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Our Team

Allan Daly

Managing Director

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With extensive experience in senior management and insurance broking, Allan has worked in the insurance industry since 1975.

Prior to joining Avon Insurance Brokers, Allan began his career in Christchurch as a general insurance clerk with the National Insurance but soon went on to several senior positions including office manager (based in Dunedin) and the South Island Sales Manager (based in Christchurch) for Royal and Sun Alliance Insurance.

In 1995, Allan became an Insurance Broker specialising in Commercial Insurance and joined Avon Insurance Brokers in February 2001 as a partner.

Allan is a senior Associate of the Insurance Institute and maintains a current Qualified Practicing Insurance Broker Certification. He also serves as a board member of IBANZ.

Allan lives in Christchurch and is married with two adult children. He is an active member of the Salvation Army, and loves rugby, classic cars, motorcycling and speedway.


Brendan Daly

Broker

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Brendan has been at Avon Insurance Brokers since 2003. Undertaking a variety of roles at Avon Insurance Brokers has given Brendan a broad skillset which he feels benefits him in his current broker role which he has held since 2009.  He believes in integrity and putting the clients’ needs first and he prides himself on his communication skills and ability to source effective insurance solutions for his clients. He has studied and gained qualifications through the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance and is undergoing continuing professional development through the IBANZ College.

Brendan is married with a young family and is actively involved in the Salvation Army. In his spare time Brendan enjoys getting out on his motorbike, his speedway involvement and assisting with junior rugby at Shirley RFC.


Nicole Summerfield

Broker

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Nicole is the newest member on the Avon Insurance team. She first started her insurance career in 2012, and since then she was worked in various roles within the industry. She now joins us as a broker. She has experience in the areas of Rural, Commercial and Domestic insurance.

She has a thorough work ethic and gentle nature which means she provides a comfortable environment whilst delivering exceptional service to every client.

In her spare time, Nicole and her broker Matt are top competitors in the New Zealand Rally Championship. They travel from Whangarei to Dunedin to rally on New Zealand’s best gravel roads.

 


Craig Gudsell

Senior Broker

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With more than 30 years in the insurance industry, Craig’s experience includes managing the South Island operations of a specialist insurer of Church and Community support agencies. Craig is a Senior Associate of the Insurance Institute and holds several industry qualifications including CIP, QPIB and LBA.

What Craig enjoys most about his role at Avon Insurance Brokers is working closely with his clients and managing their needs. Craig has a diverse client base throughout New Zealand, including several national accounts, Churches, Schools, Charitable Trusts, Rest Homes and Camps as well as Business and Corporate interests.

Craig and his wife Jackie enjoy family life and are actively involved in both Church and Community based activities.

A North Canterbury man, Craig and Jackie have three grown children, Nathan, Chris and Aleshia, as well as two beautiful grandchildren. In his spare time, Craig enjoys recreational swimming and cycling and he and Jackie run a rural bed and breakfast on their 10 acre farmlet.


Anna Archbold

Brokers' Assistant

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Anna is responsible for the general office administration of Avon Insurance brokers along with the support of our broker team. She also handles the administration of the commercial policies of one of Avon’s agents, Forward Planning Limited.

Anna comes from a farming background, growing up in a rural community. She has had a number of part time jobs in the farming industry including relief milking and as a roustabout. In 2004 Anna undertook a degree in social science at Lincoln University, graduating in 2006 at the top of her class.

Anna has been a member of the Avon team since 2007 and is well qualified to assist with the many and varied insurance enquiries the Avon client base presents to her. Anna assists with enquiries regarding all types of insurance, takes responsibility for the efficient running of our office systems and administers the accounts.

Anna has played club rugby for 12 years since the age of 14, and whilst no longer playing is still actively involved in the Burnside Rugby Club. She also enjoys other outdoor pursuits, including touch rugby, cricket and snowboarding.


Kelly Thomsen

Brokers’ Assistant & Claims Handler

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Kelly’s insurance experience allows her to provide an outstanding claims service to Avon Insurance clients.

Kelly gained claims experience working previously at IAG NZ. She is able to give clear sensible advice to clients in need of assistance at claim time & follows the claim process through to ensure Avon’s clients receive prompt settlement of their insurance claim.

Kelly lives in North Canterbury and enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, reading and cooking in her spare time.


Nicky Paul

Brokers’ Assistant

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Nicky provides excellent support within our broker team and backs up Anna with the administration of our very busy office.

Nicky takes responsibility for the domestic insurance requirements of the Avon clients and has a special interest in ensuring our clients receive the very best service.

Nicky lives in North Canterbury with her partner and 2 children. She is an artist in her spare time and exhibits her work locally.


Linda Price

Brokers’ Assistant

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Linda has many years’ experience in the insurance industry from working previously for other international broking houses.

Linda provides Broker Support for Brendan Daly and back-up support for Kelly in Claims and has a special interest in ensuring our clients receive the very best in client service. Linda is married with two adult children and has two grandsons and a granddaughter. She loves family activities, the outdoors and has two energetic bearded collies.


Russell & Kelsey Forward

Life Broker

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After 14 years in the engineering industry in Christchurch, Russell decided in 1988 to change direction and joined National Mutual as a life agent. Five years later, he decided his future lay as an independent broker and financial adviser and left National Mutual to join Caledonian Financial

Services. In 1996 Russell established his own business, Forward Planning LTD, and around that time entered into a formal arrangement with Avon Insurance Brokers, as a sub agent for all fire and general insurance, and to provide Avon clients with advice and access to life, health and disability insurance.

Russell lives in Rangiora and is married with 3 children. Russell’s daughter Kelsey joined the business in 2012 and runs the brokerage on a day to day basis and handles all claims. Kelsey has represented Canterbury and New Zealand at Korfball. She plays Netball and Touch for local North Canterbury sides.

Russell has previously coached Junior Rugby in North Canterbury taking the under 13 Rangiora team to win the final in 2006. He had also assisted coaching Kelsey’s netball side. He helps his son Callum with building drift cars and has a small collection of Japanese and American Classic cars and motorcycles. These aside, he enjoys spending time with his wife Katherine and their grandchildren of eldest daughter Courtney.


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