Leadership Team

Leadership Team

As a Mutual, FMG is led by a team of experienced leaders.

Chris Black - Chief Executive

Chief Executive of FMG since December 2008, Chris Black chose to step down from his position as a director of the organisation to take up the reins of FMG in an operational management capacity. Chris came to the role with a wealth of experience from the banking sector as well as broad insurance experience and expertise in corporate strategy, customer service and financial and risk management.

Chris holds a strong affinity with rural New Zealand through his family and business background, and having been a Land Surveyor early in his career.

Andrea Brunner - Chief Client Officer

Andrea started her working career as a lawyer specialising in employment law then moved into the area of employment relations in the banking industry working for the Bank of New Zealand and National Australia Bank for close to a decade.

During her time in banking Andrea broadened her focus taking up key HR business partner roles and leading large generalist HR teams.

In 2009 Andrea joined FMG in the role of General Manager HR and subsequently broadened her role taking on accountability for Marketing, Communications & Client Propositions.

In 2017 Andrea moved to a new role as FMG’s Chief Client Officer. In this role Andrea is accountable for the overall sales and service performance of the business in respect of both general and personal insurance.

Dave Kibblewhite - Chief Financial, Investment & Risk 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.

Twelve 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, Investment and Risk Officer which includes responsibility for Underwriting and Reinsurance. 

Pete Frizzell - General Manager Client Proposition, Marketing & Risk Services 

After completing a PhD in Operations Research, Pete has worked in analysis, project/programme management and consulting roles across a number of organisations in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. He has accumulated a wealth of experience at navigating complexity to manage and deliver outcomes that provide client value and are aligned to the organisation’s objectives.

After an earlier stint contracting with FMG, Pete joined in a full time role in 2010. He progressed through several roles within Business Information Services, including being Product Owner for the implementation of the Guidewire PC system and Head of Business Improvement. Pete’s role has responsibility for Marketing, Communications, Products, Pricing, Segment Management, Risk Services, and Research.

Nathan Barrett - Chief Underwriting & Claims Officer, Executive

Nathan has 18 years local and international insurance experience in business development, risk management, underwriting and claims management, having worked with insurers such as Ace Insurance, Amlin PLC (a syndicate of Lloyds of London) and State Insurance, as well as 10 years with FMG.

Sitting on the executive leadership team he is responsible and provides leadership of the Underwriting & Claims functions within the business.

Colin Philp - Chief Information Officer

Colin joined FMG as Chief Information Officer in September. Before that, Colin was CIO at the New Zealand Racing Board for four years and held a number of roles at Spark Digital including Head of ICT Operations and Head of Client Delivery and Technology Australia.

Colin has also held several roles at the Bank of New Zealand including Head of Application Development and Testing. Colin will be based out of FMG’s Palmerston North office.

Natalie Lombe – General Manager Human Resources

Natalie joined FMG in December 2017 and is based out of our Wellington Office. Prior to FMG, Natalie has held executive positions across human resource and organisational development positions in New Zealand with Synlait Milk, Christchurch International Airport, Goodman Fielder, Mainland Products, and Allied Telesys; together with significant strategy facilitation, human resource, organisational development and change management experience working in a number of fast moving consumer goods and utility companies in Australia. In her role at FMG Natalie is responsible for leading human resources, organisational development, workplace relations and learning capability functions, and for ensuring that FMG has the right people, capability and culture in place to continue to deliver on strategic objectives.