Governance

We are committed to being the best bank for our shareholders and our customers.

We’re a subsidiary of the National Australia Bank (NAB) Group of companies and we’re run by an executive team and governed locally, by a fully empowered board of directors.

Meet the executive team

The executive team lead and direct our departments and staff to achieve the overall goals of our organisation.

Dan Huggins

Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Dan Huggins was appointed as Chief Executive Officer in October 2021. Prior to that he was BNZ’s Executive, Customer, Products & Services from March 2020, having returned home to New Zealand after 13 years overseas.

Dan has 20 years of experience across a range of industries, including Banking, Retail, and Manufacturing. Prior to BNZ, Dan was at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), in Sydney, where, most recently, he held the role of Executive General Manager of Home Buying and was accountable for CBA’s home lending portfolio. Dan has also held roles at McKinsey & Company, Fonterra and ASB.

He holds an MBA, with distinction, from The Kellogg School of Management, and a Masters of Engineering Management from The McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, at Northwestern University in the USA. He also holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) with a major in Accounting and Finance, from the University of Auckland.

Dan was born in New Plymouth and grew up in Taranaki.  He is married with two children.

Anna Flower

Executive, Chief Customer Officer – Partnership Banking 

Anna has been the GM for Partnership Banking in Central North Island since April 2019, including Wellington and the South Island since December 2020. Prior to that she was the Managing Partner for BNZ in Otago Southland having returned home to New Zealand after five years working in banking in Australia.

Anna has 18 years of experience in Banking, 12 of which are in retail banking and latterly across business, commercial and agribusiness in her roles with BNZ. Prior to BNZ, Anna was at the ANZ in Melbourne, where, most recently, she held the role of District Manager for the Melbourne CBD and was accountable for leading the retail bank within that region. Anna also held retail banking management roles with ANZ in the Mornington Peninsula, North Shore/Northland and Otago Southland. Prior to banking, Anna studied marketing at AUT and held a number of sales and retail roles.

Penny Ford

Executive, Chief Customer Officer – Corporate & Institutional Banking

Penny is our Chief Customer Officer for Corporate & Institutional Banking. In this role Penny is responsible for leading the Corporate and Institutional business supporting customers across a range of industries including infrastructure, government, financial institutions, agriculture and property.   

Penny re-joined the Bank of New Zealand in March 2019, having started her banking career at BNZ 19 years ago in Financial Markets. Following her start at BNZ, Penny held a variety of banking roles across Financial Markets in sales and structuring and most recently as General Manager Auckland Northland in the Commercial and Agri business at ANZ. Additionally Penny held governance roles on the ANZ Investments and UDC Finance boards. While the majority of Penny’s time has been in NZ business, she has also spent time in Australia and Asia in Financial markets roles. 

Penny holds a Chemical and Process Engineering degree from the University of Canterbury and Masters in Applied Finance from Victoria University of Wellington. Additionally Penny has attended executive education at both Columbia Business School and MIT- Sloan School of Management. Penny is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

Karna Luke

Executive, Customer, Products & Services

Karna Luke (Nga Ruahine Iwi, Taranaki) has been with BNZ since 2015, most recently as General Manager Business Lending & Growth Sectors. Prior to this he held senior roles across BNZ including General Manager SME and Enterprise Partnerships.

Before joining BNZ, Karna held key senior executive roles in global Financial Services companies, including Director of Strategy with ASX listed The Trust Company, COO (Acting CEO) of Wealth and Trustee Services at Guardian Trust. He also spent five years working in multinational corporates in Asia.

Karna has built and owns his own businesses in healthcare, beverage industry and global strategic consulting leading significant strategic and transformational change for large global companies. He now focuses on giving back as an Independent Director on Ngai Tai Ki Tamaki Iwi - Whenua Ltd and Kahungungu Iwi Services.

Karna has a Bachelor Degree in Social Policy and Social Work and a Master in Business Administration from Massey University. He is qualified through FINSIA as a Chartered Banker and also completed the Advanced Strategic Management Executive Programme at the IMD in Switzerland.

Dean Schmidt

Executive, Commercial Services & Responsible Business

Dean Schmidt joined BNZ in July 2018 from Genesis Energy where he was the Executive General Manager of Corporate Affairs and Transformation. Dean has also held executive roles with Television New Zealand, and senior roles with Telecom (now Spark) and the New Zealand Post Group, in Corporate Affairs, Government Relations and Community Relations. He has also held advisory roles in both Hon Helen Clark and Hon Tony Ryall’s Parliamentary Offices.

Kate Skinner

Executive, Data Analytics & Strategy

Kate joined BNZ in June 2019 as the General Manager Analytics & Insights. Prior to that she had held a number of general management roles at ASB, including the General Manager Data & Analytics, General Manager Insights & Retail Strategy, General Manager Business Performance (Wealth & Insurance), General Manager Strategy & Insights (Marketing & Online). Kate has over 20 years’ experience in banking and financial markets and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (First Class Honours) degree from the University of Auckland.

