Our People

Jo Mason

Jo Mason

CEO, NZbrokers

Jo joined NZbrokers on 1 July 2016. Jo has more than 30 years insurance industry experience , both in New Zealand and Australia. Prior to this she was National Manager - Underwriting Agencies and Cluster Groups at Allianz Australia, a role that had responsibility for the Strategic Growth & Development of the Specialised Agencies, including such names as Global Transport, Strata Community Insurance and Pet Plan.  

Preceding this role, Jo was NZI’s GM Corporate and Facilities in Auckland where she helped lead the integration of the Lumley NZ business into IAG. 

Jo attended INSEAD business school in France & Singapore completing an Advanced Management Programme and is also Senior Associate of ANZIIF.

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Simon Moss

Partner Services Manager, NZbrokers

Simon has worked as a senior underwriter and a senior broker. As an underwriter, he worked for South British, which merged with New Zealand Insurance, then moved to Commercial Union.

In 1993, he took up the challenge to become a broker, initially with Marsh (formerly Sedgwick) and then for the local broker, FMR Risk. More recently he was General Manager at Brokernet before joining NZbrokers in 2015.

He has been fortunate to work in Canterbury, Mid Canterbury, Wellington, Hawkes Bay and Auckland. As a corporate broker Simon travelled to the UK and Europe with clients, guiding them through their overseas insurance arrangements in those regions.

Simon has worked with a wide range of insurance buyers. His personal involvement has been with private and government organisations, in property, construction, transport, health, science, rural, manufacturing and retail sectors, as well as clients with overseas operations. This experience, with a variety of insurers, brokers and clients, has broadened Simon’s knowledge about the insurance landscape in New Zealand and internationally. He is enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge and experience with Partners of NZbrokers to benefit their clients.

Simon has a Diploma in Business Studies (endorsed in Insurance Management - Massey University). These studies included Insurance Management, Risk Management, Public Relations and Human Resource papers.

Rochelle Nayler

Rochelle Nayler

IT Manager, NZbrokers

Rochelle began her career in the Insurance Industry in 1989. She has experience with both Insurance Companies and Insurance Brokers in a variety of roles including underwriting, claims, binder facilities, account management and broking office accounts as well as office management. In 2010 a change in career direction saw her move into the IT systems side of Insurance with WebForm design, set up and implementation of eGlobal and staff training. Rochelle progressed with this career path in a role at Ebix as a Software Consultant working with ongoing development, testing, implementation, training and support of eGlobal.

In 2014 Rochelle joined NZbrokers Management where she leads a skilled IT Team, focussed on support and development for current systems taking NZbrokers into the future in the Information Technology space.

Rochelle is currently completing a Diploma of Leadership & Management through the AUB Academy.

John Davison

Technical Manager, NZbrokers

John joined NZbrokers in November 2017 after spending 37 years with NZI.

John brings significant experience and local knowledge to the role. His previous roles have been in all aspects of insurance, sales, underwriting, audit, branch management in Auckland, Rotorua and Tauranga, and more recently as National Manager, CPF, responsible for managing the NZI team that services CPF throughout NZ.

John has a strong technical background particularly negotiating wordings and dealing with claims issues. He also has strategic, people-management and leadership skill being a people manager with NZI for over 25 years. John is also a Senior Associate of ANZIIF.

Outside of work John enjoys watching all types of sport, and plays the occasional game of golf.

Nicole Walker

Senior Systems Analyst & Administrator, NZbrokers

With her cross-sector knowledge of broking and system platforms, Nicole is a problem-solver, dedicated to creating efficiencies and driven to work smarter. Nicole began her insurance career in 2008 with Bay Insurance Brokers based in Tauranga. In mid-2014 she was approached to join the NZbrokers team in Auckland prompting a move to pursue her interest in IT systems.

From her time in a broking environment Nicole gained valuable and wide-ranging industry knowledge through various roles including Personal Assistant and Advisor.  Here at NZbrokers Nicole works as part of the Support Team where she assists the IT Manager, Rochelle, as 2IC, and utilises her technical expertise to maintain and develop the systems used by our partners.

Outside of the office Nicole can be found enjoying the kiwi outdoors either on foot, on the water, or from the passenger seat of a rally car where she is a successful co-driver. Her passion for health and fitness has recently led to pursuing qualification as a Personal Trainer which she finalised in 2017.

David Lo

Systems Analyst & Administrator, NZbrokers

David joined NZbrokers in May 2016 as a Systems Analyst and Administrator. Prior to working here, David spent 13 years at Vero Insurance in various roles, including AMP General, Vero Online Support (VOS) and Business Analyst.

