Judges

With a judging panel including academics, business executives, entrepreneurs and innovators, the Australian Broking Awards is peer-reviewed recognition of your capabilities in the Australian mortgage industry and passion for driving the industry forward.

Our 2022

Judges

Andrew Phanartzis
Andrew Phanartzis
Director , Property Association

Andrew Phanartzis is currently the Director of Property Association, a consultancy firm for residential developers in Australia. The company offers a suite of services including, acquisition, planning, creative, sales and property management.

Andrew is extremely motivated, knowledgeable, loyal and reliable. He prides himself in exceeding expectations, adding dollar value to clients and sets the bar high. He believes the property market is dynamic and constantly evolves his strategic approach to enhance its effectiveness.

Andrew’s exposure to large residential developments, master planned communities and house and land subdivisions has provided a wealth of experience with some of the largest developers in Australia.

Andrew is a licenced real estate agent, holds a BA in Human Resource Management & English from the University of NSW and has completed PS146 Financial Planning qualifications.

Brett Spencer
Brett Spencer
CEO , Opica Group Pty Ltd

Has been working in the Mortgage & Finance industry for over 25 years and in 2011 was recognized by the MFAA as a Fellow of the Mortgage & Finance Association of Australia. In 2001, he pioneered outsourced mortgage processing services by creating the first BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) operation for Mortgage Brokers in Australia, ultimately becoming the world’s first and only rated Loan Processing solutions provider by Standard & Poor's. After taking the reins of the Stargate Group in the early 2000’s, he was instrumental in introducing the first Mortgage Broker CRM Systems into the Australian Mortgage Landscape all while guiding it through the GFC. . In 2014, he led the Stargate business through its acquisition by the ASX listed Rubik Financial Limited (RFL) and worked through a 2 year transition as Group Executive – Mortgages. At Opica Group, they provide Lenders & Brokers with Australia’s only Responsible Lending Engine designed to manage and verify a consumers spending habits that enables participants to satisfy their Responsible Lending regulatory requirements. He also serves as Executive Director of business advisory firm TICH Consulting Group, Chairman of soon to be launched Equity Lending fintech Lendmore Australia & Advisor to Canadian consumer financier Lendful Canada.

Doug Mathlin
Doug Mathlin
Founder , MiFund

Doug is a founder of Smarter Borrower, a service that helps borrowers save money on their home loans. This service is primarily provided by intermediaries as a client retention and acquisition tool.

After 25 years in the finance industry working with a variety of organisations, Doug and his co-founders identified an opportunity to help people be debt-free before they retire.

Prior to Smarter Borrower, Doug founded FrontRunner Consulting Group providing business development advice to banks, brokers and other financial services providers.

Douglas Driscoll
Douglas Driscoll
CEO , Starr Partners

Douglas Driscoll is CEO and owner of the Starr Partners real estate group. With more than 30 offices across NSW, the group is one of Australia’s most trusted and recognised brands.

Douglas has officially been recognised for his dynamic and pioneering approach, having been named Industry Thought Leader three times in the past four years at the REB National Real Estate Awards.

Douglas is also a highly-respected media commentator, having featured on several BBC and SKY television programmes, in addition to regular market commentary featured in the Australian Financial Review, Sydney Morning Herald, The Daily Telegraph and Domain.

Erika Tran
Erika Tran
Senior Recruitment Consultant , Platinum People Group

Erika is a senior recruitment consultant specialising in the mortgage broking, third-party banking aggregation space. Erika has been at Platinum People Group for almost 2 years and is an integral part of driving the Sydney recruitment portfolio.

Fariborz Moshirian
Fariborz Moshirian
Director , Institute of Global Finance, UNSW Business School

Professor Fariborz Moshirian is the Director of the Institute of Global Finance (IGF) at the UNSW Business School, Sydney. The IGF does collaborative research on Systemic risk, financial innovation and global financial stability with NYU, UCLA and has done joint work with the Asian Development Bank, the IMF, the World Bank, PwC and a number of world-class research centres. Fariborz was the Bertil Danielsson Professor of Finance at the Stockholm School of Economics. He is a consultant to the Asian Development Bank. He served as the Head of the School of Banking and Finance at UNSW for over four years.

