We are excited to announce the election for the Accuro Board of Directors is now open. 
There are eleven candidates standing for two positions on the Board.

As a member of Accuro, you get to decide who represents you on the Board of Directors.

How to vote

This year voting will be conducted online. All Accuro members will be sent voting papers by email on Friday 23rd October.  For those members without an email, your voting papers will be posted to you on Friday 23rd October.

You can vote online by visiting: www.electionz.com/accuro2020

You will be required to log in using the pin & password provided with your voting papers.

If you have any queries or need assistance logging into the voting site you can contact electionz.com or call 0800 666 298, Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm.

Candidate Profiles

You can choose up to two from the following list of eleven candidates.

Please take the time to read each of the candidate statements below, as well as watching their short profile videos.

Craig Scott

I’m Craig Scott and I would like the opportunity to represent you on the Accuro board.   

I believe my passion, skills and knowledge will make a difference and add value to the current Board.

I am a Registered Nurse and Clinical Manager, and I have worked in mental health for many years. This has given me a good understanding and knowledge of the health sector and the way it works.

I am passionate about mental health and want to look at where this can fit within the health insurance industry.  

While studying for my MBA I developed a strong interest in governance, which I have developed further through membership with the Institute of Directors. I would bring these skills and a variety of life and work experiences to the board.

I am currently chairing two boards; one is in education and covers the entire South Island.  In this role I have valued hearing the differing views and opinions of people from across a broad section of the country. This is something I would continue to do as a director with Accuro.

I am also the chair of a not profit trust in the health and disability sector. As Chair I led a re-evaluation of the trust’s purpose, vision and strategic direction, which was particularly important due to the impact of Covid. The Covid outbreak also made me re-look at traditional ways of working and embrace new ways of getting things done. This is something I have applied across both my work and my governance roles.

Daniel Shore

It is my strong view that, to function at their best, boards require the right diversity and, at 37, I would bring a fresh perspective to Accuro, and one that understands the expectations and priorities of changing generations.

I have been a Director at McCaw Lewis Lawyers in Hamilton for the past seven years and have been a dispute resolution lawyer for 14 years. I understand risk, and dispute work keeps me strategically focussed and driven to achieve outcomes.

I am a member of the Institute of Directors and received the 2017 Emerging Director Award (Waikato Branch). With my two most recent governance roles being for social service providers (including one of which I Chaired), Accuro’s purpose of making comprehensive health insurance affordable and accessible resonates with me. My wider governance roles have also included the Waikato Chamber of Commerce and a national sporting body.

Personally, I found my own shift to Accuro refreshing, and I would welcome the opportunity to shape the next phase towards a healthier and better protected New Zealand.

Harald Breiding-Buss

My ideal health system is one where good, timely and quality healthcare is available to everyone through a public system. Things being as they are, Accuro is the next best thing. My family have been members for many years, and I have been continuously impressed by their ability to put members’ needs first. As director I would want to safeguard this independence from commercial interests.

In my day job I am one of only a very small handful of accountants that specialise in not-for-profit accounting. Most of the rest of this ‘elite’ group works together with me at a fast growing charity I started about 10 years ago, called Community Capacity Accounting. This organisation is all about the financial health of not-for-profits, including charities, and works with the major funders in the region on what is referred to as ‘capacity building’. I understand not-for-profit governance well, including the dilemma between maximising outcomes for members/clients/beneficiaries, and having to make ends meet financially. A role on Accuro’s board would also give me experiences and understanding to help myself with my other work for community organisations.

My original degree is in science (biology), and I have also worked in Social Services and various other roles. Before Community Accounting I had started a charity looking at the provision of services for parents, particularly fathers, which arose from my experiences as a stay-at-home dad. As part of this, I became aware of the rather large gap in health outcomes between women and men, which we are perhaps a little too quick to blame on biology and men’s reluctance to see their GP.

Accuro has a great vision, and I am keen to help.

John Ashby

My Name is John Ashby.  I am a senior consultant in the insurance and financial services industry, helping my clients develop distribution strategies.

I ran my own insurance and financial services company before joining a large corporate advisory firm as a Director and National Sales Manager where I had direct involvement with the various insurance providers in NZ. I had significant dealings with Accuro and was always impressed by the culture and performance standards of the team. As a member I have experienced how well it delivers on its promise of being the best little health insurer in New Zealand.  I am a strong believer in the value of health insurance, having seen first-hand, how it benefits so many Kiwis in so many ways.