One of his proudest career achievements to date was assisting in the rollout of Vero’s vLink connectivity with eGlobal to all members.

Outside of work David likes going to the movies, gym and playing indoor netball. He also enjoys more unusual pastimes, currently these are Lego minifigures and Fantasy Basketball.

Bojana Rosandic

IT Support, NZbrokers

Bojana moved from Serbia with her family in 1996 and has found a much-loved new home in New Zealand. She joined the NZbrokers Management team in August 2015 in an IT support role.

In her previous position at Ebix, Bojana gained good knowledge of eGlobal which has allowed her to expand her skills. Bojana assists the support team with ongoing eGlobal maintenance, reports, enhancement and development and also enjoys building good rapport with members across the group.

Bojana has a New Zealand Diploma in Business from Open Polytechnic and she enjoys implementing her accounting skills whenever needed. In her spare time, she is a big movie goer and avid basketball, tennis and rugby league supporter. Word of advice – don’t engage her in any debates about her favourite teams, it’s probably an argument you are going to lose.

Danielle Brookbanks

Danielle Brookbanks

Office Administrator, NZbrokers

Danielle works part time for NZbrokers as an Office Administrator and Executive Assistant.  

Most recently, Danielle has worked as a Key Account Manager in the beauty distribution industry with large FMCG clients in Australia. Prior to that, she worked in London in Sales and Client Services for a leading provider of energy trading solutions to traders, brokers and exchanges. 

Danielle moved back to her native New Zealand with her young family in late 2015 and started work for NZbrokers in early 2017.

Tamara Gedye

IT Support, NZbrokers

Tamara joined NZbrokers in late 2017, spending the previous 5 years working for IUA in an Accounting and IT Administration role with a focus on eGlobal and Crystal Reports. 

Prior to that, she studied for her Bachelor in Accounting and Information Systems while working part time for a Marine Engineering company as Office Project Assistant setting up a new information system. 

Outside of work Tamara enjoys playing board games, watching cricket, camping and hiking – currently making her way through New Zealand’s 10 Great Walks.

Gary van Zijl

Project & IT Support, NZbrokers

Gary joined NZbrokers in 2017 as part of the Nexus project and is currently working within the development team.

Prior to joining NZbrokers, Gary was managing a specialist online insurance facility, having started in the industry in a Waikato based brokerage in a role across Legal and Broking Support. Prior to joining the industry, Gary has an academic background of a Bachelor of Law and Economics.

Outside of the office Gary is an avid follower of Theatre and Symphony performances, and spends time on the golf course when the weather allows for it. But this is obviously a blatant lie, he spends his weekends in the passionate embrace of his one true love: insurance.

 


 

Meet our Executive Board

Mark Searles

Mark Searles

Chairman, NZbrokers
AUB Group Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director

Mark joined AUB Group on 1 January 2013. Prior to this, he was General Manager, Broker & Agent at CGU where he managed CGU’s intermediary distribution capabilities and was responsible for over $1.9 billion of GWP.

Preceding this role, he was CGU’s Chief Commercial Officer & General Manager for Retail. Mark has also held senior management roles in the UK at Zurich Financial Services, Sage Group PLC and Lloyds TSB Group where he was Chief Executive Officer of CSL/Goldfish/Goldfish Bank – UK’s leading direct-to-customer financial services group.

Mark holds a Diploma in Market Research, a Diploma in Advertising and Marketing and a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing Studies. In addition, he has undertaken the Executive Development Program, IMD Lausanne, and the AICD Advanced Board Ready Program and AICD Diploma.

Keith McIvor

Keith McIvor

Director NZbrokers 
Managing Director NZbrokers Holdings, AUB Group Head of Group Development.

Keith  joined AUB Group on 1 August 2013 as the Group's Chief Broking Officer, with over 28 years’ insurance industry experience in New Zealand, Australia and internationally. Prior to this, he was CEO of OAMPS Insurance Brokers, a Wesfarmers Company which had 800 staff and in excess of $1 billion in client GWP.
 
Preceding this role, was Executive General Manager and a shareholder in Crombie Lockwood New Zealand, a company he spent 17 years with.
 
Keith holds a Diploma in Insurance & Insurance Broking and a Diploma in Strategic Planning. In addition, he is Fellow of IBANZ, Senior Associate of ANZIIF (CIP), Fellow of Australian Institute of Management, GAICD and has previously held a Director position on NIBA.