Board of Directors
Asset Finance is governed by a board consisting of 4 directors, 1 of which are executive and 3 independent. All Directors can be contacted c/- Asset Finance, PO Box 497, Whakatane 3158.
Paul Elliott (B.Com, CEO)
Appointment Date: 2 April 2013
Paul is a partner in the Auckland corporate finance firm, Time Capital, having operated his own corporate advisory business for several years as an advisor in the sectors of business recovery, performance improvement and governance. Paul undertook a number of assignments as Chief Financial Officer or General Manager, guiding several major NZ companies through extremely challenging periods in New Zealand, Australia, the UK and mainland Europe.
He has been CFO for a number of companies including the listed retirement village operator Metlifecare, kiwifruit exporter Zespri, Pacific Retail Group and Timberlands which is New Zealand's second largest forest estate. His experience extends across a number of industry sectors, including retail, finance, forestry and timber processing, agriculture and horticulture.
In addition to this extensive background Paul presently holds and has held a number of directorships of both privately-held and publicly-listed companies. Paul was appointed CEO of Asset Finance effective from 25 December 2015.
Blair George (BInfoTech)
Appointment Date: 10 April 2014
Blair has many years of experience working in the finance industry, initially starting with Asset Finance in 2000 after successfully completing his bachelor's degree in Information Technology.
From an initial front line customer service position he then went on to take the role of Systems Administrator, which saw him manage the communication and computer systems across our nation-wide branch and agency network.
His impact on the Company has long gone beyond technology, and includes the design and authoring of the Company's first prospectus and investment statements back as early as 2004. Blair helped guide the company through comprehensive legislative change starting in 2009, and was appointed as CEO in September 2012.
Blair resigned from his full time position at Asset Finance effective from 25 December 2015 but remains on the board.
Bryan Heapy (Independent, Chairman)
Appointment Date: 10 May 2005
Bryan has 25 years’ experience in the finance and business banking industry, and he has held several senior positions in a variety of leading financial institutions. These positions have covered a spectrum of roles, including client relationship management, lending, credit, and regional management.
These roles have exposed Bryan to a broad range of industry sectors including finance, manufacturing, fishing, tourism, commercial property, vehicle retailing, heavy equipment and civil engineering.
In recent years Bryan has been an executive of one of NZ’s largest private companies. More recently he has been CEO of Admark Visual Imaging Ltd, a significant printing company; and Manager of Precision Component Machining Ltd, an engineering company based in Hamilton.
John Whittfield (Independent)
Appointment Date: 1 February 2015