Turners Automotive Group was formed through the 2014 merger of New Zealand’s largest vehicle and machinery retailer, Turners Auctions, and leading consumer finance and insurance business, Dorchester Pacific.The company has grown markedly since then through a program of considered acquisition before consolidating into the current well integrated entity.
Board of Directors
Non-executive Chairman Appointed September 2009
Grant Baker has wide experience at a senior level in both public and private New Zealand companies. He has been involved in a number of successful ventures, including 42 Below Vodka and Trilogy International. He is chairman on NZX listed Me Today Limited and was chairman of 42 Below Vodka and Trilogy International.
With a 7.44% shareholding, Grant is a long term committed investor in Turners Automotive Group and has been Chairman of Turners Automotive Group since September 2009. As an avid collector of specialist vehicles and a motor racing enthusiast, both as a competitor and as a backer of young up and coming drivers. He is currently chairman of the Liam Lawson Supporters Partnership and is passionate about the strong Turners brand and its focus on cars.
Non-executive Director Appointed December 2012
Matthew Harrison has extensive management experience and a background in finance and business administration. He is the former Managing Director of EC Credit Control, the debt recovery business acquired in 2012 and has great experience dealing with credit cycles and credit management. He joined EC Credit Control in 1998, following senior management roles in the courier industry. Matthew joined the Turners Automotive Group Board in 2012 and represents his family interests, which have a 7.47% combined holding in the company. Matthew is a self-confessed “car nut” and has collected and owned a variety of special cars over the years. He is very enthusiastic about the future of Turners and, given his large shareholding and love for automobiles, is strongly committed to seeing Turners continue its successful journey.
Non-executive Director Appointed February 2016
Alistair Petrie has over 15 years of senior management experience in both private and listed companies in the agribusiness sector. He has extensive knowledge in sales and marketing in both international and domestic environments, which is particularly useful for some of the challenges and opportunities. He has a number of directorships with companies that have a focus on growth and innovation, and he represents the interests of Bartel Holdings, which has a 12.24% shareholding in Turners Automotive Group. Alistair worked for many years at Turners & Growers, the original parent company of Turners Auctions, which provides a nice connection at Board level back to those foundational brand values of “trust and integrity”. Alistair has a BSC (hons) from Newcastle Upon Tyne University and an EMBA from Melbourne University.
Appointed July 2015
John Roberts has extensive experience in the financial services industry, having held the role of Managing Director of credit bureau Veda International for 10 years, during which time the Veda Advantage business was successfully listed on the ASX. John previously had over 25 years in advertising, with CEO roles with Saatchi & Saatchi in New Zealand and Asia Pacific, before heading up MasterCard in New Zealand for three years. John is currently a director of Centrix, a leading credit rating agency in NZ, and this keeps him connected with the financial sector and the NZ credit cycle. John’s advertising and branding experience has been invaluable across a number of projects within the business and he continues to add value and thought leadership around the use of data and analytics, drawing on his Veda NZ experience.
Appointed January 2015
Antony Vriens has been a director and chairman of Turners’ insurance subsidiary, DPL Insurance (now Autosure), since 2012. He is a highly experienced financial services industry professional, with demonstrated success as a senior executive and consultant in insurance and wealth management businesses across Asia Australia and New Zealand. He brings a hands on, practical and commercial approach and a strong technology focus to his Board role. His relationships across the insurance industry and regulators are highly valuable to the Turners business and his collaborative approach is embraced by both the Board and management.
Appointed August 2018
Martin Berry is a seasoned global financial services executive having run large international businesses for the likes of ANZ, Citibank, Barclays and Standard Chartered. Martin left the corporate world to pursue his desire to build his own company, going on to found Gong Cha Global Ltd, one of the world’s largest tea brands with more than 2,000 stores in 25 countries, where today he still services as Chairman.. Martin also founded and runs Singapore based venture studio Launcho Ventures, focussed on building scaling and investing in e-commerce brands globally.
Appointed April 2023
Lauren Quaintance has had a highly successful career in media and marketing and as an entrepreneur. She was co-founder and Managing Director of Storyation, a leading digital content marketing agency, which was sold to ASX-listed NewsCorp Australia in late 2019. Lauren was named Entrepreneur of the Year at the B&T Women in Media Awards in Australia and is currently Chief Media and Data Officer for Sky Television. As well as Turners and DPL Insurance, she is an Independent Director for the Crusaders and ChristchurchNZ. Her journalistic pedigree combined with digital marketing experience and entrepreneurial skills fit well with the Turners direction and culture.
Group Chief Executive Officer
Todd is a strong and experienced senior executive, with a background in marketing, sales and accounting in both large global and domestic businesses. Before joining Turners Auctions in 2006 Todd worked for Microsoft NZ and Ernst and Young. He was appointed CEO of NZX listed Turners Auctions in 2013, and took on the CEO role for the wider Turners Automotive Group in 2016. Todd is a chartered accountant and holds a Bachelor and Diploma of Commerce from Auckland University.
Group Chief Financial Officer
Aaron joined Turners Group NZ in 2006. He has a strong background in financial and management accounting, at both a strategic and operating level in local and international markets. Over the last 20 years, Aaron has worked across a broad range of company sizes and industries including vehicle importation and distribution, broadcasting and the finance sector. Aaron is a full member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Auckland University.
CEO Turners Automotive Retail
Greg joined Turners in 2017 as CEO of the Automotive Retail division, with responsibility for Turners Cars, Trucks & Machinery and the Damaged & End of Life business. He is an experienced automotive executive and has previously held a number of senior roles with BMW Group NZ and Armstrong Motor Group. With a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in marketing from Auckland University he has successfully completed numerous marketing roles, followed by a number of years working for Saatchi & Saatchi in NZ and other advertising agencies overseas. Greg brings a strong strategic sales and marketing focus to his current role.
Group General Manager Insurance
James is responsible for the sustainable and profitable growth of DPL Insurance and leads the company’s focus on delivering outstanding outcomes for our customers. James has over 30 years’ experience in the New Zealand insurance industry with his previous roles encompassing all aspects of insurance; sales and marketing, intermediated distribution management and underwriting including portfolio acquisitions. James joined Turners Automotive Group in 2011 and holds a Diploma of Business (Marketing) from Auckland University.
Group Chief Digital Officer
Jeremy joined Turners Automotive Group in 2009. His current role involves leading the operation of our group IT services and product functions, as well as leading the adoption of new technologies, business models, and channels to transform Turners’ digital capabilities. Jeremy brings over 20 years of IT experience having worked on several large transformational IT programmes in NZ and Australia, most notably in the insurance sector. Jeremy holds degrees in Law and Arts from Auckland University.
CEO EC Credit Control
Matt joined EC Credit Control in 2003 and has worked in many different areas of the business prior to becoming CEO in 2021. He holds a business degree from Massey University and has a strong technology focus to drive better outcomes. With a long career in the credit management industry, Matt brings a wealth of experience and expertise.
Group General Manager People & Culture
Maryanne joined Turners in 2019. She has 20 years of experience as a Human Resources Professional in a broad range of industries in New Zealand. These include automotive, financial services, insurance, environmental solutions, importation and distribution. Maryanne has led multiple transformational people projects across a number of businesses.
COO Oxford Finance
Guy joined Turners in 2018, and is responsible for Finance and Operations at Oxford Finance. Before joining Turners Guy held a number of roles in the banking industry, including 3 years working in London for Mizuho Bank in corporate finance. Guy is a chartered accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Otago University.
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