Our Leadership - New Zealand
Jump to our leaders:
- Peter Lowe, ANZIIF, QIB, BBus, CA | Chief Executive Officer
- Clive Berry, ANZIIF, QIB, FIBANZ | Wellington Branch Manager
- Craig Buckle, BCom | National Manager, Corporate Risk Solutions
- Michael Brown, BA, QIB, QIP, ANZIIF | National Manager, Broking New Zealand
- Nigel Grantham, QIB, ANZIIF | National Manager, Financial and Executive Risks (FINEX)
- Melanie Harding, ANZIIF, QIB, BA | Head of Operations
- Richard Jackson | National Manager, Business Development
- Niall Martin, BCom, QIB | Head of Health & Benefits
- Ged McCombie ANZIIF, FIBANZ, QPIB, CIP | Pacific Practice Manager
- Natasha McIndoe, BSc (Hons) | Human Resources
- Simon Ross ANZIIF, FIBANZ | Christchurch Branch Manager
- Jessica Schade, CA | Practice Leader Captives
Meet our Leadership
Peter Lowe, ANZIIF, QIB, BBus, CA
Chief Executive Officer
A strong understanding of his clients’ business and a risk-focused approach have underpinned Peter’s 32 years of experience in New Zealand, Australia, England, Bermuda and the US. Appointed CEO of Willis Towers Watson New Zealand in March 2011, Peter is a qualified Chartered Accountant. He has significant expertise in alternative risk financing, reinsurance design and large global insurance accounts across a range of industries. Peter joined Willis Towers Watson in 2006 as Risk Solutions Practice leader for New Zealand, creating the company’s first Australasian ART and Captive Practice. He is also the President of the New Zealand Captive Insurance Association.
Clive Berry, ANZIIF, QIB, FIBANZ
Wellington Branch Manager
Clive has over 40 years’ experience in the insurance industry. During his career Clive has worked with a wide range of clients in both the private and public sector. He has been involved with many of New Zealand’s best known corporate companies and designed many complex insurance programmes negotiating with global markets. Over the past 30 years Clive has specialised in the energy sector, working as Account Manager for both oil and gas and electricity clients. Additionally, Clive has significant expertise in working with public sector clients, providing consulting and placement services to government departments, including the tertiary education sector. Since joining Willis Towers Watson in 2012 Clive has been involved both in business development and client servicing for major corporate clients. In addition to his client service role, Clive is the Branch Manager of Willis Towers Watson’s Wellington office.
Craig Buckle, BCom
National Manager, Corporate Risk Solutions
Joining Willis Towers Watson in Auckland in 2010, Craig has over 28 years of insurance industry experience, encompassing both underwriting and broking. Over his career he has also worked in London and Sydney, managing placements for large and medium-sized industry and corporate clients across Asia-Pacific, Europe and the Middle East. He has been based in Auckland since 2004. In his current role he manages WTW’s Risk Solutions team nationally, bringing his strong background to bear in insurance programme design, negotiation and placement of risks, working with local and off-shore markets.
Michael Brown, BA, QIB, QIP, ANZIIF
National Manager, Broking New Zealand
Michael has over 25 years’ experience working in the Insurance industry. Prior to joining Willis Towers Watson in 2006 Michael worked for local and international brokers, as well as in underwriting and claims for major insurers. Responsible for our Broking New Zealand Practice, Michael leads the team providing insurance and risk advice to New Zealand-owned companies. He is also the New Zealand Marine Practice Leader. Degree-qualified, a Senior Associate of ANZIIF. and both a Qualified Practicing Insurance Broker and Certified Insurance Professional, Michael ensures that Willis Towers Watson clients have access to the best possible combination of risk and insurance solutions to protect their businesses.
Nigel Grantham, QIB, ANZIIF
National Manager, Financial and Executive Risks (FINEX)
As one of New Zealand’s leading liability brokers, Nigel has a wealth of local and international experience honed from over 30 years in the insurance industry and is a former Insurance Broker of the Year (2010). Nigel’s main areas of expertise are D&O cover for large public listed and private companies, multi-year D&O cover for capital raisings, multi-year Professional Indemnity (PI) project-specific construction policies, PI for large law, accountancy and consulting engineering firms, and due diligence advice on M&A transactions. He is currently a member of New Zealand Society for Construction Law. Nigel joined Willis Towers Watson in 2007; prior to that he spent 14 years as head of Financial and Professional Risks at Marsh and also worked as a broker in London for eight years, placing international and UK professional liability risks.
