Major name in NZ finance takes new CEO role

Past roles include time at NZ Home Loans and Liberty

Major name in NZ finance takes new CEO role

Mark Collins, former president of Liberty Financial and NZ Home Loans, has become chief executive of ChildFund, a global charity that helps children and youth to thrive in communities impacted by poverty.

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Liberty Financial

Collins brings to the new role more than 20 years of finance and business experience, leading large multi-national organisations, initiating small startups, and managing a personal charitable enterprise. He was most recently CEO of Mike Pero Group for six years.

“It is a very exciting time to take the helm at ChildFund New Zealand,” Collins said. “There is an amazing opportunity to build on the work that has already been done by the ChildFund team and to move forward in addressing the many challenges facing the international development and charity sector. Not least the impact of COVID-19 and now Omicron on the work in the field, but also driving forward funding initiatives to ensure we can keep delivering impact to the children and communities we serve.”

For Collins, this move into the international development sector is an opportunity not only to utilize his skills and experience to deliver impact, but an opportunity to grow personally.

“Many years in the finance sector, including starting a business that helps people gift their tax rebate back to charities, has opened my eyes to the hugely valuable work being done by charities,” Collins said. “I have the commercial and leadership skills, and I look forward to helping ChildFund optimise its funding and new innovations to lead to even more impact for the children we serve. I can think of no higher calling than making an impact to the lives of children to help them achieve their potential.”