Meet the Team

Why you need professional advice

It can be hard to identify the insurance you need for your family or business, without actually talking to an experienced insurance adviser.  

Our advisers are dedicated to understanding your individual needs and building a lifetime relationship with you, your family (and/or) business partners. We value the human touch – we want to understand what you do and how we can help.

We offer free professional advice to you.  When you start a policy, we receive a payment for our advice from the insurer that you choose.  We are here to answer any questions you may have about our advice process, and our disclosure statements are available under each adviser.

We will help you to make a well-informed decision and will help you if you need to claim or if your circumstances change. 

Most personal insurance claims arise when a person is facing illness, death in the family or injury.  In situations like this, having us manage the claim process with the insurance company is extremely valuable. 

Our Journey

Network Financial Services was founded by Eugene in 2012 - he brings over 30 years experience in the insurance industry both here in New Zealand and in South Africa. 

Out of his need to help others, Eugene also started the New Immigrants Network. Having gone through the process of immigrating to New Zealand, he knew how hard it was for new people to settle in their new adopted home. This network has grown across the country where like-minded people work together to help new immigrants settle into New Zealand.    


Eugene van Heerden

Director/ Financial Adviser 


Our Team 

 Pierre du Preez 

General Manager


Pierre brings 25 years of experience in financial services which has given him opportunities to work in a range of areas, including product and adviser development and management, and delivering financial planning services to both mum and dad investors as well as corporate clients. In January 2021 he took over the general management of the business, including operations & compliance.

He holds certification from the Financial Markets Authority to practise as a Financial Adviser and completed a Graduate Diploma in Bus Studies (Personal Financial Planning) through Massey University in 2012. He is also a practitioner member of industry body, Financial Advice NZ.

Pierre is married with three daughters and loves spending quality time with them when he's not running or playing tennis.

Johan Profile
 Johan du Toit 

Financial Adviser


Johan is a CA, registered with both (CA ANZ) Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and (SAICA) South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.

His industry experience in various sectors such as construction, transportation, service delivery, systems and project management. He held senior financial roles in small, medium and large companies, including start-ups. He brings a wealth of experience ranging from financial and commercial processes and procedures, cash flow planning, budgets and financial management with excellent knowledge of IFRS, GAAP and risk management.

Johan enjoys outdoor sporting activities with his family.

Collett Potgieter 

Financial Adviser


Collett joined the financial industry in 2002 as a Branch Manager and quickly progressed to an Area Manager. In 2012 she joined African Bank and dedicated her time towards become fully qualified in the financial services industry.

In 2019, Collett and her family emigrated to New Zealand from South Africa and decided to make New Zealand their home. She strives to add value to customers' lives and believe that success can only be achieved through collaboration and hard work.  

Gagan Sehgal

Financial Adviser


Gagan joins our financial adviser team with over 12 years of successful Sales & Marketing experience obtained in different industries ranging from insurance, banking, pharmaceuticals, and retail. This gave him the opportunity to meet and serve people from all walks of life. It also helped him develop the skills required to be successful in the sales world. 

He holds diplomas in Information Technology (AUT) and Business Management (NorthTec), as well as a BA (Economics) degree from Kurukshetra University.  

In his spare time he enjoys swimming and diving. 

Ted Phillipps

Financial Adviser


Ted is privileged and blessed to say that he has been working in the NZ Life Insurance industry for the last approximately 50 years.

After having founded the Helensville Insurance Centre in 1975, he started insurance brokering in 1984 and thereafter became an independent insurance broker in 1987.

He has 45 consecutive years Life & Qualifying membership of the Million Round Table (MDRT), a global and independent association of the world’s leading insurance and financial services professionals from more than 500 companies in 70 nations and regions. In addition to being a MDRT member, I have been a qualifying member for MDRT Court of Table for 10 years since 1997, thereby demonstrating my ongoing commitment to advise customers on implementing personal insurance protection programmes based on my level of productivity.

In his spare time he likes to spend time with his wife, grandchildren, and six adult children (aged 22 to 38, 3 girls and 3 boys). He also enjoys supporting and promoting local rugby as well as various other sports in his community. Ted considers himself a spiritual searcher. 

Abhi Dudeja

Financial Adviser


Abhi joins our adviser with over 10 years of experience as a Sales Leader and Business Development in e-commerce, customer experience, food & agriculture, and most recently mortgages and property investment. He has experience managing and overseeing clients’ needs and is able to provide the best solution, which makes him incredibly resourceful and knowledgeable. 

With his meticulous attention to detail and dedication, Abhi will be able to help families achieve their financial goals, make smart decisions with their money and pay off the debt faster.

Hitesh Banga

Financial Adviser


Hitesh has more than 15 years’ experience in managing an events management business, overseeing promotions, strategies, business planning and marketing. In this business he worked with multinational corporations (MNC’s) and Banks, promoting their products and services. This gave him the opportunity to meet people from different walks of life and was able to serve them well with their needs.
Hitesh graduated in Economics and recently completed the New Zealand Certificate in Financial Services (Level 5, Version 2), enabling him to provide financial advice in New Zealand. He believes in constant learning and new experiences.
He is happily married with two kids and likes to spend his spare time with them. Apart from this he loves to go on long walks whenever he gets a chance.

Brianna Roobottom

Office Administrative Assistant/

Financial Adviser


Brianna is our Office Admin Assistant and handles the administration side of the business. She has experience in the Finance Industry in both banking and insurance and has spent the last 5 years working for one of the largest insurance providers in New Zealand.

Brianna has recently completed the New Zealand Certificate in Financial Services (Level 5, Version 2). Brianna will start transitioning from Office Assistant to Financial Adviser with Network Financial Services where she will be able to work closely with our customers and help them achieve their financial goals.

CJ Martin

Business Development Manager

CJ has 13 years experience in business development with successfully starting up multiple businesses in South Africa and still managing them from New Zealand.
He believes that in life there’s always an opportunity, expectations leads to action which creates experience. His moto in life is to never give up and live life to the fullest.

CJ is married with two children and love spending time outdoors. There is so much to explore in life and believes that New Zealand is a beautiful Country where dreams become reality.
“Grab life by the horns and ride it like there is no tomorrow”

Under the new financial advice regime rolled out on 15 March 2021, we are required to provide publicly available information on our company. Refer to Important Information About Us for more details or contact us.

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