MTF Finance was founded as a co-operative, and that same spirit lives on in how we govern today.

Our Board of Directors represent the interests of our shareholders and other stakeholders. They provide independent and experienced guidance, and are responsible for setting the course of our overall direction.

We are committed to driving a culture that values diverse thinking and inclusion. This approach enables discussion and sharing of ideas that help us create a stronger business.

Stephen Higgs

Chairman & independent director


Appointed 2006

Stephen is a managing partner at Polson Higgs, Chartered Accountants.

He is Chairman of Mt Difficulty Wines, Polson Higgs Wealth Management, Immune Solutions, and South Link Health. He’s a director of CRT, Cumberland Property Group, Cumberland Rural Properties, Polson Higgs Administration and various other Polson Higgs companies, Incompass, Otago Innovation, MTF Securities, MTFS Holdings, MTF Leasing, MTF Direct, MTF Treasury and MTF Finance.

Stephen is a councillor on the University of Otago Council and two Otago Federated Farmers Trusts.

Scott Creahan

Independent director

BCom (Hons)

Appointed 2013

Scott has a background in corporate and institutional banking, with a specific focus on the corporate finance and structured finance sectors. He worked with Westpac for 16 years, culminating in six years as the head of the Westpac Institutional Bank Securitisation team.

Scott is a director of MTF Securities, MTF Direct, MTF Treasury, MTF Leasing, MTFS Holdings, Dr Maria Pearse Associates and South Head Capital.

Geoffrey Kenny

Shareholder director

Appointed 2011

Geoff has been a shareholder of MTF Finance since 1994.

He started as a motor vehicle dealer in Rotorua, and now owns an MTF Finance franchise, Geoff Kenny Limited, in Lower Hutt.

Noel Johnston

Shareholder director

Appointed 2019

Noel has been a shareholder of MTF Finance since 1985.

He started as a motor vehicle dealer in Dunedin and is now a director of three MTF Finance franchises: Noel Johnston Limited, Johnston Hall Limited and Johnston Bentley Limited, based in Dunedin, Invercargill and Central Otago respectively.

Brent Robertson

Shareholder director

Appointed 2011

Brent has been a shareholder of MTF Finance since 1985.

He started as a motor vehicle dealer and is now a director of three MTF Finance franchises in Christchurch: O’Connell Robertson Limited, Ferguson Robertson Limited, and Jordan Robertson Limited.

Grant Woolford

Shareholder director

Appointed 2018

Grant has been in the motorcycle industry for over 25 years.

He’s been involved with MTF Finance through Cyclespot Group, New Zealand’s largest retail motorcycle company.

Grant has been Managing Director of Cyclespot Group since 2000.

Shareholder Director nomination

Nominations to the MTF Finance board can be made by any shareholder qualified to attend and vote at the AGM. Nominations must be signed by the shareholder and contain written confirmation by the nominee of their willingness to be elected.

To be nominated as a director, a candidate must be a shareholder originator of MTF Finance, in accordance with the Company’s constitution.

Information for candidates