Mark McLean

Mark McLean Chartered Accountant, BCom (Acctg), DipGrad (Marketing)

Mark has a financial services industry background spanning more than 25 years. He has held various banking leadership roles in the United Kingdom, Singapore, Netherlands and New Zealand. He was a member of SBS Bank’s executive team for over 10 years before moving into the role of SBS Group CEO in January 2022.

As SBS Group CEO, Mark is responsible for the performance of SBS Bank along with its three subsidiary businesses; Finance Now Ltd, Funds Administration New Zealand Ltd (FANZ) and SBS Insurance. Mark has a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accountancy from the University of Otago and a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing. He is also a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and the Institute of Directors.


Hamish Mckenzie 

Hamish Mckenzie  BA (History), LLB
General Manager People and Support

Hamish is a qualified lawyer with more than 27 years’ experience, working in both the public and private sectors. He has extensive HR experience and has held various executive leadership roles in New Zealand, Australia, South East Asia and the United Kingdom in both the financial services and retail sectors.

Hamish was appointed General Manager of People and Support in March 2014. He is responsible for maximising the ability of SBS Bank’s people to achieve individual and organisational performance goals and targets. In addition, he is tasked with providing support services to SBS’ member banking activities.

Hamish has a Bachelor of Arts and Law Degree from the University of Otago.



Rowena Thompson MBA, GAICD
Group Chief Risk Officer

Rowena has 30 years financial services industry experience. She started as the Group Chief Risk Officer in April 2020, with responsibility for risk management and compliance activities across the Group.

Prior to this, Rowena held various leadership roles across New Zealand and Australia from leading customer facing teams through to delivering risk frameworks at a group level.   

She has a Master of Business Administration from Southern Cross University and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.



Jeff Mitchell BCom, BSc, CAANZ
Chief Financial Officer

Jeff is a Chartered Accountant with 20 years’ experience in financial management. Jeff started as Chief Financial Officer for SBS Bank in September 2022, having previously held roles in financial services businesses across New Zealand, Ireland, and England.

As Chief Financial Officer, Jeff is responsible for treasury and capital management, internal and external financial reporting, prudential regulatory affairs, properties and procurement.

Jeff holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science from Victoria University. He is also a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.



Shane Evans BCom
Chief Transformation Officer

Shane started at SBS in May 2022, bringing over 20 years' global experience leading brand, marketing, customer experience and digital transformation strategies including over 10 years at ASB. Shane also won New Zealand’s Marketer of the year in 2021.  

As Chief Transformation Officer, Shane is responsible for driving our transformation programme of work including leading the digital uplift programmes, the SBS brand, the growth of all products and segments, customer communications and managing the sponsorship portfolio.

Shane has a Bachelor of Commerce, Marketing and Management from the University of Otago and is an alumni of Southland Boys High School.

Board of Directors



Joe O’Connell BCom, FCA, CFInstD

A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Member of the Institute of Directors, Joe joined the SBS Bank Board in 2017 and has been chairman since July 2021. He is an experienced director with a financial background that spans many industries such as transportation, concrete, timber processing, exploration piling and drilling, commercial property, fuel distribution and electrical distribution networks.

Joe was Invercargill Airport chairman (2011-2016), overseeing the redevelopment of all land-side and terminal facilities as well as negotiating commercial terms for the company to secure its long-term viability.

He spent six years as general manager of finance for H W Richardson Group and during the past 12 years has focused on directorships and management consulting work with a large amount of time being spent with the K G Richardson group of companies. 

​Chair: SBS Bank
Director: Finance Now Limited, Southsure Assurance Limited, Abbott Group, Fraser Properties Limited
Member: Board Appointments Committee (chair), Due Diligence Committee (chair), Group IT Committee, Talent and Remuneration Committee.
Trustee: SBS Charitable Trust


M J (Mike) Skilling

Mike Skilling BAgrSci, PGDipBank, SFFINSIA, CMInstD

Mike joined the SBS Board in August 2014. He is an independent director of various companies spanning funds management, insurance, mortgage broking, dairy/sheep/beef/crop/horticultural farming, consumer finance and early childhood education.

