Our People

Fifo Capital International

Nigel Thomson

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Nigel founded Fifo Capital and worked as a pilot-Franchisee before establishing the wider Franchise structure across New Zealand and Australia. He has a hands-on operational role in Fifo Capital International Ltd. His experience includes: Managing Director for a new technology company; General Manager and owner of a chain of childcare centres; owner of a national finance brokering company; Managing Director and owner of Australasia’s largest independently owned bookkeeping business with more than 175 franchises; Business Finance Manager for BNZ Finance Limited, and; Business Finance Acquisition Manager for Bank of New Zealand.

Simon Thomson

Director, Operations and Risk

Simon worked with Nigel in the inception stages of Fifo Capital before moving into a business development role with a full-service factoring company, a role he held for more than 10 years. He has now completed a full circle and is back with Fifo Capital where his experience and skill set provide value and guidance to Business Partners and other team members across a range of business disciplines. As a former owner of an SME, Simon understands the importance of cash flow and working capital. He is tertiary qualified and has had international experience having previously lived and worked in Asia and Europe.

Will Roffe

Group Content Manager

Will started his working career as a banker before joining a national retailer as their Marketing Manager where he established a successful Direct Marketing operation. Following this experience, he entered the world of Advertising in both Australia and New Zealand, working across many industry sectors for leading Ad and DM agencies, including: Saatchi & Saatchi, Colenso, Ogilvy, McCann-Erickson, DMB&B, Lavender, Frank and Robbins Brandt Richter. Now with Fifo Capital, Will puts his expertise to work to translate finance-jargon into everyday sensible-speak that engages with the business community.

Eliza Howie

Group Office Manager

Eliza ensures the smooth day to day running of the Fifo Capital head franchisor office. Her responsibilities within Fifo Capital cover financial management functions, including invoicing and supplier management, as well as country Master Franchisee support. Much of Eliza’s daily work is acting in a coordination support role of Master Franchisee needs in respect to marketing and administrative requirements. Before joining Fifo Capital, Eliza was living in the United Kingdom with her previous role being key support to L’Oreal top-level management.

Fifo Capital Country Master Partners

John Blackmore

England and Wales

John is a recognised leader in the Invoice Finance industry having specialised in the industry for the past 13 years. John has experienced senior roles in the likes of HSBC and Bibby Financial Services where he established the New Zealand operations. He is passionate about the Fifo Capital business having worked in Fifo Capital International operations and has supported the business since inception in 2005.  John is committed to supporting business partners in helping them achieve their own business aspirations while developing a national network of intermediaries.

Staale Aasestrand

England and Wales

An experienced, knowledgeable and well-networked Credit Management and Debt Purchase Business specialist with more than 25 years’ experience in the European credit management industry, focusing on debt collection and acquisition of pools of distressed consumer loans and credit cards. Staale was one of the founders of Aktiv Kapital ASA (now PRA group Europe), and a member of the Board of Directors from 2001 to 2006. From June 2006 to May 2008 he held a senior Executive Director position at Morgan Stanley as their Head of Principal Investments, Europe. Since June 2008 he has been the CEO of Experto Credite Ltd where he was the co-founder.

Declan Devlin

Ireland and Scotland

Prior to Fifo Capital, Declan owned and operated two successful retail businesses in England and Ireland.  His decision to join Fifo Capital and head its Northern and Southern Ireland operations was logical as it made of his skills and experience from 15 years of managing all facets of business trade, from finances to staff management. Working with Declan is his wife Agnes. Agnes brings a background in accounts and administration and a degree in Banking and Finance.

Neil McMillan

Canada

Neil comes from an accounting and corporate finance specialist background having worked for many leading invoice finance companies in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Prior to establishing Fifo Capital Canada, Neil was CEO for Fifo Capital’s Australian operations, and successfully spearheaded this operation to the largest and most successful in the group.

Wayne Morris

Australia

Wayne comes from an accounting and corporate finance specialist background having worked for Grant Thornton, London where he held a senior position in Government Advisory for corporate finance. Prior to joining Fifo Capital, Wayne was Head of the UK market for one of the UK’s leading Supply Chain Finance and Invoice finance Fintech platforms.

Simon Thomson

New Zealand

Simon worked with Nigel in the inception stages of Fifo Capital before moving into a business development role with a full-service factoring company, a role he held for more than 10 years. He has now completed a full circle and is back with Fifo Capital where his experience and skill set provide value and guidance to Business Partners and other team members across a range of business disciplines. As a former owner of an SME, Simon understands the importance of cash flow and working capital. He is tertiary qualified and has had international experience having previously lived and worked in Asia and Europe.

Franchisee and Client Testimonials

"The decision to join Fifo Capital has delivered beyond my wildest dreams. On the earnings front, by my sixth month in business I had already exceeded my goals for the first year. I hit the $1million mark in finance written for the month in my 12th month. The average monthly business I have written for the last 12 months is $2.7million."

− Mark Edwards - Australian Franchisee

"Fifo Capital really is better than the rest. It’s a great mix of people and the support available is comprehensive and always there when you need it. I’m very lucky that I get to work with people I like, while growing both my business and those of my clients even further. If you have the capability for this business it’s brilliant – you just have to get into it!"

− Andrew Dunning - New Zealand Franchisee

"Fifo Capital has a winning combination of the right product and a growing market, so presents great scope to make money if you have the right kind of experience and enjoy helping people. Being part of a small, fast, flexible business means that I can focus on my customers and on finding the creative solutions they need to solve their lending challenges."

− Melissa Johnson - New Zealand Franchisee

"Fifo Capital were an integral part of getting our business growth happening. Using them to provide cashflow whilst waiting for government funds to flow into the business meant we could expand at three times the rate; this growth then led to the business being able to gain other contracts due our size. They were extremely flexible about payment timings and on call whenever needed. Their ability to alter the level of advancements against invoices meant we only had to pay for the part we needed advancing. There is no way a bank would be that flexible or reasonable in their costs. I would highly recommend their services to any developing business."

− Go Green, NSW Australia

"Fifo Capital easily met my short deadline and delivered exactly what he promised at a time when the growth of my business required our debtor funds to survive. Fifo Capital's support allowed our business to grow at a rate that would not have been possible without this funding facility. "

− Packaging Company, Victoria, Australia

"Fifo Capital are co-operative and nothing is too difficult - I have a very good working relationship with them. They're excellent at what they do, open to ideas, easy to contact and quick to reply"

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