LeadershipTeam

FlexiGroup’s strong and effective executive leadership team underpins our success. With a focus on supporting our people to build a stronger business, these individuals are industry professionals with deep experience in finance, technology, product, and risk.

Symon Brewis-Weston — Chief Executive Officer

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.

Ross Aucutt — Chief Financial Officer

Ross has over 20 years of international financial services experience. He has held senior finance management roles in large and complex global financial institutions covering finance, treasury, M&A and capital markets with Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc, Westpac Banking Corporation and Barclays PLC in both London and Sydney.

Prior to joining FlexiGroup in January 2017, Ross was Group Treasurer at Latitude Financial Services where he was responsible for creating a treasury function, including ground breaking funding programmes, interest rate and FX risk management and governance forums reporting to the Board of Directors.

Ross holds a Masters of Finance from London Business School, and is a qualified ACA and a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Peter Lirantzis — Chief Operations Officer

Peter is responsible for developing and executing the Company’s Business Strategy. Leading the execution of M&A integrations and digital technology implementation, his work is integral to increasing our online digital capabilities, bringing on new products & services, transforming our operational processes, and enhancing the scalability of our core business platforms.

Peter has extensive experience in banking, insurance, finance, telecommunications, marketing and government industries. He has held senior management positions in Westpac Banking Corporation, Insurance Australia Group and Tourism Australia.

Verity Gilpin — General Manager Sales

Verity joined FlexiGroup in 2016 to lead the sales organisation for Leasing and Cards across Consumer and Commercial businesses in Australia and Ireland.

Prior to joining Flexigroup Verity was General Manager of the Banking Specialists at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, leading over 140 specialists across Asset Finance, Trade Finance, Receivables Finance and Transaction Banking nationally.

She has over 16 years of senior management experience in business development, corporate restructure, accounting and finance with GE Commercial Finance, Ernst & Young and Deutsche Bank both in Australia and the U.K.

Verity holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Adelaide and is an Associate Member CA with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.

Ken Richards — General Manager - Commercial

Ken has over 17 years’ experience in financial services. Prior to joining FlexiGroup Ken was a director and shareholder of Interlease, one of Australia’s largest and oldest independent financer brokers, specialising in originating and arranging structured plant and equipment finance for private and public companies. Ken has arranged and structured finance for a range of small to large companies for a wide range of manufacturing equipment.

Ken was a director of Standard Finance Limited, a boutique finance company and has served on the board of Metro Quarry Group. Ken also held positions with Foster’s Group over 10 years, with roles in Treasury, M&A and Logistics.

Jane Miskell — Group Head of HR

Jane has 15 years’ experience in Human Resources. Prior to moving to FlexiGroup in early 2013, Jane worked in Telstra where she partnered with Senior Leaders across a broad range of functions including Customer Service, Professional and Managed Services, Sales and HR Operations.

Jane has extensive experience in change management and organisational design, business integrations, talent management and employee engagement strategies and also has a Masters Degree in Human Resource Management.

Matt Beaman — Group General Counsel

Matt joined FlexiGroup in September 2013, bringing more than 15 years’ private practice and in-house legal experience in banking and finance with a focus on small- and large-ticket asset finance transactions. Prior to joining FlexiGroup, Matt held roles in private-practice environments with leading domestic and international law firms.

Matt was the Chief Legal Counsel for CIT Group Asia-Pacific from 2005–2009. From October 2009, Matt was Deputy General Counsel of Lloyds Banking Group Australia (Lloyds International) and was elevated to the position of General Counsel in March 2012.

Karl Turner — Group Chief Risk Officer

Karl has over 25 years’ global experience in the Chartered Accountancy, Consulting and Financial Services industries. Prior to joining Flexigroup, Karl held senior management risk roles in the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Westpac Banking Corporation where he was a regular presenter to the Financial Services Regulators, the Australian Bankers Association and the boards of the banks on the challenges facing consumers, small and medium sized businesses and how financial services providers can assist meet these customers’ needs.

Karl has extensive experience in risk management (credit, conduct, operational, compliance and market), governance, leadership, strategic thinking, new business development and end to end product development.

Karl is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Member of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation.

Chris Lamers — Chief Executive Officer, NZ

Chris joined the FlexiGroup team in April 2017 as CEO of FlexiGroup NZ. He brings a strong marketing, sales and innovation background to FlexiGroup and is focussing on creating a strong team culture, and mutually beneficial customer and retailer partnerships. Key product lines include Q Card, Q Mastercard and partnerships with leading retailers including Farmers and Flight Centre.

Previous roles include more than three years as Sovereign’s chief marketing officer, where Chris undertook a number of significant developments, including establishing an online sales channel, customer engagement programmes, and data analytics functions.

He was previously 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.

In that time, he re-launched the Fly Buys brand, developed and launched a partnership with Air NZ Airpoints, and led the implementation of marketing strategies that grew both membership numbers and revenue while reducing marketing costs.