Meet the team

A team of local experts

We’re a team of 30 insurance and finance experts, based in Christchurch but helping clients Nationwide. With many years experience, we know what it takes to help our clients protect what matters to them and get ahead financially.

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Matt Noonan
Broker
Business - Rural

Matt Noonan

Broker
Specialities:

Business - Rural

Matt has been involved in the insurance industry since 2002 having worked in both Auckland and Christchurch markets. Matt has previously held roles as a Claims Consultant, Commercial Loss Adjuster and has been an insurance broker since 2006.

Prior to joining Amicus in December 2014 Matt was the Financial and Professional Risks Manager for an international broking company specialising in liability insurances and was responsible for placing programmes for local, national, governmental and international clients, both locally and globally.

Matt is a Senior Associate of the Australian Institute of Insurance and Finance, a Certified Insurance Professional and was a finalist in the IBANZ Emerging Professional Broker of the Year in 2012.

Matt is originally from Christchurch and away from work he is keen on the outdoors, plays golf and is an avid follower of most sports having played senior Cricket and Football.

Liana Heron
Personal Lines Team Leader
Personal Lines

Liana Heron

Personal Lines Team Leader
Specialities:

Personal Lines

Liana joined the Personal Lines team at Amicus at the start of 2018. She has worked in the direct insurer market since 2016, bringing insurance knowledge and exceptional customer service skills to Amicus.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and being outdoors with her dog.

John Connell
Broker/Director
Business - Rural

John Connell

Broker/Director
Specialities:

Business - Rural

John is a Director of Amicus Brokers and also operates as a Broker in the General Insurance field. His 40 years in the industry provide a wealth of experience to share with the Amicus clientele.

John is a keen golfer, enthusiastic grandad and an avid sport watcher. All that and an interest in travel occupy his spare time away from work.

Chloe Austin
Team Leader Commercial & Rural Broker Support
Business - Rural - Admin

Chloe Austin

Team Leader Commercial & Rural Broker Support
Specialities:

Business - Rural - Admin

Chloe joined Amicus in 2014 and moved into the commercial & rural broker support team in 2019. Chloe brings to the team 5 years of domestic insurance knowledge, a can-do attitude and a high level of attention to detail.

In her spare time Chloe enjoys spending time with her family and friends, camping, day hiking and running with her dog.

Greg Stanley
Adviser/Director
Life - Health - Investment - KiwiSaver

Greg Stanley

Adviser/Director
Specialities:

Life - Health - Investment - KiwiSaver

Greg has been providing clients with insurance and investment advice since 1977.  In 1997 he co-founded Amicus Group Limited with Andrew Sloane. He is a director of Amicus Group Limited and Amicus Brokers Ltd.

Greg specialises in investment & retirement planning advice. He formulates strategies with clients forecasting retirement needs and how to prudently spend money once retirement has been reached. He also has a broad knowledge of the business insurance and disability market.

He is married to Anne and they have two adult children. Greg's interests are following rugby and participating in tramping, cycling, and golf. His hobbies include cooking, wine tasting, and travel. Ideally incorporating all three at once.

His experience and qualifications include:

  • IFA Associate Financial Planner
  • Authorised Financial Adviser (AFA)  FSP55181

Craig Jenkins
Personal Lines Broker
Personal Lines

Craig Jenkins

Personal Lines Broker
Specialities:

Personal Lines

Craig joined the Personal Lines Team at Amicus at the start of 2020.

He has worked in the direct insurer market for over 25 years, Craig enjoys working with clients and looking to achieve the best outcome for them.

In his spare time Craig enjoys spending time with his family and friends, biking, walking and travelling.

Marilyn Townshend
Adviser Support
Administration

Marilyn Townshend

Adviser Support
Specialities:

Administration

Marilyn joined the Amicus Group in October 2011. She returned to full time employment after having worked in the Legal environment for 20 years and having had other part time positions while her children were growing up. Her current role is as Adviser Support, working as a personal assistant to advisers and ensuring that Amicus clients receive the best level of service.

