Our Staff

Tobias Taylor, Chief Executive Officer

Tobias has built a successful career in banking and financial services over the last 20 years with roles in London, Wellington and Hawke’s Bay. His last role was as the national Head of Wealth Management for AdviceFirst before joining Midlands Mortgage Trust as the CEO in July 2019.

Tobias is an Authorised Financial Adviser (AFA), Certified Financial Planner (CFP), is a member of Financial Advice New Zealand (FANZ) and the Institute of Directors (IoD). He sits on the board of Presbyterian Support East Coast (PSEC) and is a member of their Audit and Risk Committee.

Outside of office hours Tobias enjoys surfing, coaching rugby and spending time with his family at his Central Hawke’s Bay bach.

Contact Tobias at
Mobile: 021 286 24278

Doug Bailey, Commercial Manager

Doug comes to Midlands Mortgage Trust from a background of audit and assurance, business analysis and commercial management.  As a Chartered Accountant specialising in audit, he worked with financial advisers and financial institutions including credit unions, building societies and friendly societies.  Doug grew up on a Southern Hawke’s Bay farm and subsequently on a family orchard south of Hastings.  He has been back in Hawke’s Bay for over two decades and has two children born here.  Doug is a Justice of the Peace and is involved in jujitsu at local, national and international levels.

Contact Doug at
Mobile: 027 224 1358

Mark Hardman, Senior Loans Manager

Mark comes to Midlands Mortgage Trust from a strong background in banking and finance, having held senior positions in both New Zealand and Internationally. More recently he has owned his own finance company and is also currently the president of Hawkes Bay Debt Advisory a registered charity assisting the local community and promoting financial literacy. Mark has a postgraduate diploma in Management & Business, he enjoys golf, reading and spending time with his family

Contact Mark at
Mobile: 027 354 7223

Elliott Jackson, Investment Manager

Elliott joined Midlands in October 2019. Elliott’s primary responsibilities are to assist new and existing investors with Midlands.

Elliott comes to Midlands with over 30 years in financial services in the United Kingdom, Jersey and New Zealand. More recently, Elliott acted as the regional manager – Hawke’s Bay for Pie Funds, a well-known boutique fund manager based in Havelock North and Takapuna. Elliott and his partner are kept very busy outside of work with their two young children.

Contact Elliott at
Mobile: 027 523 3425

Wendy Babe, Loans Administration Supervisor and Analyst

Wendy monitors and reports on loans, as well as providing customer service. She has a background in commercial property finance and retail banking in New Zealand and overseas.

Wendy has returned home to Hawke’s Bay with her partner and daughter after ten years overseas in London and Sydney. In her spare time, Wendy enjoys travelling, paddle boarding, watching and playing sports, as well as spending time with family and friends.

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Jill Shipp, Loans Administration Supervisor And Analyst

Jill monitors and reports on loans, as well as providing customer service.

Jill has spent her entire working career in the banking sector, mostly with some of the main high street banks in the UK and New Zealand, with experience in a variety of different roles, from debt recovery to complaints handling and team management.  Outside of work, Jill lives in rural Hawke’s Bay with her husband and growing family of chickens, ducks and geese.

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Chandar Dudding, Loans and Administration Officer

Chandar is our loans and administration officer to help out with our growing loans portfolio and the increasing workload surrounding compliance. Chandar has previously had experience in the banking sector, a local law firm and administration of the family contracting business.

She and her partner are kept busy on their lifestyle block in Otane and in raising a growing family. She enjoys speedway and motorsports outside of work and is involved in breeding horses as well as competing in equestrian events.

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Leoni Potgieter, Investment & Accounts Administrator

Leoni joined Midlands in February 2020 as the Investment & Accounts Administrator. Her role includes supporting Doug with the financial requirements of the business, as well as supporting Elliott with new and existing investor requirements and administration.

Leoni moved to Hawke’s Bay from the Eastern Cape in South Africa in 2018. She studied Bookkeeping, Accounting and Small Business Management, and has several years’ experience in different financial and administrator roles. Leoni and her family spend their free time at the beach and exploring. She also enjoys painting landscapes.

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