Who are we?

New Ground Capital was established to create innovative capital and investment opportunities for the benefit of New Zealand and New Zealanders.
Our mission is to identify areas of untapped capital demand and investment appetite, and to develop new solutions that fulfill those opportunities. We do this by combining our extensive financial expertise with the application of Kiwi ingenuity to create new models and genuinely innovative solutions.

In a very real sense, we are breaking new ground in the local financial market.

What do we do?

Build to Rent Investing - We were the first business in New Zealand focused on the development and management of Build to Rent (Multi Family) housing.  Since 2015 we've initiated the development of 484 new dwellings through our developments in Auckland and Queenstown.

Impact Investing - We believe that investing in for-profit businesses that also seek to make a meaningful contribution at the societal or environmental level is simply good investing. In 2018 we launched the Impact Enterprise Fund and are working toward the launch of the Housing Impact Fund

Greg Horton Board Chair greg.horton@hhl.co.nz

Greg Horton
Board Chair

Greg is one of the founding directors of Harmos Horton Lusk, an Auckland-based specialist corporate legal advisory firm.

In his legal practice, he specialises in M&A transactions (public and private), takeovers, corporate law, governance, strategic and board advice and also structures and advice for high net worth families.

He is a director of Fulton Hogan Limited, New Zealand Funds Management Limited, Team New Zealand Limited and Tappenden Holdings Limited, and is a trustee, director and investment committee member of a number of other entities.

Roy Thompson Co-Founder, Managing Director roy@newground.co.nz

Roy Thompson
Co-Founder, Managing Director

Roy has 25 years experience in local and international financial markets and 18 years of successful entrepreneurial activity across a range of industries. He's known as lateral thinker who combines clear strategic thinking with attention to detail. 

During his banking career Roy was involved in creating and leading a number of successful businesses. In the 90's he was a member of the team that established the National Bank Private Bank. He then joined Deutsche Bank Private Wealth Management in Asia and was subsequently appointed Global Head of Product Management and Investment Services, based in London.  More recently, Roy led Westpac’s national Private Wealth Management business and the Business Bank for the Auckland region.

Roy has been involved in a number of businesses reflecting his interests in hospitality, aviation, construction and conservation.

Roy was a founding board member of the Westpac Massey Financial Education and Research Centre, which promotes financial literacy in NZ and previously chaired the establishment board of the Remarkables Primary School in Queenstown.

Outside of business, Roy enjoys working on the Mamaku Point Conservation Reserve with his family, is a regular hunter and diver and holds a private pilots license.

Brian Collins Co-Founder, Non-Executive Director brian@newground.co.nz

Brian Collins
Co-Founder, Non-Executive Director

Brian has a depth of legal and financial experience along with proven entrepreneurial flair as co-founder of a number of successful New Zealand companies in the hospitality and technology sectors.

Originally from Ireland, Brian qualified as a lawyer in Ireland and New York, working with leading Irish law firm McCann FitzGerald, as well as PricewaterhouseCoopers in Dublin and London.

During his early career he specialised in commercial law, taxation and international structuring, advising leading financial institutions during the nascent days of the International Financial Services Centre in Dublin.

Prior to focussing on his entrepreneurial interests, Brian spent seven years in senior roles with Deutsche Bank in Singapore and Auckland, including as Asia Pacific Head of Fiduciary Services.

Brian and his family have been based in Auckland since 2001.  As a proud Irish Kiwi he has served for a number of years on the Board of Trustees of the Ireland Fund of New Zealand, assisting with the strengthening of cultural and educational links between Ireland and New Zealand. He is also a lifelong Liverpool FC fan, who enjoys rugby, golf, diving and good banter.

Jonathan Holden LLB B.Com CFA Chief Operating Officer, Executive Director jonathan@newground.co.nz

Jonathan Holden LLB B.Com CFA
Chief Operating Officer, Executive Director

Jonathan has nearly 20 years experience in banking and investment management.

