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Non-bank announces four key appointments

by Staff Reporter10 minute read
The Adviser

A leading non-bank lender has announced the appointment of four staff to key strategic positions.

Australian First Mortgage (AFM) has announced the promotions of Paul Grant, Melanie Davis, Rachel Walsh and Robyn Strickland to key sales management positions.

After five years with AFM, Paul Grant has been appointed to the currently vacant position of national sales manager.

“The key thing I want to achieve in the new role is to assist and guide the BDMs to have good business practices that help them to write strong volumes each month,” said Mr Grant.


Melanie Davis has been promoted to the role of strategic broker relations manager and will be based in the group’s NSW head office. The new role is focused on supporting large broking firms to sub-originate their programs under the AFM White Label offering.

“We intend to have 10 firms sub-originating with AFM by the end of the year, with three groups already signed up,” she said.

Rachel Walsh has taken on the role of state sales manager for Queensland, having previously managed brokers for industry stakeholders such as Connective, Firstfolio and Homeloans.

Meanwhile, Robyn Strickland has moved into the role of NSW business manager, having occupied a range of roles within the third party sector.

AFM’s managing director, David White, said all four appointments will help raise the lender’s profile in the industry and help to build better relationships with brokers.

“All four are well-known and respected in the market so we’re excited about expanding their responsibilities within the group,” he said.

“With the rollout of a host of new product initiatives planned for the year ahead, their promotions are well timed. [They] will take AFM’s market positioning with mortgage brokers to a whole new level and Paul, Melanie, Rachel and Robyn will all play vital roles in that process.”

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