ABOUT US
Leadership
Simon Rolland
CEO of Aurora Financial

Simon Rolland is the founder of Aurora Financial. Simon drives the company's vision and is excited about leading a high performing team to be the next generation of financial advisers to help New Zealand families.

He has a proven background in insurance at the Senior level both at AMP and American Income Life Insurance Company. He started AFG in January 2015 with just two advisers and under his leadership the company has since grown exponentially.

Described by one of his peers as a 'breathe of fresh air in the industry', Simon is passionate about what he does. His energy, dynamism and innovative approach to the business has made a huge contribution to the success story that is AFG.

Alex Leong
Head of Compliance

With the ongoing changes of the financial services industry, Alex leads AFG in staying ahead with the latest industry development, and ensuring our compliance framework and assurance programme are up-to-date, sustainable, and in line with Aurora's passionate and relentless client first culture and business ethics.

Alex is responsible for reviewing and updating business processes and systems, as well as leading our team of highly skilled and experienced staff at Head Office - he has worked as an AFG adviser and so has a unique perspective and instinctively knows what's needed to support the functioning of the business.

With his legal and finance backgrounds, Alex offers a wealth of expertise and knowledge to support the administration and compliance of the business.

Caleb Baker
Head of Distribution

As the AFG's Head of Distribution based in Wellington, he oversees all distribution activities in the Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington and Tauranga Offices, keeping them accountable to good business acumen and ensuring the offices issue the required volume and quality of business.

Reporting directly to the CEO, Caleb liaises directly with Head of Marketing, Head of Compliance and Head Office as well as all other managers to ensure the operations of the business as a core remain efficient and result in monthly targets being met.

Using his experience and proven industry background, Caleb develops our young advisers with his skills and expertise, and enjoys a rewarding journey in seeing them accomplish their career goals. His prior experience in project management down in Christchurch has been vital in his transition into the management team at AFG. Caleb's goal is to ensure simplicity in financial advice with the client's best interest in mind.

Digby Butcher
Head of Mortgages

Digby has been working in the financial services sector his whole career, with over 10 years' experience as a mortgage broker. Digby is responsible for leading our team of highly skilled mortgage broker's, ensuring they are delivering quality outcomes for our customers.

Digby is passionate about property and helping Aurora's clients get ahead financially. This ranges from helping first home buyers into property, a review of their current mortgage structure, showing them how to pay off debt & later helping them build up a suitable rental portfolio to eventually provide for them in their retirement.

"My desire to see Aurora's clients succeed, means that I think outside the box and explore multiple scenarios to ensure the best outcome our clients".

When he's not taking care of customers, liaising with banks, and negotiating great mortgage deals, Digby enjoys spending time in the outdoors, fishing, and diving.

Thomas Stiven
Senior Manager - Auckland

Thomas liaises with the Head of Distribution to develop the Auckland and Tauranga Offices. Thomas works with our associates, advisers and marketing division to recruit, train and build teams.

Thomas has a background in politics working for local MP Mark Mitchell and running his own campaign for the council. He graduated from the Massey University with a commerce degree majoring in Accountancy and Management.

Byron Guimaraes
Senior Manager - Auckland

Having numerous years in the Financial advisory section, Byron manages a team of financial advisors and is a Senior Manager at Aurora Financial. Byron completed his studies at Massey University, earning a finance and marketing degree. He is a firm believer in the power of positive thinking in the workplace and has gained invaluable experience as a field adviser before moving into management positions.

Hamish McGlinchy
Head of Advice and Product - Christchurch

Hamish joined AFG in 2015 and is one of the Heads of Region for the South Island in the Christchurch Office. He was born in Christchurch and is passionate about helping his team of advisers learn the ins and outs of the industry whilst putting clients' needs first.

With over 4 years' experience as an adviser, he has the skills and proven background in financial services to help his team excel. Hamish has always had a big focus on getting the best outcome for his clients, and still loves getting out and meeting new people.

Michael Nuy
Senior Manager - Christchurch

Mike joined Aurora Financial Group over 5 years ago, as an adviser where he discovered his passion for meeting and helping New Zealand families with tailored advice around their personal insurance and KiwiSaver.

After excelling as a top adviser Mike joined the Management Team in Christchurch. He loves getting to put his knowledge and skills to use, by helping his team achieve at a high standard. He still enjoys forming great relationships with his clients and getting to meet new people.

Mike is now in the senior leadership team and Principal in AFG which shows his drive and commitment to our growing company.