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Our Directors


​Jack Porus BCom LLB

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Pinnacle’s chairman, Jack Porus, is the Joint Managing Partner of Glaister Ennor, one of Auckland’s oldest and most respected law firms. Jack also has several directorships including The Neil Group Limited and The NZ King Salmon Co Limited. Jack has been appointed a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.

Jack also chairs the Auckland Grammar School Foundation Trust Board and is a director of The Rotary Club of Auckland Trustee Company Limited.


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Noel is the founder of Pinnacle and was the Managing Director of Pinnacle Life until 1 December 2014 when he retired. Noel remains on the Board of Pinnacle Life as a Director. He has 50 years of experience in the life insurance industry, including 25 years with National Mutual both in New Zealand and abroad, as Sales and Marketing and then General Manager for NZI Life based in Auckland.

In the past, Noel has been president of the NZ Society of Actuaries and Chairman of the Life Offices Association. He has been involved in building businesses, takeovers and mergers both as a consultant on strategy and actuarial issues, and as a senior manager, and brings this wide technical and management experience base to the Board.

Andrew Spencer BCom, CA

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As Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee, and Director of the Board, Andrew is a certified public practising chartered accountant with offices in Auckland and Queenstown. Andrew holds several professional director/chair positions with large unlisted business enterprises, and is a trustee and adviser to high net worth and private family trusts, both locally and for international investors.

Michael Murphy MA

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Michael holds several roles in addition to Pinnacle Life, including General Manager of Callaghan Innovation and Chair of Ice Angels start-up investment network. Michaels focus is on assisting New Zealand’s best and boldest entrepreneurs in creating truly world-class companies that will employ coming generations of Kiwis and underpin the economic and social development of our country. He has worked for several leading national and international technology businesses across a 30-year career, in both management and entrepreneurial roles.

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