Chief Executive and Board

Chief Executive

Prior to his appointment as head of the Company at the end of 2019, Casey Hurren was the General Manager of Legal and Strategy for Southern Response.  He has been with Southern Response since June 2012, initially as its Legal Counsel.

Casey graduated with an LLB and BSc. from the University of Otago and prior to Southern Response he has worked in various legal roles in the public and private sector.

Casey is well placed to lead Southern Response through its next phase, thanks to his diverse knowledge of the legal, insurance, building and government sectors, coupled with his extensive experience within strategic and executive management roles within Southern Response.

Casey is committed to ensuring that Southern Response continues to fulfil its obligations and play its part in Canterbury’s earthquake recovery, while working through a transition that will eventually see this limited-life Crown company complete its purpose.


Alister is an experienced lawyer, currently practising as a Barrister. Alister has had previous experience in local government and health, as a former Christchurch City Councillor serving for twenty years, including as Chair of the Strategy and Finance Committee, and a former Member and Chair of the Canterbury District Health Board.  Alister is a former director and Chair of Christchurch City Holdings Limited (Council holding company for Orion, Lyttelton Port, Christchurch International Airport, and other commercial interests) and, until recently, the independent Chair of the Greater Christchurch Public Transport Joint Committee.

Alister has had wide experience in the community and voluntary sector, and became a Companion of the Queen's Service Order (QSO) in the 2004 New Year Honours List for community services. He has also served as a British Honorary Consul. Alister is currently a Commissioner on the EQC Board.

Following the February 2011 earthquakes, Alister's own home in Central Christchurch was severely damaged and demolished two months later. He understands from personal experience the difficulties faced by other residents following the earthquakes.

Deputy Chair

Originally from Christchurch, Wanaka based Anne Urlwin has more than 20 years' experience as a professional director, chartered accountant and business consultant in an extensive range of sectors. Anne also has senior management experience in the corporate sector including in the IT and meat industries.

Anne is currently a director of Summerset Group Holdings Ltd, Precinct Properties New Zealand Ltd and Queenstown Airport Corporation Ltd.  She is also a director of Crown and Auckland Council owned City Rail Link Ltd and of Cigna Life Insurance New Zealand Ltd. Anne is a former director of Chorus Ltd and a former chairman of national commercial construction group Naylor Love, and she has served on a number of central and local government entity boards.


Christchurch born and educated, Bevan Killick is a chartered accountant, a chartered insurance practitioner (UK) and a chartered member of the Institute of Directors.

During his professional career, Bevan held senior positions in the Lloyd’s Insurance Market for 12 years. Now based back in Christchurch, Bevan is a professional director where his roles include being Chair of the Defence Employer Support Council and an honorary Captain in the Royal New Zealand Navy.

In the post-earthquake era Bevan also worked with Recover Canterbury, the organisation responsible for helping businesses recover from the Canterbury earthquakes.