Our Elected Representatives
Our representatives nationally and in each region are elected to their positions on a traditional ‘first past the post’ vote. Although each holds a 2-year term, elections are held annually, so that there should never be a period when either board or regional committees are without experienced delegates. Board and regional committee members are present at most NZCFI functions and will readily field questions, suggestions and be ready to assist you with your membership.
Michael Wright (FNZCFI)
Over 30 years in credit management has seen Michael obtain a Diploma in Credit Management in South Africa, before moving to New Zealand, where several years later, in 2007, he took out the coveted Credit Professional of the Year Award. Michael keenly supports the NZCFI in all its work – and the All Blacks when they play.
National Vice President
Barbara has been employed with BDO Christchurch Limited for twelve years and is a senior member of the Corporate Advisory Department specialising in insolvency assignments. She first joined NZCFI around 1998 and believes credit control is one of the most important and integral parts to the successful running of any business. The networking and knowledge gained from the guest presenters at the monthly seminars is very valuable to all professions, not just credit professionals.
Barbara has been on the Canterbury Committee for three years, two of those years serving as President, and feels that with her experience she has something to offer to the National Board.
Karen Kaa-Evans (FNZCFI)
As the immediate past National Vice President, Karen continues to serve on our board. With over 20 years’ membership of the NZCFI, Karen is passionate about the Institute’s role of providing education in the credit industry. A huge supporter of work done at branch level, Karen’s common sense, openness and grounded approach make her an asset on the national team.
Ragavan Rengachariar (FNZCFI)
Ragavan was recently re-elected as a Director to serve on our board. With over 10 years’ membership of the NZCFI, Ragavan is the current Auckland branch President.
Marcus is a Director in the Restructuring practice with 13 years insolvency experience in both Wellington and London and in both the private and public sectors. He manages the Wellington Liquidation Practice which involves taking liquidation appointments across the lower North Island and upper South Island. Marcus also has experience in trading and selling businesses through Receiverships and Liquidations, with appointments being made by banks, other secured creditors and government agencies. He has a particular interest in the investigation of, and action taken following, fraud and other misconduct.
Louise’s vast experience in insolvency encompasses the trading and sale of business’ and assets, identifying and pursuing legal recoveries, analysis of financial records and investigation of potential recoveries. Louise’s communication skills and positive approach to finding a better way enable her to negotiate and deal successfully with situations as they arise.
Auckland Branch Committee
Hamilton Branch Committee
Hawkes Bay Branch Committee
Our Rules & By-laws
The NZCFI operates within the parameters of our Rules & By-laws. These provide structure, assign responsibilities and set the limits within which any officer of the Institute must act. Overall, the supreme governing body of the NZCFI is our members, who elect representatives regionally and nationally to manage the activities of the organisation.
Annual General Meetings
Annual General Meetings (AGM’s) are conducted in October. Our AGM’s provide a chance for members to be updated on activities undertaken in the preceding year and initiatives planned for the forthcoming year – and to have a say in how the Institute is run. In years when the AGM coincides with a national conference, the AGM will most often be included in the conference agenda. This is done to facilitate the greatest attendance and participation from our members.
A graded membership recognises experience gained in an associated profession, tenure in a credit management position and/or qualifications held. Each with prescribed criteria, the grades beyond Member are Affiliate, Associate (ANZCFI) and Certified Credit Executive (CCE).
A Fellow (FNZCFI) may be awarded by the board as formal recognition for outstanding service to the NZCFI. Alternatively, a Life Member (LNZCFI) may be proposed by the board and such an honour is conferred in an AGM, where the wider membership share in the decision and formal acknowledgment