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Andrew Phanartzis


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. 

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Brett Spencer

Opica Group Australia

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.

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Colin James

The Colin James Method

Colin James is the co-founder of The Colin James Method. He has spent his life exploring cultures, religions, philosophies, and human psychology, which has seen him travel far and wide and have adventures others only read about.

He studied Law in South Africa. As a result of his work as an anti-Apartheid leader, he was forced to leave the country of his birth. After 3 years of living in the Middle East, he has been calling Australia home since 1983. He has a background in broadcasting and marketing, before setting up his Training & Education business in 1989.

He is the recipient of the Australian Educator of the Year, 2008, and, last year, he was awarded the Australian Keynote Speaker of the Year, 2019. Last year he was also rated the number one Speaker globally by Gartner Events. 

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Douglas Driscoll

Starr Partners real estate group

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.

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Fariborz Moshirian

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”

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Gareth Woodham

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.

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Jackson Millan

Jackson Millan – The Wealth Mentor has educated over 1,000 clients to build over $1 billion in wealth over the last decade, is the author of an International best selling book ‘Enjoy The Journey: Creating Wealth and Living The Life You Desire’ which has been a global success reaching bestseller status in 8 countries over 15 categories. Jackson has also received awards as Adviser of the Year, Branch of The Year, Wealth Business of the Year and has been a finalist in numerous other industry awards over the course of his career.  

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Jason Back

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 the Managing Director of The Australian Lending & Investment Centre (ALIC) and has been 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 will take you through the behaviours of the nation’s best brokerage focusing on process, business management and the client journey.

Jason has over 27 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.

 More details can be found on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/jason-back-broker-essentials/ and at Broker Essentials www.brokeressentials.com.au

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Josh Frith

Managing Director
The Dubs

Josh has a career spanning over 30 years helping finance brands build their audience with content that people want to watch, read and share. 
Originally a finance journalist by trade with News Corp, he’s worked across Australia, Asia and the UK with giants in media, big banks and the world’s biggest internet company, Google.
In 1996 Josh co-founded financial content marketing agency The Dubs and has since been helping Australia’s finance brands create engaging content that makes them stand out. Working with big brands like Westpac, CBA, ANZ, BT Financial, TAL, and Citi, Josh has led the agency to create content that helps clients grows brand credibility, audience engagement and scale across global markets.

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Liz Stamford

Liz trained as a Chartered Accountant in the UK which led her to audit and corporate recovery roles before moving onto PwC where she became the Director of Assurance Risk & Quality based in New York. She made the big move to Australia in 2000 and is now the General Manager for Australian Regions at CA ANZ. In addition to this, Liz is also an independent non-executive director at AIDF.

With over 30 years’ experience in senior management roles, Liz is known for her warm and welcoming personality with a passion for member experience, building team culture and diversity in the workplace.

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Mark Zaglas

Encore Adviser 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.

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Michael Field

Managing Partner (NSW)
EvettField Partners

EvettField Partners work with business owners and leaders of medium-sized B2B organisations in Australia and New Zealand. We develop competitive strategy to materially improve revenue, margin, market share - and increase enterprise value for a wide range of industries, including agriculture, architecture, building and construction, chemicals, distribution, electronics, engineering, finance and insurance, food production, hospitality, industrial, manufacturing, mining, property and technology.

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Michael Trencher

Impact Consulting

Michael has been in the finance industry for over 30 years holding numerous senior roles within various banks. Michael has specialised in the mortgage broking channel for most of that time and has also owned his own successful mortgage broking business as well as working in a senior role for one of Australia’s largest mortgage broking companies.

Michael is now the Principal of Impact Consulting, a company he recently established to assist brokers, broker groups and lenders drive successful businesses from a sales, leadership and industry perspective.

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Peter Aquilina

Real Estate Dynamics

As a Director of Real Estate Dynamics and CEO, Peter Aquilina leads and drives the Board of Directors’ vision, innovation, growth and development of the business.

Peter ensures that our unique business strategies and plans are in alignment with short term and long term objectives that support business leaders to increase profits and their assets’ value at all stages of their business lifecycle.

Peter enjoys empowering our RED team to produce the desired results that are consistent with the Board’s overall strategy and mission and seeing each team member succeed and also grow personally and professionally.

Peter has extensive business acumen, invaluable knowledge and expertise in the property services industry and its rapidly changing landscape. His expertise in business management, research, planning, product development, presentation, communication and sales in highly competitive, international and specialised markets is invaluable to RED, our Clients, and the property industry and also other external industries.

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Peter Lynch

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.

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Peter Williams

Chartered Accountants ANZ

Pete is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants ANZ and has been a pioneer in the field of incorporating digital into the delivery of professional services. Pete started working with internet technologies in 1993 and in 1996 founded an eBusiness Consulting group within Deloitte Australia. Over time, that group became Deloitte Digital, which now operates in over 30 countries, employs more than 10,000 people.
Pete is Chief Edge Officer for Deloitte Centre for the Edge AU. The Centre focuses on major changes in the business environment driven by digital innovation and globalisation. Pete has deep knowledge of emerging technologies and can help people separate hype from reality.

He has been the Chairman of Deloitte’s Innovation Council since 2004 as well as being a sought after speaker and media commentator both locally and internationally.

He is an Adjunct Professor at RMIT, and on the boards of Deloitte Foundation, Reach Foundation and Hall and Wilcox Lawyers.

To find out more Google “Peter Williams Deloitte” or follow him on Twitter where his handle is @rexster

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Roland Youakim

Founder & Managing Director

Our Founder and Managing Director has been guiding and supporting businesses within the mortgage broking, aggregation and third party banking sector since 2010. It is Roland’s passion as a specialist mortgage broking recruiter to help candidates and businesses get ahead in their business or career.

After more than 6 years of specialising in mortgage broking recruitment for other firms such as Cherry Solutions and building the mortgage broking recruitment team at Randstad Australia, Roland created Platinum People Group to be the first specialist mortgage broking recruitment agency in Australia. 

Our existence is solely to help Mortgage Broking businesses get ahead, by finding, attracting and retaining the best talent in the market. Great talent is out there, and it's our passion to find this talent and attract them to be a part of your business journey.

Roland loves meeting and getting to know new people. It is this passion that led him to recruitment over 8 years ago. Outside the office Roland enjoys a hit of tennis, searching for new brunch venues, drinking coffee (of course) and wedding planning with his fiancé Madison. Let’s also not forget about a nice glass of wine at the end of the week.


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Sascha Moore

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.

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Tyrone Hodge

Regional Director
Valuation and Advisory

Tyrone is a Regional Director of Valuation and Advisory team and leads the NSW Institutional and Middle Markets team.

He has more than 26 years’ experience in the property industry across valuation, sales and leasing of all property asset classes.

He has worked in leading professional firms and provided advice to major institutions, banks, government and private clients. Recent projects have included portfolio advice to government and development feasibility advice relating to major residential developments in Australia and New Zealand and workout advice for distressed property assets. Tyrone has appeared as an expert witness on behalf of private and institutional clients.