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Level 6, 181 Willis Street, Wellington 6011 nz
Qualified to Senior Sergeant Level - NZ Police
Paul joined Corporate Risks Ltd in 2007 following a distinguished career in the New Zealand Police - where he attained the rank of Detective Sergeant - and having already spent many years in the private sector investigating insurance claims.
Paul joined the New Zealand Police in 1979 as a cadet. His investigative career began in 1985 when he joined the Porirua CIB. He transferred to the Wanganui CIB in 1988, attaining the rank of Detective Sergeant in 1991.
During his 21-year career with the New Zealand Police he completed a large number of complex investigations as he acted as OC CIB for long periods over 5 years. He also demonstrated his ability to work affectively in trauma situations as the second-in-charge of the Wanganui Armed Offenders Squad.
Paul left the Police in 1999 to set up his own company. Between 2000 and 2007 he contracted to the insurance industry and to the private sector. In this period he investigated numerous claims – a number being identified as fraudulent. He completed fire factual investigations for insurers both in New Zealand and in the Pacific Islands.
Prior to joining the Corporate Risks team, he spent 7 months working throughout Papua New Guinea investigating major loss claims including public liability, fire factual, workers compensation, staff fidelity and general insurance claims. He has completed numerous risk assessments for both business and private premises.
Since joining Corporate Risks – primarily to strengthen the factual side of our Origin and Cause team, Paul has been involved in the investigation of over 400 fire claims. He is hugely experienced in this area and has become the preferred fire factual investigator by most of the Corporate Risks clients.
Paul has an in depth knowledge of Policy response. He has identified numerous claims where there has been an element of fraud, breaches of policy condition and or liabilities. He has obtained admissions from the insured that have deliberately set the fire themselves. This has led to a large number of declinatures, recoveries and prosecutions. Paul has given evidence in Court in respect of some of these claims.
Paul accompanies Russell to most large loss fire scenes throughout New Zealand. His understanding of fire behaviour and development allows him to structure his interview to assist the identification of cause and any potential liability to the claim. He quickly identified the issues, isolates key witnesses and provides invaluable assistance to the investigation process.
Fire Scene Examination