She loves working at Amicus with people who are passionate and committed to the growth of the business. Marilyn enjoys spending time with her family, going to the movies, family holidays and a good book with a glass of wine.

Jennifer Pease
Personal Lines Broker
Personal Lines

Jennifer Pease

Personal Lines Broker
Specialities:

Personal Lines

Jennifer joined the Personal Lines Team at Amicus at the start of 2019, after completing a bachelors degree majoring in economics and finance.

In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her friends and family and trail running. Her aim is to compete in the Coast to Coast Mountain Run.

Sarah Rogers
Compliance and Commissions Administrator
Administration

Sarah Rogers

Compliance and Commissions Administrator
Specialities:

Administration

Sarah started both with Amicus and the insurance industry at the beginning of 2019. She caught a small glimpse and gained a passion for insurance while doing personal lending in the motor vehicle industry and decided this was the path she wished to follow. Sarah has a wealth of experience in administration, systems and compliance and enjoys the variety the job brings every day.

In her spare time Sarah enjoys spending time with her son, socialising with friends and relaxing with family.

Raelyn Hay
Raelyn Hay
Accounts & Payroll Administrator
Accounts

Raelyn Hay

Accounts & Payroll Administrator
Specialities:

Accounts

Raelyn joined Amicus in 2017, having worked in various Accounting roles over a number of years including for KPMG in both Dunedin and London, and a couple of company accounting roles in Christchurch.

Raelyn is married with two sons. Outside of work she enjoys walking for exercise, and has completed a few ‘events’. She also enjoys supporting her son’s sports, which involves spending hours on the side-line in the summer watching cricket.

Jenny Holland
Receptionist
Personal Lines

Jenny Holland

Receptionist
Specialities:

Personal Lines

Jenny joined the Personal Lines Team at Amicus at the start of 2018. Her friendly, efficient and thorough manner ensures the best outcome for her clients.

In her spare time, Jenny enjoys getting outdoors and rock climbing or mountain biking, accompanied always by her border collie Fidget!

Liam Blackmore
Commercial & Rural Broker Support / Claims Advocate
Business - Rural - Admin

Liam Blackmore

Commercial & Rural Broker Support / Claims Advocate
Specialities:

Business - Rural - Admin

Liam joined Amicus as an Administration Assistant in 2017. He enjoys the variety and complexity of his role as well as the opportunity to learn and grow in an engaging industry. He brings with him a bachelor’s degree majoring in finance and economics, a strong work ethic and a positive attitude.

Outside of work Liam enjoys relaxing with music or a great TV series. He also likes to spend time with his family and loves going camping during the Christmas holidays.

Andrew Sloane
Broker/Adviser/Director
Life - Rural - KiwiSaver - Business

Andrew Sloane

Broker/Adviser/Director
Specialities:

Life - Rural - KiwiSaver - Business

Andrew has been advising clients since 1985 and is passionate about providing clients with quality advice. He has worked with clients from all walks of life. Andrew works predominantly with rural clients advising them on Life insurance needs and farm package insurance.

Andrew is a strong believer in ‘one to one’ business relationships. He believes every client deserves personal service and advice that is independent and tailored uniquely for him or her. Honesty, integrity, and trust are the hallmarks of our business and these are only engendered through consistent practices.

Andrew is an avid golfer and spends as much time as he can trying to perfect the frustrating game!

Qualifications:

  • Director of Amicus Group Ltd and Amicus Brokers Ltd.
  • Senior Associate of the Australia New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance
  • Authorised Financial Adviser (AFA)

 

Callum Eathorne
Adviser
Mortgages - KiwiSaver - Life - Health

Callum Eathorne

Adviser
Specialities:

Mortgages - KiwiSaver - Life - Health

Callum joined Amicus in October 2016 as an adviser following 10 years with a major bank in Christchurch. He has had experience in various roles of personal banking with a particular focus on providing expert advice on complex mortgage lending scenarios including: First Home Buyers, Property Investment, New Builds and Bridging Finance.

Callum is passionate about helping his clients, with a long-term relationship focus covering all areas of the financial spectrum. He prides himself on giving excellent customer service.

