Retirement of Keith Hales – Jan 2015

Each new year brings changes and one considerable change that is occurring with the Anglican Insurance Board in 2015 is the retirement of Keith Hales from his position as the principal adviser to the Board.

The church owes Keith a considerable debt of gratitude for all the work he has done in increasing the cover offered through the insurance policy and for instigating and systematising the claims systems that enable the church to manage the first $500,000 of claims rather than resorting to the insurers.

Keith’s advocacy for a better way of providing church insurance precedes the formation of the Anglican Insurance Board by 14 years and he has always been a resolute promoter of better cover for lower premium.  He has also been a friendly face to members who have had questions about their insurance cover.

Keith began his insurance career in the City of London and moved to New Zealand to work for NZI in various management positions. He joined Bowring Burgess as an insurance broker and that company was taken over by Marsh and Keith rose to be deputy chairman of the New Zealand operation.

Following his retirement from Marsh, Keith has worked as an independent consultant and has been a stalwart for the Anglican Insurance Board for the past decade.

The Board will continue to build on the firm foundation that Keith has helped us lay, and we wish him well in his retirement. Much of Keith’s knowledge and experience is incorporated into the content of the Board’s website at

Dave Peters, our executive director, will continue the good work that Keith has instigated. Please do not hesitate to contact Dave on items where you have previously contacted Keith. Dave’s contacts are , ph 09 5213490 or 027 7334191.

Keith owns a property in Martinborough and is a keen producer of olive oil, marmalade and will “scrump” any common ground fruit to make an interesting dish from it.

I have no doubts that I will continue swapping jars of potted goose or exotic pestos with Keith for whatever the autumn harvest has placed in his hands for many years to come.

My life has been richer for having shared the past quarter decade with Keith.


Don Baskerville