Directors

David Flacks

David Flacks ~ Chairman

David has a number of governance roles and is also a corporate lawyer with boutique corporate law firm Flacks & Wong. David is chair of the NZX Regulatory Governance Committee, Show more NZX and ASX listed AFT Pharmaceuticals Limited, biotech start-up Upside Biotechnologies, and is a director of the Suncorp NZ group of companies and NZ Venture Investment Fund. David was previously chair of the NZX Markets Disciplinary Tribunal and was a member of the Takeovers Panel. He also holds a number of pro bono directorships. David was for many years a senior corporate partner at Bell Gully and was general counsel and company secretary of Carter Holt Harvey during the 1990s.

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Neil Roberts

Neil Roberts ~ Director, Founder

Neil has spent his career achieving outstanding growth in consumer finance. He wrote the business case for PRF Direct, before launching the company in 2001 achieving $50M profit in 5 years. Show more Ultimately heading the business as GM, Neil was responsible for over 400 staff and a balance sheet of $750m in assets. He then joined FlexiGroup, leading a team of 80+ with $30m profit and $200M sales responsibility, driving development and delivering double digit revenue growth. The business is currently valued in excess of $1.5b.

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Luke Forster

Luke Forster ~ Director

Luke leads Kirwood Capital’s strategic investment program across all asset classes. Luke has extensive previous experience as an investor, strategy consultant and lawyer. Previously with Bain, Luke focused on private Show more equity across a range of capabilities including strategy, financial due diligence, and exit maximisation. Luke has broad industry experience in health, retail and consumer products, technology, resources, and financial services. Before Bain, Luke was a corporate lawyer at Herbert Smith Freehills. Luke is interested in sectors leveraged to the rising consumer in Asia.

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Tracey Jones

Tracey Jones ~ Independent Director

Tracey has spent two decades working in ultra-high net wealth environments, most of which as CFO & COO at one of New Zealand’s largest private investment portfolios. She is Founder Show more of Jones Family Office Partners, an Independent Director on the board of Nikko Asset Management NZ Ltd, New Plymouth Perpetual Infrastructure Fund Guardians Ltd and Tutanekai Investments Ltd, in addition to various HNW family office governance/trustee roles. She is a Chartered Accountant, member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants and a member of the Institute of Directors.

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Richard Dellabarca

Richard Dellabarca ~ Independent Director

Richard is Chief Executive of New Zealand Venture Investment Fund. He has held a variety of leadership roles in venture capital and private equity backed opportunities, capital markets and financial Show more technology in Europe, Asia and North America. He has extensive investment banking experience, working in Australian and New Zealand in mergers and acquisitions and equity capital markets. He has an MBA from Cambridge University and is qualified as a barrister and solicitor, and chartered accountant.

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