Melanie Harding, ANZIIF, QIB, BA
Head of Operations
With more than 25 years’ experience in insurance, Melanie joined Willis Towers Watson in Auckland in 2006, after stints in Paris, Dublin and New York. Her strong technical background in policy coverage, contract reviews, market placement and underwriter negotiations has been particularly valuable across a number of large risk management clients. Melanie has also significant expertise in dealing with global programmes. Since her move to an Operations role one of her major priorities is to improve both the client and employee experiences through implementing process improvements and maintaining the standard of excellence as part of the global Operations strategy across the New Zealand business.
National Manager, Business Development
With a broking career spanning four decades, Richard has in-depth knowledge of the needs of corporate clients across a range of industry sectors. Starting his career in England in 1984 with a major US broking firm, Richard moved to Auckland in 2004 to set up a business development team and joined Willis Towers Watson in 2008. An associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute (London), Richard has significant experience in developing risk solutions with corporate clients, the design and placement of insurance programmes and claims management. Richard’s key role is to develop quality relationships with corporate clients and demonstrate Willis Towers Watson’s clear differentiation in the New Zealand market.
Niall Martin, BCom, QIB
Head of Health & Benefits
Starting his career in employee benefits with Willis Towers Watson in Cork, Ireland in 2000, Niall relocated to New Zealand continuing to work in the industry then re-joining us in 2007 as Employee Benefits Manager and was promoted to his current role in 2018. A member of the WTW New Zealand Leadership Group, Niall has 20 years of consulting experience in all aspects of employee benefit programs. His areas of specialty include the design, implementation and ongoing management of insured life, disability and medical benefit plans, benefit plan communication and marketing, workplace wellbeing, corporate retirement plan design and consultation, executive benefits plan design and KiwiSaver. He has particular expertise in working with WTW’s large corporate clients. Niall has also worked in the corporate superannuation and employee benefit industry with a multi-national HR consulting firm.
Ged McCombie ANZIIF, FIBANZ, QPIB, CIP
Pacific Practice Manager
With over 40 years’ experience in insurance, including 35 years in broking, Ged first joined Willis Towers Watson in 1991, broking in the Wellington market before moving up to Auckland to head the company’s Health Sector initiative, leaving in 1993 to take up roles with Fonterra and the New Zealand Defence Force. In 1998 Ged joined an indigenous broking house as a shareholder and director, leaving them in 2006 to establish an insurance business in Fiji. Returning to New Zealand in late 2010, Ged re-joined Willis Towers Watson in 2012 as the Pacific Islands Practice Manager, where he continues his focus on Pacific based business along with retaining a client advocacy role for selected clients within the NZ business sector. Across New Zealand and internationally, Ged has extensive experience in designing and implementing risk and insurance solutions for a wide range of sectors. His particular expertise is in primary industry (especially dairy, meat and kiwifruit), the energy sector, major retail chains, hotel and tourism, government departments, healthcare and religious organisations. His claims experience is deep, especially across Property, Liability and Marine claims.
Natasha McIndoe, BSc (Hons)
An HR generalist with over 20 years’ experience, Natasha began her career in Auckland and worked extensively across multiple jurisdictions in the UK, northern and southern Europe during a five year period based in London.
She has been based in New Zealand since 2005, developing her experience in publicly-listed and private companies, and partnerships in professional services as well as the dairy industry.
Joining Willis Towers Watson in 2016, Natasha is a key partner to the New Zealand leadership team to drive and deliver on the business strategy and supporting people plans, particularly in increasing the focus on talent management and supporting the development of leadership skills through coaching.
Simon Ross ANZIIF, FIBANZ
Christchurch Branch Manager
With 38 years’ experience in the insurance industry, Simon has spent most of his career working in both multinational and indigenous broking firms. He joined Willis Towers Watson in 2006 as a corporate account manager and now leads the Christchurch and Dunedin teams, providing risk and insurance management for the South Island. Simon utilises the WTW team of specialists across the gamut of insurance to design and report on the best solutions with the best markets. His in-depth knowledge is in the New Zealand aquaculture industry and international insurance markets for aquaculture stock mortality risks.
Jessica Schade, CA
Practice Leader Captives
Jessica joined Willis Towers Watson in 2007 and leads our Captive Practice, the preeminent captive advisory and management firm in New Zealand. A Chartered Accountant and with a background in Finance and Economics, Jessica provides a range of governance and advisory services to Boards and management teams for a variety of international corporates, financial institutions and membership bodies. She and her team currently manage many captive insurance companies across New Zealand, the Cook Islands, Vanuatu, Bermuda and Australia, ensuring compliance with all regulatory requirements, analysing underwriting exposure, monitoring capital and solvency adequacy, and compliance with insurance legislation. Jessica also provides consultancy services to many New Zealand corporates considering the formation of their own captive insurance vehicle.