John Blair


John Blair

Board Chair

John served as General Counsel and Company Secretary at Air New Zealand for 21 years. He has considerable board level corporate governance expertise in the international airline industry and previously, with BTR plc, a major European manufacturing conglomerate. A professional non-executive director and private investor, John also has considerable experience in aviation and commercial insurance.
Qualified as a solicitor in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom, John has extensive commercial and corporate legal experience in Australasia, UK/Europe and the USA. Based in Auckland, John also serves in other corporate, advisory and governance roles that include Chair of the Listed Companies Association (New Zealand) and as a Trustee of the Air New Zealand Environment Trust. John joined the Board and the Audit and Risk Management Committee of New Zealand Medical Indemnity Insurance Ltd in December 2017 and was elected Chairman in August 2018.





Deborah Powell

Deborah Powell

Director

Whilst Deborah has a BSc and Diploma in Industrial Relations from Victoria University of Wellington, and a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Auckland, that doesn’t tell the whole story by a long shot.

In the 30 years since Deborah left clinical medicine practice, she has negotiated hundreds of Collective Employment Agreements, represented countless doctors and health practitioners in situations involving their working and professional lives, and worked continuously to improve the environment in which they work.

Whilst she has a long history of advocating on behalf of the medical and health practitioners she represents through NZRDA and APEX (New Zealand’s specialist allied scientific and technical practitioners’ union), Deborah’s current interests include the health of the health workforce, and health and safety.

Deborah is passionate about creating a safe and rewarding environment within which health professionals can do their best for their patients, but also within which their own wellbeing is protected.







Tony Driscoll

Director

Finance Committee Chair

Tony brings experience in financial and corporate management. Tony has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Auckland and is a member of the Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand.

After qualifying, Tony worked for a major international Chartered Accounting firm in New Zealand and London. He then worked in senior accounting roles in the corporate sector in both the professional services and food industries. Tony has also worked across South East Asia.

He is currently employed by an Investment Trust which operates across the wine sector. The Trust also has significant investments in financial markets.

Tony is an independent director of the NZMII Board, which he joined in November 2012. He is Chair of the Finance sub-committee and a member of the Audit and Risk Management sub-committee.





David Leather

David Leather

Director

Audit & Risk Management Chair

David has 40 years’ experience in the fire and general insurance industry, managing businesses for international brokers and underwriters. David has been involved in designing large and complex insurance programs for clients as well as developing business operating models for insurance companies and facilitating reinsurance programs. In addition to David serving as a Non-Executive Director to NZMII, he is the CEO of a specialist insurer underwriting risks on behalf of Lloyd’s of London.







Fiona Michel

Director

Fiona has experience in technology, banking, insurance, public service, health, property, primary industry and utilities – both here and overseas. She holds an MBA from the University of Auckland, is an alumnus of Harvard Business School and is a Chartered Member of the NZ Institute of Directors and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Fiona is currently the Chief Executive of one of New Zealand’s largest private hospitals, Braemar Hospital in Hamilton, and has been a Director on a range of different industry Boards. Fiona has won numerous awards in New Zealand and Australia for achievement in human resources, leadership, culture, ethics and industrial relations, and was a finalist in the 2021 Westpac Women of Influence Awards for her work on the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme. Fiona and her family have a lifestyle block in Raglan, which Fiona describes as a ‘bach with vegetables’.





Gene Pateman

CEO

Gene Joined NZMII after an extensive background in the pharmaceutical industry most recently as Associate Medical Director for Janssen Pharmaceuticals in New Zealand. A Pharmacist by profession with post-graduate qualifications in Drug & Alcohol Management as well as Clinical Pharmacy, Gene brings to the CEO role his diverse experience at the forefront of patient care across the New Zealand healthcare system. With experience in the insurance sector during his time at Southern Cross Health Insurance Gene brings a fresh perspective to the NZMII medical indemnity insurance business with a focus on ensuring health professionals are protected and have peace of mind to practice with confidence. Alongside juggling a very busy home life with his wife and four children spanning the development lifecycle from pre-school to high-school Gene spends his spare time immersed in outdoor activities including snowboarding, mountain biking and road cycling.