Our Council

Council Nominations

Nominations are currently open

There is now an opportunity to put yourself forward, or nominate someone else, for a role on the NZSA Council. This year we have vacancies for the following positions:

  • Council Members (two positions)

Nominees for the above positions must be from a current member.

All nominations must be submitted on a completed NZSA Council Nomination Form and emailed to society@actuaries.org.nz by 5pm, Thursday 27 October 2021.

Ross Simmonds


Ross is an actuary with over fifteen years’ experience in the financial services sector. He has worked in NZ and UK for consultants and insurers across a variety of fields in general insurance, the public sector and banking. He currently heads the New Zealand office for Taylor Fry in Wellington. Ross was Vice President since 2018 until the 2020 AGM.


Contact the President here

Scott Lewis

Vice President

Scott has more than 25 years of experience in the Life and General Insurance industries. He has worked in NZ, UK, USA and Latin America in a variety of roles.

He has been on Council since 2018 and Secretary since 2019. He has previously served on the Enterprise Risk Committee (2016-18) and the 2006 Conference Committee.

Scott is a Fellow of the NZ Society of Actuaries and the Australian Institute of Actuaries.

John Smeed

Immediate Past President

John Smeed has had more than 25 years’ experience as a senior executive and consultant in insurance in New Zealand. John joined Finity Consulting in 2010 and is the Managing Principal for Finity in New Zealand. Prior to joining Finity he has held senior management roles in life and multi-line insurers. John is a Fellow of the New Zealand Society of Actuaries and the Institute of Actuaries. John was President from 2018 to the 2020 AGM.

Nick Smart


Nick is an actuary currently with Fidelity Life, based in Auckland. He has over fifteen years of experience in Life and Health Insurance. He has worked both in Australia and NZ for insurers in a variety of roles. Prior to joining Council Nick has served on the Life, Health and Experience Committees.

Mat Jensen

Secretary & Privacy Officer

Mat is an actuary based in Auckland. He has over ten years of experience having worked in both Life and General Insurance. He has worked in a variety of roles across pricing, valuation, capital, finance and reinsurance. Mat has served on the General Insurance, Conference and Experience Committees and has been on Council since 2018.


Contact the Secretary here

Nina Herries


Nina has more than 20 years’ experience in Life Insurance, Prudential Supervision, and the Public Sector, and has previously served on the Life Committee. Nina is currently Head of Actuarial Services at ACC. She is a Fellow of the NZ Society of Actuaries and the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.

Lee-Ann du Toit


Lee-Ann is a Partner at Deloitte, based in Wellington and became a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries (London) in 2002. She has more than twenty three years of diversified experience in the financial services industry mainly in South Africa and New Zealand. Lee-Ann has served on numerous executive committees and boards, recognized for innovation, leading change, starting new businesses and is a Harvard Business School Alumni. She has served on the Professional Development Committee of NZSA since January 2019.


Loreen Lee

New Zealand Society of Actuaries
PO Box 10 087 Wellington
Phone: 04 815 8179
Email: society@actuaries.org.nz