Fariborz has published a number of influential research works in leading international journals including the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and the Journal of Banking and Finance. These research works cover subjects such as global governance, global financial stability and prosperity, interconnectedness, world order, systemic risk and the financial and social challenges and opportunities of the 21st Century.

He has been the editor of several publications on global financial, economic and social issues published by Elsevier. He has also been a co-editor of a number of policy works with senior researchers from the World Bank, the IMF, the Bank for International Settlements, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the Bank of England and the Reserve Bank of Australia including the following publications: “Globalization and Financial Services in Emerging Countries”; “Global Financial Crisis, Risk Analysis and Risk Management”; “Systemic Risk, Basel III, Governance and Financial Stability” and “Systemic Risk: Liquidity Risk, Governance and Global Financial Stability”

Gareth Woodham
Gareth Woodham
Affiliate Director , Suburbanite

Gareth Woodham has been conducting property valuations across Sydney and Melbourne for more than 20 years.

Gareth attended the University of Technology Sydney from 1992 to 1998 and graduated in 1999 with a Bachelor of Land Economics. Shortly thereafter, Gareth was registered with the NSW Department of Fair Trading, and began practising under Ken Feltham FAPI, where he acquired experience valuing a vast range of residential properties across Sydney. During this time, Gareth undertook valuations for major banks and financial institutions, lawyers and accountants, for a range of purposes including: mortgage security, statutory assessment, mercantile recovery and family law.

In 2003, Gareth relocated to Melbourne, and was employed by Walstab Brady Pabst as an unrestricted valuer, conducting residential, commercial and industrial valuations across Melbourne, again for banks and financial institutions for mortgage security, statutory assessment and family law purposes.

Admitted to the Australian Property Institute in 2006 as a Certified Practising Valuer, Gareth returned to Sydney in 2006 to establish an office for WBP, conducting portfolio valuations for the Defence Housing Authority and Genworth, and undertaking extensive recovery and liquidation valuations for several mercantile agents.

In 2010 Gareth extended his qualifications to include Thermal Performance assessment of residential dwellings and became licenced as a Buyer’s Agent in 2015.

Jason Back
Jason Back
Mortgage Broker, Mentor, Business Coach , Broker Essentials

Jason is the Director of Broker Essentials and is a well know figure in the finance industry and sort after media commentator. In 2016 Jason foundered Broker Essentials and launched a training course for brokers after years of inquiries into the best practices and habits of a high performance business.

Jason was named the 2020 ABA Mentor of the year and Broker Essentials named 2020 AMA Service Provider of the year. Previously Jason was the Managing Director of The Australian Lending & Investment Centre (ALIC) and was instrumental in taking ALIC to the forefront of the mortgage brokering industry. In 2014,15,16 and 2017 ALIC was voted the top independent brokerage of the year by Mortgage Professional Australia, Australia’s best brokerage in 2014 & 15 at the Australian Mortgage Awards and MFAA in 2016 and 2018.

Jason has created a practical and targeted program for brokers and administration staff that will help them grow their business by focusing on sales through service excellence. Jason’s Broker Essentials Revolution will take you through the behaviours of the nation’s best brokerage focusing on process, business management and the client journey.

Jason has over 30 years’ experience in the finance sector, having worked in senior sales, distribution and management roles for ANZ and having provided financial advice and services on behalf of financial planning, equity trading platforms, private banking, lending and retail distribution brands.

Jess Densley
Jess Densley
Coach , Jess Densley Real Estate Coach

Jess Densley is the founder of the Elite Agency Success System, a leading real estate consultancy group working with business owners and sales people to achieve peak performance in their business worldwide.

He has previously been a high performing real estate agent ranked in the top 2% of agents in Australia, inside the countries largest franchise group operating from a regional market place. Jess also has been a leading business owner who operated an awarding winning real estate business that was crowned the number one regional business a record 4 times across Victoria & Tasmania.

As well as being a leading sales coach, Jess also has credentials as an accredited level one (ICG) human behaviour coach working with corporate organisations on unlocking potential in their individuals and teams.

