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.

Gareth Tomlinson

Head of Advice

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

Senior Lending Adviser

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.

Thomas Mudge

Senior Lending Adviser

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

Pasquale Vescio

Credit Manager

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.

Nick Power

Credit Manager

Nicholas specialises in sourcing intricate solutions for high-net-worth, SME and corporate clients. His industry experience, technical expertise and lender network allows him to work with complex transactions and deliver a premium service experience.

Nicholas has been in the lending industry for 3 years, holding roles in sales, credit & broking. His experience across these facets of lending allows him to execute on all client needs and find a solution that fits.

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.

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.

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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