Mike has in-depth experience in retail, private, rural and business banking together with insurance, managed funds and finance companies. In previous roles, he has led both the agribusiness and business banking arms of BNZ including small business, medium/large business, international trade, property, plant and machinery finance and private banking teams. 

He is a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA) and a Chartered Member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

​Deputy Chair: SBS Bank
​Chair: Funds Administration New Zealand Limited
Director:  SBS Bank, Fraser Properties Limited
Member: Group Audit and Risk Committee, Board Appointments Committee
Trustee: SBS Charitable Trust



Mark O’Connor BCom, FCA, FNZIM

Mark is a qualified accountant who has primarily been involved in senior management roles in the New Zealand port sector for more than 25 years. He is the former CEO of NZX-listed company South Port NZ, a position he held for 18 years.

Appointed to the SBS Board in August 2018, Mark is also a director of Nevele R Stud.

Chair: Southsure Assurance Limited
Director: SBS Bank, Fraser Properties Limited
Member: Group Audit and Risk Committee (chair), Talent and Remuneration Committee.


Kevin Murphy FCA, CFinstD

As the former managing director/CEO of TSB (previously TSB Bank), Kevin oversaw the bank’s ambitious New Zealand-wide growth programme that had a focus on both branch presence and digital offerings.

He has continued to serve his community and has been a long serving member of New Plymouth Operatic (also a life member), is a business advisor and life member of Musical Theatre New Zealand, and a committee member of the Dame Malvina Major Foundation.

Kevin was appointed to the SBS Board in November 2018.

​Chair: Finance Now Limited
Director: SBS Bank, Fraser Properties Limited
​Member: Due Diligence Committee, Board Appointment Committee, Group Audit and Risk Committee

Sarah Brown BA LLB, CFInstD

Sarah is a former commercial lawyer who is now a professional director and has had extensive governance experience. She was previously on the Southern Institute of Technology Council for 11 years, six of them as Chair. She has also served on the Boards of Electricity Invercargill and PowerNet.

Sarah is currently a director of NZX-listed PGG Wrightson Ltd, where she has been Audit Chair since May 2021.

Sarah was appointed to the SBS Board in January 2022. She is a passionate Southlander and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the SBS Board.

Director: SBS Bank, Fraser Properties Limited, Southsure Assurance Limited
​Member: Group Audit and Risk Committee
​Trustee: SBS Charitable Trust

Philip Ellison BMS, MInstD

Phil is a professional director with over 30 years’ experience in the consumer finance sector, including 22 years at Finance Now Ltd, spending over 16 years of those in the role of CEO. He is a Member of the Institute of Directors and until recently was Deputy Chair of the Financial Services Federation. Phil currently chairs the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) of New Zealand, supporting the professional golf members of New Zealand and is an active member of the NZ ICE Angels, advising a number of start- up businesses. Phil has a Bachelor of Management Studies – Marketing and Finance from the University of Waikato.

Phil was appointed to the SBS Board in 2022.

Director: SBS Bank, Funds Administration New Zealand Limited, Fraser Properties Limited
Member: Group IT Committee



Linda Robertson BCom, PGDipBank, CFinstD, CTP, FINFINZ, MAICD

Linda is a professional non-executive director with over 30 years’ governance experience. In the corporate environment she has worked predominately in the finance and energy sector where she held various senior management roles.

Linda has been a full-time company director since 2015 and is an experienced director, chair and committee chair. She has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and a Diploma in Banking and is a Certified Treasury Professional. Linda is a Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Finance Professionals New Zealand and a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors. 

Linda is currently chair of the Central Lakes Trust and Crown Irrigation Investments Limited and is a director of Invercargill City Holdings Limited, Kordia Group Limited, Horizon Energy Group, NETcon Limited and Alpine Energy Limited.

Linda was appointed to the SBS Board in April 2023.

Director: SBS Bank, Fraser Properties Limited
Member: Group Audit and Risk Committee and the Due Diligence Committee