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 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.
Daniel (Dan) Steinman Independent Director
Dan Steinman was appointed as an Independent Director of Pushpay on 3 July 2017.
Dan is currently the General Manager for Gainsight EMEA after having served as Chief Customer Officer and Chief Evangelist for the past five years. Dan has spent almost all of his career in Silicon Valley in customer-facing roles, so Customer Success was a natural landing place. He is a leading and sought-after expert in the field who co-authored the best-selling book “Customer Success: How Innovative Companies Are Reducing Churn and Growing Recurring Revenue”.
Dan is a 30-year Silicon Valley startup veteran whose track record includes being a founding employee at E.piphany which went on to a highly successful IPO, Co-founder at NearbyNow and the first VP of Customer Success at Marketo (another IPO) before joining Gainsight as a founder in 2012.
Dan has a Computer Science degree from North Dakota State University. Dan currently lives with his family in London.
Bruce Gordon Currently Non-Executive Director
Incoming Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director effective 1 June, 2019
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 Non-Executive Director
Peter was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Pushpay on 8 May, 2019, having been the Alternate Director for Christopher Huljich since 7 November, 2018. Peter appointed Christopher Huljich as his Alternate Director.
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 (2006), Sugar International (2006-2010) and Diligent Board Member Services (2007-2011).
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 Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director and Co-Founder (up to 31 May, 2019)
Chris Heaslip was appointed as an Executive Director of Pushpay on 25 July, 2011 and on 8 May, 2019 resigned as Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, effective 31 May, 2019 and at which time will be appointed as a Non-Executive Director.
Chris is the CEO and Co-Founder of Pushpay. 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 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.