Our staff

James Palmer Chief Executive
Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Political Studies) (Auckland)
James served on our board as a director before stepping into the CEO role in December 2015. Previously he has worked for Palmer and Associates as a commercial lawyer. His expertise has been a valuable asset to Christian Savings. James has a passion for the work we do at Christian Savings and the churches and charities we are able to work alongside.
Bruce Anderson Chief Financial Officer
Bruce Anderson is the Chief Financial Officer for Christian Savings. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and member of the Institute of Directors. He has over twenty five years’ experience in the financial services sector working in senior financial positions for companies such as UDC Finance and ANZ Bank. Bruce has significant experience in the implementation of new software solutions and the development of management information systems. Through his experience on various boards he has acquired excellent governance skills. He attends Windsor Park Baptist Church and has been the Chairman of the Board for Rhema Media Incorporated since 2012.
Grace Lim Office Manager
Bachelor of Ministries, Qualified Chartered Secretary.
Grace is our longest serving staff member of over ten years. Previously she has worked for DBS Capital Investments (a subsidiary of the Development Bank of Singapore), as well as a Youth Worker in a secondary school. Grace has excellent rapport with our clients and is a vital member of our team.
Dan Mazengarb Senior Lender
Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Economics and Political Science)
Dan started at Christian Savings in March 2017 as our in-house lawyer. Previously Dan worked as a commercial lawyer in Tauranga and at Z Energy head office in Wellington. He is passionate about our vision and is responsible for administering the legal operations of Christian Savings.
Janny Kusno Assistant Administrator
Bachelor of Civil Engineering
Janny joined the Christian Savings team in early 2016. Janny has worked in a variety of roles including serving in a church office. She is a great addition to our team and works on the day-to- day running tasks of the organisation, answering client queries and assisting our depositors with their accounts.
Ben McGillicudy Admin Support
Ben joined the Christian Savings team in early 2016. He is currently a student at Carey Baptist College studying toward a Bachelor of Applied Theology. As Admin Support, he is helping to obtain documents from our customers confirming their identity, as required by the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009. If you have any queries or questions about these requirements, Ben would love to assist you over the phone.
Cynthia Alafriz Office Administrator
Cynthia joined the Christian Savings team in May 2018. Previously in a Project Management and Administration role, as well as working on employee relations, marketing and customer support. Cynthia assists the Christian Savings team in answering client queries, managing documents as well as assisting our Chief Executive.
Ziwei Gong Accountant
Master of Professional Accounting (AUT)
Ziwei, one of our new accountants, joined the Christian Savings team in March 2018. Previously Ziwei worked in accounting practices in construction, public security and rest home industries. He assists the CFO in preparing all the necessary reports and accounts for our reporting, management and compliance obligations, as well as assisting the Senior Lender in credit analysis, loan reviews and risk control.
Alex Perkins Marketing & Customer Relations Co-ordinator
Bachelor of Business (Marketing & Entrepreneurship) Certificate in Christian Ministry
Alex joined the Christian Savings team November 2017. Previously she has worked in creative marketing and customer support roles for tertiary institutions and served in a variety of ministry roles. Alex is passionate about communicating the vision and mission of Christian Savings and helping our customers to have the best possible service.