Our Council

Andrea Gluyas



Andrea is a Director in the Wellington office of PwC.  Her work covers a variety of fields including general and life insurance, superannuation, wider financial services and public sector actuarial valuations.

Since qualifying in 2002 Andrea has held a number of roles within the Society, including Convenor of the External Relations Committee and the 2004 Conference Committee. She has also served on the Entrants and Education and Enterprise Risk Management Committees.  She joined Council in 2012 and became Vice President in 2014. Andrea has been President since 2016.

John Smeed



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 has been Vice-President since 2016

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.

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.

Richard Beauchamp

Immediate Past President, Member


Richard is a Partner with Deloitte. He has more than twenty years’ experience in the general insurance industry. He has worked in NZ and the UK for direct insurers and those writing intermediated business, and at Lloyd’s in London. Richard has been on the Council of the New Zealand Society of Actuaries since 2010, after serving for many years on the Society’s General Insurance Practice Committee. Richard was elected President in November 2014. Richard was president of the Society from 2014 to 2016.

Adam Follington



Adam is an experienced actuary, and heads up Quantium in New Zealand, an actuarial firm with a focus on data analytics. Adam promotes the actuarial profession whenever he can and particularly enjoys explaining actuarial concepts to non-actuaries. He currently serves on the Council of the New Zealand Society of Actuaries.

Catherine Johnston



Catherine has had more than 25 years’ experience in the life insurance industry both in corporate and consulting actuarial roles. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia and a Fellow of the New Zealand Society of Actuaries. Catherine has been an active member of the NZSA, in particular being a long standing member of the Life Insurance Committee and has been on Council since 2017.


Bev Jarvis

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

NZ Actuaries