Who we are

Who we are

 Roma Hippolite – Managing Director

With a business degree in accounting and finance, a post-graduate diploma in financial planning and many years as either a senior manager or board member on a variety of organisations, Roma brings a wealth of experience and business nous to The Research Broker. Roma has also worked in the pharmaceutical industry and more recently as a board member for primary and secondary health services both government and NGO.

Over the pasRoma Hippolitet 16-years Roma has served his tribe across several roles, including at different time CEO of their tribal authority, then board member and Chair. Roma also led the team that negotiated a multi-million dollar settlement, and helped set up the organisation to receive that settlement.

Roma worked briefly as a Market Research Broker for The Research Broker before being drawn back to tribal business and completing that. During his time as a broker and across the intervening years, and in conjunction with the Founder Barry van Beurten the processes created by the Founder were formalised and systematised. Once those were completed The Research Broker was ready to ‘take on the world’.

Roma is very community minded and has a long and busy association with both his church and also the local communities where he has lived where he has contributed his time to school boards and local radio stations. This community service was recognised in 2015 when he was awarded the Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year’s Queens Honour List for services to Māori and Health.

Roma and his wife Robyn are the parents of four adult children and so far 8 wonderful grandchildren whom they dote on as much as possible from a distance.