How do you unwind and find that balance?
During a stressful period a couple of years back, I decided to look after myself better, eat well and do a lot of exercise.
So I run. I’ve done the Kepler Challenge twice, and a few other marathons.
We've got a place up north at Taupō Bay, which we bought when we were relatively young, and we get up there as often as we can. It’s a great place to chill out and forget about things.
We've got three kids who are 11 to 14, and our weekends, early mornings and evenings are dominated by their sporting activities – which are currently cricket and water polo.
Family takes priority over everything and it’s a message we try to get across to our team. We've had some very busy years at ANZ NZ with everything that's been going on, and we've got people that work really hard, and love the job - but we try to make sure they look after themselves as well.
How would you describe your leadership style?
I care about the people I work with, and for. I'm very curious, so I like to get into details and get my head around the issues I’m involved in. I also like to be visible, and I like to know and understand how each member of the team is going.
We have weekly calls, which we started during Covid and have continued since, as they’ve been good when we can’t have face-to-face interaction.
If people have an issue and they come and talk to me, I believe I’m supportive and willing to listen to what's going on.
Are there any non-legal aspects of ANZ NZ you’re involved in?
There are a few. For example, I recently took up the role of Chair of the ANZ New Zealand Staff Foundation Advisory Group, which does due diligence and reviews on charities applying for funding before giving recommendations to the Trustee on which applications to approve.
The Foundation has been running since 2000, and collects donations from participating ANZ staff members via payroll giving - ANZ matches the donations at a rate of $2 for $1.
Grants are distributed to worthy charities across New Zealand during our twice-yearly funding rounds, and more than $8 million has been given out to 920 charities over the years.
It feels good to be involved with something which has such a distinctly positive outcome for so many people.
It’s a good fit for me, also, because it allows me to bring a governance eye to the process, and use those skills to benefit the community, so it’s very satisfying in that regard.