Meet the Executive Team

The Next Payments team are experts in their field and proudly service their community and clients.

Tim Wildash

Chief Executive Officer

Tim Wildash is a leader in Australia and New Zealand’s payments and technology sectors, having founded and led multiple successful payments companies over a period of 20 years. Tim is responsible for the strategic direction of Next Payments and expanding the business by identifying and leveraging new opportunities. He is an experienced chief executive with a passion for innovating payments solutions. Tim brings a customer-centric approach to payments, with a keen focus on and an understanding of how each customer’s business works – and how Next Payments can help improve their business.

Tim has been the recipient of multiple awards and has a long and successful relationship with Macquarie Group, with whom he has partnered again in establishing Next Payments. 

Peter Walford

Chief Operating Officer

Peter has over 20 years' in the technology space, and has industry experience in online sports, hospitality, wagering and infrastructure networks. He is a c-suite executive who has operated an ASX listed company and has worked both domestically and abroad. Peter is responsible for assisting with strategic direction and leveraging Next Payments’ capabilities.

HK Kang

Chief Technology Officer

HK is the Chief Technology Officer at Next Payments and is responsible for delivering new hardware and software technology innovations that are customised for the local market. He previously worked with a supplier to Next Payments, Hyosung TNS, as General Manager of Research and Development in Korea. HK is an award-winning researcher and adviser for technology-intensive firms.

Larisa Terentev

Chief Financial Officer

Larisa has been in the payments sector for 19 years. She holds an MBA from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and is responsible for managing finances, including: financial planning, management of financial risks, record-keeping, and financial reporting.

Tyson Lester

General Manager - Sales and Marketing

Tyson has been in the payments sector for 15 years in a variety of roles, including Operations and Sales Manager. As General Manager at Next Payments, his contribution has seen the company evolve into one of Australia and New Zealand’s largest privately owned payments businesses.

Mark Beddoe

General Manager - Products and Systems

Mark is a founding member of Next Payments with over 19 years of experience in payments and product development for the hospitality and retail markets. Mark’s experience helps ensure Next Payments’ products and services are best in class, and that they drive return on investment for its partners.

Cassie Willets

Human Resources Manager

Cassie is the Human Resources Manager at Next Payments. She has 16 years experience as an executive assistant supporting high profile, corporate and entrepreneurial executives. Along with 10 years in the payments industry, Cassie has completed diplomas in both Business and Event Management and Human Resource Management.

Ehab Zakout

Operations Manager

Ehab manages the Next Payments operations portfolio across Australia and New Zealand, for remote/field support, servicing software and hardware of payments solutions. Ehab has over 10 years management experience within the IT sector and a proven track record in utilising sound business acumen. His service-orientated management skills deliver effective, customer-orientated outcomes.

Nelson Keeler

Marketing and Brand Manager

Nelson is the Marketing and Brand manager responsible for strategic brand direction. He is recognised for his ability to produce creative content that delivers strong commercial outcomes. Nelson has a background in luxury goods and graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Commerce degree, majoring in Marketing and Management.