Contacts and our people

We would be more than happy to discuss your corporate requirements and explore where we can add value to your organisation.

If it’s time to talk, we’re ready.  

Institutional Bank contacts

Auckland, New Zealand

Westpac Institutional Bank
Westpac on Takutai Square
Level 8, 16 Takutai Square
PO Box 934
Auckland 1010
New Zealand
Telephone: (64 9) 336 9956
Fax: (64 9) 367 3856

Sydney, Australia - WIB Head Office

Westpac Institutional Bank
Westpac Place
275 Kent St
Sydney NSW 2000
Telephone: (61 2) 9226 3311
Fax: (61 2) 9226 4128

Visit the Westpac Institutional Bank Australia website

Meet our management team

Karen Silk

General Manager Westpac Institutional Bank
Westpac New Zealand Limited

Karen's bio

Karen Silk has been General Manager Institutional Banking at Westpac New Zealand since November 2012.

Karen first joined Westpac New Zealand as part of our graduate program. She has held various senior positions at Westpac and Banque Indosuez in New Zealand in both the institutional and middle market segments.

Karen led the Agribusiness team at Westpac for almost four years, before moving to Sydney in 2007 when she was appointed to the role of Executive Director, Corporate Banking and Property in Westpac Institutional Bank Sydney.

Prior to returning to Westpac New Zealand Karen was Managing Director, Debt Capital Markets at Westpac Institutional Bank in Sydney.



Chris Leuschke

Head of Financial Markets
Westpac Banking Corporation
Telephone: +64 9 363 1288

Chris' bio

Chris is Head of Financial Markets for New Zealand at Westpac, responsible for trading, research, distribution and origination activities across all products.

Chris joined Westpac in 2012 and was responsible for leading the Foreign Exchange and Commodities business, then became the Head of Distribution, before moving into the Head of Financial Markets role in 2019.

Chris brings with him a wealth of experience with over 20 years’ experience across Global markets both locally and internationally. Prior to returning to New Zealand, Chris spent 12 years in London in various senior roles at Citigroup and the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), his last role in London was Global Head of Foreign Exchange Sales.

Chris holds a BCOM, double major in Finance and Economics from Auckland University.

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Head of Corporate & Institutional Relationships
Westpac New Zealand Limited
Telephone: +64 9 336 9616
Mobile: +64 27 474 4339

Andrew's bio

Andrew heads up the Corporate Finance team at Westpac Institutional Bank.

He joined Westpac Corporate Finance in 2003, returning to New Zealand from London where he worked for the Investment Banking Division of Credit Suisse First Boston.

Prior to that Andrew worked for Southpac Corporation Limited and then Ord Minnett Securities-NZ-Limited, leading New Zealand based corporate finance houses. Before the move to banking, Andrew was a commercial and banking solicitor for Bell Gully.

With 18 years of investment banking experience and two years as a banking & commercial solicitor, Andrew has extensive expertise in investment banking and corporate finance, across a range of industries and markets.

Andrew has a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance and Accounting) and a Bachelor of Laws, from the University of Canterbury, and was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 1992. Andrew is a Certified Finance & Investment Professional, Member of INFINZ.

Rod Smith

Head of Debt Capital Markets
Westpac New Zealand Limited
Telephone: +64 9 352 0836
Mobile: +64 21 590 100

Rod's bio

Rod spent a number of years working as a lawyer with Russell McVeagh in Auckland and Wellington, and with Linklaters in London, specialising in international financing transactions.

In 1999 he joined Barclays Capital in London and worked as a Director in the structured finance area before being recruited by Westpac Institutional Bank in December 2002 to head the securitisation and structured securities team, based in Auckland.

Rod was appointed Head of Debt Capital Markets, Westpac Institutional Bank, in October 2005. He oversees the loan markets, securitisation and asset finance product teams.

Rod holds honours degrees in law and economics from the University of Otago.