Earthquake Commission names new chief executive

Firm selects new head from within

Earthquake Commission names new chief executive

Catastrophe & Flood

By Gabriel Olano

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) has appointed Tina Mitchell (pictured above) as its new chief executive, effective Jan. 17. She succeeds Sid Miller, who announced his resignation in August.

Mitchell is currently EQC’s chief strategy officer, leading the functions of strategy, policy, government relations, communications, stakeholder engagement and legal services across the organisation and externally.

“We’re thrilled to be appointing Tina to the role of chief executive,” said EQC board chair Mary-Jane Daly. “She is an excellent leader, who is highly respected by the team across EQC and our stakeholders. We are really looking forward to what she’ll achieve in the new role and how she will take EQC forward. Having worked closely with Tina over the past two years, we know she shares the board’s commitment to improving New Zealanders’ readiness and resilience to natural hazards, and for ensuring the country’s natural disaster insurance scheme can take care of communities when the next disaster strikes.”

According to EQC, Mitchell has a strong background in transformation programmes, law, policy, and dispute resolution. She was previously deputy ombudsman at the Banking Ombudsman Scheme and held various transformation-related roles at ACC.

“I am really looking forward to leading EQC through the exciting work programme ahead, including continuing to mature the world-first partnership we have established with private insurers, ongoing work to provide support for Cantabrians, implementing changes the government is proposing for our legislation, growing our cultural capability and our understanding of te ao Māori, and continuing our work to improve New Zealand’s resilience against future natural disasters,” Mitchell said.

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