Independent Director and Chair
James Quinn is based in Auckland and was appointed as an Independent Director in June 2014, replacing David Russell. He is currently an Independent Director of Lyttleton Port Company, Ngai Tahu Tainui Go Bus, Halls and Chairman of Tubman Heating Ltd and Intilecta Corporation.
He has previously held a number of senior management positions including Chief Executive of KiwiRail (2009-2014), Chairman of mobile payments company M-Com, CEO of Express Couriers, General Manager NZ Post, General Manager Advantage Group and General Manager NZ Couriers.
Cecilia is a professional company director. She was appointed as an Independent Director in July 2016, replacing Dame Patsy Reddy. She is currently the Chair of New Zealand Green Investment Finance, a Director of Seeka and the Chancellor of Waipapa Taumata Rau - The University of Auckland, and serves on a number of smaller for profit and not-for-profit boards and committees.
In addition to her governance roles, Cecilia leads Women’s Mentoring Programmes at the University of Auckland Business School and the University of Auckland Law School.
Cecilia previously worked in law and banking, first as a lawyer in Auckland and San Francisco and then as an investment banker in New York and London.
Sophie was appointed as an Independent Director in March 2022. Sophie is a Chartered Member of the NZ Institute of Directors with over a decade of governance experience. She has a BCom and Post-Graduate Diploma in Management from The University of Melbourne. Over her executive career, Sophie has worked with a diverse range of companies across New Zealand and Australia developing extensive M&A, innovation and growth strategy experience.
Sophie held senior positions at Citibank NA, ANZ Investment Bank, Ernst & Young and New Zealand Post and is currently Chair of The MetService and Deputy Chair of Kordia and CentrePort. Sophie is also an Independent Director of Ngāi Tahu Holdings Corporation, Livestock Improvement Corporation (NZX:LIC) and Rangatira Investments.
Michael Bullock is the Head of Institutional and Commercial Operations for ANZ New Zealand. Michael's role encompasses Payment delivery for ANZ New Zealand and is a member of the ANZ Global payment leadership team and an active contributor to ANZ's Enterprise delivery solutions.
Michael has had over 24 years in the banking industry with 14 years experience in the European and North American markets with particular focus on Payments and Trade Finance.
Educated in New Zealand, Michael is an active member of his local community.
Ross is General Manager, Product Management and Services at BNZ. Prior to returning to New Zealand in December 2015, Ross was VP and Regional Head at Visa responsible for cross-border business in Asia Pacific and CEMEA and Product, Brand and Client Marketing in Asia Pacific.
Earlier roles at Visa included leading business analytics for Visa Asia Pacific and CEMEA and Regional Marketing and Product Innovation Director for Visa Asia Pacific. Throughout this time, he was Visa’s representative on the WTTC and the PATA Board.
Before moving to Singapore, Ross was Head of Cards (Issuing and Acquiring) for Westpac Bank, New Zealand. He has also held executive and board roles including Regional Director, BBDO in Asia Pacific, Managing Director of Colenso BBDO, Director Clemenger BBDO New Zealand, Partner Euro RSCG in Australia and MD of Mattingly DY&R New Zealand.
He holds an MBA, and Dip. Bus (Marketing) and Certificate in Company Direction (NZ). He is a member of the NZ Institute of Directors and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.
Fiona has been with Kiwibank since January 2020 as the General Manager of Cards and Payments. Prior to joining Kiwibank Fiona spent 3 years working for Qantas in Sydney developing Qantas Money – the airline’s loyalty business financial services fintech venture. Prior to this, she held senior leadership roles with BNZ spanning operations, product management and business banking strategy and performance.
Fiona holds a BA (Economics) and a Dip Bus (Finance) from the University of Auckland.
John is Head of Payments at Westpac New Zealand. He has over 25 years’ experience, principally in transactional banking and payments. John is responsible for Westpac’s payments product management, along with the bank’s core payments processing technology in New Zealand. John holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Otago.
Julian is the GM of Technology at TSB Bank. Julian is an influential and engaging leader in the technology space. With more than 30 years of experience, he has driven outstanding technological change across a range of industries, including banking, energy, education, retail, and the public sector.
As GM of Technology, Julian has his finger on the pulse of exceptional digital experiences for TSB customers. He creates, implements, and maintains the bank’s technology strategy to ensure TSB is agile, future-fit and able to leverage technology for unparalleled customer care.
Lauren Thomas is currently a Senior Business and Operations Manager for Citibank NZ.
Lauren has worked in New Zealand, London and Hong Kong in various banking roles within Transactional Banking, Corporate Banking and Compliance. Lauren holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Victoria University in Wellington.
Greg joined ASB in 2021 and was appointed Acting Executive General Manager Corporate Banking in 2023. Prior to this, Greg held the position of General Manager Global Transaction Banking, helping businesses to manage their cash flow and transactions internationally.
Greg has almost 30 years' experience in the financial services sector, and before joining ASB, had spent 18 years in Vietnam, Hong Kong and most recently Singapore. His roles during this time included leading the cash management and trade teams at Citi Bank before taking on a regional Trade Finance and Supply Chain role, where he played an integral part in the first trade securitisation for the bank.
In his last role in Asia as Cash Management Head at OCBC, Greg led his team through the digitalisation of traditional cash management. This included commercialising the bank's offering following the industry roll out of instant payments. He also co-created and led the corporate bank's first digital team focusing on Fintech partnerships to offer Beyond Banking solutions to SME customers.
Greg has a Bachelor of Science from Birmingham University and a Master of Science from York University, and in his spare time enjoys the outdoors, skiing, mountain biking and spending time with his family.
Rebecca is New Zealand Country Head of HSBC Global Payments Solutions, leading the team responsible for Client Advisory, Implementation, Service and Product Management for HSBC’s Wholesale Banking transactional clients. Rebecca has had a career in banking for over 15 years, with 8 years in the United Kingdom before returning to New Zealand in 2016 to join HSBC.