Board of Directors

Co-op Money NZ’s board of directors is made up of directors from our Member credit unions.

 

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Claire Matthews:  Chair

Claire is a Director of NZCU Baywide, and also is Director Academic Programmes for the Massey Business School (Massey University).  Claire has spent a number of years lecturing in the University’s post-graduate banking programmes, and from 2009 to 2013 she also had overall responsibility for the Personal Financial Planning endorsement within the Graduate Diploma of Business Studies.

Prior to joining Massey Claire was employed by Trust Bank in a variety of roles. Claire has a PhD in Banking on the subject of Switching Costs in the New Zealand Banking Market, and is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.

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Peter Taylor: Deputy Chair

Peter has a long history of working in community finance, as both a trustee and manager of various funding organisations throughout Canterbury. A former general manager and director of credit unions, Peter is currently the General Manager for Habitat for Humanity (Christchurch) Ltd, a post-quake rebuild project, and a past Director for NZCU South.  Peter has an MBA from the University of Canterbury and is a member of the Institute of Directors.

 

Bhikhu BhanaDirector

Bhikhu Bhana has been involved in the credit union movement for over 25 years, first as a member and later as a board member. He has been a director at NZCU Steelsands for 15 years. He has served on the boards of multiple organisations, including credit unions, professional bodies and community organisations. Among others he is an executive member of the Auckland Risk Management Group, Vice President of NZ Central Indian Association and was formerly part of the Board of Trustees at Pukekohe Hill School.

Bhikhu’s key strengths include team management and risk management. He holds an MBA from the University of Technology in Sydney, as well as Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Engineering degrees from the University of Canterbury.

 

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Bruce Bleakley: Director

Bruce has a varied background in finance and management, having spent 34 years for ANZ Bank, two years as General Manager of Remuera Gardens Retirement Village, and 10 years as CEO of Aotearoa Credit Union before retiring in 2013. He has also had over 25 years in education governance, having been on the board of Macleans College for 17 years, retiring as Chair in 2013. Bruce is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.

 

Wyn Osborne: Director and Chair of Audit and Risk Committee

Wyn is a passionate and driven social entrepreneur. He is one of a team of community-minded leaders nurturing fresh new initiatives that are invigorating the communities they serve. Wyn is involved with a partnership school and early childhood centre – both facilities deeply grounded within a cultural and community services hub. He is helping to develop an innovative social housing project that incorporates new thinking on ownership and affordability.

Wyn’s community contribution is also reflected in his longstanding involvement with the launch and growth of ACU (Aotearoa Credit Union). He is the Chair of their Board and has provided over 25 yrs of leadership. ACU is a financial services co-operative with branches throughout South Auckland, and at Hamilton, Whangarei and Whanganui.

 

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Craig Gold: Director

Craig Gold has been involved with credit unions and the movement since 1995, and is currently the Chair of the New Zealand Firefighters Credit Union Board. A Wellington-based career firefighter for 25 years, Craig has been involved with management, leadership training, mentoring and developing others to ensure efficient operational command of large groups and incidents.

He is a graduate of the Institute of Fire Engineers, and a member of the NZ Fire Brigades Institute.

Craig was also the founder and owner of CAC Electrical Tag Testing, a business which progressed from a small sole trader to a national franchise.

A true advocate of modern leadership practices, Craig has a passion for everything that he becomes involved with. He holds qualifications in business, front line management and executive management, gained from various tertiary educational institutions.

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