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The Fin-Ed centre is a joint initiative between Westpac and Massey University. The Centre aims to empower New Zealanders to make more financially savvy decisions – to give people the tools they need for the life-long process of managing their finances.
The Fin-Ed Centre also has connections internationally – it is part of the OECD’s International Network on Financial Education. This means the Centre has access to financial literacy documents issued by the OECD, and is invited to attend global OECD financial education events.
The Centre provides mentoring, practical learning, consultancy and is actively researching in areas of relevance to financial literary in New Zealand.
The Centre director is Dr Pushpa Wood, based on Massey University’s Wellington campus.
Diana Crossan has been the Chief Executive for Wellington Free Ambulance since February 2013. Her career started as a probation officer. She held several senior roles in the public service and was in the set-up team for Contact Energy. For a short time, she was GM Hydro at Clyde and Roxburgh dams.
Her financial services industry experience began with AMP as Manager of Agency Development in 1997. In 2000, she was appointed leader of an AMP team in the UK, charged with changing the distribution system in the AMP-owned financial services companies with a combined total of 4.1 million customers.
Diana was New Zealand’s Retirement Commissioner for 10 years. During this period Diana has led the Retirement Commission (now known as the Commission for Financial Capability) in promoting financial capability of the nation. She was also instrumental in launching the first National Strategy for Financial Literacy, Financial Literacy Summit and Money Week to name a few. Diana is also on several boards in the private, public and community sectors.
Dr Dr Wood has a long history of adult and financial literacy advocacy. She was previously the Education Manager at the Commission for Financial Literacy and Retirement Income. She has worked across the school, tertiary, and industry sectors to improve adult literacy and financial literacy, and is a member of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority’s project advisory group reviewing financial literacy unit standards.
She is also the current Chairperson of the Adult Literacy Practitioners’ Association. Dr Wood has extensive experience in developing teaching and learning resources, training and development and stakeholder relationship. Her research interests include identifying trigger points that motivate people to change their financial behaviour and testing culturally appropriate evaluation tools.
Dr Wood has been awarded an Office of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in Queen’s 90th Birthday honours list for her contribution to financial literacy and interfaith relations.
Sue is responsible for the delivery of an integrated internal and external communication strategy including Government Relations, as well as leading the communications team in the protection and enhancement of Westpac New Zealand's corporate reputation.
Sue is one of New Zealand’s most well respected corporate affairs executives and an award-winning television journalist. She joined Westpac from Massey University where she was Assistant Vice Chancellor, External Affairs, responsible for its marketing and communications, and a member of its Senior Leadership Team. Prior to her role at Massey, Sue was General Manager of Corporate Affairs at Toll NZ.
She has also held senior roles across government, television and public relations including Chief of Staff of the Opposition, Chief of Staff TV3 News and Senior Consultant at a leading public relations consultancy.
Jeffrey Stangl holds a bachelor's degree in Quantitative Economics and Decision Sciences from University of California at San Diego (BA QEDS). He holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA) with a finance specialization from The American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) at Arizona and a PhD Finance from Massey University. Jeffrey is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Jeffrey has founded and directed several United States and Indonesian based SMEs in the manufacturing, transportation, and gift industries. The focus of Jeffrey's business career has been startup innovative companies, with broad experience in all aspects of business development and financial management. His most recent business entailed the design and manufacture of giftware with worldwide sales.
Roy is co-founder and managing director of New Ground Capital, a boutique alternative investment management firm.
During a finance career spanning 25 years Roy has been involved in creating and leading a number of successful businesses. Early on he was a member of the management team that established the National Bank Private Bank, today NZ’s largest private bank. He then joined Deutsche Bank Private Wealth Management in Asia and was subsequently appointed Global Head of Product Management and Investment Services based in London. More recently Roy has led Westpac’s Private Wealth Management business here in NZ and Westpac’s Business Bank across the Auckland\Northland region.
Alongside his banking career Roy has been involved in a variety of private businesses that reflect his interests in hospitality, aviation and technology. Roy is co-founder and director of Frenzi Group Ltd, one of NZ’s largest and most successful private hospitality groups, which today employs more than 200 people and also has interests in a number of New Zealand start-up technology companies.
Roy’s community interests have seen him chair the establishment board of trustees for the award winning Remarkables Primary School in Queenstown.
Professor Theodore E. (Ted) Zorn is Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Massey Business School at Massey University. His teaching and research specialty is organizational communication, with particular expertise in organizational change processes, IT implementation, and enhancing workplace well-being. He has published widely in communication and management journals.
Before coming to Massey, Ted was Professor and Head of the Department of Management Communication at the University of Waikato for many years.
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Last updated on Friday 25 November 2016