Callum is Christchurch born and raised and in his spare time enjoys playing rugby and cricket and is involved in the martial arts.

Charlotte Ayrey
Personal Lines Broker
Personal Lines

Charlotte Ayrey

Personal Lines Broker
Specialities:

Personal Lines

Charlotte joined the Personal Lines Team at Amicus at the start of 2019. She has worked in the direct insurer market since 2017 and brings with her a strong work ethic and commitment to proving clients with the best outcome possible.

Outside of work, Charlotte enjoys spending time with family and friends, training her dog and relaxing to music.

Karen Austin
Broker
Rural - Business

Karen Austin

Broker
Specialities:

Rural - Business

Karen has worked in the insurance industry since 1986. As a Broker, she fully appreciates the value of working alongside clients for their business and farm insurance needs and being an advocate at claim time. Karen prides herself on providing a professional level of service, working alongside insurers to present a competitive, considered and appropriate insurance solution. Professional development is important in our industry and Karen has qualified as a Senior Associate of the Australian and NZ Institute of Insurance and Finance, and maintains on-going yearly qualification with the industry professional body – IBANZ.

Outside of work, Karen has 3 daughters and enjoys spending time with family and friends, walking, camping, boating, fishing and travel.

Michelle Clarke
Adviser
Life - Health - Disability - KiwiSaver

Michelle Clarke

Adviser
Specialities:

Life - Health - Disability - KiwiSaver

Michelle has been with Amicus since 2016. She has a strong background in lead generation and new business initiatives. Michelle also works in the medical insurance, life insurance and Kiwisaver space to create fine tuned bespoke solutions for health and wealth protection.

Outside the office Michelle enjoys playing Donkey, Snap and Go Fish with her young children.

Shane Roberts
Commercial & Rural Broker Support
Business - Rural - Admin

Shane Roberts

Commercial & Rural Broker Support
Specialities:

Business - Rural - Admin

Shane has been in the insurance industry since 2003, working for a leading general insurer before moving to Amicus in 2011. He has been a Broker with Amicus and is now responsible for the Commercial and Rural Broker Support Team.

He is Christchurch born and raised and in his time away from the office he enjoys watching his beloved Breakers and Warriors and cheering on his horses.

James Pearson
Adviser
Life - Health - Disability - KiwiSaver

James Pearson

Adviser
Specialities:

Life - Health - Disability - KiwiSaver

Since 2012, James has been providing clients with insurance advice tailored to their current situation, needs, objectives, and budget.

James has excelled in building long term relationships with clients as they grow their business, expand their family and or assets. James assists businesses with implementing workplace employee benefits such as Group Health & Group Life & Disability Insurance programs, as well as Business Key Person and Buy/Sell Insurance.

James also specialises in Personal Life, Disability & Private Health Insurance programs for individuals and families. James has a passion for obtaining cover for clients who have struggled to obtain cover in the past due to health history.

Nick Wells
Adviser
Life - Health - Disability - KiwiSaver

Nick Wells

Adviser
Specialities:

Life - Health - Disability - KiwiSaver

Nick’s career in Financial Services began back in 2002, fresh faced and just out of school. Since joining Amicus originally back in 2012, Nick has gained extensive experience, knowledge and skill in providing tailored protection solutions. Nick specialises in the implementation of strategic risk advice in the Rural, Commercial and SME Business sector. With a strong understanding of the impact when the “what if” happens, he is committed to working to ensure the best possible outcome for his clients is achieved.

Delivering solutions based on what is most important to his clients is at the heart of every protection conversation.

Outside of work Nick enjoys travelling and spending time with his family, dragging himself around the rugby field on a Saturday and avoiding his wife’s horses at all costs.

Qualifications:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Financial Services Level 5

George Connell
Commercial Broker
Business

George Connell

Commercial Broker
Specialities:

Business

George joined Amicus in 2020 in the capacity as a Commercial Broker after several years gaining experience with a leading Insurer and a large corporate broking house.

George is an enthusiastic people person who enjoys building strong relationships with his clients and tailoring suitable insurance products to their needs.

