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Board of Directors

The primary role of the Board is to promote the long-term health and success of flexigroup. Our Board members have extensive experience in finance, business consulting and governance.

Andrew Abercrombie

Andrew Abercrombie

Chairman, Founding Director, Non-Independent, Non-Executive

Andrew became a founding director of the original FlexiRent business in 1991. He is an experienced commercial and tax lawyer and was a founding partner in a legal firm operating in both Sydney and Melbourne.

Following several years in property investment and tax consulting, he became involved in the FlexiRent business in 1991, and until 2003 was Chief Executive Officer.

Rajeev Dhawan

Rajeev Dhawan

Independent, Non-Executive

Rajeev is currently a partner of Equity Partners. Rajeev has over 23 years’ venture capital and private equity experience (through Hambro-Grantham; Colonial First State Private Equity and currently Equity Partners) with a particular focus on the mid-market segment and has been a director of a number of listed and unlisted portfolio companies.

Christine Christian

Christine Christian

Independent, Non Executive

Prior to her Board career, Christine was CEO of Dun & Bradstreet Australia and New Zealand from 1997 to 2012, Chairman of Dun & Bradstreet Consumer Credit Services and Executive Director of Dun & Bradstreet India.

Christine is currently Chairman of Kirwood Capital and a Non-Executive Director of ME Bank, Lonsec Fiscal Group and New York based Powerlinx Inc. She is Deputy President and board member of the State Library of Victoria and a member of the La Trobe University Council. 

Jodie Leonard

Jodie Leonard

Independent, Non Executive

Jodie is a professional company director with over 25 years of global experience in corporate strategy, marketing and digital disruption. As a former executive, Jodie held senior commercial positions in strategic marketing and corporate strategy in ASX, NYSE and FTSE listed companies, including GE, British Airways, Nine Network, Telstra and Colgate Palmolive in New York.

Jodie was formerly the Vice President of Strategy & Marketing at GE Money and GE Capital, before leaving to successfully establish her own consulting business.

She currently sits on the Board of the RACV and BWX Ltd (ASX: BWX).

Carole Campbell

Carole Campbell

Independent, Non Executive

Carole Campbell is a professional company director with more than 30 years’ experience in a diverse range of industries including professional services, financial services, media, mining and industrial services. In her executive career, Carole has held senior finance roles including with Macquarie Group, Westpac Institutional Bank, Seven West Media, Bis Industries and Merivale.

Carole is a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit, Risk & Compliance Committee of IVE Group Limited (ASX: IGL) and Deputy Chair of Council and Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee of the Australian Film Television and Radio School. She is also a Non-Executive Director of The Sydney Film Festival. Carole is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (FCA) and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

John Wylie

John Wylie

Independent, Non Executive

John Wylie is the founder of investment firm Tanarra Group which invests in venture capital, private equity, private credit and selected public companies. He was previously CEO of the Australian business of global financial services firm Lazard. He co-founded advisory and investment firm Carnegie Wylie & Company in 2000 which was acquired by Lazard in 2007, and before that was Chair of investment bank Credit Suisse First Boston in Australia. 

He is Chair of the Australian Government agency Sport Australia and President of the Library Board of Victoria.

John holds a Master of Philosophy degree from Oxford University and a Bachelor of Commerce with First Class Honours from the University of Queensland.

Executive Leadership

Rebecca James

Rebecca James

Group Chief Executive Officer

Rebecca joined flexigroup in October 2018 as CEO, from her role as Chief Marketing and Enterprise Officer for Prospa. Prior to that Rebecca was Chief Marketing Officer for ME where she led the product and customer experience teams and was voted #12 in the top 50 CMOs in Australia.

Prior to joining ME, Rebecca had a successful career at customer experience agency Lavender, including seven years as managing director.

Chris Lamers

Chris Lamers

Deputy Group CEO & NZ CEO

Chris joined flexigroup in April 2017 as CEO of the NZ business, and was appointed Deputy Group CEO in July 2019.

Prior to this he was the Chief Marketing Officer at Sovereign where he established the online sales channel, customer engagement programs, and data analytics functions.