Before joining New Ground he was Global Head of Liquidity Risk Management for Westpac Banking Corporation and Head of NZ Trading Risk Management, a role in which he oversaw the Treasury and Financial Markets activities through a period of unprecedented turbulence and regulatory change.

Jonathan’s experience spans funds administration, wealth management, credit risk and project management for organisations including Credit Suisse, Vontobel, Bank of New York, Henderson Investors & Jacques Martin, in various locations around Europe and NZ. 

As COO Jonathan takes primary responsibly for ensuring the smooth running of all operational and regulatory compliance aspects of the business.  The breadth of Jonathan’s experience from his well travelled and diverse career make him uniquely suited to this key role within New Ground.

Jonathan is married with two daughters and is a keen fisherman, skier, runner, occasional tennis player and general sports fan.

Matt Heal Property Director matt@newground.co.nz

Matt Heal
Property Director

Matt joined NGC in August 2016 to lead our development management activities. He has led a significant number of major infrastructure and building projects through the planning, design, procurement and construction phases. 

Matt has spent much of his career working on the largest regeneration project in Europe, the transformation of East London for the 2012 Olympic Games, which was widely received as defining best practice in a range of areas. 

After returning to NZ Matt joined AECOM to head their national Construction Services business overseeing a team of Project Managers working on some of New Zealand’s largest civic and commercial projects. He was also the sector lead for AECOM’s work in Residential markets.

Bruce Sheppard Non-Executive Director

Bruce Sheppard
Non-Executive Director

Bruce co-founded accounting firm Gilligan Sheppard in 1985. His longstanding advocacy on behalf of investors led to him founding the NZ Shareholders Association in 2001, which he chaired until 2010.

He was appointed to the Financial Markets Authority establishment board and was subsequently appointed an Associate Member of the FMA board. Bruce has experience in all aspects of the capital markets in NZ including the inner functioning of regulators, listed companies and market intermediaries.

He regularly lectures on investing principles, governance and economic issues, as well as participating both publicly and privately in significant policy settings. Bruce is a shareholder and\or director of a number of private companies, including New Ground Capital.

Joy Marslin Consultant

Joy Marslin

Joy’s career within the financial services industry spans 30 years and most recently she ran the Westpac Private Wealth Management business.

In addition to her consulting work, Joy is the Chair of KiwiSaver provider Simplicity NZ Ltd and on the Boards of Auckland Foundation and Assistance Dogs New Zealand.

Joy is a member of various investment, risk and governance committees and is a panel member for Financial Services Complaints Ltd.

Joy has worked with New Ground Capital as a Consultant to their fund business since 2016.

Pierre de Weck Senior Adviser

Pierre de Weck
Senior Adviser

Pierre has an extensive background in wealth management and private equity.  Based in Europe, he is currently a director of Bank of America Corporation and special advisor to General Atlantic Partners – a leading global growth equity investment partnership.

Pierre has held senior positions at Deutsche Bank AG including being a member of the Group Executive Committee and Global Head of Private Wealth Management. 

He was also a member of the Group Executive Board at UBS AG and CEO of UBS Capital.

He has served on the boards of directors at chemical companies Rhodia SA and Clariant International Inc and was chairman of the Supervisory Board at Sal. Oppenheim Group. 

Pierre is deeply involved in supporting contemporary art and is a passionate sailor. 

Shamubeel Eaqub Adviser

Shamubeel Eaqub

Shamubeel is an accomplished and respected economist, consultant and public speaker.  He lives in Auckland with his wife and son. 

He is currently partner at Sense Partners, a boutique economic consultancy. He has a regular column for that appears in Sunday Star Times. He contributes weekly to RadioLive and fortnightly to Radio NZ.

Shamubeel previously worked at Statistics New Zealand, and ANZ Bank in Wellington and Melbourne. He was the New Zealand economist and property analyst for Goldman Sachs JBWere – a global investment bank in Auckland. He was principal economist at the NZ Institute of Economic Research (NZIER), an independent economic consultancy. 

Shamubeel is a member of the CFA Institute and the Institute of Directors.