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What is the Anglican Insurance Board

The Anglican Insurance Board (AIB) was established under Title B Canon XXXII of the Anglican Church at the General Synod / Te Hinota Whanui in May 2004. The relationship between the Board and Church Trust Boards is governed by Title F Canon iii, clauses 14 and 14A.1 to 14A.4. The Canon and the Trust Deed are located in the resources section of this website.

The Board provides an annual report and audited accounts to the Standing Committee of the General Synod and a biennial report to the Anglican General Synod.

The Board is registered as a charitable entity under the Charities Act 2005. Its registration number is CC40696.

What are the aims of the Board

AIB is part of the Anglican Church, and its sole purpose is to serve the Church for the benefit of all its entities. AIB aims to assist the Church by reducing insurance costs while maintaining the best protection of its assets and people. Savings on the cost of insurance means more funds for the work of the Church and its ministry. To achieve this AIB:

  • Offers a single legal liability policy for the whole Church.
  • Negotiates insurance renewals on behalf of the dioceses.
  • Provides an Insurance Risk Management guide.

Board Members

The Anglican Insurance Board has up to 7 members. Four members are appointed by the General Synod/ te Hinota Whanui; one representing the Diocese of Polynesia, one representing te Pihopatanga of Aotearoa, one representing the dioceses in New Zealand and one representing the House of Bishops. Up to three specialist appointees are made by the General Synod Standing Committee. The Board currently is:

Don Baskerville (Tikanga Pasifika)

Don is a foundation Board member. He is an associate actuary and provides mathematical and financial expertise. He is a business consultant with many years experience in the actuarial consulting and insurance industries. Don is also on the Anglican Church Pension Board Investment Committee and is Chair of the AllChurches Insurance Bureau, which co-ordinates insurance discussions among the denominations.

The Right Reverend Steven Benford (House of Bishops appointee)

The Right Reverend Steven Benford is the Bishop of Dunedin. He was ordained as Bishop 22nd September 2017 at St Paul’s Cathedral in Dunedin.

In 1996 he entered the ministry discernment process in the Diocese of York and was ordained there in 2000. In his first four years as a Priest, he served as a curate in a three-church rural cluster, while remaining a full-time specialist at Friarage Hospital, Northallerton in Yorkshire.

Prior to coming to Dunedin Bishop Steven served as Vicar of St Joseph the Worker, Northolt in the Diocese of London,

where he was also a Bishops’ Advisor for Ministry, a new incumbent’s Ministry mentor and Spiritual Director.

For 29 years he served as a medical doctor, specialising in anaesthetics since 1990.

Bishop Steven’s Christian faith has led him to serve others using his medical skills. As well as his 19 years in rural health in Northallerton, in 2003 he traveled to Baghdad to work with a medical NGO after the allied invasion of Iraq. Later, he joined medical teams in Haiti, following the devastating earthquakes in 2010 and 2014.

Bishop Steven is the tenth Anglican Bishop of Dunedin.

Alison Jephson (Tikanga Pakeha)

Alison is Chair of the Board and recently retired from her position as Director of Anglican Living in Canterbury/ Westland after 8 years. Previous to that she served as Diocesan Manager for the Anglican Diocese of Christchurch for nine years. She has a background in health management and has also held senior management positions in another social service organisation.  She has served on various not-for-profit boards and committees, and is currently vicar’s warden in her own parish.

Don Shaw (Tikanga Maori)

Don is the immediate past Chairperson of Te Hui Amorangi ki te Manawa o te Wheke Trust Board and a member of Te Pihopatanga o Aotearoa Trust Board. Don is a Company Director and has experience in Diocesan affairs and was a foundation member of the Board. Don is a member of the General Synod.

Hineatauira (Ira) Wilkinson (Specialist appointee)

Ko Hikurangi te maunga, Ko Waiapu te awa, Ko Ngati Porou te iwi, Ko Ira Wilkinson tona ingoa

Ira is a Queen Victoria old girl from 1984 to 1987 and a Chartered Accountant registered with the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants. Ira graduated from the University of Auckland – B.Com. Ira has many years of governance experience from serving on a number of Boards and Committees within the Anglican Church and in the Community. She also has significant professional management, investment and financial experience gained during her professional career.

Garry Wilson (Specialist appointee)

Garry is a Knight of the Order of St John and a former Chancellor. He was recently appointed to the International Steering Committee and the International Risk and Audit Committee.

Although Garry describes himself as “retired” he is also Chairman of two fisheries research companies, a member of the board of the Wellington City Mission and of the Risk and Audit Committee of the Ministry of Education. Garry has also been involved in undertaking reviews of government agencies in a consulting capacity. Garry was previously CEO of ACC and of North Health (the northern regional health authority) and earlier in his career helped establish New Zealand Post.

Garry is married (to Tisha), has four adult children and three grandchildren. He enjoys jazz, reading and family events.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or require any information.