Over 20 Years Of Service

Over the past two decades we have worked with our clients to help them take advantage of opportunities arising from rapidly evolving trends in technology, regulation, and consumer behaviour and to build more adaptable and resilient organisations. Dean is proud to have assisted a wide variety of organisations from both the public and private sector including SaferMe, Payments NZ, Parsonson Architects Limited, Inland Revenue, Postwatch (UK) and the Department of Treasury and Finance (Victoria).  A brief sample of engagements includes:

Acting as a Board adviser to an early-stage growth company offering proximity-based safety capabilities that have been successfully deployed to contact trace COVID-19 infections in workplace settings.

Designing a new management structure for an internal assurance and advice business unit within a large enterprise to allow that business unit to better articulate and promote its value proposition and potential and then to deliver on this.

Assisting founder-shareholders with complex succession plans and management buy-out arrangements to allow those founders to realise value from their investment.

Designing a new service provision model for a nationally based service organisation with annual revenues of $26 million dollars, total assets of $90 million, 17 regional offices, and 280 full time equivalent staff.

Providing expert advice on the implications of assertions about the operation of education sector payroll raised in the Ministerial Inquiry into Novopay.

Advising on how to drive more openness and innovation in banking and payments through common payments related APIs (Application Programming Interfaces).

Providing curated research on global trends in regulation, financial inclusion, payment systems, cryptocurrencies and international trade.

Dean Rea

Dean Rea


Dean Rea is the Principal of Arrowhead.   Dean is a successful strategy advisor and management consultant with over 20 years’ experience in the technology, payments, energy, and professional services sectors. Dean’s area of focus is strategy development and evaluation, especially for private sector organisations who interface with regulators and government agencies.  Dean is able to draw on extensive organisational, leadership and governance experience having acted as an advisor to Boards, Chief Executives, Chief Financial Officers and Chief Technology Officers in both the public and private sector in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. Dean holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting from Victoria University of Wellington and a Master of Social Sciences in Economics from the University of Waikato.  Dean is a Chartered Accountant and a Member of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.