Our executive Team

 
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Mel Gollan

Founder CEO

Mel is a Kiwi woman with a real passion for developing solutions that just do things that are better faster and smarter so we can all get on with the fun stuff!

She has spent years working on the front lines of expensing and merchant management and knows the how painful and clunky bookkeeping is - which is often done in family time. She knew there was a better solution and has development the only product that can fully automate this process.

Mel is from Te Rarawa and is Mum to two boys, she loves sports and cooking.

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Nadja Schlössel

COO

Nadja flew in from Germany where she worked for one of the most well known German FinTechs - figo - in Hamburg. Within figo’s leadership team she was one of the central personalities to secure a € 7M funding and grow figo from 20 to around 65 employees. First responsible for figo’s Global Strategy and Brand and later as Head of Product Strategy she helped transform a tiny start-up into a player trusted by banks as much as other FinTechs. Before figo, she was consulting banks and insurers in innovation management, digital trends and new business models/strategies. She is a Senior Adviser at FinTech Forum DACH and author of many FinTech related articles, blogs, podcasts, and a known speaker at European industry events.

The first thing she did after immigrating to New Zealand was converting a bare ford transit van into a fully insulated (yes, it is too cold in NZ’s winter) camper - enjoying the kiwi way of life with her kiwi partner including a lot of tramping and outdoor activities.

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Richard Burge

Virtual CFO

Richard has significant tax consulting experience, initially with the Inland Revenue Department and then over twenty years in a large accounting practice. Richard has acted for a range of clients, including businesses in the trades, professional services, retail, manufacturing, exporting and high growth technology industries. He acts for several clients on the National Business Review Rich List.

He has an accounting degree and a tax consulting diploma from Massey University. Richard is a chartered accountant.

Richard is married to Kaye and has two daughters at university. For fun Richard rides a Harley Davidson Night Rod Special, reads science fiction and is undertaking post grad study.

 
 
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Jesse Whitham

Chief Technology Officer

Jesse has extensive experience in IT, from starting out at as an IT Administrator migrating away from legacy systems to virtualised infrastructure and supporting systems.

He moved into Software Development for an Automated Vulnerability Scanning company, bringing an initial prototype to a full product used Globally, where he lead a team of developers.

The next challenge was in one of New Zealand’s largest loyalty scheme provider where he built Cloud Infrastructure to support a modern DataLake which was used to transform and manage one of New Zealand’s biggest datasets.

Jesse studied a Bachelor of Science - Majoring in Computer Science with an Outside Major in Information Systems.

When Jesse isn't wrangling the tech team and building cool new products he spends his time fixing his yacht for adventures and biking around.

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Mindy Augustine

Country Head USA

Mindy has over 10 years of sales experience in the medical, pharmaceutical and nutrition industry. She was the Executive Director of a non-profit organization for 8 years where she organized fundraising efforts, organized event coverage and did all of the back-office work.

She has over 15 years of experience going through the excruciating pain of receipts, expenses, and tax reports. Mindy knew she had to be a part of RIP Global as soon as she knew RIP could eliminate this awful task from her life. She also knew she had to help get RIP into the hands of others so that they could live a happier, more productive life! She is also especially interested in the transparency side of RIP and how it can save the US government millions of dollars in taxpayer money.

Mindy lives in the beautiful city of Jacksonville, Florida with her husband and two teenage boys. When she is not working, she and her family are either at the beach or busy with sports, boating and travelling.