Professor Craig Brown

Craig Brown is a Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Law, Western University, Canada. He holds law degrees from Otago (LLB Hons and LLD) and Illinois (LLM). He is the author or co-author of 5 books on Canadian insurance law, including Insurance Law in Canada, now in its 8th edition. His work has been cited hundreds of times by Canadian courts including more than 20 times by the Supreme Court of Canada. It has also influenced insurance legislation in several Canadian provinces, and contributed to public policy discussions in New Zealand, Australia and England.

Allie Cunninghame

Allie is an associate in the litigation team at Anderson Lloyd. She practices mainly in insurance law, with a particular emphasis on PI and health and safety. She acts for underwriters of professional law firms, and is presently involved with a 30-plaintiff claim concerning allegations of Securities Act breaches. 

A very significant proportion of Allie's time over the past 12 months has involved providing advice on the Health and Safety at Work Act, including carrying out contract reviews and advising boards on governance responsibilities, and she also works closely with the underwriters of companies following workplace accidents, including attending the initial site inspections and WorkSafe interviews, and appearing in Court. She has recently been involved with private prosecutions and is following developments in this area closely. 

Allie acts for lawyers when they are facing disciplinary proceedings, on the instructions of underwriters, and she also conducts prosecutions on behalf of the New Zealand Law Society.

Andrew Flitcroft

Andrew is Managing Director of General Re Australia and Regional Treaty Manager for the Asia Pacific region, with responsibility for managing the non-Life Treaty business across Asia Pacific. He is based in Sydney and has 30 years experience in local and international insurance and reinsurance markets.

Andrew started his career with Commercial Union Assurance in Sydney in 1985, holding multiple underwriting, claims and management roles before joining Gen Re in 1996.

Since then he has held several leadership positions in the facultative and treaty departments, gaining an in-depth understanding of Asian insurance and reinsurance markets, travelling extensively throughout the Asia Pacific region while overseeing Gen Re's operations, maintaining contact with key clients and sourcing new business opportunities.

In 2013 Andrew was appointed the Treaty Client Service Manager, overseeing Gen Re's Treaty business across Australia & New Zealand, before being appointed Deputy Property & Casualty Manager Asia Pacific in 2014. He was appointed to his current position in 2015.

Andrew is a Fellow of the Australian & New Zealand Institute of Insurance & Finance, has authored a number of articles and blogs, and is a regular speaker at industry conferences across Asia Pacific.

William Hamilton

Willie is an associate with Duncan Cotterill in Christchurch, specialising in insurance law and commercial disputes. He joined Duncan Cotterill in 2012, having previously worked for civil litigation practices in Wellington and Christchurch. Willie has acted for both insurers and insureds in relation to a number of areas of insurance law, with a particular focus on professional indemnity matters, property damage claims (both commercial and residential) and liability claims. He has appeared before the District and High Courts, as well as the Weathertight Homes Tribunal, Building Disputes Tribunal, and the Real Estate Agents Disciplinary Tribunal.

Willie is also a committee member of the Christchurch branch of the Young Insurance Professionals (YIPs), a non-profit organisation dedicated to assisting younger insurance professionals throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Ian Hanger AM QC

Ian Hanger AM QC was admitted to the Bar in 1968. He began mediating in 1990 and has mediated more than 2000 matters. He has given papers on ADR in many countries and given master classes in both London and Hong Kong. He practices as a full time commercial mediator. He has appointments as mediator for the Court of Arbitration for Sport; International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes; Singapore International Mediation Institute; Hong Kong Mediation Centre, and as an arbitrator for the China International Economic Trade Arbitration Centre.

He was made a member in the Order of Australia for his services to ADR.

Tim Hardy

Tim is an English-qualified lawyer who is Chair of the Climate Change Working Party of the Association Internationale de Droit des Assurances (AIDA) and Vice President of the British Insurance Law Association (BILA).  He studied Jurisprudence at Oxford University (Balliol College), then for 30 years managed a wide-ranging international insurance and reinsurance caseload (latterly as a senior partner and mediator) with one of the largest specialist insurance practices in the City of London, being also a contributing author of "Reinsurance Practice and the Law" (Informa, looseleaf).

Since he became in 2011 the first-ever Chair of the AIDA Climate Change Working Party it has held sessions two to three times each year around the world and produced papers and reports. He has presented also to the 1st Climate Change Summit for Asia's Insurance Industry (Singapore, Jan 2011); to the Australian Insurance Law Association (Perth, Sydney, Brisbane, Jan/Feb 2011); to Brazilian risk manager and insurance representatives in London (May 2013); at the University of Southampton Symposium upon the Future Availability of Flood Insurance in the UK (at the UK Houses of Parliament, July 2013); and to a gathering of leading Swedish property insurers in Stockholm (April 2014).

