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At Pushpay, we build world-class giving and engagement solutions to help organizations grow their communities.

Simplicity in Generosity

We’ve all seen the incredible ways generosity can change the world. How passionate engagement in a cause can inspire all those that surround it. How generosity can facilitate the spreading of hope, healing, safety, and compassion. To inspire a world starts with one thing, an idea, a cause, and a passion.

People want to be generous. But so often, we make it difficult for givers to live this value out. Historically, the church has led the way with innovation, pioneering things like hospitals, modern medicine, and even the printing press. Unfortunately, when it comes to mobile technology, in the midst of today’s technological revolution, the church has taken a backseat.

Co-founders Eliot Crowther and Chris Heaslip have always had a passion for generosity. They wanted to find a way to use technology to serve the Church with generosity and connect people to their communities. When they had the idea for Pushpay, it was realized when trying to be generous at church. With no cash on hand and no checkbook, they wondered why there wasn’t a better way. When people are passionate about a cause or an organization the last thing you want to do is make it challenging to support them or engage with them.

Technology Meets Generosity

It all started with Pushpay, originally only a mobile giving solution that made generosity easy and simple. It provided a constant open line to members of an organization and this enabled generosity anytime, anywhere with the touch of a virtual button. Over time, Pushpay has grown to be a full mobile giving and engagement solution that serves over 7,000 churches around the world, connecting them to the local community and simply inspiring generosity.

Generosity sits at the forefront of the church, and technology is now a key element to unlocking this generosity from a changing generation. We are here to serve the church. Pushpay is the leading resource for church growth, engagement, and management that helps facilitate generosity and participation. Our goal is to see billions of dollars given to the local church to serve the world and make it a better place.

Board of Directors

Each of Pushpay’s directors has diverse skills drawn from leadership across a range of industries, resulting in a balance of independence, knowledge, experience, and perspectives.

Graham Shaw

Graham Shaw Independent Chairman

Graham Shaw was appointed as an Independent Director of Pushpay on 22 January, 2015 and on 8 May, 2019 was appointed Independent Chairman of the Board.

Graham is a chartered accountant with over 35 years’ experience in business. He sits on a number of corporate and non-profit boards, and has extensive SaaS governance experience including board representation at Xero for eight years and more recently at Gentrack.

He spent 10 years with KPMG working primarily as an advisor to businesses. He then joined Works Infrastructure where he held a number of finance roles before being appointed Chief Executive Officer, leading the company to substantial growth and successful expansion into Australia. Graham has also been Chief Executive Officer of Kensington Swan, one of New Zealand’s national law firms.

Graham has a BCom from the University of Canterbury, is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand, a member of the Institute of Managers and Leaders and a Companion of Engineering New Zealand. Graham lives with his family in Wellington.

Justine Smyth

Justine Smyth Independent Director

Justine Smyth was appointed as an Independent Director of Pushpay on 26 August 2019.

Justine has extensive listed-company governance experience and is currently the Chair of Spark New Zealand, the Chair of The Breast Cancer Foundation New Zealand and a Director of Auckland International Airport. Justine’s business experience includes financial performance, mergers and acquisitions and taxation of large enterprises as the Group Finance Director at Lion Nathan and a Partner at Deloitte.

Justine also has extensive experience running businesses, having owned and successfully operated two medium-sized businesses over a period of 11 years. She is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors. Justine lives with her family in Auckland, New Zealand.

Bruce Gordon

Bruce Gordon Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director

Bruce Gordon was appointed as the Independent Chairman of Pushpay on 20 February, 2014 and on 8 May, 2019 stood down from this position to assume the role of CEO and Executive Director, effective 1 June, 2019.

Bruce has over 30 years’ experience in business holding senior positions with both SMEs and corporate organisations across Asia Pacific, the UK and the US. He has held various positions in other New Zealand technology companies, including Data Insight.

A pioneer of many of the electronic banking services that consumers now enjoy, Bruce was Chairman of Paymark, Chief Manager Electronic Banking and Payments at Bank of New Zealand and has held senior roles at Eco-Products Group, Retail Financial Services (trading as Farmers Credit), National Australia Bank, ASB Bank and The Warehouse Group. He has extensive board experience, including with Vector Energy Solutions, The Warehouse Financial Services, The Merino Company of New Zealand and Bendon Group.

Bruce is a Fellow of FINSIA and holds an MBA and a PGDipBus (Information Systems) both from the University of Auckland. Bruce lives with his family in Auckland.

Peter Huljich

Peter Huljich Non-Executive Director

Peter was appointed as a Non-executive Director of Pushpay with effect on 8 May 2019. Peter was previously the Alternate Director of Pushpay for Christopher Huljich.

Peter is an investment professional with over 18 years’ experience. He is a Partner at the Huljich family’s investment firm, Christopher and Banks. Peter actively manages the firm’s interests, which include property, listed equities and unlisted equities, primarily in Australasia and the Americas, with a focus on enduring technology companies with global reach.

Peter co-founded Huljich Wealth Management in 2007, which managed the largest KiwiSaver Scheme (in terms of members) with a 100% New Zealand owned manager. He served in a number of roles including Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer, prior to the KiwiSaver business being acquired by Fisher Funds Management in 2011. Peter has experience serving on a number of listed and unlisted boards including Mike Pero Mortgages, Sugar International and Diligent Board Member Services.

Peter holds a BCom from the University of Auckland, a DipNZX from Kaplan and a DipInvRel from the Australasian Investor Relations Association. He is also a Member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand and is a Fellow of FINSIA. Peter lives with his family in Auckland.

Christopher (Chris) Heaslip

Christopher (Chris) Heaslip Non-executive Director and Co-Founder

Chris Heaslip is a Co-Founder of Pushpay, and until 31 May 2019, he was also an Executive Director and CEO of Pushpay. Chris was appointed as an Executive Director of Pushpay on 25 July 2011.

Along with his Co-Founder Eliot Crowther, Chris envisioned a fast, simple and secure giving solution, that could simultaneously provide a platform for increased generosity, while simplifying business processes and reducing costs.

Chris has worked in and for a number of SMEs and corporate organisations to develop effective and efficient systems and optimal accounting treatment.

He has previously served as CEO of an accounting and tax consultancy and prior to that as a tax management professional and business adviser at KPMG. Chris was also an investigator at the New Zealand Inland Revenue Department.

Chris has a BCom, GradDipCom and a MTax (Hons) all from the University of Auckland. Chris lives with his family in Seattle.

Christopher Huljich

Christopher Huljich Alternate Director to Peter Huljich

Christopher Huljich was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Pushpay on 1 February, 2014 and on 8 May, 2019 resigned from the Board and was appointed as the Alternate Director for Peter Huljich.

Christopher was a Co-founder of Best Corporation, which floated on the NZX in 1991 and was subject to a takeover by the Danone Group in 1995.

He has over 40 years’ experience in both commercial and residential property in New Zealand and Australia including large scale commercial, industrial and residential developments and has business interests in many listed and unlisted companies in New Zealand and Australia.

Christopher is the Managing Partner of Christopher & Banks and has invested in many SaaS-based companies, including the sole pre-IPO funding of Diligent Board Member Services. He is also a Co-founder of the Huljich Foundation, which aims to provide memorable experiences for children suffering from life threatening disease.

Christopher brings immense business knowledge across many industries as well as good strategic appreciation and vision. Christopher holds a BCom from the University of Auckland. Christopher lives with his family in Auckland.