Dr Rodger Spiller - Changing the world by making money matter
Rodger has had a long-standing passion for ethical investment. By age 13, it was clear to him that money and business had a major influence in the way the world works – for better or often worse. To Rodger, having a positive impact on the world through business was a logical strategy. So he decided to study accounting and economics, and learn the language of money.
During his studies in the 70s, the world was starting to change. New Zealand’s earliest ethical investors were beginning to emerge, and were vocally responding to Nelson Mandela’s calls to divest from South Africa. Rodger was inspired by these pioneers, and chose to focus his career on this new field. Alongside his work in the industry, he completed his Bachelor of Commerce in 1983, a Master of Commerce (First Class Honours) in 1990, and a PhD in 1999. Then, in 2002, as the official representative of NZ business at the World Summit for Sustainable Development, he found himself sitting just metres away from Nelson Mandela. That was the moment he knew he’d come full circle.
Today, Rodger is continuing to put his vast wealth of experience in ethical investing to good use with his boutique advisory business, Money Matters. He enjoys the daily opportunity to help his clients positively impact their finances, and the world.
Rodger’s vast knowledge of conventional and ethical investment is rooted in a life-long love of learning, and a rich history of academic success. His academic credentials include a:
- Bachelor of Commerce (1983), earning the Senior Prize in Accountancy for research on accounting for business social responsibility
- Management Diploma and postgraduate papers in Training and Development, Organisational Behaviour and Communication
- Master of Commerce degree (1990) (First Class Honours), including an internationally-presented thesis focusing on ethical investment
- Doctorate (1999) with a dissertation researching philosophy including virtue ethics, ethical investment and the development of responsible business leadership internationally and locally.
Rodger’s PhD research was published and presented at international academic conferences. He continues to research and write, and is regularly cited in academic and industry publications.
In addition to his excellent academic credentials, Rodger has a wealth of investment industry experience:
- 1988 - Rodger joined the Australasian investment managed funds and investment strategy research firm, IPAC Securities. As Executive Director for IPAC (NZ) he led the successful development of this business in New Zealand.
- 1989 - Rodger was on the Board of one of New Zealand's largest personal investment and financial planning firms.
- 1990 - Rodger started his own investment advisory firm, Money Matters (NZ) Limited.
- 1997 - The New Zealand Institute of Management awarded Rodger its Small Business Manager of the Year Award.
- 1999 - Rodger won the inaugural Good Returns New Zealand Financial Planner of the Year Award.
His experience also includes...
- Serving as a Director and Chairman of the Association of Investment Advisers and Financial Planners (IAFP), the national professional association of advisers.
- Being selected by the IAFP to prepare the original industry training syllabus and examination in 1988.
- Being a member of the International Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Council and its Education and Public Awareness Committees.
- Working with the International CFP Standards Board to bring the CFP professional certification to NZ.
- Representing New Zealand at the World Financial Planning Forum.
- Training many of the financial planners now working in New Zealand.
- Co-authoring the New Zealand Guide to Financial Planning.
- Authoring The Essential Guide to Financial Planning in New Zealand (CCH, 2000)
- Contributing four chapters to the Australian book Ethical Investment.
- Featuring extensively in the media, including as a financial advisor in the TV One series Money Doctor, on TV One's Breakfast programme and as a columnist.
Pioneering ethical investment in New Zealand
Rodger has long been at the forefront of New Zealand’s ethical investment industry. His pioneering work includes:
- Bringing the Ethical Investment Association Australasia (now the Responsible Investment Association Australasia) to New Zealand and being a Director for over 10 years
- Being New Zealand’s first financial advisor to receive the Ethical Investment Certification symbol.
- Being a Founding Member and Executive Director of NZ Businesses for Social Responsibility (now the Sustainable Business Network).
- Being Executive Director of the NZ Business Council for Sustainable Development (now the Sustainable Business Council)
- Representing New Zealand business at the United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002
- Co-creating the NZ Centre for Business Ethics and Sustainable Development and the NZ Business Ethics awards
- Being a former Member of the Securities Commission (now the Financial Markets Authority)
- Serving on the Nominating Committee for the New Zealand Superannuation Fund
- Being a director of Oxfam (NZ)
- Being a Founding Director of Transparency International (NZ)
- Being a Member of the Technical Working Group for the Sutainable Finance Fourm
Rodger is married to Chellie, is passionate about helping individuals and organisations to make money and make a difference, and enjoys attending and presenting personal and professional leadership development courses and being with his family and friends.
Dr Rodger Spiller has been certified by RIAA according to the strict disclosure practices required under the Responsible Investment Certification Programme. See www.responsibleinvestment.org