Our People. Our Difference.
NZHL is all about personalised service, therefore it's our local people across New Zealand that make the difference.
Meet our network
From north to south there is one common thread and that’s our network’s genuine passion and drive to help Kiwi’s achieve financial freedom, faster.
Chief Executive Officer
A self-described idealist, Aaron Skilton is values driven and all about creating positive change that inspires people to think differently.
Aaron joined NZHL in 2015 as Chief Strategy Officer and with his strong business and financial service background, was appointed CEO in 2018.
He’s as passionate about NZHL clients as he is about NZHL’s network of 70 business owners nationwide.
Aaron is focused on leading NZHL into its next client centric growth phase, believing that more Kiwi’s deserve financial freedom, faster.
When Aaron isn’t working, you’ll find him running marathon’s, travelling and spending time with his family.
Aaron’s favourite NZHL value – Freedom Focused
We celebrate when our clients become debt free, and we help them get there sooner, our whole business is shaped around the principle of helping Kiwi’s achieve their financial freedom, faster. As an organisation it’s what we live by every day.
GM Customer, Sales and Marketing
Mel is a proven senior leader who strives to make stuff happen for her customers.
At NZHL she often says she has two customers, the 70 business owners who comprise the nationwide network and the 20,000 plus clients the network serve every day.
She started her career in customer service and moved through sales positions earning her stripes to executive leadership. Mel will tell you her education was life experiences in roles that she strove to achieve and deliver in, and travel experiences which offered to fulfil her curious nature in diverse environments and cultures.
Mel has held senior leadership roles across Whitcoulls / BlueStar Group, NZ Post, BNZ and prior to NZHL was Head of Retail at Heartland Bank, before joining in May 2019.
Mel’s favourite NZHL value – Excellence Together
No result or deliverable is ever one person alone. When the entire group sees itself as having a common set of goals to achieve, and each member of the team understands his or her contribution to the overall team effort, the best results are achieved.
GM Strategy & Transformation
Like many at NZHL Igor joined the business because he likes the genuine difference NZHL makes in New Zealander’s lives.
Igor is a proven strategist with significant international and local experience. He rates the transformation programme completed during the Global Financial Crisis (GFC), as Deputy CEO for Renaissance Investment Management, and leading the preparation of its IPO on the London Stock Exchange, among his career highlights.
Originally from Russia, he’s visited more than 70 countries and worked across many in Europe. But with a Kiwi wife and two rugby loving boys, Igor has been proudly calling New Zealand home for more than 10 years, he loves the great outdoors and boating and fishing.
Igor has a Bachelor of Science from Rochester Institute of Technology (USA) and Master in Business Administration from University of Oxford (UK).
Igor brings a pragmatic lens to change management and technology, believing any plan is only as good as its execution.
It is his firm intention to help guide NZHL into its next growth phase and in doing so support more New Zealanders towards financial freedom, faster.
Igor’s favourite NZHL value – Passionately Kiwi
As a Russian who calls New Zealand home it’s great to work for an organisation that is not only 100% Kiwi owned, but one that is in it for Kiwi’s.
GM People & Capability
Doris balances the HR goods on paper with personality and depth of understanding of what makes people and organisations tick.
While Doris is NZHL’s newest leadership recruit she’s no stranger to financial services having recently been Head of People & Culture Retail Banking at ASB, and prior to that held roles at Kiwibank, NZ Post and Westpac.
Doris brings with her knowledge and understanding of retail and franchise banking which she’s excited to use to help the NZHL network grow and prosper.
When’s she not leading the charge in the HR space, you’ll find her spending time with her family (special mention to Coco the Staffie), cooking and partaking in some of the fruits of her kitchen labours (plus red wine). When that’s done to excess you may find her walking the neighbourhood or paddling (SUP) on the harbour.
Doris believes NZHL is a pathway to success for both the businesses who make up the organisation and the clients who are part of NZHL.
Doris’s favourite NZHL value – Excellence Together
Doris believes in the power of a passionate diverse team all working together to deliver to our purpose.
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