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.

Martin Philipsen
Non-Executive Chairman

Martin Philipsen is the Non-executive Chairman of Momentum Life. He is an experienced director and senior executive with over 30 years’ experience in financial services, governance and leadership across New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom.

In his executive career, where Martin has been a Chief Risk Officer and a Chief Financial Officer, he has developed a deep understanding of risk management, strategic planning and financial & regulatory reporting.

Martin is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the NZ Institute of Directors.

Russell Howden
Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director

Russell Howden is the Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director of Momentum Life. He has over 30 years’ experience in the life and general insurance industry. He began his insurance career in South Africa, holding senior executive positions with Capital Alliance Life, AA Life and AIG.

In July 2000 Russell founded the Australian life insurance company PrefSure Life, and ran it until March 2004. He then founded BlueInc Group, which today provides innovative direct life insurance solutions to over 100,000 clients in Australia and New Zealand.

Russell holds a Bachelor of Accounting Science from the University of South Africa, as well as a Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Planning) from the International Institute of Technology.

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 Financial & Operating Officer
Eugeniu is the Chief Financial and Operating Officer and is a qualified accountant and full member of CPA Australia. Eugeniu has played a key role in the strategic growth and financial management since joining the group in 2008. Today, Eugeniu leads our Customer Care, Customer Loyalty and Finance departments. Eugeniu also holds a Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Planning).
Peter Keller
Chief Risk Officer
Peter is our Chief Risk Officer. He has over 18 years’ experience in risk management and financial modelling, previously holding positions in Europe with Allianz Group and Algorithmics. More recently Peter has held senior risk positions with Commonwealth Bank and TAL Life before joining our executive team. He holds a Diploma in Mathematics and Business Administration.
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
Head of Marketing
Sam is the Head of Marketing and brings over 13 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.
Neil de Beer
Head of IT
Neil is the Head of IT and has been with the group since 2012. He has been instrumental in creating our proprietary sales and policy administration system, with a clear focus on the customer. Neil holds a B.Sc. in Information Technology and has over 17 years’ experience as a software developer, primarily in the insurance, superannuation and banking industries.

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.



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