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

Chairman, Founding Director, Non-Independent, Non-Executive, BEc, LLB, MBA

Appointment: Director, November 2006

Bio: 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.

Symon Brewis-Weston

Chief Executive Officer, Director

Symon Brewis-Weston has extensive international financial services experience and a deep understanding of consumer and business markets in Asia-Pacific. Prior to joining FlexiGroup Limited in 2016, Symon was Chief Executive Officer of Sovereign, New Zealand’s largest life insurance provider. Symon has also held several senior leadership positions with Commonwealth Bank Australia over 15 years, including Executive General Manager of Corporate Financial Services, Executive General Manager for Local Business Banking, six years leading CBA’s Indonesian operations, and in China where he worked on developing the Group’s Chinese banking strategy.

Symon received the United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles CEO Leadership Award in 2015 for his commitment to workplace diversity and community engagement.

He holds a degree in Economics (Hons) and a Master of Applied Finance.

R. John Skippen

Independent, Non-Executive

Appointment: Director, November 2006

Bio: John was the Finance Director and the Chief Financial Officer of Harvey Norman Holdings Limited for 12 years. He was involved in the establishment of the original agreement between FlexiRent Holdings Pty Ltd and Harvey Norman in 1995. John has more than 30 years’ experience as a Chartered Accountant.

Rajeev Dhawan

Independent, Non-Executive, BCom, ACA, MBA

Bio: Rajeev represented Colonial First State Private Equity (CFSPE) managed funds on the board of FlexiRent Holdings Pty Ltd from February 2003 to December 2004. Upon CFSPE’s exit from Flexirent Holdings in December 2004, Rajeev continued in an advisory capacity to the FlexiRent business. Currently a partner of Equity Partners, Rajeev has 14 years’ venture capital and private equity experience and has been a director of a number of listed and unlisted portfolio companies.

Christine Christian

Independent, Non Executive

Bio: Christine Christian is a leading Australian business executive with more than 30 years’ experience in financial services, investment, private equity, credit risk management and digital media including executive and advisory roles in Australia, China, India and the United States. 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, the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority and New York based Powerlinx Inc. She is Deputy President and board member of the State Library of Victoria, a member of the La Trobe University Council and past President of Chief Executive Women.

Jodie Leonard

Independent, Non Executive, B.Bus, AICD, FAMI CPM

Bio: Jodie is a professional company director with over 25 years of global experience in corporate strategy, marketing and digital disruption. Her governance and executive experience spans a range of industries including media, financial services, consumer goods, telecommunications, travel, tourism and professional services. 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.

Jodie’s board experience spans financial services, banking, tourism, education, superannuation and sport. She currently sits on the Board of the RACV, Beyond Bank Australia and Kinetic Superannuation, as well as chairing various committees.

Melissa Robinson

Company Secretary

Bio: Melissa joined FlexiGroup in October 2016, bringing more than 15 years private practice, consulting and in-house experience in corporate governance, corporate advisory and company secretarial practice with a focus on the financial services industry. Prior to joining FlexiGroup, Melissa held corporate governance, company secretarial and legal roles in investment banking, superannuation and financial planning listed entities and in medical research.