Meet the people behind YouOwn.

"This is a project of its time"

The directors of YouOwn are Brian Donnelly, Nigel Spratt and Craig Brownie. Brian and Nigel have significant experience with shared ownership programmes. Brian became the Executive Director of New Zealand Housing Foundation when it was established in 2003 and Nigel was responsible for implementing the Foundation’s shared ownership programme. Between them they were instrumental in assisting 300 families into their own homes. Craig is Managing Director of Bancorp and its subsidiaries and is responsible for the funding of YouOwn.

Brian Donnelly


Brian has built a career with extensive knowledge and experience from working in private, community and public sector roles addressing affordable housing needs. He has held senior Government positions in both New Zealand and New South Wales, Australia and since 2003 has been the Executive Director for the NZ Housing Foundation. Brian has also previously held Director roles on the Wilson Home Trust Board, Queenstown Lakes Community Housing Trust, Tamaki Regeneration Company and a range of Government Advisory Panels. Brian is very well equipped to support YouOwn and the delivery of this initiative.  

Nigel Spratt

Nigel established YouOwn and is responsible for its strategy and implementation. He is the face of YouOwn and works with the families to find them a house and arrange the home loan approval. He brings fourteen years of experience with the Housing Foundation and its shared ownership programme.

Craig Brownie

Craig has over 20 years of investment banking experience, sits on the YouOwn board and investment committee, and is Managing Director of the Bancorp group of companies. Craig is a current and past director of many of Bancorp’s operating companies including Boston Marks Insurance Brokers, Salus Aviation, Mana Coach Services and Premier Beehive Bacon Limited. He is also a Trustee of the Kelliher Charitable Trust.