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.
Bruce Gordon Independent Chairman
Bruce Gordon has over 23 years’ of governance and commercial experience in senior positions with both SMEs and Corporate Organisations across Asia Pacific, the UK and the USA.
He currently serves as Chief Executive of Eco-Products Group (trading as HRV) and has expertise in retail, banking, finance and electronic payments.
A pioneer of many of the electronic banking services that consumers now enjoy, Bruce was Chairman of Electronic Transaction Services (now Paymark), Chief Manager Electronic Banking and Payments at Bank of New Zealand and has held senior roles at Retail Financial Services (trading as Farmers Credit), National Australia Bank, ASB Bank and The Warehouse Group. He has extensive board experience including The Warehouse Financial Services, The Merino Company of New Zealand, and Bendon Group.
Bruce specialises in achieving strategic growth for companies and the restructuring of under-performing entities. He 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.
Graham Shaw Independent Director
Graham is a chartered accountant with over 30 years’ experience in business. He sits on a number of corporate and not-for-profit boards, and has extensive SaaS governance experience from being on the board of Xero for eight years and more recently Gentrack.
He spent 10 years with KPMG 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 Member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand, a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management and a Companion of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand. Graham lives with his family in Wellington.
Christopher Huljich Non-Executive Director
Christopher Huljich was the 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 Private Equity and has invested in many SaaS-based companies, including the sole pre-IPO funding for Diligent Board Member Services. He is also the 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. Chris lives with his family in Auckland.
Douglas (Doug) Kemsley Non-Executive Director
Doug has more than 25 years’ experience as an investor and director of software and technology companies in New Zealand.
Doug was a co-founder and director of CA-Systems, a $1,200 start-up which sold to MYOB for $22 million in 1999. During his time as Chairman of Maxnet, the company grew from a start-up internet service provider to become a leading data centre and cloud services provider and was subsequently acquired by Vocus Communications in 2012.
Outside of his investment in Pushpay, Doug is passionate about a number of causes in New Zealand and Nepal. Formerly, a helicopter pilot in the Royal New Zealand Air Force and an administrator of a community health program in Nepal, Doug lives with his family in Hamilton.
Christopher (Chris) Heaslip Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director and Co-Founder
Chris Heaslip is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Co-Founder of Pushpay. Along with his Co-Founder Eliot Crowther, Chris envisioned an integrated Consumer friendly cloud-based mobile commerce solution that could simultaneously provide a platform for increased sales and revenue, 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 is an Accountant by vocation, with a BCom (Accounting), DipCom (Taxation and Law) and a MCom Hons (Taxation) all from the University of Auckland. Chris lives with his family in Seattle in the USA.
Eliot Crowther Sales, Executive Director and Co-Founder
Eliot Crowther is a Co-Founder of Pushpay (along with CEO Chris Heaslip) and is a proven sales professional with several years’ experience working in commercial high value sales. Eliot co-founded Pushpay after realising there was a significant opportunity to aggregate mobile commerce tools to enable Merchants to efficiently and effectively communicate and transact with Consumers. Eliot helps drive Merchant growth and Consumer engagement through targeted product offerings.
Prior to co-founding Pushpay, Eliot was a leading sales executive at HRV, the home ventilation business. His in-depth understanding of the sales process and mobile commerce was essential in establishing two of Pushpay’s key vertical markets, the Faith Sector and Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs). Eliot is now focused on executing Pushpay’s strategy to adapt its mobile commerce solutions to expand into SMEs and Corporate Organisations.
Eliot, a former New Zealand representative in cycling, holds a DipAppSc from AUT University and lives with his family in the USA.