Board of Directors

Co-op Insurance NZ’s board of directors is made up of directors from credit unions who are Members of our parent company, Co-op Money NZ*.


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Claire Matthews: Chair

Claire is a Director of NZCU Baywide, and also is Director Academic Programmes for the Massey Business School (Massey University).  Claire has spent a number of years lecturing in the University’s post-graduate banking programmes, and from 2009 to 2013 she also had overall responsibility for the Personal Financial Planning endorsement within the Graduate Diploma of Business Studies.

Prior to joining Massey Claire was employed by Trust Bank in a variety of roles. Claire has a PhD in Banking on the subject of Switching Costs in the New Zealand Banking Market, and is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.

Peter Taylor: Deputy Chair

Peter has a long history of working in community finance, as both a trustee and manager of various funding organisations throughout Canterbury. A former general manager and director of credit unions, Peter is currently the General Manager for Habitat for Humanity (Christchurch) Ltd, a post-quake rebuild project, and a past Director for NZCU South.  Peter has an MBA from the University of Canterbury and is a member of the Institute of Directors.


Bruce Bleakley: Director

Bruce has a varied background in finance and management, having spent 34 years for ANZ Bank, two years as General Manager of Remuera Gardens Retirement Village, and 10 years as CEO of Aotearoa Credit Union before retiring in 2013. He has also had over 25 years in education governance, having been on the board of Macleans College for 17 years, retiring as Chair in 2013. Bruce is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.


Henry Lynch: Chief Executive Officer and Director of Co-op Insurance NZ

Henry was appointed CEO in 2010 and has broad financial services expertise, spanning over 30 years in the industry.

Henry previously held senior management and executive roles at Westpac and Tower Insurance and was CEO of Dorchester Life and Catalyst Risk Management Ltd. His core competencies cover strategy, payments, banking, insurance, sales and marketing and finance at executive level. Henry holds a number of Governance roles including Director of Co-op Insurance NZ and Director of NZ Martial Arts Institute. He is a Board Member of The Insurance Council of New Zealand and  a member of the Institute of Directors.

Henry holds a sixth degree black belt in the Japanese martial art, Aikido and was inaugurated into the New Zealand Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2009 and inducted into the Australasian Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2012.


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* Co-op Money NZ is the trading name for the New Zealand Association of Credit Unions, a co-operative representing Member credit unions and building societies in New Zealand.