Ruth Smithers

Chief Executive

Ruth has led the FinCap team since January 2021 and commutes from a small beach town outside of New Plymouth, to Te Whanganui-a-Tara each week. She is an experienced leader and senior executive in the not-for-profit and public sectors, in health and social services organisations, holding to a personal mission of every person gaining knowledge and agency to live their best lives. Prior to working for FinCap, Ruth was Deputy Chief Executive at Tui Ora, a large iwi-owned health and social services provider based in Taranaki. She relaxes with family, and lots of cooking efforts inspired by MasterChef.

Our People

Kerry Francis (Chair)

Jake Lilley

Senior Policy Advisor

Renee Rewi

Iuni Perez

Office Manager / Executive Assistant

Rosser Thornley

Theresa Alaimoana

Nige Cox

Training Programme Advisor

Paula Arkinstall

NZBA Programme Coordinator

Nicola Sladden

David Baines

Craig Stephen

Communications Advisor

Bella Tioro

Communities of Practice Advisor

Pushpa Wood

Rocky Webster

IT and Data Management Advisor

Donna Allan

Training Administrator

Jocelyn Kua

Communities of Practice Development Assistant

Ange Smart

MoneyTalks Team Lead