Who are we?


A Tradition of Innovation, Integrity and Smart Product Solutions…

Sentinel was launched with the specific aim of bringing to New Zealanders the very best features of a retirement lifestyle enhancement concept known as the Home Equity Release Loan.

Sentinel is the founding company of Seniors Money International Ltd, a leading global provider of equity release solutions for Seniors, with operations in New Zealand, Australia, Ireland, Canada and South Africa. 

The Board of Directors of Seniors Money International Ltd and the Sentinel management team are profiled below:



Right Hon. Jenny Shipley DCNZM, FNZIM (New Zealand)  Chairman

A former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jenny is now a director and advisory board member for a number of companies and organisations in New Zealand and elsewhere.  She retains her interest in international politics through her involvement in the Club of Madrid, a group of former Presidents and Prime Ministers of democracies.

Ian Hendry FCII APMI (New Zealand) 

Deputy Chair

Ian has an extensive background in marketing and sales in the financial services industry, working for Eagle Star Insurance Company in the UK and Hong Kong before founding Sovereign Limited with Chris Coon in 1989, where he became Managing Director.  Ian retired from Sovereign in 2002.

Stephen Gunning  BComm FCA (Ireland) 

Group Chief Executive Officer

Stephen has served as Chief Financial Officer, Managing Director and Treasurer of publicly listed and privately held corporations in Europe and the United States.  Stephen joined the group in August 2005 to found and head up our European operations.  .

Brett Wilson BCom CA (NZ)  

Group Finance Director and Company Secretary 

Brett has 20 years experience in financial services.  He spent 8 years with Sovereign as CFO and was previously CFO for Metropolitan Life.  Before joining Seniors Money International he was General Manager Finance for the ASB.   


Vaughan Underwood – MBA Chief Executive Officer

Vaughan was formerly CEO of AXA New Zealand, Sterling Grace Portfolio Management Ltd (part of Spicers) and Emerald Group (Food Division) before joining Sentinel in January 2007.   

Garry Bishop – BCom BSc Operations Director

Garry’s background is in the areas of Finance, Maths and Computer Systems.  He has spent the last 15 years in the financial services and insurance industry working in both operational and information technology areas.  Garry started with Sentinel in September 2003, six months prior to the company’s official launch.    


Financial Independence in retirement – now there’s a Reason to Smile.

Imagine being able to release some of the value you’ve built up in your home without having to move.  Just thinking about it has probably brought a smile to your face.

Rather than just dream about the possibility, if you (and your partner) are aged 60 or over and own your own home, the Sentinel Lifetime Loan could open the door to a whole new lease on life.

Inside our website, you’ll find information all about the Sentinel Lifetime Loan and how it works; client stories, and much more.  There’s also a calculator to show you how much you can borrow and how your loan and the equity in your home may change over time.

So why not take your time and browse through the website to find out more, or contact the Sentinel team on 0800 488 740 – we’re always happy to help.

Due to the global financial environment and restricted access to funds Sentinel has temporarily stopped accepting new loan applications, existing clients with Express Top-up facilities are unaffected.