Rebecca is an English born proud Kiwi, who shares our collective values of growing New Zealand capacity and supporting our people to succeed. She is a true internationalist, with international banking, capital markets and fund management experience. A lawyer, a professional director, and CEO of a substantial wholesale fund management business, Mint Asset Management Limited, which is The Morningstar Domestic Equities Fund Manager of the Year in 2019.
Rebecca founded Mint in 2006. She has a strong pedigree in funds management, with a career spanning 33 years, both in New Zealand and offshore.
Her previous executive positions include Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of Johnson Fry, a London-based funds management firm, acquired by Legg Mason, where she went on to hold the position of Group Chief Executive Officer. On moving to New Zealand she became Chief Investment Officer for ING (NZ) Limited.
Rebecca has been a Director and Chair of the AFRC of KiwiRail Holding Limited and an Associate member and AFRC Chair on the Board of the Financial Markets Authority from 2011-2016. She has also held several non-executive directorships for investment and property trusts, including Pathfinder Development Companies and LMI European Utilities Investment Trust Plc.
Rebecca is a member of the Institute of Directors of both New Zealand and London, as well as a member of the Securities and Investment Institute of London. She has completed examinations for the UK Institute of Investment Management and Research and the London Stock Exchange.
Rebecca joined the GS board in June 2019 and sighted the following reasons, in no particular order.
- I met Bruce when we both served on the FMA and we found each other to be straight forward, strident and practical.
- I met the directors and the leadership team at Gilligan Sheppard, and they are like no other accounting firm I have encountered.
- They are among the very few firms that actively originate private equity and VC deals. I have not encountered any firms in NZ with a dedicated team that focuses on this activity. There are many that do M&A, but few who originate the opportunity.
- Unlike most professional firms they are non-hierarchal, they share the profits with the team and operate an active ESOP equity scheme not dissimilar to other businesses reliant on talent.
“I look forward to bringing my own perspective and skills to helping this awesome team achieve their potential.”