Executive Team

Executive Team

Glenys Talivai

Chief Executive Officer

Glenys joined Public Trust as CEO on 18 March 2019.

She is a highly regarded executive with significant leadership experience in the financial services sector. Past roles include General Manager – Customer Acquisition, Retention and Claims at Tower Insurance, as well as senior leadership positions at ANZ and the Medical Assurance Society.

She also served as Deputy Chair at the New Zealand Institute of Management and was the winner of the Young Executive of the Year at the Deloitte Top 200 awards in 2012.

Contact email: glenys.talivai@publictrust.co.nz


Chris East

Chief Information Officer

Chris was appointed as the Chief Information Officer for Public Trust in June 2020.

Chris has previously spent 11 years working at the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA), most recently in the role of Chief Advisor to the CEO. His other roles at the DIA have been as Acting Deputy CEO (Corporate Services) where he was responsible for leading a team of over 400 spanning finance, HR, ICT, property, communications, information management and security.

He also held the role of Chief information Officer at the DIA for four years with responsibility for the department’s technology strategy and delivery.

Chris represents the Executive as the only Wellington-based team member, so his cross functional experience along with his strong leadership and ability to shape positive working environments is hugely valuable.


David Callanan

Chief Legal and Risk Officer

David joined Public Trust as acting Chief Risk Officer in September 2019 and assumed the new permanent role of Chief Legal and Risk Officer three months later.

He was Chief Risk Officer at Tower for more than 3 years, where his team oversaw risk, compliance, legal and governance for the Tower group.

Prior to this, he was Chief Risk Officer at RACQ Insurance in Australia. He also spent 4 years at PwC in Australia and London.

Julian Travaglia, General Manager Retail at Public Trust

Julian Travaglia

General Manager – Retail Customers

Julian joined Public Trust in May 2018. He leads the company’s retail business, which is responsible for delivering exceptional experiences through the Customer Centres and specialised support functions throughout New Zealand.

As GM Retail, Julian also oversees the development and delivery of customer engagement, business development, and distribution strategies, and the management and development of the Public Trust brand.

Prior to joining Public Trust, Julian was CEO of New Zealand Home Loans. He also held senior retail sales and distribution roles with AIG, Activa Health, and AMP Financial Services.

Contact email: julian.travaglia@publictrust.co.nz

Andrew Hughes

Andrew Hughes

General Manager – Corporate Trustee Services

Andrew joined Public Trust in July 2019 as General Manager Corporate Trustee Services. His role involves managing the Corporate Trusts business for Public Trust, which includes the supervision of all forms of securities issues, as well as developing our Corporate Trust business. Andrew is a Chartered Accountant with particular expertise in the financial sectors of Asia and New Zealand, as well as corporate governance, operations and strategic planning.

Prior to joining Public Trust, he spent 15 years in Japan heading up Capital Services Group which managed acquired, originated and securitized real estate and loan asset portfolios (both performing and non-performing) on behalf of major international investors throughout Asia.

Andrew’s previous New Zealand experience included seven years with another Trustee Company, and four years with the Finance Company subsidiary of a major Australian Bank.

Andrew Bhimy

Andrew Bhimy

General Manager – People and Culture

Andrew joined Public Trust in August 2019. As General Manager People and Culture, Andrew is passionate about helping us achieve our goals through our people. Andrew is a Human Resources leader who has held executive roles across diverse sectors and was most recently Executive General Manager, People and Culture at the Manukau Institute of Technology. Prior to that, he spent 10 years with The Warehouse Group across several senior HR related roles.

Sarah Pepworth, GM Marketing and Customer Experience

Sarah Pepworth

General Manager – Marketing and Customer Experience

Sarah Pepworth joined Public Trust on November 2019 in the newly created executive role of GM Marketing and Customer Experience.

Sarah is an experienced brand and marketing communications leader, with a history of working in fast-paced, competitive organisations. This includes nearly 7 years in the UK’s telco industry at BT Group and included the role of Head of Marketing for Plusnet – BT’s value growth brand.

The last 2 years have seen her as Head of Marketing for New Zealand Steel and instrumental in the relaunch of the COLORSTEEL® brand.