Monitoring the practical impact of Climate Change adaptation and mitigation initiatives upon insurance policy coverage exposures, terms and practices remains a constant priority of the Working Party, so too the lessons to be learned from all major natural disaster responses and challenges confronted globally.

Nina Khouri

BA/LLB(Hons) (Auckland), LLM (NYU), Acc. Med. PRI (formerly LEADR) (Aus/NZ), CEDR (UK)


Nina is a mediator specialising in civil and commercial disputes. She is also a senior lecturer at the University of Auckland Faculty of Law, where she teaches and researches in the field of dispute resolution. As part of that role, she coaches law students for the international commercial mediation advocacy competition run by the International Chamber of Commerce in Paris. She took teams to Paris in 2013 and 2016, with silver place finishes both years (out of universities selected from over 50 countries). She holds an LLM in dispute resolution and legal theory from NYU, where she studied in 2005/2006 as a Fulbright Scholar, and since then has mediated disputes in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and New Zealand.  

She has a background in civil litigation with Gilbert/Walker and Russell McVeagh, and sits on the International Standards Commission of the International Mediation Institute.


The Honourable Justice Stephen Kós

Justice Stephen Kós graduated LLB (Hons) from Victoria University in 1981 and LLM from Cambridge University in 1985. He became a partner in Perry Wylie Pope & Page in 1985, and in Russell McVeagh in 1988. He joined the independent bar in 2005, and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 2007. His principal fields of practice were commercial and environmental litigation. 

He is an Honorary Fellow at the Victoria University Law School, where he taught restitution, evidence and civil procedure, and was formerly Pro-Chancellor of Massey University and Chairman of the New Zealand Markets Disciplinary Tribunal. 

Justice Kós was appointed to the High Court in April 2011, and to the Court of Appeal in September 2015.  

Dr Grant Lester


Dr Grant Lester is a consultant forensic psychiatrist employed by the Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health, Melbourne, Australia. His background is in prison and high security forensic psychiatry. He was previously Director of Training for the Victorian Forensic Psychiatry Program and is currently a member of the Victorian Mental Health Tribunal. Since the mid 90's he has researched those who would be best described as querulant and vexatious complainants and litigants.

His research has been published in both legal and psychiatric journals.

He now specialises in presenting to and training government departments, public corporations and the judiciary, in the management of the vexatious and unreasonable complainant including threat assessments and management of threatening and violent complainants and litigants.

John Lyon

John is the CEO and founder of Ando Insurance Group Limited, which launched in January with a vision to help shape and challenge the future of the New Zealand insurance industry.

John started his insurance career with Sun Alliance in 1977 in Dublin, before spending some years in the UK, then moving to NZ in 1991. John has worked in all operational areas of the industry and has considerable senior leadership experience. In 2008 John became CEO of Lumley NZ, overseeing the turnaround of the business, a full IT systems implementation, and cultural transformation, all while taking up the challenge of leading the business through the challenging Christchurch earthquake response.

John is one of the most respected leaders in the insurance industry and has been president and a board member of the Insurance Council of NZ. He is a regular contributor to ANZIIF, having also been a board member and continues to be a popular speaker at industry events. John was recognised as the Insurance Leader of the Year in 2012.

Jo Mason

ANZIIF (Snr Assoc) CIP

Jo has more than 30 years in the insurance industry, both in New Zealand and Australia. Jo has been CEO – NZbrokers since 1 July 2016 - based in Auckland. Prior to this, Jo was in Sydney as National Manager - Underwriting Agencies and Cluster Groups at Allianz Australia, a role that saw responsibility for the strategic growth and development of the specialised agencies, including such names as Global Transport, Strata Community Insurance and Pet Plan. Previous to this, Jo was NZI's GM Corporate and Facilities – a role which saw her lead the integration of the Lumley NZ business into IAG NZ.

Jo attended INSEAD business school in France and Singapore completing the Advanced Management Programme and is a Senior Associate of ANZIIF.

Jo is married with two adult children and a poodle. Her interests include spending time with family, reading, trail walking and watching all sports, particularly the All Blacks and the South Sydney Rabbitohs.


Michael Parker

As the founding partner with many years experience, Michael is a highly respected litigator with depth and breadth of experience. He combines a wealth of professional knowledge and expertise with strong personal and people skills.

