Adam Heath | Chief Executive

Adam joined the Mutual as Chief Executive in December 2021. In his previous role he was the Executive General Manager, Insurance Solutions with Suncorp New Zealand.

Adam has a strong background in general and life insurance, banking and telecommunications and has a real connection to and empathy for FMG’s values, the Mutual model and the rural sector.

Adam describes FMG as an iconic New Zealand and rural brand with a long and proud history of supporting rural communities, as well as an ambitious growth strategy to improve and support clients and members in an increasingly digitalised world.

Adam Heath

Dave Kibblewhite | Chief Financial and Investment Officer

When Dave joined FMG as Chief Financial Officer in 2003, he brought a wealth of knowledge after 10 years with Ernst Young, and from his experience working for insurers Tower and Colonial. Dave has also worked in Australia and Hungary prior to joining FMG, giving him a good understanding of industry practice including regulation.

Sixteen years in the CFO role has provided Dave with a thorough understanding of FMG's business and niche rural insurance market as well as the NZ Insurance Industry. This has allowed an easy progression to Chief Financial and Investment  Officer.

profile photo of Dave Kibblewhite

Glenn Croasdale | Chief Client Officer

Glenn has been with FMG since February 2011 and is responsible for the overall sales and service performance of the business in respect of both general and Life & Health insurance.

In his previous roles Glenn has led the Marketing, Communications and Risk Services functions of the Mutual and has 20 years local and international experience working in marketing, communications and management within the insurance, construction, forestry, mining and primary industries.

At an industry level, Glenn is Vice-Chair of the International Cooperative & Mutuals Insurance Federation (ICMIF) Intelligence Committee and has represented FMG on the New Zealand Insurance Council (ICNZ) Communications Committee established immediately in the wake of the Canterbury earthquakes.

Glenn Croasdale

Pete Frizzell | Chief Marketing Officer

Pete is a passionate supporter of the mutual model and how FMG is striving to help grow strong and prosperous rural communities.

Joining FMG in 2010, Pete is responsible for our Marketing, Client Propositions & Communications team, and is the FMG sponsor for Farmstrong – FMG’s rural wellbeing programme. Pete’s role also involves overseeing the challenges and opportunities around FMG’s responsibility to sustainability.

Prior to joining FMG, Pete completed a PhD in Operations Research at Massey University. Pete has worked in a number of technology-based analysis, management and consulting roles across various industries in Aotearoa/New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

profile photo of Pete Frizzell

Kim Grooby | Chief Claims Officer

Kim joined FMG as Chief Claims Officer in October 2022. Kim has spent most of his career working in the insurance sector, including in a range of senior leadership roles across Suncorp and IAG. These roles included Executive Manager Business Transformation, General Manager Claims, Executive Manager Earthquake Strategy, Head of Strategy & Portfolio (Technology), and Programme Director.

He has strong experience in change management and process development,  and has an excellent understanding of technology in an insurance context.

Kim Grooby

Alex Johnston | Chief Insurance Officer

Alex joined FMG as Chief Insurance Officer in October 2022, having previously held the role of Manager Actuarial Funding and Advice at ACC.  Alex brings over 20 years’ general insurance experience to the Mutual, more recently as the National Manager Personal Pricing and Analytics at IAG, where she led the team through significant industry change following the Christchurch earthquakes.

Alex has extensive experience in the insurance sector, previously working for several large UK insurers, including Direct Line, Norwich Union,  and AXA Insurance, in pricing, procurement and HR roles.  She holds a Master of Science degree in Statistics from Otago University.

Darrin Bull | Head of Strategy

Darrin joined the Mutual as Head of Strategy in October 2022. After 12 years with the ASB Group in product management and development, Darrin shifted his focus to strategy and business transformation. Most recently, Darrin has provided independent strategy consulting for a wide range of organisations across New Zealand and Australia.

A big believer in helping the community, Darrin is a Justice of the Peace and Chairperson of ADHD New Zealand, focusing on improving outcomes for the ADHD community.

Darrin Bull

Nicki Mackay | Chief People Officer

Nicki has been with FMG for more than 14 years, working across a range of senior roles, including Area Manager, Head of Agribusiness Centre, Head of Claims and, most recently, leading our response to Cyclone Gabrielle and the Auckland Anniversary Weekend Flood events as Chief Recovery Officer. She joined FMG’s Executive Leadership Team in October 2023 as Chief People Officer.

Her collaborative leadership style, operational expertise, and ability to influence others have seen her become a central figure in leading large operational teams, business change and building people capability across FMG.

Nicky Mackay

Antonio Ybarra | Chief Risk Officer

Antonio joined FMG as Head of Risk and Internal Audit in April 2019, before joining the Executive Leadership Team in January 2024 as Chief Risk Officer.  Antonio has a strong background in insurance and brings over 20 years’ experience in General, Life and Health insurance to the Mutual.

Antonio holds a BA degree in International Commerce from Universidad de Buenos Aires in Argentina and an International MBA (IMBA) from the University of Miami Business School in the US. Antonio has gained a wealth of experience in the insurance sector, having previously worked for several large UK and European insurers, including Royal and Sun Alliance Group (RSA), BUPA, Partnership Assurance and Europ-Assistance in various senior risk and compliance leadership roles.

Antonio Ybarra

Paul Jepson | Chief Information Officer

Paul joined the Mutual in February 2024 as Chief Information Officer, bringing over 30 years’ experience within the digital and information technology transformation space. He’s worked for several organisations within the UK and New Zealand, including a range of executive roles, including Chief Information Officer at The Electoral Commission, IT Director at Newcastle Building Society, Deputy Chief Executive at the Earthquake Commission (EQC) and Chief Information Officer at the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC).

His authentic leadership style has seen him lead large and diverse teams within the private and public sectors, covering strategy definition through to operational execution.  Paul also enjoys coaching and mentoring and has been a mentor for Women in Technology Leadership since 2020.

Paul Jepson