Newpark CEO

Melanie has served in the financial services industry in New Zealand and Canada for over 25 years.  Her background across personal risk, lending and investments allows her to add comprehensive  value to our Adviser Members.

Melanie is an AFA, and an Affiliate Member of the Arbitrators and Mediators Institute of New Zealand.  She also holds degrees in Communications, Politics and Economics from Canada and Japan.

Melanie’s skills in helping achieve the best outcomes for both Advisers and Providers will help Newpark deliver on its goal to make Newpark the obvious choice for Advisers.

Melanie is committed to ensuring our tools are best of breed, current, and compliant coupled with a brand, culture and team that are unmatched in the market.

General Manager Home Loans

Since he joined Newpark in October last year, Andrew has been busy re-establishing Newpark Home Loans in the mortgage broker market.  He has successfully established a full panel of retail bank and second tier lenders as well as delivering a unique operating model that provides Advisers with real choice and value.

Andrew is enjoying the challenges of the new regulatory regime and joined Newpark as he feels we are the best placed group in New Zealand to take advantage of the new legislative environment. Andrew is keen to create and maintain a stable environment for members were they have the best opportunity to grow and develop and succeed.

After gaining a Bachelor of Arts from Otago University, Andrew joined the insurance industry where he has been for the last 25 years (22 of them with Sovereign) working in various roles (Business Development, Technology Projects, Home Loans, Life Underwriting). He also gained postgraduate qualifications in Management from Auckland University along the way.  More recently he obtained the Level 5 National Certificate in Financial Services (he is all too aware of what lies ahead for Advisers as they ready themselves for licensing).

When not working Andrew enjoys spending time relaxing at the Coromandel, skiing, or just spending time with his wife and his five year old twins, Grace and James.

General Manager Performance and Growth

Peter had 18 years’ experience as a lawyer in London before immigrating to NZ in 2010.  On arrival he joined a QFE, qualified as an AFA soon after and successfully grew its legal base.

His legal mind and relationship skills will be a great asset to the Newpark family in this ever-changing landscape.  Peter (the ‘tall guy with the tie’) is passionate about ensuring that New Zealanders have the best insurance possible and, to this end, is committed to helping advisers to navigate their way through the new regime whilst growing their businesses and simplifying process wherever possible.

Head of Strategic Relationships

Gopal is a leader in the financial services industry with 25 years’ experience. For last three years running he has been the top international mortgage Adviser for Loan Market.

With many qualifications, BSc, MBA and MIAM, he is well qualified to help many Advisers across the country progress their businesses.

Gopal will be directly responsible for creating new strategic relationships with Newpark Home Loans in the Adviser community and shaping the technical  development program for mortgage Advisers.

Adviser Success Manager

Steven has a passion for providing advisers with easy to use technology solutions that can be used in sales engagements, whether it’s a first up fact find needs analysis or actually signing up the business at point of sale.   With over 25 years’ experience Steven started working in the New Zealand Insurance industry in 1994.

His nickname of “Moses” came from rolling out over 150 tablets to advisers, where the value add was simply being able to use a pen opposed to a keyboard and mouse.    In fact, many of these tablet users virtually eliminated paper in their business.    Steven also has a wealth of knowledge with CRM and being able to work anywhere anytime using wireless technology to manage potential business through to the sales pipeline.

Technology plays such a large part in all aspects of our business and it is a key part of everything that we do these days.   In his role as a Business Development Manager, he is focused on assisting members to generate leads, increase activity, fill their diary and maximise their bottom line by working with you to come up with new ideas, so you know your numbers and can maximise your businesses growth potential.

On-boarding Manager Home Loans

Robyn has a solid banking background both in New Zealand and London, and has been an Adviser specialising in mortgages since 2002.

She enjoys the challenge of developing many options for her clients and working with them to determine the best approach for achieving their goals of home ownership and protecting their family through insurance.  She takes real satisfaction from knowing that she has helped so many people achieve their home ownership goals, especially first homebuyers.

Robyn believes in providing a personal, yet professional (she is Level 5 National Certificate of Financial Services qualified), high quality service that gives piece of mind and helps people achieve their goals and, along the way, saves them time and money.

Head of IT

Clive has always had an interest in all things IT since getting his first computer many, many years ago.

He graduated from Massey University in 2002 with a Bachelor if Information Science, and since then he has worked in many different positions across all areas of technology before finding his calling at Newpark.

He takes great pride in ensuring that our advisers have the electronic tools they need to get the job done.

Adviser Relationship Manager

Cheryl is the longest serving member of the Newpark team having started in 2002. She is passionate about what she does and enjoys working closely with the Advisers in their business.

Prior to joining Newpark, Cheryl spent five years working for State Insurance as Customer Relationship Manager.  In her spare time she enjoys a little bit (lot) of retail therapy.


Catherine has been with Newpark for four years in the Accounts Administrator role and also is responsible for the Newpark Group Health scheme

Prior to joining Newpark Catherine enjoyed domestic goddess duties of looking after her young children.

Previous career before her children involved brand management.  Catherine was a Senior Brand Manager in the Health and Beauty industry and worked within the FMCG area.

Accountant Home Loans

Kate is a self-employed contractor providing accountancy services to many businesses in her home town, Palmerston North.  She made the decision two years ago to provide back-up for accountants for few hours each week but as a certified MYOB provider that soon became a full time.

Many Advisers in the Newpark Home Loans group will remember Kate from years gone past when she administered commission payments.  A few years have passed since then and it’s great to have her back again as an integral member of the Newpark team.

Her husband, Andrew, is (surprise, surprise) a Chartered Accountant and partner at a local firm.  The three children aged 17, 9 and 8 years old keep them very busy with their passion for Hockey, Dance and Cricket.  When she does have spare time she enjoys it with her family, loves to travel and loves to shop even more!

Finance Controller

Adele has been working in the Newpark office for over 15 years, she oversees the financial accounts and is responsible for liaising with various contacts to keep our offices running smoothly.

She is a great source of information with knowledge in payroll and financial processes. Prior to working with Newpark she spent 10 years working in the share broking industry before joining Darren and Cheryl in the Newpark offices.