Melville Jessup Weaver is an independent firm of consulting actuaries with offices in Auckland and Wellington, New Zealand. We use our extensive experience, knowledge, and resources to provide demonstrable value to our clients. We are skilled at understanding, solving and communicating solutions to meet client needs.
At Melville Jessup Weaver, we pride ourselves in our independence. We take an objective view the issues facing clients and provide unconflicted advice, with no possibility of being influenced by a parent company, competing lines of business, or other organisation.
The firm provides actuarial consulting in the areas of insurance, superannuation, KiwiSaver, investment consulting, financial analysis, and risk management. We are the Appointed Actuary for several general and life insurers. We also have a strong superannuation administration business.
Melville Jessup Weaver is affiliated with Willis Towers Watson, a leading global professional services company that helps organisations improve performance through effective people, risk, and financial management. Willis Towers Watson has more than 39,000 employees in more than 120 countries and is located on the web at www.willistowerswatson.com
Ben Trollip is an actuary specialising in providing investment consulting advice to superannuation schemes, charitable trusts, and other institutional investors. He provides advice on a wide array of investment matters including the development of investment objectives, strategic asset allocation, manager selection and monitoring, and asset/liability modelling. In addition, he advises on issues such as currency hedging policy, asset rebalancing policy, and governance issues.
Ben began his career Melville Jessup Weaver before moving to our alliance partner, Willis Towers Watson, where he worked within the Sydney based manager research team. In this role, Ben researched investment managers in Australia, Asia, Europe and the USA. He was intimately involved in setting Willis Towers Watson’s research view and working with clients in selecting and developing investment mandates to suit their needs. Ben has assisted clients ranging in size to over $40 billion in assets under management.
Ben has written papers on a range of topics including Centralised Portfolio Management and Small Cap Equities, and has presented on topics such as Smart Beta.
+64 (9) 300 7315
Bernard Reid is an actuary with extensive experience in all aspects of superannuation and investment consulting. He has advised many New Zealand superannuation schemes in areas such as benefit design, actuarial issues, investment strategy, IAS19 and FASB accounting.
Bernard was a member of the Government-appointed Workplace Savings Working Group whose report led to the development of KiwiSaver.
Prior to joining Melville Jessup Weaver, Bernard was at Watson Wyatt/Mercer for 14 years, where he was the national practice leader of retirement consulting.
+64 (9) 300 7163
Chris Sissons is an actuary specialising in superannuation and life insurance. His experience includes providing a range of advice to superannuation schemes and employers regarding benefit design, actuarial valuations, member communications, superannuation legislation, IAS19 and FASB accounting valuations and other actuarial issues.
His life insurance experience includes Margin on Services valuations, solvency calculations and model building for a full range of life insurance products, along with valuation of traditional products and reinsurance calculations.
He has also undertaken a number of ad hoc projects including unit price error correction and reviews of various calculators for public and private sector entities.
+64 (4) 830 0110
Craig Lough is an actuary specialising in the field of general insurance. He began his career at Melville Jessup Weaver before working in Australia and then the UK. During his time away he worked for a large London consulting office as well as multinational insurance companies both in Australia and the UK.
Craig’s broad array of experience includes valuation, basis setting, auditing, process improvement, and exposure to IFRS and USGAAP.
+64 (9) 300 7151
David Chamberlain is an actuary with over 25 years of commercial experience in the financial services sector. Specialising in insurance, in particular life insurance, David has helped businesses both strategically and operationally. David has worked with a diverse variety of clients from fishing companies to superannuation funds providing a wide range of advice from strategy and capital investment decisions through to operational compliance requirements and risk management. He has experience with unit pricing and unit pricing error correction. He focuses on, and takes pride in, helping clients achieve a track record of success based on profitable growth. He has experience both as an Executive and as a Director.
Prior to joining MJW David led the team building an insurance business for a New Zealand government owned bank in New Zealand. This encompassed all aspects of building the business including meeting the licencing requirements to operate as an insurer in New Zealand. Insurers are supervised by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. In mid-2015 David and a colleague commenced a research project looking at how to enhance the benefits delivered by the NZ life insurance industry to the average New Zealand consumer.
He is currently Chairman of the New Zealand Blood Service, was previously a member of the University Council of Victoria University of Wellington and a Director of At Work Insurance Limited, the State Owned Enterprise set up to compete during the privatisation of compensation for work-related injuries in New Zealand.
+64 (4) 830 0117
Ian Midgley is an actuary with extensive experience in all aspects of superannuation, having originally worked for Bacon and Woodrow, a leading firm of actuaries in the UK.
Ian has over 25 years experience in all aspects of superannuation consulting, including actuarial valuations, scheme design, member communications and superannuation legislation. He also has extensive experience in investment consulting to trustees of superannuation schemes, including the establishment of investment objectives, investment strategy, investment manager structure advice and appointment and monitoring of investment performance.
+64 (4) 815 8888
Jeremy Holmes is an actuary specialising in general insurance. His experience includes a wide variety of work for our New Zealand clients as well as some time working for a Lloyd’s insurer in London.
Jeremy is interested in pricing and profitability analyses for general insurers or anyone interested in getting a better understanding of their products’ performance. He also undertakes insurance liability valuations, reviews and ad-hoc projects.
+64 (9) 300 7318
Linda Caradus is an actuary with technical expertise in life insurance and superannuation. Her experience includes general management responsibilities within life offices. She assists life offices in all aspects of their long-term business, including analysis and monitoring of experience, Margin on Services and Embedded Value reporting, product design and premium rating.
Linda also advises trustees and employers on the operation of superannuation schemes.
+64 (4) 815 8889
Steve Grant heads up our superannuation administration team. He started at Melville Jessup Weaver in 2000 as an actuarial analyst and moved into the administration space as the business grew.
Steve has experience with the administration of defined benefit schemes, defined contribution schemes and KiwiSaver schemes. In recent years he has overseen a number of smooth transitions of administration services to Melville Jessup Weaver.
Steve’s expertise extends to compliance under the Financial Markets Conduct Act for each of the schemes administered and for a few in-house administrators who have out-sourced this function.
+64 (4) 815 8885