The FAST Leadership Team is comprised of experienced industry professionals, with a wealth of banking and finance knowledge to help support and guide our national team of Partnership Managers and Partnership Support Officers.
You’ll benefit from the individual mentorship and collective support from a team dedicated to helping you achieve your business goals.
Chief Executive Officer
Brendan has been the CEO of FAST (Finance & Systems Technology) since October 2012.
With extensive experience in the Australian financial services sector, this includes leading a diverse range of large distribution businesses across a range of customer segments, such as Business Banking, Retail Banking and Third Party Origination.
Focusing on retaining and developing highly capable and engaged people to deliver sustainable business returns for the customer, Brendan has developed and executed strategies spanning third party and proprietary distribution channels, contact centers, operations, credit/risk and marketing.
Prior to joining FAST, Brendan spent several years as General Manager Distribution for Small Business and Head of Small Business, both at National Australia Bank Ltd, where he was responsible for developing strategies to maximize, employee engagement and capability, along with customer satisfaction and retention through meeting their diverse business and personal financial needs.
Previously, Brendan has owned and operated a timber manufacturing business. He knows what it means for business owners to have their own capital on the line and understands the associated challenges of running a business, creating employment and delivering to customers.
Brendan is passionate about business, particularly small to medium enterprises, given they are the engine room of most economies and this is certainly the case in Australia. He is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Senior Associate with Financial Services Institute of Australia (FINSIA) and a Fellow with the Australian Institute of Management (AIM).
Head of Northern Region
Rob has been in the financial services industry for over 23 years, with exposure to Business Banking, Retail Banking, Private Banking, Credit/Risk and Loans Administration. An early entrant to the Third Party Broker Industry, Rob has been in the broker channel for over 18 years as a lender, commencing with BNZ in 1995. He has seen the evolution of the broker industry, and been part of the ever growing segment of third party distribution of home loans.
The past eight years has seen Rob in sales and distribution, including leadership roles in Mortgage Manager Homeloans Limited and Westpac. Rob has worked in state leadership roles for NAB Broker in WA and NSW, with his most recent role being the National Manager for the phone based BDM team in NAB Broker and Advantedge, leading a team of three Team Leaders and twenty four BDMs. The primary function of this role involved people leadership, as well as strategy, design and implementation of an operating model that spanned the two distribution businesses of NAB Broker and the Advantedge white label business.
Rob has a passion for the industry and strongly believes that the mortgage broker industry will continue to grow in share as they provide quality service to their customers.
Rob is excited to be the Regional Manager, North covering NSW, ACT and QLD for FAST, and to be part of a recognised and successful business that offers a broad range of products and quality service to finance brokers looking to diversify and grow their businesses.
Head of Southern Region
Simon is an experienced senior leader with over 25 years experience in the financial services industry. Following a successful career within the Retail, Business and Wealth Management areas of the market, Simon spent five years managing his own integrated financial services business encompassing finance broking, financial planning and accounting.
Simon re-joined the corporate world five years ago and during this time has been responsible for leading national distribution channels such as Mobile Lending and Kiosk Banking. He was also responsible for the design, development and implementation of the strategy to grow the more in-direct channels, including Kiosks, Mobile Bankers, Workplace Banking Programs and non-broker third party referrers.
In his ‘spare’ time Simon is a passionate cyclist and loves to watch his three kids play their chosen sports.
Simon is very excited to be part of an industry leading team at FAST. Simon is the Regional Manager, South and is responsible for the Victorian, South Australian, Northern Territory, Western Australian and Tasmanian markets.
He is passionate about the third party distribution industry and his commitment strengthens the support we provide to enable you to achieve future growth and business success in addition to ensuring FAST is very well placed to continue to lead the way in this dynamic industry.