Managing Director

Herman Roodt

Herman originally started his insurance career with the Old Mutual in Tzaneen, South Africa in August 1988. After 10 years with the Old Mutual ending as Production Manager Herman and his wife Renet and daughter, Marisna immigrated to New Zealand. Since then he has worked hard at building his business Mutual Financial Services with loyal staff and excellent, ongoing support from his clientele. During this time he grew his team with more administrative staff and several associate advisers.

Administration Team

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Tania Nel

Practice Manager

Tania and her family moved to New Zealand in 2007. She has years of experience as health administrator but 2 years ago decided to change to the insurance industry. She joined the Mutual Financial Services team in Dec 2017 supporting the team in their administrative duties. Tania believes that to provide real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.

Elouise Van Heerden

Fire & General, Travel, and Existing Business Administrator

Elouise was born and raised in South Africa and moved to New Zealand with her family in August 2019. She worked for 5 years at one of the biggest insurance companies in South Africa and as a result have adequate experience to support our team and provide an excellent service to our clients. Elouise joined MFS in October 2019 as an Insurance Administrator but focuses mainly on Fire & General, Travel Insurance and servicing existing policies. She feels strongly about protecting the ones that are important to you, as life is unpredictable.

Brogan Sweeney

Marketing Consultant and Administrator

Brogan was born in Manchester, England and immigrated with her family to NZ in 2005. She started working in the insurance industry soon after leaving school, for her father who was an adviser at the time and joined MFS in July 2019 as a Telemarketer. Soon after, she was promoted into a permanent role with more responsibilities.


Arnold du Toit

Arnold has extensive experience in the government and insurance industries and has worked in these industries since leaving school and has owned and managed small enterprises in the past. He has been providing a variety of financial services to businesses and families in South Africa since 1982 and in New Zealand since 2002

Magda Dabkowska

Magda has a 10-years background in Customer Service and a Degree in International Hospitality Management. She became an insurance specialist to follow her mother’s footsteps and having experienced a serious illness in the family as a child, she understands the importance of having a right protection in place when life goes wrong. Passionate about working for her clients to design protection plans that fit their needs, priorities and budget. Magda prides herself in being professional, genuine and up to date with the latest products on the market.

Duane Viljoen

Duane Viljoen has been in the industry since 2011. He moved to New Zealand in March of 2017 and joined the Mutual Financial Services team in April 2017. His experience includes, Life, Trauma and Disability cover, as well as Income Protection and Fire & General Insurance. He also specializes in
Business Insurance, such as Key Person Insurance and Buy and Sell agreements. Duane completed his National Qualification in wealth Management in South Africa in 2017. He advises his clients with the utmost respect and strives for service excellence and professionalism.

Grant Richardson

A born and bred Aucklander I left NZ 30 years ago for a casual sail from Los Angeles to Perth and the 1986 Americas Cup. I stayed on across the ditch in Australia where, for 28 years, I was an adviser in financial services  as well as  personal / business insurance. Marriage and family has finally brought me home to Auckland. As an RFA I am excited to be part of the MFS team and to be bringing that experience to my clients and helping them navigate the right outcomes in their wealth protection portfolio.

Rob Harpur

Rob is passionate about helping his clients protect the most precious parts of their life in the event of misfortune. He believes that insurance tailored to his clients’ needs is an essential part of life and a crucial element of sound financial planning. He takes pride in his professional approach, service excellence and respect for his clients’ needs.

 Rob has been a New Zealand citizen for over 20 years, having arrived here in 1994. He has had an active business career in the New Zealand energy industry servicing a complex range of client needs. In his leisure time Rob is an avid cyclist and is kept busy on his lifestyle property

Dewald Eksteen

Dewald has a background in business consultancy. His relevant skills as an adviser are his analytical nature, diligent approach and passion for client success. It all starts with the client, their needs determine the plan. It’s this client first mindset that sets Dewald apart.

We must accept that In life “bad things” can and do happen. Let’s take action to identify your risks and put in place a balanced plan to minimise the impacts of challenges along your journey.

Arnold Jnr. du Toit

Arnold has extensive experience in several areas specializing in business, marketing, and customer care industries. Arnold’s key strength is his passion to provide the highest standard of customer service to his clients, backed by a strong background of business experience.

Tinus Vermeulen

A farm boy from Kimberley, South Africa, born and raised, Tinus Vermeulen has been in the insurance industry for over a decade. Matriculating from Boland Agricultural High in 2002, Tinus went on to study marketing in Stellenbosch. Tinus got his start working at Blaauwberg meats, in Cape Town, as a wholesale meat salesman. It was his mother who first introduced Tinus to the insurance industry; an industry that she herself had been a part of since 1993. Tinus started with Old Mutual where he was part of an award-winning team before he decided to make the move to New Zealand, the rest is history. Tinus is a Registered Financial Advisor and represents a number of New Zealand’s biggest insurance companies.

Rean Mouton

Rean and his family moved from South Africa to New Zealand in 2011, now enjoying the multiple opportunities this country has to offer. He has over 25 years of professional experience ranging from IT consulting, business analysis and people management. He now will be bringing all of this experience to understanding, listening and serving the New Zealand community as a Financial Adviser. In his free time, he likes to spend time with his wife and 2 teenage daughters, play tennis and cooking yummy meals for his friends and family.

Cedric Gerber

I am an experienced Financial Adviser and Investment Specialist and have been in the financial services industry since 1998. I am very passionate about helping my clients to reach their financial goals whilst also protecting what is most important to them, from all the uncertainties that life throws at them. I have a deep interest in Economics and Financial Markets, I have a Degree in Economics and I have completed my New Zealand Certificate in Financial Services (Level 5) specialising in Investments and Financial Advice. In my spare time I like to spend as much time as I can outdoors with my family on fishing and hiking adventures.

Stephen Jameson

Stephen was born in Hamilton and moved to Auckland when he was 5 years old, He has been in the Financial industry since 2015, training in Mortgages, Risk insurance, KiwiSaver and financial planning. He is very passionate about helping younger families and first home buyers to achieve their goals and dreams, while still having adequate cover for the future. He strives to provide easy going, stress-free solutions to all problems presented to him.

Mortgage Advisers

Phil Daniels

Phil has over 30 years’ commercial experience at senior management level in a range of service and manufacturing industries. He is now an experienced mortgage advisor and knows that adding value to a client’s experience creates lasting relationships and in turn strength to the Mutual Financial Services brand. He is committed to providing quality mortgage advice and services to clients by linking their needs to the best providers in the bank and non-bank sectors.

Andre Botha

Authorised Financial Adviser

Andre has worked as a Business Manager for one of the major New Zealand Banks for a period 9 years so brings a wealth of financial experience and knowledge to our business.

His strongest attribute is that he puts himself in his customer shoes before he makes a recommendation on a course of action for them. He gets a thrill from sharing his knowledge with the client so that they can also become good at looking after their own money.

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