NZSA Awards

NZSA Award Recipients

2019 recipients

Young Volunteer Achievement Award – June Kuan

June presented a passionate, impactful conference session on climate change, and is a member of the General Insurance Practice Committee.

Gold Award – Christian Barrington

Christian is a long-time member and current convenor of the General Insurance Practice Committee. In this role he has led NZSA’s efforts around catastrophe risk, including leading a task force which has developed thoughtful and viable ways to upskill actuaries in this area.  Christian also presented an excellent framework at the Conference, which will be an excellent reference for members going forward.  Christian is also a well-respected representative of the NZSA with ICNZ.

Distinguished Service Award – Charlie Cahn

Charlie has been a keen supporter and work horse for the Society, as well as having held a number of prominent actuarial roles. Charlie’s contributions have included the Life Insurance Practice Committee, Council, and as a member of the task force which produced our current Disciplinary Scheme.

Distinguished Service Award – John Smith

John has been a keen and frequent volunteer for NZSA, including a long stint as Secretary, and the NZSA representative on the IAA’s Insurance Accounting Committee. He is currently convenor of the Professional Standards Committee.


2018 recipients

Joe Benbow – Honourable Mention

Joe receives this acknowledgement for his vision in setting up the Future Pathways event a number of years ago. Future Pathways has encouraged many young members to write and present a paper, and remains one of the best attended events on our calendar.

Ian Collins – Young Volunteer Achievement Award

Ian is an unsung hero on the Events Committee. Following venue closures as a result of the Kaikoura earthquake, Ian has coordinated nearly all events based in Wellington over the last year.

Jessie McCreary – Young Volunteer Achievement Award

Jessie has been our newsletter editor for the last two years. She is enthusiastic, even in the face of a lack of contribution from other committees. She’s open to new ideas and approaches and is always a pleasure to work with.

Herwig Raubal – Gold Award

Herwig has performed an incredible service to the profession through his leadership of actuarial work in the Public Sector, leading to the social investment approach and a new range of career opportunities for actuaries. Alongside this, he has found time to be Convenor of the NZSA Professional Standards Committee for the last ten years.

John Melville – Distinguished Service Award

John has seen a lifetime of service to the actuarial profession in New Zealand and to the broader industry, including as Government Actuary, key roles assisting Government, as Chair of Workplace Savings NZ and as co-founder of a major NZ actuarial consultancy.

Peter Davies – Distinguished Service Award

Peter is a past president who has made a contribution at events, through leadership and membership of a variety of committees and, most importantly, his longstanding facilitation of student exams in Auckland, including offering his own offices.


2017 recipients

Young Volunteer Achievement Award – Jenn Dobinson

Jenn has made an amazing contribution to the profession in her short career. In particular, she pulled together the strands of the Society’s new website to get it up and running with diligence and fine organisation, as well as being a fantastic and innovative Convenor of the Events Committee.

Gold Award – Christine Ormrod

Christine has been a tireless worker for the profession. She has led the Retirement Income Interest Group for several years, most recently overseeing the production of the Rules of Thumb for decumulation, which were recognised by the Minister, the FMA and MBIE as being exactly the kind of advice New Zealanders need. Christine has been a fine representative for the profession, and brought much interest from the general public and other stakeholders. Alongside this role, Christine has also worked this year on New Zealand’s response to International Standards of Actuarial Practice.

Distinguished Service Award – Linda Caradus

Linda is an unsung hero of the profession, working tirelessly on many matters of importance, including being Treasurer of the Society, writing submissions and professional standards. She has served on Council and Committees. Linda has also been a long time supporter of the woman actuaries in Wellington.

Distinguished Service Award – Murray Hilder

Murray was a faithful servant of the profession his entire career. He served on Council, as President and made a huge contribution in the important role of Convenor of the Professional Conduct Committee. He had an extremely successful business career in addition to his actuarial practice, but always stayed in touch with the profession and gave his time, knowledge and experience willingly.