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About MAS

Board

A board of nine directors governs Medical Assurance Society New Zealand Limited. Their role is to ensure that high quality service and sound business practice are at the forefront of every business decision, allowing MAS’ relationship with its Members to grow and prosper. The board approves MAS’ strategic objectives, annual budgets and the overall framework within which business is conducted. The same board members also act as directors for most of MAS’ subsidiary companies (see below for information about the board of Medical Securities Limited).

Medical Securities Limited’s board is made up of the following directors listed below: Harley Aish and Alastair Hercus. In addition, MAS Chief Executive Officer Martin Stokes serves as a director. 

 

Membership of Board Committees is as follows:

Audit & Risk Committee: Mr Knowles (Chair), Dr Aish, Mr Hercus, Mr Sutton.

Investment Committee: Mr Brendan O’Donovan (Chair), Dr Aish, Ms Dinsdale, Mr Hercus, Mr Sutton.

Remuneration Committee: Dr Aish (Chair), Mr Hercus.

Harley Aish

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Harley Aish

Chairperson

Appointed 30 August 2017

Harley is a General Practitioner in Otara, South Auckland. He has been involved in several projects with the local District Health Board to research and improve health for the local community, integrating care, and trying new models of care.

He is currently a director in Howick Baptist Healthcare Group, and Chairman of ProCare Health Limited.

 

Alastair Hercus

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Alastair Hercus

Deputy Chairperson

Appointed 28 August 2013

Alastair is a partner at Buddle Findlay with extensive experience in mutual organisations and the health sector. Prior to becoming a director of MAS, Alastair served as an independent director for Medical Securities Limited from 30 November 2010 until August 2013. Whilst remaining on the MSL board, Alastair is no longer an independent director.

Frank Frizelle

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Frank Frizelle

Appointed 28 August 2013

Frank is Professor of Colorectal Surgery Christchurch Hospital and Academic Head of Department of Surgery at Otago University. He is a Patron of Canterbury Ostomy Society and serves as a Trustee for the Cotter Medical History, the Canterbury Charity Hospital and the Bowel and Liver trusts. Frank is also a director of Geordie Hill Station, Christchurch Colorectal and Southern Endoscopy which is a joint venture with Southern Cross Health Care.

Danelle Dinsdale

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Danelle Dinsdale

Appointed 28 August 2013

Danelle is a commercial lawyer who has spent the last 12 years overseas advising boards and senior executives on change management, mostly in the insurance and banking sectors. Since returning to New Zealand, she has been working on a portfolio of commercial property and agricultural interests. She is a Director for both Crown Fibre Holdings Limited and Hawkes Bay Regional Investment Company Ltd. Danelle is on the sub-committee for the Ruataniwha Water Storage Dam and prior to becoming a director of MAS, Danelle served as an independent director for Medical Securities Limited (MSL) from 30 November 2010 to August 2013.

Lindsay Knowles

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Lindsay Knowles

Appointed 25 June 2014.

Lindsay is a shareholder and executive director in a family business, ACME Supplies Limited – a national wholesaler of office products and hand tools. He is also a director of Cranford Hospice Trustee Limited and the chairman of Howick Baptist Healthcare Limited. Lindsay has served on the boards of HBS Bank, Presbytarian Support East Coast, Te Mata School and GPH Society (a not for profit charitable trust import distribution venture).

Lindsay has 15 years experience as a corporate banker with ANZ Bank New Zealand Limited, specialising in debt raising in the capital markets. 

Brett Sutton

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Brett Sutton

Appointed 15 February 2016

Brett is an experienced independent director as well as serving as Chair of the Stevenson Group. He is currently a director of Datacom Limited, Mint Asset Management, and a Trustee of Datacom Employee Share Schemes. His previous employment experience included senior investment roles at the NZ Superannuation Fund (where he was Head of Direct Investment) and the Todd Corporation.

Kate Baddock

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Kate Baddock

Appointed 1 April 2016

Dr Kate Baddock is Chair of the New Zealand Medical Association, a Fellow of the Royal NZ College of General Practitioners, and a member of both the Institute of Directors and Auckland Medicolegal Society. She gained her medical degree at the University of Otago and currently works as a GP and partner at Kawau Bay Health in Warkworth. She teaches undergraduate medical students, postgraduate doctors, and registrars in General Practice training programmes.

Alexandra Muthu

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Alexandra Muthu

Appointed 30 August 2017

Alexandra is an Occupational and Environmental Physician. She was Clinical Director at Homecare Medical responsible for clinical governance of the new National Telehealth Service (2015-16). Prior to this she was at Air New Zealand (2010-15) and Mayo Clinic USA (2008-10).

She is a member of the NZ Institute of Directors, an independent member of the Advisory Board for the University of Auckland Masters of Health Leadership, and Director for an eHealth digital start-up company. She is a Councillor and deputy Director of Training for the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) Australasian Faculty of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (AFOEM).

Doug Hill

Doug Hill

Appointed 29 August 2018

Dr Douglas Hill is a General Practitioner and a Director of Broadway Medical Centre, Dunedin. He has a special interest in GPSI medicine in dual roles of Orthopaedics and skin cancer surgery.

Doug’s roles outside of General Practice are Chair of Columba College Board of Proprietors and Chair of Wellsouth Primary Health Network. He is a member of the NZ Advisory Board of the Skin Cancer College of Australasia. He is also a Chartered Member of the NZ Institute of Directors. Doug is a previous winner of The Otago Institute of Directors Aspiring Director Award.

In his governance roles Doug has focused on developing innovative solutions to complex problems. Doug is very excited about the direction and future of MAS and is looking forward to contributing to the strategic future of the organisation especially in the rapidly changing technology environment of the insurance and financial sector.