About us

Management team

Neil Roberts

Neil Roberts ~ Joint CEO, Founder

Neil has spent his career achieving outstanding growth in consumer finance. He wrote the business case for PRF Direct, before launching the company in 2001 achieving $50M profit in 5 Show more years. Ultimately heading the business as GM, Neil was responsible for over 400 staff and a balance sheet of $750m in assets. He then joined FlexiGroup, leading a team of 80+ with $30m profit and $200M sales responsibility, driving development and delivering double digit revenue growth. The business is currently valued in excess of $1.5b.

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Brad Hagstrom

Brad Hagstrom ~ Joint CEO

Brad was part of the team that launched PRF Direct. Developing the entire back office operation, he was ultimately responsible for over 250 staff. Brad joined Flexi-rent with a mandate Show more to create new products, channels and distribution to grow the company as well as managing operations. He went on to develop a new channel and approach to finance in the SME market, developing a $100m business prior to joining Harmoney.

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Duncan Gross

Duncan Gross ~ Head of Institutional Funding

Duncan has spent the last 13 years in the United States working in the heart of the FinTech movement. He began his career as an analyst with BNZ Finance, before Show more achieving an MBA from Babson College. Most recently, Duncan held corporate development roles at Fidelity Investments and First Marblehead, both headquartered in Boston, MA.

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Simon Ward

Simon Ward ~ Chief Financial Officer

Simon began his career as a banking and commercial lawyer at Russell McVeagh, before switching to accounting, joining Bank of America's London office where he held various senior roles supporting Show more the European rates, currencies, commodities, credit and equity teams. In 2008 he returned to NZ and helped establish a high-tech manufacturing start up owned by Oracle Team USA, the current holder of the America's Cup, where in 2010 he was promoted to CFO and held that position for four years before joining Harmoney.

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Ben Taylor

Ben Taylor ~ General Manager Australia

Ben has spent more than 20 years working in large, dynamic and high growth businesses, and the last 10 years focused on consumer and SME finance. With a flair for Show more innovation, Ben has held senior roles in global businesses such as Kimberly-Clark, Gateway and AOL, and with each role broke into new areas resulting in high margin and growth. Ben’s more recent previous role was at consumer finance company Flexigroup, where he held a number of roles including Chief Marketing Officer and more recently Head of Innovation.

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Dave Nesbitt

Dave Nesbitt ~ Head of Credit

With nearly 20 years’ working in the financial services sector, Dave brings a wealth of experience to his new role with Harmoney. He joins the company following 13 years in Show more a series of increasingly senior roles with ASX listed consumer finance company FlexiGroup, where he was most recently head of credit underwriting. Prior to his employment with FlexiGroup, Nesbitt held a series of roles with NRMA Finance.

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Monica Mathis

Monica Mathis ~ General Manager

With over 25 years financial services expertise across Europe, Middle East, Africa, Australia & NZ, Monica was part of the team that enabled the sale of PRF Direct to GE Show more Money in 2006, and was instrumental in writing the business plan during the sales process. As GM, Monica is responsible for managing and leading the Programme Management Office function, together with being responsible for the product P&Ls within the Harmoney team.

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Andrew Bates

Andrew Bates ~ Chief Technology Officer

Responsible for developing Harmoney's overall technology vision, Andrew ensures our systems and services meet the demanding needs of our customers and partners, driving platform and marketplace initiatives as well as Show more overseeing Harmoney’s operational support teams. Andrew has over 15 years experience successfully delivering large-scale solutions in various IT roles including Software Development, Enterprise Architecture and as a CTO.

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Dan York

Dan York ~ Head of Product

Dan has been a product specialist for leading brands such as ANZ, Westpac, GE Money, and Virgin Mobile. He launched the first online only savings product for ANZ, then the Show more concept of rate for risk retail finance developed for the NZ marketplace. He has a successful track record of designing, developing and implementing customer centric products in the telecommunications, publishing, and financial services markets.

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Andrew Cathie

Andrew Cathie ~ Data Scientist

Andrew's career span of 30 years includes substantial finance industry experience with companies such as BNZ, HSBC, PRF, GE Money and Flexigroup, and analytics consulting through companies including Deloitte and Show more SAS Institute. As Credit Analytics Manager of PRF Direct, Andrew was responsible for the development of credit systems that evaluated $2b in loan applications.

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Greg Elisara

Greg Elisara ~ Head of Product Design

Greg is a digital and online professional with nearly 20 years of experience and expertise in UX, UI, UxD, strategy, development, and execution, across retail, marketing and sales, sales force Show more automation, and publishing. Prior to Harmoney, Greg was Head of Digital and Social at award-laden indy advertising agency, Barnes Catmur & Friends.

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Ed Bell

Ed Bell ~ Head of Marketing

Ed has spent the last decade crafting his skills in Advertising and Marketing. He’s worked on some of New Zealand’s biggest brands, including Vodafone, The Warehouse, Air New Zealand, Foodstuffs, Show more and Genesis Energy just to name a few. He has been awarded over 20 times for his work both locally and internationally. Ed has also a contributor to the New Zealand Marketing Association’s blog.

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Glen MacKellaig

Glen MacKellaig ~ Head of Digital Marketing

Glen has been directing digital strategies across North America, Europe and Australasia since 2005. Passionate about all facets of digital marketing, Glen has held senior digital roles specialising in financial Show more services in New Zealand, including with Westpac, ANZ and TOWER. He launched a number of e-commerce, mobile and social innovations for these brands. He is always seeking to create a more intuitive online experience for visitors and find new ways to enhance the user journey across devices.

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