Leadership Team

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Julian Travaglia CEO

Julian’s career to date has spanned more than 25 years within the financial services industry. Beginning at the National Bank of New Zealand (now ANZ), Julian worked in the retail branch network in Auckland and the Waikato in various roles ranging from home loans to rural lending and culminating in him becoming the youngest Commercial Banking Manager in the National Bank at the time of his appointment. With his next move to AMP Financial Services, Julian held multiple positions including Assistant Regional Manager of the Mid-Northern Region, leader of specialist… Read More

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Aaron Skilton Chief Distribution Officer

Aaron joined the management team at New Zealand Home Loans’ head office in Hamilton in May 2016. A strong business and financial background made him the ideal candidate to take on the role of Chief Distribution Office. Aaron previously contracted specialist analysis and advice to NZHL’s management and board, particularly in relation to strategies to meet future financial advisory regulation. Previous roles held by Aaron include CEO of Greenstone Inc; Associate Director of Marsh Mercer Benefits as well as Senior Operations and Corporate Sales Management roles within Sovereign Assurance. Aaron’s… Read More

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Sonia Coupe CIO

Sonia joins NZHL with extensive international experience in IT Implementations, Operation Management and Business Strategy. Her experiences include handling global operations of leading MNCs accounts like Vodafone and Deutsche Telekom, as well as managing top-tier corporate clientele including AXA, Walmart, Coca-Cola, O2, Orange, Nike, British Airways, the European Parliament & various Ministries and government bodies on behalf of Cisco. Sonia has also held the position of VP of Client Acquisition for a multinational coaching franchise and has successfully ran her own start up business. Sonia and her husband Brian have… Read More

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Chris Wong Head of Customer and Product

Chris was born in Singapore and grew up in Auckland. He studied at Mount Albert Grammar and the University of Auckland before returning to Singapore at age 19 to complete a two year military service where he served as a Lieutenant in the Infantry. Chris’ financial services career started at ANZ in 2008 when he took up a part time role as a teller before joining ANZ’s Graduate program. He held roles across Retail and Business Banking and achieved awards in Retail Top Achievers and CEO Recognition. Moving across to… Read More

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Julienne Gibbs Strategic Relationships Manager

Julienne joined New Zealand Home Loans in 1998 after starting her career with one of the major trading banks before taking on other financial industry roles within New Zealand. She was schooled in the Waikato and also lived in Auckland but Julienne’s passion for travel has seen her spend a significant amount of time overseas. Her particular interest is to explore developing countries. Away from her role with head office at New Zealand Home Loans, Julienne is a golfer, who also enjoys entertaining. Read More

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Todd Stephenson Marketing Manager

Todd covered a number of countries before he joined the team at New Zealand Home Loans as their Marketing Manager in October 2012. He lived south of Auckland as a child but completed some of his high school years in California and Virginia when his family spent time in the United States of America. Todd returned to New Zealand to earn a double degree from Otago University, securing both a BCom and a BA with majors in Marketing and Economics. His working career has included a marketing position with Hamilton-based… Read More

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Carolyn Jerome Head of Legal and Compliance

Carolyn comes with many years of experience working with the likes of AIG (NZ), UBS Wealth Management and ANZ Financial Planning (Australia) where she helped them meet the demands of the changing financial adviser regulations in Australia. Her wealth of experience will ensure that NZHL is well equipped for meeting any changes that come about in the financial services industry here in New Zealand. Read More

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Trudi Thirtle Business Support Manager