Chris also held several roles with Loyalty New Zealand (Fly Buys), first as Head of Marketing, then as Head of Customer Engagement (incorporating marketing and sales) and lastly as Interim CEO.

Ross Aucutt

Ross Aucutt

Chief Financial Officer

Ross has more than 20 years of international financial services experience. He has held senior finance management roles with Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc, Westpac Banking Corporation and Barclays PLC.

Prior to joining flexigroup in 2017, Ross was Group Treasurer at Latitude Financial Services.

Ross holds a Masters of Finance from London Business School, and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Libby Minogue

Libby Minogue

Chief Revenue Officer

Elizabeth (Libby) is an experienced executive with expertise in driving strategy and digital transformation across sales, technology, product and consumer marketing.

Libby joined flexigroup in April 2019, following three years at the REA Group where she was the Executive General Manager of Media, Content and Marketing.

In addition to her role with flexigroup, Libby sits on the board of Tennis Australia and was Deputy Chair of the Interactive Advertising Bureau until December 2018.

Matt Beaman

Matt Beaman

Group General Counsel and Group Head of Operational Risk & Compliance

Matt joined flexigroup in September 2013, bringing more than 20 years’ private practice and in-house legal experience in banking and finance, structured and asset finance. Prior to joining flexigroup, Matt held roles in private-practice environments with leading domestic and international law firms.

Matt also previously held the role of Chief Legal Counsel for CIT Group Asia-Pacific from 2005-2009 and General Counsel of Lloyds Banking Group Australia.

Tim Lord

Tim Lord

Chief Credit Officer

Tim has an extensive background in credit and collections having spent 20 years with Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) where he held a number of leadership roles, including President Australia/New Zealand.

After finishing with D&B in 2014, Tim formed Anteris Consulting, a specialist agency with a primary focus on credit risk. During his time consulting, Tim undertook numerous assignments for publicly listed companies and Government Agencies. He joined flexigroup in July 2018.

Andrew Murrell

Andrew Murrell

Chief Operations and Information Officer

Andrew has more than 20 years’ experience in financial services and government sectors in Australia and New Zealand including digital, brand and communications roles at Bank of Queensland, Commonwealth Bank and within the New Zealand Government.

With significant experience in leading strategic projects - particularly those focused on customer experience and digital innovation - Andrew joined flexigroup in 2019 and is responsible for customer contact centre operations, including IT environments and application systems across the business.

Benoit Garnaud

Benoit Garnaud

Chief Product Officer (Acting)

Prior to joining flexigroup in 2019, Benoit spent seven years at Citibank in Australia where he held several senior leadership positions across the cards, loans and wealth management businesses including SVP, Cards & Rewards. Benoit also spent 11 years at American Express in France, the UK and Australia where he drove the growth of the insurance business and launched market-leading products centred around travel and rewards.

Benoit holds a Master’s degree in Marketing and Business from L’Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Law.

Natalie Nicholson

Natalie Nicholson

Chief People & Culture Officer

Natalie joined flexigroup in May 2019 in the role of Chief People & Culture Officer. With 20+ years of national and international expertise in HR and strategic commercial roles, Natalie was previously on the Executive teams at Challenger, CBA and ING.

In 2017, she joined the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet on a six-month secondment through Chief Executive Women and CBA.

Isobel Rogerson

Isobel Rogerson

Company Secretary

Isobel joined flexigroup in November 2018, following her time at ME Bank, where she was Company Secretary and General Counsel.

Prior to ME, Isobel had worked in various roles at UBS Australia, and in the National Australia Bank Wealth Management division.

Isobel worked in a private legal practice for several years before moving into financial services, obtaining her GAICD and FGIA.

Rob Wright

Rob Wright

Group Executive Ireland and Commercial Australia & New Zealand

Robert has led flexigroup’s Irish business since 2016 during which time he has rebuilt, stabilised and grown the existing business while launching a fully digital point-of-sale business. 

With a career that spans the international banking sector, Robert held senior management roles at St George Banking Group, National Australia Bank, Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Westpac prior to joining flexigroup. He is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Banking and Finance, Australian Institute of Management and Institute of Public Accountants.