The new interim general manager of Astute Ability Finance Group, Michael Trencher, has commenced his role at the company.
Michael Trencher, who has more than 17 years of experience in strategic leadership of national distribution teams and was previously head of broker distribution at Heritage Bank, has commenced his new role as interim general manager of Astute Ability Finance Group’s headquarters in the Central Coast of NSW.
Mr Trencher was appointed in May this year for a six-month term to review the group’s operations and to allow founder and principal Mhairi MacLeod to dedicate more time to industry projects of “social benefit”.
Meanwhile, Astute’s operations manager, Kirsten Howe, has been added to the Mortgage & Finance Association of Australia's (MFAA) Young Professionals Panel, which informs the association of the motivations, challenges, aspirations, perspectives and outlooks of the industry’s younger brokers, as well as help develop tools and resources for new-to-industry brokers.
Astute said Ms Howe is the “first non-broker or non-aggregator” to join the panel.
Ms MacLeod described Ms Howe’s appointment as an “honour” for Astute and a “tribute” to her achievements at the firm.
“Kirsten is a highly skilled operations manager who is creating and evolving the business infrastructures and rolling out policies and procedures which enables our brokers to focus on what they do best – serving our customers,” Ms MacLeod said.
“We are delighted that the MFAA has recognised Kirsten’s talents, and she will make a terrific contribution to the Young Professionals Panel.”
Ms Howe said she was excited about finding ways to attract more young professionals into the broking sector.
“In my roles with Astute Ability, we have devoted a lot of time to developing programs to enhance our industry, such as a digital corporate social responsibility (CSR) platform, which we will be piloting later this year,” she said.
“We believe the financial services industry as a whole needs to be working hard to connect with the wider community and making a difference, and I hope my work with my colleagues on the MFAA's Young Professionals Panel can make a major contribution.”
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