Meet the Catalyst Advisers Team

Adrian Lee

CEO & Founder

Adrian has been in the property and financial services industries for over a decade in both client advisory and executive management roles at Macquarie Bank, X Inc, and Finsure Group before founding Catalyst Advisers, Catalyst Advice, Catalyst Private Capital & Catalyst Debt Capital.

Over the past 12 years, Adrian has personally funded in excess of a billion dollars in residential and commercial transactions.

His areas of expertise include high-end residential and commercial property funding, corporate financing, development funding, private funding, and debt/investment advisory.

Dean Rushton

CTO/COO

Dean is an experienced CTO/COO, business integrator and business leader with 25 years’ experience in the Banking & Finance sector.

As a Technology leader for private and listed entities, Dean has led teams delivering major technology transformation programs & platform builds.

Stephen Michaels

Residential & SME Director

Stephen Michaels has been with Catalyst since inception and currently leads the residential mortgage and SME lending team. As the group’s first employee, Stephen was involved in both the early origination and book build of the residential business and has been heavily involved in both operations and strategy right from start-up phase. The business now manages a loan book in excess of a $1BN and settles more than $400M a year in new lending.

Stephen has been acclaimed as a top industry performer on several occasions, most recently being recognised in the Mortgage Professional Australia Top 100 Brokers 2020, 2021 & 2022.

Contact Stephen:

M 0406 089 474
P   1300 411 455

Gareth Tomlinson

Financial Adviser Partner

Gareth has been providing comprehensive advice to individuals, trustees, and businesses for over 15 years. Gareth and his team provide professional financial planning, investment management and risk advice services to a broad spectrum of clients across all life stages. Gareth also advises businesses on their risk management, and their succession planning requirements.

Gareth is a Certified Financial Planner, the highest designation in financial planning, and synonymous with a commitment to the highest levels of ethical standards. The coveted CFP® qualification sets high performing advisers apart from the rest of the industry.

Jonathan Valentino

Director, Northern Beaches

Jonathan has been in the lending industry for 10 years, holding senior roles at both bank and non-bank lenders. His experience spans across credit, business development and portfolio management. Jonathan’s deep industry exposure enables him to connect clients & partnership businesses to Catalyst and assist in creating real value.

Jonathan has been acclaimed as a top industry performer on several occasions, most recently being recognised in the Mortgage Professional Australia Top 100 Brokers 2021 & 2022.

Contact Jonathan:

0413 109 972
P   1300 411 455

Pasquale Vescio

Lending Adviser

Pasquale specialises in finding the right finance solutions for high-net-worth, SME and ex-pat clients. His long-term industry experience, technical expertise and lender network allows him to work with complex transactions and deliver a premium service experience.

Pasquale has been in the lending industry for 5 years, holding roles at both bank and non-bank lenders. His experience across both allows him to execute on all client needs and find a solution that fits.

Contact Pasquale:

0450 529 597
P   1300 411 455

Gregory Vetsikas

Lending Adviser

As a Credit Manager at Catalyst, Gregory specialises in finding the right finance solutions for high-net-worth, SME and professional real estate investor clients. His long term industry experience, technical expertise and lender network allows him to work with complex transactions and deliver a premium service.

Gregory began his corporate career as a graduate account at EY where he obtained his Chartered Accountant qualification. He then held various accounting and analyst roles. He has been in the lending industry for over 7 years and his breadth of experience across accounting and finance allows him to execute on all client needs and provide them with the most suitable solution.

Ashlee Bird

Credit Manager

As a Credit Manager at Catalyst, Ashlee specialises in finding the right finance solutions for first home buyers, non-resident and specialist lending clients.

Ashlee has been in the lending industry for 10 years, holding analyst roles at non-bank lenders. Her long term industry experience, technical expertise and lender network allows her to work with complex transactions and deliver a premium service experience.

Hamish Britt-Lewis

Lending Adviser

As a Senior Lending Adviser at Catalyst, Hamish specialises in finding the right finance solutions for high-net-worth, SME and ex-pat clients. His industry experience, technical expertise and lender knowledge allows him to work with complex transactions and deliver a premium service experience.

Hamish has a broad array of finance industry experience. Encompassing business development, property finance, asset finance, broking, B2B sales and B2C sales.

Marcus Mansour

Credit Manager

Marcus’s previous experience has been in finance service roles. Marcus leverages this experience in working closely with the Catalyst sales team, to find the right finance solutions and provide exceptional client service.

Arun Ghosh

Credit Manager

Arun specialises in finding the right finance solutions for high-net-worth, SME and Medico clients. His long-term industry experience, technical expertise and lender network allows him to work with complex transactions and deliver a premium service experience.

Arun has been in the lending industry for 5 years, holding analyst roles at both bank and non-bank lenders. His experience across both allows him to execute on all client needs and find a solution that fits.

Daniel  Pucciarelli

Credit Manager

Daniel specialises in seeking the best solution for first home buyers, specialist medical clients and SME clients. His experience and lender policy knowledge allows him to complete complex transactions and deliver a premium service to give clients the best customer experience possible.

Daniel has been in the lending industry for 1 year working as an analyst. He strives to further improve and expand his knowledge of the lending industry to find the right solution for his clients that fits their needs.

Genevieve Thompson

Client Service Manager

Genevieve’s previous experience has been in sales and service roles with major institutions. Genevieve leverages this experience in working closely with the Catalyst sales team, to drive efficiency throughout the post-approval process and provide exceptional client service.

Marjory Jiang

Client Service Manager

As a Client Service Manager at Catalyst Advisers, Marjory is responsible for processing loan applications and managing client communication to deliver a seamless experience, as well as providing operational support to the Catalyst team throughout the lending process.

Marjory’s previous finance experience has been in roles with major financial institutions, providing her with an extensive understanding of the institution’s systems & processes. Marjory leverages this experience in working closely with the Catalyst sales team, to drive efficiency throughout the pre-approval process and provide exceptional client service.

David Lahoud

Client Service Manager

As a Client Service Manager at Catalyst Advisers, David is responsible for processing loan applications and managing client communication to deliver a seamless experience, as well as providing operational support to the Catalyst team throughout the lending process.

David’s previous finance experience has been in roles with financial institutions and he is an experienced administrative professional with a background in loan processing. David leverages this experience in working closely with the Catalyst sales team, to drive efficiency throughout the pre-approval process and provide exceptional client service.

About us

All our advisers have strong track records and deep experience within the financial services industry.

The team made the process quick & easy and answered any questions I had in relation to my loan. Would 100% recommend Catalyst to friends & family.

MELISSA N, NSW

Catalyst provide intelligent and thoughtful guidance and consistently impress. As expats living outside of Australia, they have been trusted advisors.

MARK & JESSICA O, SINGAPORE

I have no hesitation in recommending the Catalyst Advisers team. Their service levels through the application process were first class.

Jacob F

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