Now a fully committed Kiwi, Michael started his personal and professional life in London, practising at the Bar. Here in New Zealand he initially worked for the Crown Solicitor in Auckland, before time with Russell McVeagh, and as a partner with what is now DLA Phillips Fox in Auckland.

Lured by the southern lifestyle, he moved to Queenstown and established his practice in 1998.

When he's not on a plane or in court, Michael can be spotted biking and hiking around the Queenstown area or, more likely, with his feet up reading, eating, drinking and generally making merry.

Although now living in rural Otago, deep-down he's a city boy and never misses the opportunity to get to Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch, or across the ditch to Australia.

Ian Pollard

Ian is Managing Director of Delta Insurance New Zealand Limited, the only locally owned and operated specialist liability underwriting agency in New Zealand. Delta provides comprehensive insurance coverage solutions with a range of liability products in both the financial lines and casualty insurance sectors, including New Zealand's most comprehensive and leading Environmental and Pollution Insurance Solution.

Prior, Ian worked for AIG for nearly 15 years and held a range of executive positions that took him from London to Hong Kong, Singapore, New York and Auckland. During his tenure as Worldwide Professional Liability Manager at Headquarters in New York, Ian developed AIG's International Cyber strategy and offering back in 2009.

He is a graduate of Loughborough University, with an Honours Degree in Economics and Finance; is a Chartered Insurer (ACII); a member of ANZIIF as a CIP Senior Associate; and a Member of the Institute of Directors. Ian lectures, speaks and commentates regularly on a broad selection of insurance topics across the Asia Pacific Region.

Chris Rodd

Chris, a lawyer is a past president of Australian Insurance Law Association (AILA, having been national president 2008 and 2009. Chris was recently employed by IAG/CGU Insurance as a Technical Counsel and, previously headed up the company's Internal Dispute Resolution Department. His role involved developing and presenting technical training programs, for the company with a particular focus on claims. Prior to joining what was then CU Insurance in 1989, he was in private practice for 10 years with a large insurance law firm in Melbourne, primarily involved in insurance litigation.

Since joining CGU, he has had a number of different roles within the organisation and has participated in numerous industry working parties and committees both with the Insurance Council of Australia and The Financial Ombudsman's Service (FOS) during his 26 years with the company. Chris has spoken at many Insurance Institute, (ANZIIF), FOS and AILA functions during his career with CGU. and has written numerous papers on insurance law related topics.

He is a member of two AIDA working parties, Climate Change and Insurance" and "Consumer Protection legislation" and has presented at meetings in Paris (2010) and Amsterdam (2011), Istanbul in (2012) and London (2012) Queenstown- NZ (2013), Rome (2014) Johannesburg (2015) and Havana (2015), on these issues. Chris recently contributed a chapter to Prof Samin Unan's publication "Alternative Dispute Resolution Systems Regarding Private Insurance. "He is also, Australia's representative on the international, AIDA Presidential Council, following his appointment in Rome in 2014.

An active member of the US based organisation FDCC (Federation of Defence and Corporate Counsel), he was invited to speak at the FDCC and US Insurance Institute conference in New York in 2013 .Recipient of the prestigious Australian Insurance Law Prize in 2013, he is also a part time lecturer in insurance law at Monash University, Melbourne and a Senior Fellow in the Law Faculty at Monash.

Karen Welsford

Karen is a senior associate at Young Hunter and specialises in insurance law and litigation. She graduated from the University of Canterbury with an LL.B (Hons) in 1996 and was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in 2004. Prior to entering the legal profession Karen spent seven years working in claims roles in the insurance industry, both in New Zealand and London, which led to her interest in insurance law.

Dr Jan Wright

Dr Jan Wright was sworn in as Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment for a five-year term on 5 March 2007 and reappointed for a second term in early 2012. She has a multidisciplinary background with a Physics degree from Canterbury, a Masters degree in Energy and Resources from Berkeley in California,and a PhD in Public Policy from Harvard.

In 2012 Dr Wright was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Lincoln University, and in 2015 she was made a Companion of the Royal Society of New Zealand.  Prior to her current role, Jan worked as an independent policy and economic consultant for many different government agencies and as a member of various Crown Entity Boards.

Jan views climate change by far the most significant environmental threat facing the world, and she has produced two major reports on the science and impacts of one of its most certain consequences – rising sea levels. Other reports have covered topics as diverse as the pesticide 1080, the relationship between land use and water quality, and the plight of New Zealand's longfin eel.   Jan is supported in her role by a small office of talented staff.