Kiwi companies who stand the test of time don’t achieve that without constantly adapting and evolving to meet customer needs.

We reckon financial services are inefficient, depersonalised and stressful at present. With an aim to re-engineer the value chain for customers, we’ve merged Thorn Financial Services with Limelight Software, to create Limelight Group. Providing integrated software, finance, and finance-associated services directly to customers, and to-and-through the Motorcentral dealer network. Leveraging our physical dtr store network to seamlessly provide tailored finance offerings for retail items, personal loans and vehicles. 

Put simply, it’s using our technology advantage to enable customers to enjoy the things that will make their lives better.
With a vision to be…

New Zealand’s most preferred fintech with raving fans who keep coming back.

Our Brands

  • BuyerScore Image

    With more than 125,000 pieces of individual customer feedback collected so far, BuyerScore is NZ's #1 independent ratings and reviews service for car dealerships. BuyerScore allows car buyers to easily identify great dealerships to work with and also helps dealerships continually improve their customer's experience.

    buyerscore.co.nz
  • dtr Image

    From big brand appliances, to furniture and whiteware, dtr has been selling pretty much everything you need to make your house a home for nearly 60 years. Whether you’re buying with cash, or financing bigger purchases over time, there’s payment options to suit everyone.

    dtr.co.nz
  • Finance Central Image

    An online finance service for both consumers and dealers designed to makes it easier and faster to apply for motor vehicle finance.

    financecentral.co.nz
  • Motorcentral Image

    A suite of technology products designed from the ground up for NZ car dealerships to help them work 'faster, easier and smarter’. Includes the flagship Motorcentral DMS software which is currently used by more than 650 independent dealerships to manage their business and directly integrates with our finance solutions.

    motorcentral.co.nz
  • Need A Car Image

    With more than 25,000 vehicles for sale at any one time, Need A Car is NZ's leading online marketplace for purchasing vehicles, finance, insurance and other vehicle related extras directly from car dealers. Simple car buying from trusted sellers.

    needacar.co.nz

Leadership Team

Mark Spring
Chief Executive Officer
Mark's Bio
Mark Spring
Chief Executive Officer

Mark spent the first part of his career in sales and business development roles in the technology and office equipment industry. He joined Thorn Finance as Managing Director in February 2005 and the following year drove a management buy-out. This initiated a turnaround programme that has resulted in uninterrupted growth for Thorn ever since.

Mark has an MBA and a post graduate Diploma in Finance from Auckland University, is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors, and sits on the Executive Committee of the Financial Services Federation. 

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John Hames
Chief Financial Officer
John's Bio
John Hames
Chief Financial Officer

John has 35 years’ experience as a Chartered Accountant, beginning his career as an auditor working for PricewaterhouseCoopers in NZ and the UK for ten years. John spent the following stage of his career at Fletcher Challenge and Fletcher Building, spending 18 years as Group Chief Accountant. Prior to joining Limelight Group in 2021, John worked both full-time and as a contractor for Westpac, 2Degrees, Veritas Investments, Good Spirits Hospitality and Auckland Real Estate

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Garry Stratta
Chief Operations Officer
Garry's Bio
Garry Stratta
Chief Operations Officer

Garry began his retail career in the UK with Harrods in 1983. Garry eventually became responsible for the buying function for a number of their Homeware departments. In 1997, he joined the UK’s largest luggage retailer as Buying and Merchandise Director. In this role he was responsible for supplier relationship management with external brands, plus supply chain management to over 100 high street stores and 29 designer factory outlets across the UK and Europe. Garry joined Thorn Finance in 2002 as the Northern Network Manager and has been in the GM role for eight years.

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Mark Greenfield
Head of Business Development
Mark's Bio
Mark Greenfield
Head of Business Development

Mark has held various management roles in the motor industry spanning 24 years. He has deep expertise in operations, vehicle sales, retail and wholesale finance, insurance, dealership software and systems. Most notably spending time in General Motors Acceptance Corporation, Autosure New Zealand (Vero), Buy Right Cars Group, and Limelight Software in more recent years.

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Tracy Pennell
Chief Strategy Officer
Tracy's Bio
Tracy Pennell
Chief Strategy Officer

Tracy has 15 plus years of experience within the banking and finance sector, in both publicly listed and privately owned companies. She has specialised in leading businesses through significant periods of regulatory and strategic change in Australasia, and joined Thorn Finance in July 2017.

Prior to that she held General Management roles at Equifax (formerly Veda) and numerous senior roles within the banking sector. Tracy has deep expertise in product and market strategy, risk management, business transformation and customer insight. 

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Shane Breckon
Head of Customer Experience
Shane's Bio
Shane Breckon
Head of Customer Experience

Shane has a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) and more than 20 years of product development experience. He was involved in several large-scale software projects at Toll Tranz Link before co-founding Limelight Software in 2001. Since then, his focus has been on the continuous development of the Motorcentral product suite as well as managing the business as a whole. Shane has a passion for understanding customers and creating tools to help make their lives easier.

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Mena Eskander
Chief Technology Officer
Mena's Bio
Mena Eskander
Chief Technology Officer

Mena completed his Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) at the University of Canterbury in 1999. He started his first technology business in 2001 and worked on a large number of projects over the years, both in New Zealand and overseas, including in Germany and France. Mena is one of the co-founders of Limelight Software and is the original creator of Motorcentral. He has a deep understanding of technology and working out how it can be utilised to create value for people and business.

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Our Values

  • Passionate

    We care deeply about making our customers’ lives better.

  • Transparent

    Open about what we do and how we use customer data.

  • Challenger

    The ‘now’ is always up for improvement.

  • Accountable

    We do what we say we’ll do.

  • Inclusive

    No judgement here.

Our ‘Why’

Why do we get out of bed in the morning, come to work, and do what we do?

To continually delivermoments of brightness

It’s more than simply creating a single moment of brightness. We listen to our customers and get to know them. Understanding their needs to create and deliver solutions that are accountable. And we don’t just do it once. We build customer relationships that endure to continually deliver moments of brightness.

Stephanie Review

“It’s so nice when you get a 'Yes'.”

Stephanie
dtr Whangarei Customer
Josh Review

“The Motorcentral DMS has completely transformed our dealership. We'd be lost without it.”

Josh Mitchell, CroweSport
Motorcentral Customer

Press Releases

  • Thorn Finance steps into Limelight
    March 24, 2022

    Financial services provider Thorn Financial Services, whose brands include dtr and Thorn, is merging with Limelight Software, provider of vehicle dealership management software, to form Limelight Group.

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Contact Us

  • Limelight Group
  • 8 Business Parade South, East Tāmaki, Auckland 2013
  • PO Box 204365, Highbrook, Manukau 2161
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