Our People

Our team are experienced professionals, committed to growing Wairarapa and helping locals achieve a great life in a special place.

Paul Bywater

Paul Bywater

CEO

Paul is a Chartered Accountant and since returning from the UK in 2004, has operated in senior financial management roles for some of New Zealand’s major corporates including Meridian Energy, NZ Post and as Group Treasurer for the Todd Corporation. Prior to this Paul worked for global accountancy firm KPMG for 10 years both here and in London, working across their audit, corporate finance and insolvency practices.

Andrew Bond

Andrew Bond

Operations Manager

Andrew was Business Manager of a respected local Chartered Accountancy firm before joining WBS. He has a wealth of experience in all areas of operations management, with particular expertise in the fishing industry. He’s a local lad who traded in the bright lights of Auckland to return to his roots in Wairarapa, bringing his family with him.

Lisa Robinson

Lisa Robinson

Mobile Mortgage Manager

Lisa is a born and bred Wairarapa resident. She and her family live in Carterton and she enjoys making the most of the outdoors. You may see her ‘pounding the pavement’ in the early hours of the morning. Lisa is out and about in the Wairarapa assisting lending clients with their mortgage requirements. She has extensive lending experience having worked in the industry for over 12 years and can meet you at the time and place that suits you.

Sasha Bain

Sasha Bain

Loan Operations Manager

Sasha is Masterton born and bred and joined WBS in 2017. She’s a dedicated musician and has played drums for the Masterton Brass Band and other music groups, alongside her father and daughter.

Dianne Reid

Dianne Reid

Loans Officer

Dianne has a large family waiting for her when she gets home each night – 1 husband, 3 dogs and 1 cat! She is a member of the local Dog Agility Club and holds NZ titles. She is often to be found at competitions at weekends or training her new Border Collie puppy. Dianne hails from Auckland originally, making the move to the Wairarapa with her then Fire Chief husband, many years ago.

Rachael Denniston

Rachael Denniston

Loans Officer

She is a local girl, born and bred in the Wairarapa, who left to study for her degree at the University of Canterbury, before heading for the bright lights of Melbourne, returning home in 2016. Having purchased her first home in 2018 and working in the loans team, Rachael is well qualified to support first home buyers.

Melissa McKenzie

Melissa McKenzie

Loans Officer

Melissa has a great history with WBS having been a staff member in the 80’s before leaving to start her family. She’s now come full circle and in 2016 returned to the WBS team, as loans officer. In her spare time she keeps busy assisting on the family farm.

Kathryn Forsyth

Kathryn Forsyth

System/Fund Manager

Wairarapa born and bred Kathryn has had a long career in banking having worked for one of the ‘big four’ banks from leaving school. Kathryn joined WBS 9 years ago and is the face of investments for us. Kathryn enjoys spending time with her family and getting out and about walking.

Jack Larson

Jack Larson

Accountant

Jack Larson is a well-travelled and experienced accountant. Jack is originally from Auckland and landed in the Wairarapa via London. Jack’s happiest when deep in spreadsheeting. When it comes to getting the bills paid he’s the man.

Lois Foster

Lois Foster

Customer Services Officer

Lois is an animal lover and frequently rescues strays. Lois is one of the friendly faces greeting visitors. Lois has seen WBS through many changes being with us for over 30 years.

Anna Keane

Anna Keane

Customer Services Officer

Originally from Auckland, Anna moved to Masterton with husband Dave in 2008 to raise their two lovely daughters and enjoy the relaxed lifestyle of the Wairarapa. As a family they are keen campers, trampers and hunters and enjoy spending time in the stunning Tararua Ranges.