New Zealand Leadership Team

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Chris Lamers

Chief Executive Officer

Chris joined FlexiGroup New Zealand as Chief Executive Officer in April 2017.

With a strong retail and finance background, he previously worked at Sovereign as Chief Marketing Officer. Prior to this held a number of roles at Loyalty New Zealand (Fly Buys) including Head of Marketing, Head of Customer Engagement and interim CEO.

Raised and educated in Waikato, Chris now lives in Auckland with his partner and two greyhounds.

Tim McFarlane

Chief Customer Officer

Tim is an experienced executive with a passion for innovation. He has extensive international experience in the Payments and Telco/IT services market with 10+ years leading cross-functional teams and transforming industries.

Prior to joining FlexiGroup New Zealand in 2017, Tim was responsible for driving Vodafone’s enterprise go-to-market initiatives across Europe and has launched multiple ‘first to market’ cloud propositions globally.

Raised in the Bay of Plenty, Tim now lives in Auckland with his wife and two boisterous lads.

Nicole Francis

Chief People and Culture Officer

Built on a foundation of innovative thinking and respect, Nicole has more than 17 years of experience working in human resources with a proven track record of success in manufacturing, FMCG, investment banking and the health industry.

Before joining FlexiGroup in 2017, she held a range of senior leadership HR roles at Affin Group, healthAlliance, Waitamata District Health Board and Goldman Sachs.

Originally from Australia, Nicole jumped the ditch and now calls New Zealand home with her twin girls.

Adrian Lichkus

Chief Credit Officer

Adrian joined FlexiGroup New Zealand in 2006 following six years at Auckland District Health Board in a range of roles including leading Internal Audit and Chief Financial Officer.

He is passionate about ensuring customers are at the centre of organisation’s credit operations as a responsible lender – it is this philosophy that establishes sustainable and mutually beneficial relationships with FlexiGroup New Zealand’s customers.

Married with three children and one grandchild Adrian has been living in Auckland for the past 23 years.

Gary Nalder

Chief Commercial Officer

With over 30 years of leasing experience and a proven track record of growing leasing and finance businesses, Gary leads the commercial arm of FlexiGroup New Zealand.

Prior to joining FlexiGroup in 2017, Gary was the Director of Asset Finance for Westpac and has held senior management roles with CIT Group and AGC Finance.

A passionate advocate for Electric Vehicles, Gary is a member of Drive Electric and promotes the adoption of electric vehicles in New Zealand.

Gary lives with his fiancé and two teenage sons in Auckland’s CBD.

Wayne Simeon

Chief Distribution Officer

With more than 20 years experience in the field of sales and channel development across a diverse mix of consumer brands, Wayne leads the distribution strategy for FlexiGroup New Zealand’s consumer business.

Before joining FlexiGroup in April 2018, Wayne was the General Manager – Vending at Coca-Coca Amatil. Previous to this he held leadership roles with Reckitt Benckiser, Nestle and Unilever.

Originally from the Waikato, Wayne now lives in Auckland with his wife Pip and their two boys.

Peter Finch

Chief Information Officer

Peter has 30 plus years of experience within ICT industry.

Prior to joining FlexiGroup New Zealand in 2015, he worked for 10 years with Gen-i where he ran the infrastructure service delivery function and held the CIO role for four years. Prior to this he worked with Telecom where he held the roles of General Manager Information Services and General Manager of Telecom Systems.

Originally from South Africa, Peter now lives in Auckland.

Andy Preston

Chief Financial Officer

Andy has twenty-five years of financial and commercial experience in financial services holding senior roles, including Chief Financial Officer, Chief Risk Officer and General Manager, with GE Capital, Suncorp and QBE.

Originally from the United Kingdom, Andy has lived and worked in Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Australia before settling in New Zealand with his wife and two dogs.

He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK).

Laura Valiant

General Counsel and Company Secretary

Laura holds significant legal, financial services and executive experience, having provided key commercial, transactional and strategic legal advice for large global companies and financial institutions in both the UK and New Zealand.

Before joining FlexiGroup New Zealand she was part of the New Zealand leadership team for Latitude Financial Services as Deputy General Counsel, Head of Legal (NZ) and Company Secretary.

Laura grew up and was educated in Auckland and lives here with her partner Shane and their six children, along with their dog and cat.

Paul Jamieson

Group Treasurer

Paul has extensive banking and financial markets experience gained over the past 20 years, including macroeconomics, financial markets economics, structured finance risk analysis, portfolio management, treasury, and trading. He previously worked for Deutsche Bank, UBS, and Moody’s Investors Service in London and New York, and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand.

Following the purchase of Fisher and Paykel Finance by FlexiGroup, Paul took the role of Group Treasurer, overseeing the Treasury operation across Australia, New Zealand and Ireland.