Tim Grafton

Chief Executive

Insurance Council of New Zealand

Tim Grafton is the Chief Executive of the Insurance Council of New Zealand and is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors. Over the past 30 years he has had extensive experience in the media, government, public relations and market research sectors. Prior to his appointment at ICNZ in 2012, he was Executive Director of leading market research company, UMR Research, where he led a number of key research projects particularly in the energy, primary industry and public sectors providing strategic advice at Board and Chief Executive level. He has been a senior adviser to former Prime Minister Rt Hon Dame Jenny Shipley, Prime Minister Rt Hon Bill English, and former Finance Minister the Rt Hon Sir William Birch. He has also been a senior public relations practitioner and lobbyist as well as a senior parliamentary reporter. Tim has a number of governance roles. He is a member of the New Zealand Advisory Board of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance; Chair of the Fair Insurance Code’s Code Compliance Committee; Chair of the Deep South National Science Challenge Representative Users Group; and member of Victoria University’s Chair in the Economics of Disasters Advisory Committee.