A very successful career as a hockey player having represented Canterbury for several years and the New Zealand Black Sticks on multiple occasions. George still enjoys developing skills in younger players and encouraging people into the game.

In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his partner Olivia and their young daughter Ivy.

Stewart Rankin
Stewart Rankin
Broker / Director
Business - Rural

Stewart Rankin

Broker / Director
Specialities:

Business - Rural

Stewart has worked in the insurance industry since 1995 in various claims, underwriting and broking positions with major international insurers, brokers, as well as a large locally owned broking house.

Stewart joined Amicus Brokers in June 2013 to take on the role of Business Development Director and as a partner of the company. Stewart heads the Amicus Construction Risk Practice area of the company. Prior to joining Amicus Brokers, he was employed by QBE Insurance in various positions with the most recent being the senior position of South Island Business Development Manager.

Stewart is well known for his ability to "think outside of the square" and for his innovative approach to the placing of insurance programs. These attributes were recognised in 2010 when Stewart was a finalist for IBANZ "Emerging Insurer of the Year". Stew has vast experience in the underwriting and placement of the following insurance covers;

  • Project Specific contract works
  • Annual contract works
  • Advance loss of profits
  • Material Damage and Business Interruption Insurance (Insurance on the finished projects)
  • Liability covers including Public Liability, Professional Indemnity and Directors and Officers Liability Insurance

Qualifications:

  • Diploma Financial Services (General Insurance)
  • ANZIIF (Senior Associate)
  • QIB (Qualified Insurance Broker)
  • CIP (Certified Insurance Professional)

Madhu Gopal-Boyd
Commercial & Rural Broker Support
Business - Rural - Admin

Madhu Gopal-Boyd

Commercial & Rural Broker Support
Specialities:

Business - Rural - Admin

Madhu joined Amicus in the Commercial & Rural Broker Support Team in early 2018.  Having over 2 years’ experience in the Commercial and Rural arena prior to starting with Amicus, she is looking forward to increasing her knowledge. Madhu prides herself on attention to detail and accuracy; attributes which ensure best outcomes for our clients.

Outside of work, Madhu enjoys playing indoor netball, singing in a choir, gaming, watching cricket, netball and rugby, spending time with her husband and cat and dreaming about future travel plans.

Rebecca Hart
Client Claims Advocate
Claims

Rebecca Hart

Client Claims Advocate
Specialities:

Claims

Rebecca has been with Amicus since 2009 working in various supporting roles until becoming a member of the claims team 2012. She is committed to helping clients through the claims process making it as stress-free and easy as possible.

Rebecca is married with two children. In her spare time, she is kept busy with her children’s activities such as swimming, rugby, surf lifesaving and touch rugby. She also enjoys gardening and cooking.

Joanne Davies
Adviser Support
Administration

Joanne Davies

Adviser Support
Specialities:

Administration

Joanne has been with the Amicus Group since its inception, and has over 30 years’ experience in the insurance industry. Her current role is Adviser Support, and she is also responsible for the administration of the Amicus investment book.

Joanne is committed to providing high-quality service to clients to ensure that their requirements are attended to. She enjoys problem-solving and assisting people with any difficulties they may have with any administration issues.

Joanne is married, with 3 adult children, and enjoys running and mountain biking.

David Gyde
Adviser/Director
Life - Investment - KiwiSaver

David Gyde

Adviser/Director
Specialities:

Life - Investment - KiwiSaver

David has been providing his clients with investment and insurance advice since 1992. David provides a regular review service to his clients to ensure their planning is on track and meeting the needs of changing circumstances. In 1997 Amicus Group was formed with a number of like-minded advisers. They have specialised their advice to enhance the service they can offer their clients.

Amicus uses a fact find process in both investment and insurance. They are looking to point out areas that may be leaving clients and their families at risk. Amicus look to ensure investments and retirement savings meet clients goals and expectations taking into account their time frame and tolerance to risk.

David has been married to Katie since 1991 and they have 4 children. He enjoys skiing, tennis coaching and watching rugby. David tries to get to the gym as often as possible.

Qualifications:

  • Authorised Financial adviser (AFA)

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