I would bring to the Board several valuable perspectives:

  • Considerable industry experience
  • A deep understanding of the trends and opportunities in the health insurance market
  • Familiarity with the competitors and their offerings
  • An intimate knowledge of the customer experience with health and other insurance
  • A deep technical knowledge of the insurance industry and the regulatory requirements of the financial services sector. I am currently advising a national Kiwisaver provider on the creation of a compliant Financial Advice Platform
  • I would bring to Accuro a pragmatic business approach with a strong strategic focus on long term affordability. I want to see more people in NZ have the opportunity to experience quality health Insurance so they too can get access to the care and attention they deserve. 

I have also have extensive community involvement through committee involvement for local sports club, industry associations and chairman of the local school board for two terms.

I am married, have three children and in my spare time enjoy dinghy sailing, gardening and playing guitar.  I live in Wellington.

Karolyn Kerr

Currently the deputy chair of the Accuro Board of Directors and having been on the board for the past three years, I would like to continue the mahi we have been focused on. Accuro is going from strength to strength with transformation led by an excellent group of Directors and Managers. Being voted onto the board as a member representative I have supported the organisation to consider the members views and interests in all decisions made. Working in the health sector for most of my career means I reflect the profile of many of our members. I have been a member of Accuro for 20 years and I know members rely on Accuro to safeguard their and their family’s health care and support them to stay healthy; the role of member representative on the board is crucial to ensure your views are accurately represented.

I have worked as a registered nurse here and overseas and now use my health care knowledge to help the health sector use data and technology to provide safer, more efficient care. During Covid lockdown, I was proud to be working with Te Awakairangi PHO in Lower Hutt in the Community Based Assessment Centres, providing the critical data on the Covid status of our population. We continue to closely monitor the regions safety through active surveillance and reporting programmes.

On the Board of Accuro I have supported their digital change programme, which you can see on the new look website and our awarded tool, HUGO, that enables new members to sign up online. I have amassed considerable knowledge in board processes and insurance legislation that means I can effectively participate in board discussions and decisions; ensuring we comply with legislation while delivering the best health insurance services in New Zealand, just ask Consumer.org!

Kat McCorkindale

I’ve enjoyed a career centred in digital and marketing executive leadership roles. Having launched and managed a number of companies, built and nurtured high-performance teams and driven organisational growth though sales and marketing strategies, I draw on this when serving in governance.

As a ‘digital native’, I bring solid experience with a modern approach. In 2013 I completed my Masters in Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Canterbury.  From one of my early roles as a website developer, I found a passion and respect for technology. After this, I worked in the marketing team for a local healthcare software development company, building applications to assist capacity planning in hospitals. Joining the company soon after inception, it was a rapid time of growth. Ensuring speed of delivery, scalability and uptake led to the sale of this business to American corporate McKesson, currently listed 7th on the Fortune 500.

I enjoy a personal sense of achievement from roles that require agility and accountability, and consider myself a highly ethical worker with excellent time management and communication skills. I would describe myself as a champion of the customer experience, a stickler for the detail and a datadriven decision maker.

Recently I have been active in building my governance skills, through membership with the Institute of Directors, professional development, and appointment as a Trust Board Member of St Margaret’s College. I also act as a governor of the college’s finances, sitting on the Finance Committee.

Thank you for taking the time to consider this application to join the Accuro Board. The role would be personally very rewarding.

Michael McIlhone

As a long standing Accuro member since the mid 1990’s (including its previous iterations) I am fully committed to both the values and objectives of the Society.

I have worked as a Registered Nurse for the past 38 years both in New Zealand and overseas. For the past 12 years I have held senior Nursing Management, Director and Leadership roles both in the tertiary and primary sectors.

My current role of Director of Nursing in Pegasus Health in Canterbury (a large primary health organisation) is both a Management and Leadership role. I am currently a member or chair of several health governance and leadership groups both regionally and nationally in New Zealand. I am a current member of the institute of Directors and have over the past few years completed all the pillars of governance courses.

I believe, if elected, that I will bring a multitude of valuable perspectives to the role of Director of the Society (Accuro). These being an equity lens, commitment to Te Tiriti O Waitangi, in depth knowledge of the health sector, strong governance skills and a historical understanding and relationship as a member with Accuro.

It is important that the Society can demonstrate a strong commitment to diversity and equity but at the same time ensure strong governance and financial acumen to meet the objectives of the Society. My previous and current experience would contribute to these key competencies.

