Cherise Barrie was appointed in 2021 as an independent Director and Chair of the Aurora Financial Board. She brings to the Board and to Aurora a depth of knowledge and experience spanning over 20 years in the financial services industry.
Cherise has held a range of senior leadership positions for several major financial organisations, including Head of Business planning and Strategy at ANZ, director at KPMG, and Chief Financial Officer of Westpac, Sovereign and Heartland bank, well as other subsidiary companies.
Cherise believes that people can take care of their financial futures in the same way they take care of their health. She is enthusiastic about bringing more investment choice and funds that appeal to people’s values through their KiwiSaver investments, as this can encourage people to be more actively involved with planning and achieving their financial goals, while also trying to help make a difference to the climate issues that our planet faces.
David was appointed to the Aurora Financial Board as an independent Director in 2021. David brings 39 years of experience in the financial services industry and is well-known for his passion for improving people’s financial capability.
He is currently Head of Sales and Marketing at Mint Asset Management, an investment management business. Previously David worked for the Commission for Financial Capability (CFFC), where he worked on the changes to KiwiSaver as part of the Retirement Income Policy Review; was part of the Government steering group to review the Financial Adviser Act; and helped to improve financial capability education in schools. Before that, David held General Manager roles with ANZ Wealth, and was a member of its leadership team.
He is a board member for Stand for Children, an NGO that supports children whose family life puts them at risk, and Play It Strange, a small charity that brings song writing and music alive in schools. He also has his own monthly radio music show called Friends to the Enz, on Planet 104.6 FM
Anoushka was appointed to the Aurora Financial Board as an independent Director in July 2021. She is a seasoned finance professional with experience across a variety of industries in public practice, as well as senior commercial roles in FMCG, and corporate assurance.
Anoushka played a major role as Financial Controller for My Food Bag, where she gained a reputation for successfully working with young companies. She is currently Group Financial Controller at Manuka Health, based in Auckland, where she brings top-tier experience in building and training finance teams. Anoushka has a keen eye for developing young and attractive businesses that New Zealanders love; and is passionate about supporting high growth companies to reach their potential.
Simon Rolland is the Founder and CEO of Aurora Financial, and is inspired to lead the business in innovative, ethical, and sustainable pathways. His breadth of experience in financial services spans insurance, investment advising, funds management, venture capital and private equity.
With a tenacious spirit and a desire to challenge what is possible, Simon is thrilled to be leading the next generation of advisers that can help kiwi families plan and achieve their financial goals. Simon is also co-founder of Aurora Capital, a funds management business that was created to provide KiwiSaver investors with an opportunity to use investment for good.
Simon brings his unwavering energy, empathy, and leadership to helping kiwi families in their wealth creation journey. Empowering kiwis to take control of their financial future and enabling them to create a better planet for us all, through investments that aim to make the world a better place, is what drives him. He dares to believe that we can be the generation that solves climate change.