• Mark Butcher

    Chief Executive

    Mark was appointed Chief Executive of the New Zealand Local Government Funding Agency effective 1 August 2014.

    His prior role was Treasurer at Auckland Council since establishment in November 2010. Formerly he has held senior trading and sales roles across derivative, interest rate and debt products at the National Bank of New Zealand and Westpac Institutional Bank and in the wealth management sector as Chief Investment Officer at Perpetual Capital and General Manager of AllianceBernstein New Zealand. Mark is currently the Chair of New Plymouth PIF Guardians, Chair of Waikato Tainui Group Investment Committee and a member of the Nominations Committee for Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation. 

    He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Auckland University and is a CFA charter holder.

  • Neil Bain

    Chief Financial Officer

    Neil joined LGFA as Chief Financial Officer in March 2012.

    Neil was previously at The Treasury as the Head of Accounting and Transactional Services for the New Zealand Debt Management Office (NZDMO) where he was responsible for managing NZDMO’s financial accounting, forecasting and operational functions. Prior to NZDMO, Neil worked for the Reserve Bank of NZ in a variety of roles including financial markets risk policy, financial accounting and treasury operations management.

    Neil is currently the Independent Chair of the Risk and Audit Committee, Central Hawkes Bay District Council.

  • Andrew Michl

    Senior Manager, Credit and Client Relations

    Andrew joined LGFA as Manager, Credit and Client Relations on 11 June 2012. Andrew was previously Senior Fixed Interest Manager at OnePath. His primary responsibility was analysing and investing in high quality corporate bonds and local authority stock for OnePath's New Zealand fixed interest portfolios. Prior to working at OnePath, Andrew was the Manager NZ Fixed Interest for ANZ Funds Management based in Melbourne.

  • Jane Phelan

    Operations Manager

    Jane joined LGFA as Operations Manager on 1 July 2014. Previously, Jane was Transactional Services Manager for the New Zealand Debt Management Office where she held the senior transactional and relationship management roles in NZDMO's financial markets operations.  Jane brings to LGFA significant financial markets operations experience, including detailed knowledge of securities tender and settlements functions.

  • Koshick Ranchhod

    Risk and Compliance Manager

    Koshick joined LGFA as Manager, Risk and Compliance in February 2016. Koshick was previously a Portfolio Risk Manager, responsible for managing the interest rate risk of the balance sheet at Westpac Institutional Bank. Prior to Westpac, Koshick has worked in a variety of roles as a Treasury consultant, Quantitative risk analyst for the NZDMO, Money market portfolio manager and as an Actuarial Analyst.

  • Ariadne Clarke

    Transactional Services Officer

    Ariadne joined LGFA as Transactional Services Officer in April 2017. Previously, Ariadne worked for a real estate agency supporting agents with the administration and marketing of their business.  Prior to this, Ariadne worked at Inland Revenue in a variety roles, which included tax law analysis and tax audit. Ariadne brings to LGFA significant administrative and accounting experience.

  • Sumitha Kaluarachi

    Manager, Treasury and External Relationships

    Sumitha joined LGFA as Manager, Treasury and External Relationships on 13 August 2018. Sumitha was previously Treasury Analyst at Auckland Council Treasury since establishment in 2010. His previous roles included working for Auckland Regional Council (ARC), Fonterra Corp Group, Grandy’s Corporate Office, which owned and operated 60+ restaurants in 8 states in the USA and for ABN AMRO (Sri Lanka). Sumitha has experience in Treasury, Financial analysis and Equity markets. He holds a Bachelor of Specialised Studies in Business Finance from Ohio University, Ohio, USA.

  • Nick Howell

    Head of Sustainability

    Nick joined LGFA as Head of Sustainability effective 26 April 2021. Nick has a Debt Capital Markets background starting out in London before moving to Sydney in 1998 with ANZ. He joined Toronto Dominion’s DCM team in Sydney in 2001 before moving back to London with TD in 2005. In 2007 he rejoined ANZ in London and worked closely on the development of the Kauri market with his next move being taking him to Westpac in Auckland in 2008 as Head of Debt Securities & Hybrids. When leaving Westpac in 2013, Nick joined KangaNews for 15 months before setting up Nikau Research, which has largely focused on DCM related projects.

    He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loughborough University. Nick is a fluent French speaker which he has put to good use as TLO for the French national rugby sevens team for the NZ leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series.

  • Maya Ranzinger

    Database and Credit Analyst

    Maya joined LGFA as a Risk and Credit Analysis intern in November 2020. Her focus lies in data analysis and optimisation.

    At the same time, Maya is working toward a double bachelor majoring in Finance and Mechanical Engineering at Auckland University of Technology on two scholarships, and is an Executive Member of the University’s Investment Club. Previously, Maya has had experience in Database analysis at Barfoot & Thompson, and in Project Management in Osaka, Japan.