Peter MacGillivray

Executive, Chief Financial Officer

Peter MacGillivray was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) in March 2018. Prior to the appointment he held the role of Chief Operating Officer - Finance.

Peter has extensive local and international banking experience starting his career at BNZ as a graduate in 1996 and holding a variety of roles at the bank, including several senior leadership positions in Finance.
Peter’s experience includes working in the Strategic Management function of HSBC, based in London. He focused on building a strategic planning model for HSBC to optimise the company’s portfolio of businesses.

From 2009 Peter spent four years with NAB, based in Melbourne, as the Head of Business Intelligence. In this role he was responsible for leading the reporting and analytics function for NAB. Peter re-joined BNZ in December 2013, as COO – Finance.

Peter studied at Auckland University graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce and is a member of the CPA.

Brigid Gibson

Executive, Chief People Officer

Brigid is an experienced global executive with a passion for the future of financial inclusion and harnessing an organisation’s ability to drive positive social impact. She is well known in banking circles having been the Managing Executive for the International Financial Services (IFS) division of Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA). In this role, Brigid oversaw the end to end operations for IFS businesses in China, Vietnam, Japan, and Hong Kong with governance oversight to Indonesia and the divestment of the South African business.

She was instrumental in the acquisition and growth of the South African start-up business, TymeDigital, which was acquired by CBA in 2015 and launched as the first fully digital bank in South Africa in November 2018.

Brigid has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from Sydney University and a Masters in International Relations from Macquarie University.

Sam Perkins

Executive, Chief Risk Officer

Sam Perkins joined BNZ as Chief Risk Officer, in July 2018 and leads a team of risk specialists providing BNZ with world-class risk leadership, oversight, analysis and insight.

Before joining BNZ, Sam was Global Head - Operational Risk and Compliance, Institutional Banking, at ANZ.   Here he lead the Compliance and Operational Risk management function overseeing risks arising across the institutional business.  Prior to this he had spent 3 years as the Head of Wholesale Credit in ANZ New Zealand.

He started his financial career at ASB as a customer service consultant, before moving on to roles with American Express, and Standard Bank Group in London, Moscow and Johannesburg, amassing two decades of global experience in a range of credit, compliance and risk roles.

Sam has a real focus on people leadership, customer and banker experience and challenging the status quo to continuously improve business outcomes and is known for collaboration, knowledge-sharing and supporting people to be their best.

Hayley Cassidy

Executive, Chief General Counsel

Hayley joined BNZ in March 2019 as Chief General Counsel, and was appointed to the Executive Team in February 2021. In her role, she leads the bank’s legal services, privacy, and data ethics teams to keep the bank safe and ensure customers can trust the use of their data.

Previously Hayley was a member of the leadership team at Nikko Asset Management, a globally integrated asset management company with around $5 billion under management in New Zealand (US$250 billion worldwide). Hayley has also operated as a governance and compliance consultant, and for a number of years was a Crown prosecutor, appearing in court for a range of entities including government departments, and providing advice on litigation and strategy.

Hayley holds qualifications in law and international chartered secretariat (governance), and has completed immersive study in authentic leadership at Harvard Business School. Hayley is proudly from the Far North and has two children.

Simon Kwan

Executive, Operational Excellence

Simon Kwan joined BNZ as Executive, Operational Excellence, in January 2022, bringing with him significant experience in the financial services industry.

Simon is a returning Kiwi who grew up in Auckland. He comes to us from Commonwealth Bank of Australia where he has been General Manager, Home Buying Process and Operations for the past five years. Prior to that Simon has had a range of operational and delivery focused roles including being Executive Manager Group Operations at Westpac Australia. He has also held senior roles at Westpac New Zealand.

Simon’s extensive experience delivering innovation, world-class operations and process improvement for customers and colleagues means he is well placed to lead BNZ’s new Operational Excellence business unit and to help deliver the BNZ strategy.

Paul Littlefair

Executive, Technology

Paul officially joined the Executive team as Executive, Technology in an acting capacity in November 2021, and his permanent appointment was confirmed in March 2022.

Paul started in a contract role in January 2020 and joined the BNZ team permanently 6 months later as Chief Technology Officer with an initial focus on resilience and reliability in legacy technology systems. In October 2020, working with his peers, the technology and digital teams were combined into a single function, and Paul moved in to the GM Technology role in early 2021. During this time Paul has built strong relationships throughout BNZ and the wider NAB Group, providing expert leadership for our Tech teams and helping to embed Agile principles as well as the DevOps model, driving better delivery towards simple and easy technology experience for colleagues and customers while provide resilient technology platforms.

Prior to working at BNZ, Paul has held several senior and Executive Technology roles in the financial services industry including at ASB, Kiwibank and Bank of South Pacific. He has a background as a software developer, trainer and engineer and has broad expertise and experience across a wide range of cloud, data, infrastructure and architecture domains. Paul has also won the prestigious NZ ‘CIO of the Year’ in 2019.