Our Leadership

At Momentum Life we believe in people, we reward hard work, cultivate talent and promote the on-going growth of all employees. Our business is backed by an experienced Board of Directors, with years of experience developing and leading successful financial services businesses. Our strategic vision and goals are developed and executed by our highly qualified and passionate Executive Team.

Board of Directors

Our board of directors bring a wealth of industry experience and knowledge to Momentum Life, providing principled and strategic governance to the business.

John Errington
Non-Executive Chairman

John Errington is the Non-Executive Chairman of Momentum Life. He is an experienced actuary, executive, and director with over 40 years’ experience in life insurance, actuarial consulting, and governance.

John’s governance experience includes terms as President of the NZ Society of Actuaries, President of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, Chair of the NZ Remuneration Authority, and Chair of a major life insurance company.

John is a Fellow of the NZ Society of Actuaries (rtd), Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (UK), Fellow Of the Australian Institute of Actuaries, and a member of the NZ Institute of Directors.

David Nathan
Non-Executive Director

David Nathan is a Non-Executive Director of Momentum Life. He has over 35 years’ experience across the legal, insurance and health industries.

David's previous roles include as CEO of Avant being Australia's largest professional indemnity insurer for the medical profession and as Australian Managing Partner of global law firm Baker McKenzie.

David holds dual degrees in Science (Pharmacology) and Law and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Thomas Grogan
Non-Executive Director

Thomas Grogan is a Non-Executive Director of Momentum Life. He has over 45 years of insurance industry experience across Australia & New Zealand. He recently retired from Hannover Re, where he began his career in 1972.

With a wealth of industry experience that spans Reinsurance, Group, Retail & Direct insurance, Thomas retired from Hannover Re as the General Manager of Business Development. Thomas oversaw the growth and profitability development of Hannover Re’s life business portfolio in Australia and New Zealand, including the acquisition of the company’s largest direct distribution client. He was also directly responsible for managing the underwriting, claims and actuarial pricing teams.

He became a qualified accountant in 1977 and completed an Advanced Management Program through the University of Hawaii.

Lloyd Cartwright
Non-Executive Director

Lloyd Cartwright is a Non-Executive Director of Momentum Life. He is a senior financial services leader with over 30 years’ experience in Australia and New Zealand building businesses, driving superior client outcomes and developing high performing teams.

Lloyd previously held senior executive positions with Bank of New Zealand, NAB and Westpac. In 2014 he joined China Construction Bank (NZ) as Deputy CEO. Here he won the 2017 INFINZ award for “EY Debt Deal of the Year”.

He is a certified member of INFINZ and a member of the NZ Institute of Directors. Lloyd previously served as chairman of the NZ Financial Markets Association Board and as a board member for the NZ Chamber of Commerce, Singapore.

Executive Team

Momentum Life has an experienced and diverse team of executives, each with a long history in the insurance industry and their respective fields.

Eugeniu Jalba
Chief Executive Officer
Eugeniu is the CEO of Momentum Life, previously holding senior leadership roles across Australia & New Zealand. Formerly the CFO & COO, Eugeniu has played a pivotal role in our strategic growth and financial management. He holds a Bachelor of Economics, a Master of IT and a Diploma in Financial Services. Eugeniu leads with a passion for providing market-leading products, a best-in-class customer experience and fostering a highly skilled and positive workplace culture.
Crespo Gao
Chief Risk Officer
Crespo is the Chief Risk Officer. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in risk management, regulatory compliance and governance assurance, after holding senior positions with financial institutions including JBWere, Mercer, Kiwi Wealth and Medical Assurance Society. Crespo holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), is a Chartered Accountant and a Certified Internal Auditor.
Manisha Dullu
Chief Underwriter
Manisha is our Chief Underwriter and Head of Claims. She brings over 17 years’ experience in insurance underwriting and risk assessment to Momentum Life. Manisha previously served as Chief Underwriter at AIA, across both India and New Zealand. She is a Fellow of the Life Management Institute (FLMI) and holds a degree in Medicine.
Samantha Richardson
Chief Marketing Officer
Sam is the Chief Marketing Officer and brings over 16 years’ multi-channel direct marketing & financial services experience, having previously developed and grown several successful insurance brands & products. With a focus on our brand & customer journeys; and growing our digital capabilities, Sam leads a skilled in-house marketing team. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) and a Bachelor of Science.
Daryl Banks
Head of New Business
Daryl is the Head of New Business and has been with Momentum Life since 2018. He has been instrumental in building and developing our New Business teams and enhancing our customer experience. Daryl holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics after graduating from the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. He has over 6 years’ experience in the insurance industry, with a focus on putting customers first and simplifying the insurance experience.
Emma Brain
Customer Care Manager
Emma is the Customer Care Manager, boasting 31 years of experience in the life insurance industry across New Zealand, Australia, and the UK. She has been with Momentum Life since its launch, successfully establishing the service and claims functions. With a focus on providing a market-leading customer experience and a seamless claims experience to New Zealanders in their time of need, Emma has built an industry leading team, delivering award-winning customer service.

Customer Support

At Momentum Life, we’re committed to providing you with the best service possible. If you have any questions about your existing policy or would like to take out cover, simply contact us by phone 0800 111 679 or email.



You can read our FAQs to find answers to many commonly asked insurance questions.

Alternatively, you can call 0800 111 679 and one of our team members will be happy to help you.