Our Team

We are a New Zealand owned company established in 2001 as an advice based Insurance practice.

Nigel Wallace

CEO

30+ years in Industry

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Areas of speciality:

  • Corporate
  • Risk Management
  • Self Funding options

Nigel has extensive broking experience with particular expertise in the placement of large and difficult risks. Nigel has worked for multinational risk brokers for 20 years and his own companies for 10 years. In his role as General Manager of Aon Risk Services he provided a strategic review and designed insurance programmes for many of their larger clients.

Contact Details

DDI: +64 9 358 7235
Mobile:  +64 21 226 8515
Email: nigel@wmmi.co.nz

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Simon Keenan

Director

15+ years in Industry

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Simon joined Wallace McLean in 2005 after 4 years’ experience starting in the insurance broking sector followed by Commercial Underwriting in the New Zealand insurance broking market.

Areas of specialty involve the structuring and placement of Property & Construction risks, Self Storage risks and associated specialty lines, Manufacturing, Liability risks as well as global and local risk management & placements.

Contact Details

DDI: + 64 9 358 7233
Mobile:  +64 21 686 014
Email:  Simon@wmmi.co.nz

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Johann van der Merwe

Director

12 + Years in Industry

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Johann has over 12 years of commercial insurance experience.

Prior to working in insurance Johann worked as a Management Accountant in London.

Transferring of risk, be it through insurance or contract, intrigued him and he soon completed his Associate of Charted Insurance Institute.

Johann has extensive knowledge in the placement and servicing of Property, Marine Cargo, Public Liability, Contract Works and Alternative Risk Management programmes.

Contact Details

DDI: + 64 9 358 7231
Mobile:  +64 21 034 7037
Email:  johann@wmmi.co.nz

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Brian Mahony

Director

40 + Years in Industry

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Brian joined Wallace McLean in 2016. Starting his insurance broking career in the 1970’s, Brian brings extensive knowledge and experience specifically in the Retail Industry placement of large commercial property programs, managed self-insurance funds and product liability for the Pharmaceutical Industry. Brian has owned and managed successful insurance broking practices, and among other broking innovations, Brian also pioneered the Film Production Insurance Industry in New Zealand.

Contact Details

DDI: + 64 9 358 7239
Mobile:  +64 21 622 444
Email:  brian@wmmi.co.nz

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Shona Solomone

Senior Broker

25+ years in Industry

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Areas of speciality:

  • Corporate
  • Commercial
  • Domestic

An experienced broker, Shona has worked both locally and overseas for multinational and indigenous brokers for over 25 years. She currently manages a diverse insurance portfolio and is actively involved in the development of new business. A technical insurance broker, her skillset includes client needs analysis, identification of risk exposure and the development of a cost appropriate insurance program to address this.

Contact Details

DDI: + 64 9 358 7234
Mobile:  +64 21 832 032
Email:  shona@wmmi.co.nz

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Rebecca Redford

Claims Manager / Account Broker / Office Manager

16+ years in Industry

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Areas of specialty:

  • Bodies Corporate
  • Commercial

Rebecca began her career with State Insurance, then moving to a large insurance company managing international claims. After two years, Rebecca moved into Broking Services for a large multinational broking firm prior to joining Wallace McLean 12 years ago. Rebecca manages our Bodies Corporate portfolio which includes approx 280 buildings throughout NZ as well managing Commercial and Domestic Accounts. She is also responsible for the day or day management of the Office and Business.

Contact Details

DDI: + 64 9 358 7230

Mobile: + 64 21 733 586
Email: rebecca@wmmi.co.nz

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Karla Brighton

Account Manager

15+ years in Industry

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15 + years in Industry 

  • Commercial 
  • Domestic

Karla joined Wallace McLean in 2020. With experience in both the insurance broking and underwriting sectors, Karla provides a comprehensive approach to client’s and risk management by way of value added service and advice. Karla manages all aspects of her fire & general portfolio which includes small to medium commercial, domestic and local placement of multinational risks. Karla’s organisational skills and attention to detail makes her an essential resource to both Wallace Mclean and our clients. 

Contact Details

DDI: + 64 9 358 7237

Mobile: + 64 21 878 051
Email:  karla@wmmi.co.nz 

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Sharyn Brown

Account Broker

15+ years in Industry

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Areas of speciality:

  • Fire & General
  • Commercial
  • Domestic

After returning to New Zealand in 1997, Sharyn’s work experience involved the management of Fire & General claims, Life/Disability Claims & Sales Support for major Insurance companies before joining Wallace McLean in 2005. Sharyn’s role as an Account Broker includes assisting with Key Accounts and Account Management for both Commercial and Domestic Clients.

Contact Details

DDI: + 64 9 358 7238

Mobile: + 64 21 146 4050
Email:  sharyn@wmmi.co.nz

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Lisa Russell

Broker Support 

16+ years In Industry

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Areas of Specialty:

  • Bodies Corporates
  • Domestic Insurance

Lisa started her Insurance Career with New Zealand Insurance focusing on domestic insurance and customer service moving through various division within NZI. Joining Wallace McLean in 2018, Lisa works in our Bodies Corporate team and is also involved in the day to day servicing and administration of our clients general Insurance requirements .

Contact Details

DDI: +64 9 358 7236
Email: Lisar@wmmi.co.nz

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David Stedman

Authorized Financial Adviser

9+ years in Industry