnerable groups. The role also includes a three-yearly review of retirement income policies and a monitoring role for the retirement villages sector. 

Prior to becoming Retirement Commissioner in 2013 Diane was at the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) where she worked on the role of regulation post GFC and the relationship between compliance, regulation and education. Before the FMA she spent five years at Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) overseeing government relations, complaints, sustainability, events, marketing, sponsorship and media. During that time she worked on financial literacy and responsible lending, alongside privacy breaches, product development, and legislative and compliance changes.


Maggie Eyre

Maggie Eyre has over 30 years' experience in business, public relations, education and theatre. She is the author of: Speak Easy and has been a published author for thirteen years. Her books sell in India, Indonesia, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.

The fourth revision of Speak Easy is being launched in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand in February 2016.

A presentation trainer, stylist, and media advisor to former Prime Minister Helen Clark, Maggie's work has been recognized in Time Magazine and in international media including, the United Kingdom, China and Dubai.

Maggie returned to Auckland in 2012 after eight years working in London, the Middle East and Europe. Prior to travelling, she worked as an account director for top Public Relations firm Acumen Republic - heading up their presentation and media brand, Encore.

Maggie is the Director of Fresh Eyre, a niche training company specialising in teaching presentation and media skills. Her team of journalists, voice coaches, actors and camera operators provide Creating Presence programmes to help transform hesitant speakers into confident communicators.

Key clients are; students, professors, business executives, senior managers, and a few very special not-for-profits. Anyone who needs to overcome their fear of Public Speaking (even if it's a simple speech at a special occasion) will benefit from working with Fresh Eyre.

Maggie brings creativity and business skills to two not-for-profit boards StarJam and TYLA. She is guided by principles of equality, integrity and compassion and lives to make a difference especially for disadvantaged youth. Her motto is: 'never give up on anyone'.




Sunday 20 November


4:00pm AGM
5:00pm Conference opening
5:30pm - 7:30pm Welcome Dinner Function

Monday 21 November 


8:30am Tony Alexander
9:30am Concurrent session one
  Actuaries and Data Analytics - Positively Correlated?
Adam Follington & Joe and Benbow 
Beyond the limits: Modeling and forecasting longevity
A/Prof Leonie Tickle 
Optimising Pricing Strategy and Process
Klaas Stijnen
Enterprise Risk Management - Do Actuaries really get it?
Scott Lewis 
10:30am Morning tea
11:00am Concurrent session two
  The artificially intelligent actuary: How AI is changing the actuarial landscape
Nicholas Warren & Simon Young 
Rules of thumb – helping New Zealanders DIY decumulate 
Joe Benbow, Catherine Edgar, Daniel Mussett, Alison O'Connell, Christine Ormrod & Kelvin Prisk
NZSA Public Sector Interest Group
Paper/Presentation on the Public Sector and Actuarial work
Mutuality and Solidarity – is it possible to solve the crisis in private health insurance in New Zealand?
Jeremy Holmes
12:00pm Andrew Patterson
1:00pm Lunch
2:00pm Concurrent session three
  Risk adjustments: Can life actuaries learn something from GI actuaries?
Ben Coulter 
An actuarial model of New Zealand social housing
Alan Greenfield, Eric Judd, Dr Hugh Miller & Daniel Stoner 
Insurance fraud analytics
Dr Jonathan Cohen & Jadon Fox
The Future of Trauma Product Development and Management
Mary Liao 
3:00pm Concurrent session four
  Reserve Bank of New Zealand – Review of the Insurance (Prudential Supervision) Act 2010
Richard Johnson 
Simple Products
Robert Kerr  
Modelling errors and how organisations can reduce them
Michael Clarke 
A way forward for NZ Superannuation
Peter Cosseboom 
4:00pm Afternoon tea      
5:20pm Buses depart for Hobbiton      
6:00pm - 11:00pm HobbitonSocial Evening
Kindly sponsored by Taylor Fry 

Tuesday 22 November 


8:30am  Maggie Eyre 
9:30am  Concurrent session five       
  Trauma - defining the future
K Boundy & W Monday 
Reserving for high cost cancer claims
Len Elikhis 
Insights from New Zealand solvency returns for the 2015 financial year
Robert Cole & Adrian Allott 
Beyond the Bitcoin - Decentralised Financial Smart-Contracts and Insurance Applications
Ethan Choi 
10:30am  Morning tea       
11:00am  Concurrent session six       
  Back to the Future – Thriving in a World of Digital Disruption
Win-Li Toh, Scott Duncan & Jenna Cooke 
Probability of Insolvency: How safe are we?
Anita Samu 
New Zealand Individual Lump Sum Experience Investigation 2008-2014
Winncy Wong & Beata Bronikowska 
The effect of gross versus net of tax discount rates in MoS liabilities and thereby profit reporting for life insurance
David Chamberlain & Hamish Farrar 
12:00pm  Gordon Tietjens      
1:00pm  Recreational activities      
6:30pm  Buses depart for dinner       
7:00pm - 11:30pm Conference Gala Dinner
Kindly sponsored by Gen Re 

Wednesday 23 November


8:30am  Grant Spencer
9:30am  Brunch
11:00am  Diane Maxwell 
12:00pm End of conference 2016