Thank you for considering my application.


Robyn Byers

I would really appreciate your vote for me to serve a second term on the Accuro Board having just completed my first term as Director and Chair of the Chief Executive Employment subcommittee.

I am a Clinical Psychologist and been a member of Accuro for many years.

As parent, patient and health professional, I value easy, rapid access to affordable quality health care, choice in that care, and tailored to individual needs, particularly at a time of heightened health concern. Care supported by a friendly, approachable, easily contacted insurer. These are qualities I have supported as an Accuro Director.

I believe my extensive experience of the health sector, as an NGO Trustee, clinician, past General Manager of Mental Health, Older Persons and Addictions, national quality consultant and auditor across the health spectrum in public and private services, provides a solid foundation from which to operate as an Accuro Director; to provide insights into health systems to assist Accuro to meet members’ health needs, adopt a preventative approach and anticipate future supports, balancing affordability and value for members with sustainable, robust business. I want to continue contributing to Accuro developing our technology platform, workforce, and our product initiatives, eg Mental Health Navigator, bowel screening, Best Doctors, Health Hub, Skinvision, to optimise health outcomes and maximise member satisfaction, to be the” best little health insurer”. Thank you.

Roger Styles

I live in Carterton with my wife Kate, having recently moved from Lower Hutt (to be nearer to our mothers – both of whom live in the Wairarapa).

Having grown up in the Hutt Valley, I studied at Victoria University gaining a Masters degree in Public Policy, and have held a range of policy and planning roles in and around government and local government. Governance roles have included 15 years as an elected member of Hutt City Council – including six as deputy Mayor – as well as directorships in commercial and council-owned companies, charitable trusts and regulatory committees.

For the past 13 years I have been the CEO of the Health Funds Association – the industry body representing health insurers in New Zealand. For around the same length of time I have been a member of Accuro, having joined in 2007.

The health sector – health insurance in particular – holds special interest for me. Over the past decade running the industry association, I’ve learned much about the important role health insurance plays in the broader health system, strategic issues and challenges, and opportunities for the sector going forward.

Being a keen runner and cyclist, it has been good to see insurers embrace wellness concepts and look for ways to promote and enhance wellness of their members and policyholders.

This is an exciting time for member-based insurers such as Accuro, as regulatory changes require financial organisations to prioritise customers’ interests in everything they do, and directors to satisfy themselves this is happening.

I believe I can make a valuable contribution at the governance level as director, and play my part in ensuring Accuro delivers exceptional value for members in years to come.

Sam Kamani

Tēnā koutou katoa. I am an experienced director, author, podcaster and digital transformation specialist. Currently I am director of ProductDone Ltd, where we help businesses and startups digitally transform their processes by building custom software.

I am also an Amazon best selling author of 2 books, my recent book focuses on how businesses can pivot during Covid-19 to not only survive but also thrive.

I have over 15 years of experience in digitally transforming businesses. I have worked in 3 continents around the world and had the pleasure of growing and exiting 2 startups. 

Giving back to the community motivates me, that’s why I regularly mentor at AUT’s, Co.STARTERS programme and also at Kōkiri the Maori Accelerator by TE WĀNANGA O AOTEAROA.

If elected as a non executive director I will be committed to following the New Zealand Director Competency Framework and make sure that the best possible outcomes are delivered to Accuro.

Sean Keaney

As an Accuro member of 10 plus years, it’s fair to say that I’m a fan. Impressed with the development and enhancements over this time, I am standing for a Board position so that I might assist with the future growth and success of the co-operative. I believe that with my experience in effectively connecting with people through marketing and advertising communications, along with my knowledge of the health sector, that I could make a valuable contribution to the Accuro Board and a difference for members.

I’m currently the Managing Director of advertising agency FCB. Over the course of my career, I have worked with various commercial sectors, including energy, FMCG, health and insurance. For much of my career, and currently, I have lead government behavioural change campaigns for issues such as road safety, family violence, elder abuse and with Te Hiringa Hauora (Health Promotion Agency) on alcohol moderation, mental health and addressing the inequity that exists in health for Māori and Pacific people.

My governance experience includes being a recent past Chair of the Capital Montessori Board, and I currently sit on the FCB New Zealand Executive Board.

I live in Brooklyn, Wellington with wife Melanie, a communications consultant who is currently completing graduate study in psychology, and our three daughters, Lucia (9) and identical twins Marnie and Cece (7).