Meet the Board - Steven Parsons.
This month we have the pleasure of speaking to Steven Parsons, Business Execution, Transaction Banking Asia, ANZ Bank.
Steve is also on the NZ Chamber Board. He served as a Treasurer for two years and currently sits on the Board as a valued advisor.
Briefly what is your role?
I’m responsible for developing the product and investment roadmap to make sure we support the future needs of the bank’s institutional customers across Asia (in a profitable manner).
Any advice for doing business in Singapore and/or the region?
Three degrees of separation - someone always knows someone who knows your wife. Relationships matter.
With a government that proactively supports technology and innovation with well thought out regulations, policies and initiatives (eg. The strict enforcement of its strong intellectual property laws; its thriving fintech ecosystem and various regulatory sandboxes), Singapore is a great place to experiment with new ideas.
When did you move to Singapore? Where from?
Mid 2017 from Melbourne (home) after spending the preceding 6 months travelling back and forth before finally settling in.
Where were you born? What country do you call home?
My parents (both Kiwis) migrated to Melbourne where I was born.
Home is whenever my family is, so, Singapore for now (and at least the foreseeable future).
Yes, All Blacks.
What do you like most about Singapore?
The weather, convenience of everyday life, the food.
What do you do to relax?
A good book and a glass of wine.
Play the guitar (although these days, with 3 young kids, there’s a lot less Hendrix and lot of “Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes”)
What's top of your bucket list?
Buying a few acres in the South Island next to a golf course
Why did you join the New Zealand Chamber (Singapore) and what do you like most about it?
I initially joined the Chamber to attend some of the interesting events they hosted when we first moved to Singapore. I’ve stayed involved as I like having the connection to “home” for my family and me whilst we live abroad. I enjoy the social aspect the most- it’s been great meeting other like-minded Kiwis through the chamber.
Any last words?
Feel free to reach out if anyone would like to talk rugby, have a jam or babysit.