Josh Frith
Josh Frith
Managing Director , The Dubs
Kevin Daly
Kevin Daly
Professor of Economics, Finance and Property , WSU

Professor Kevin Daly joined the University of Western Sydney (Macarthur) as an Associate Lecturer in 1993; prior appointments included Senior Tutor in Economics at the University of Adelaide, Lecturer in Business Studies at the University of Brighton (UK) and Economics and Fiance Tutor at Sussex University. Before joining academia Kevin worked at various positions in Merchant Banking in the City of London. Kevin holds a BA (Hons) Economics, and MA (Economics Analysis and Policy) University of Sussex and a PhD University of Western Sydney (Macarthur). Kevin’s research passion revolves around applied finance and open economy macroeconomics; researching the effects of financial volatility on real economic activity. Kevin’s PhD thesis was published as a book by Ashgate in 1997. His international PhD examiner was Professor Philip ARESTIS, Director of Research, Cambridge Centre for Economic & Public Policy (CCEPP). Examples of his research focus includes an examination of the extent to which exchange rate volatility affects trade (Japan and the World Economy), an investigation of the extent to which financial instability affects the poor in developing countries (Asia Pacific Journal of Economics and Business. 2008), an empirical study of the extent to which volatility in interest rates affect the availability and affordability of credit (International Review of Financial Analysis. 2010), analysing how oil price volatility impacts on stock prices (Emerging Markets Review 2010), estimating the determinants of foreign direct investment and portfolio investment (Australian Economic Review 2006),analysing the determinants of house prices and the affordability of housing (Journal of International Business Research 2010). Current research interests focuses on banking in China and Vietnam, foreign direct investment in China and Vietnam and financial volatility of stock markets in South East Asia.

Lisa Montgomery
Lisa Montgomery
Performance Coach and Consultant , Take2 Consulting

With more than thirty years experience in the lending and finance sectors, Lisa Montgomery is a respected leader, commentator and consumer advocate within the Australian financial services industry.

In 2004 Lisa joined Resi Mortgage Corporation as Head of Consumer Advocacy and quickly took over the direction of additional business functions, which ultimately saw her elevated to the role of Chief Executive Officer in 2010.

Prior to her role at Resi, Lisa was Head of Consumer Information and Advocacy for Wizard Home Loans, as Brand spokesperson and customer relations champion, Lisa became the most quoted individual in the country for Home Loan products, services and related issues.

Before her time at Wizard, Lisa spent three years at financial services information provider and online ratings agency, Infochoice Ltd where she reached the level of CEO and ultimately took the business to profitability.

In 2012 Lisa was diagnosed with breast cancer and subsequently retired from her role as Chief Executive Officer of Resi Mortgage Corporation to focus on her health.

Today, as a nationally recognized consumer advocate, Lisa provides regular commentary for news.com.au, national radio and television. She is a Board member of the Breast Cancer Network Australia and holds the position of Senior Counsel at Finder.com.au.

Lisa continues to enjoy her ‘encore’ career as a specialist business strategy consultant, performance coach and finance expert.

Mark Zaglas
Mark Zaglas
CEO , Encore Advisory Group

As Director of Encore Advisory Group, Mark is well known in the Advice industry and is a highly sort after trainer, educator and coach. Mark has worked with numerous mortgage broking and financial planning businesses enabling them to undertake the key important action of building a successful client advice practice, for the long term.

In 2017, after decades leading Wealth, Broking and Advice businesses, Encore was reimagined to better serve and prepare brokers and planners for the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead. Encore believes a better advice business means a better industry and therefore a better community.

Mark delivers practical, real-world solutions helping businesses navigate today’s complex environment whilst providing essential advice, helping to improve the quality and value of their business. This is achieved through partnerships with the right people and solutions thus enabling practices to deliver increasingly valuable advice to more clients.

Believing every Australian deserves advice on “both sides of the balance sheet”, Mark successfully built a mortgage broking business that partnered with over 200 financial planning practices and accounting firms, delivering advice services to over 5,500 Australian families a year.

Mark is known as a leading authority in bringing together Broking and Planning groups to deliver integrated “debt advice” and “broker planner” solutions. He is dedicated to this community as an SME owner himself. Mark is himself a consumer and advocate of Advice services and has led and steered advice businesses successfully through market, regulatory and consumer change and disruption for over 20 years.

