Specialist Knowledge you can trust

We help you grow your business with specialised finance for the vehicle import industry. With years of experience, expert knowledge and an inside view of the industry, our shareholders can be trusted to help you make the best choices for your business.


John Laird

Managing Director

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John has had 35 years’ experience in the Banking and Finance sector, and was one of the founders of Blackbird Finance. He has held the position of Managing Director since 2008.

Before founding Blackbird, John was an Executive Director of New Zealand investment bank Fay, Richwhite & Company for 13 years. He went on to join ANZ Securities as Joint Managing Director in 1995, before becoming head of ANZ New Zealand’s Investment Bank for 6 years.

John holds degrees in Law and Commerce from Auckland University.


Richard Laird

Finance Director

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Richard’s extensive knowledge of the industry comes from over 30 years’ experience in finance, investment, software and property.

Before joining Blackbird, Richard worked for a range of private and listed entities in New Zealand and overseas. Richard has a degree in Commerce and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.


Geoff Sinclair

Business Development Director

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Geoff has worked in the Banking and Finance sector for approximately 20 years. He was appointed as Business Development Director in June 2012.

After initially working in investment banking in the UK, the majority of Geoff’s experience in the finance sector has focused in and around the motor vehicle industry; he has extensive experience in import, wholesale, retail finance, and operations.

Geoff holds a degree in Commerce from Auckland University.

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