Neville Hurst
Neville Hurst
Senior Lecturer , RMIT University

Neville Hurst is a senior lecturer in property studies at RMIT University, Victoria, Australia. Originally trained as an electrical engineer he has worked extensively in industry and for the last 33 years in the property sector as a practitioner and academic. Prior to joining education Neville owned and operated his own real estate agency for many years selling and managing properties on behalf of clients. A significant part of this business was a business brokerage run in partnership with his business partner. Academically Neville’s research interest focuses on real estate industry practices, valuation practices, housing markets and in particular energy efficient housing. Currently undertaking his Phd, Neville is investigating real estate agent attitudes and engagement with sustainable housing and is working with peak industry bodies to create greater awareness of the importance of energy efficient housing for a sustainable future.

Peter Lynch
Peter Lynch
Client Relationship Manager , Aon

Peter Lynch is a leader in Professional Indemnity Insurance in the real estate, valuation and management right industry sectors.

He boasts over 30 years experience with Aon Risk Solutions and as the Client Manager is responsible for developing new business within the real estate sector including the identification of business opportunities with franchise groups and other stakeholders.

He took a significant role in providing advice and support to introduce a Real Estate specific indemnity insurance scheme and is responsible for the highly successful REIQ/REINT schemes which he coordinated with the assistance of industry, lawyers, underwriters and claims staff.

Peter has a strong interest in promoting safe and quality business practices in real estate and has been a regular contributor to course materials, presentations and editorial submissions. He has been called upon to be a guest speaker at training forums for the REIQ, REIA, REINT, REIWA and various franchise groups.

Peter also provides individual Risk Management training to a number of his Franchise Group clients.

Peter Williams
Peter Williams
Chairman , Deloitte Innovation Council

Pete Williams is a noted thought leader in Innovation and Digital. Pete started working in the Digital realm in the early 1990’s and went on to be the founding partner of Deloitte Digital. Pete now leads Deloitte’s Centre for the Edge a futures think tank that identifies emerging opportunities arising from digital and social trends. Pete is also an Adjunct Professor at RMIT University – School of Management

Rahat Munir
Rahat Munir
Head Accounting and Corporate Governance , Macquarie University

Dr Rahat Munir is a Professor, Head of Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance, Macquarie University. With extensive experience in all forms of academic endeavours - research, teaching and engagement, Professor Munir offer an unbeatable track-record of excellence in curriculum development, research leadership, change management, building teams, effective human resource and financial management. He has published in leading international journals as well as presented at international conferences and seminars in many parts of the world. He is affiliated with several professional bodies. Professor Rahat Munir is actively involved in learning & teaching and research activities and brings a host of administrative and service experience across a wide range of contexts. Professor Munir has earned numerous national and international level research and teaching awards during his career.

Rex Afrasiabi
Rex Afrasiabi
Principal , MA Legal

Many things in life motivate us to go down a certain path. If fully realized, our reasons for living or working can leave a great impact on the people around us.

For Rex Afrasiabi, a principal and the founder of M A Legal, his purpose, or why, is to help people and to learn and continually grow.

He has been fortunate to realize this calling at an early age which is why all the things he does feed into his goal in life, motivating him and making his accomplishments more fulfilling.

Creating A Firm to Help Others
When he first started his career, Rex worked for various law firms before shifting to work in the fashion industry.

The fashion industry for Rex was very high-paced and lots of fun but did little to satisfy his why. He later left the fashion world and established M A Legal which paved the way for his success and fulfillment of his purpose.

He created this firm and created a team of experts who are also strategic problem solvers to achieve commercially viable results. But most importantly, the firm aims to help its clients in their business and personal lives through their various legal services as well as consultations.

Sascha Moore
Sascha Moore
Director , Create Design & Marketing

Sascha Moore is a marketing specialist, who focuses on providing highly strategic, creative solutions – predominantly to the financial services and legal industries. Sascha has extensive experience in Australia and the United States with developing effective integrated marketing programs, and directing their implementation. She is now the Director of Create Design & Marketing, a boutique marketing communications agency that fuses solid strategy and powerful designs that directly resonates with a clients’ end markets. This approach creates a true connection: and connection drives results, deepens brand equity and furthers relationships. In addition to her professional obligations, Sascha is actively committed to educating brokers on how to enhance their business through incorporating smart marketing practices.

Tim Gavan
Tim Gavan
COO , Cameron Brae Group

Tim is currently COO of land developer and investor Cameron Brae Group. The Group controls and has interests in projects with over 10,000 lots in South Western Sydney and NSW.

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