Directors & Management

Directors & Management

Peter Wallace

Non-executive Chairman

Mr Wallace has served as a Director since August 2014 and was elected Chairman in October 2015.
Prior to his retirement in 2007,  Mr Wallace was the Head of Corporate (Western Australia) for Bell Potter Securities Ltd, Australia’s largest retail broking house. He has directed capital raising for several large publicly listed companies as well as provided a variety of corporate advisory services to a wide range of companies, both private and publicly owned. Over the past 25 years he has also held executive management positions with Westpac Banking Corporation, Challenge Bank Ltd and National Australia Bank Ltd. Mr Wallace has considerable public company experience having held directorships previously with RuralAus Investments Ltd, Tethyan Copper Ltd,and Decmil Engineering Ltd. He is currently a director of Neptune Marine Services Limited and Katana Investments Limited. He is a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.

Mr Wallace is Chair of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Credit Committee.

 

Derek La Ferla

Non-executive Director and Deputy Chairman

Mr La Ferla was elected as a Director in November 2015. With 30 years experience as a corporate lawyer and Company Director, he has held senior positions with some of Australia's leading law firms. Currently, Mr La Ferla is a Partner with Western Australian firm, Lavan Legal, in the firm's Corporate Advisory Group (which includes mining and resources).

Mr La Ferla is a member of the firm's Advisory Board and previously served on the Norton Rose Australia National Board (while the firm was known as Deacons) and he also serves as the Chairman of OTOC Limited, Sandfire Limited, Cashmere Iron Limited and Threat Protect Australia Limited. Previously a Director of the listed company, Katana Capital Limited, Mr La Ferla is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the AICD Council (WA Division).

   Mr La Ferla is Chair of the Audit Committee and is also a member of the Risk & Compliance and Remuneration Committees.

 

Peter Hall

Non-executive Director

Mr Hall was elected as a Director in November 2015 and is an experienced financial services industry professional. Previous Board and industry appointments include: Non Executive Director of BLSSA Pty Ltd (the licensing Board for Advantedge Financial Services, a NAB subsidiary), Chair of the CoreLogic RP Data sponsored Residential Valuation Industry Advisory Group, Ministerial Advisory Board Member for NSW Housing Minister and Chairman and Council Member of the Lenders Mortgage Insurance sub-committee. Mr Hall has also held the senior executive position of Country Executive of Genworth Financial Aust. & NZ  and Managing Director of  Genworth Financial Mortgage Insurance Aust. & NZ.

Mr Hall holds a Graduate Diploma of Management, has completed Executive Management Programs at GE’s global management college, is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, a Senior Associate of the Financial Services Institute of Australia and has received a Distinguished Service Award from the Australian Securitisation Forum.

Mr Hall is the Chair of the Risk & Compliance Committee and is also a member of the Audit Committee and Credit Committee.

 

James Austin

Non-executive Director

Mr Austin was appointed a Director in November 2013. He is currently the CFO of Firstmac Limited, one of Australia's largest non-bank lenders, a role he has held since 2005. Mr Austin studied at Queensland University of Technology where he obtained his Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. Mr Austin gained international finance experience while working for CSFB and Abbey National London in London.

Upon returning to Australia, Mr Austin worked for HSBC in Sydney for three years before being promoted to Chief Operating Officer at HSBC Japan, where he stayed for a further six years. Mr Austin managed the acquisition and integration of HSBC's $2.2 billion residential mortgage portfolio in 2006 for Firstmac and has overseen the issuance of more than $7 billion of RMBS.

Mr Austin is a member of the Audit Committee and Credit Committee.

 

Keith John

Non-executive Director

Keith John is the Founder and Managing Director of ASX listed financial services provider Pioneer Credit Limited (ASX: PNC) and has over 20 years experience in the receivables management industry.

Developing innovative ideas and solutions - Keith was the first non-national to open a receivables management business in Malaysia in 1999, and has received numerous awards in recognition of his business achievements and acumen. These include in 2006 recognition of Pioneer Credit in the BRW Fast 200 at number 26, an award which showcased Australia’s fastest growing businesses. Keith was also acknowledged as a winner of the WABN ’40 Under 40’ Award which recognises Western Australia’s young business leaders.

Keith has a strong interest in philanthropy and through his business and directorships supports numerous charitable organisations across Australia. He is a former director of ACA International Inc (the US based representative body of the receivables management industry worldwide) and TCM Group International Inc (the largest independent network of affiliated agents in the world).

Keith is a Director of the peak industry body of the Debt Purchase Industry in Australia, Australian Collectors & Debt Buyers Association Limited, of Midbridge Investments Pty Ltd and Box International Pty Ltd, publisher of the leading Australian luxury magazine ‘Box Magazine’.

MrJohn is a member of the Risk & Compliance Committee and Remuneration Committee.

 

Simon Lyons

Chief Executive Officer

Simon is an ex Army officer, but has been involved in the day to day management of financial services businesses for the last 20 years. He began his business career at Porter Western Limited as a stockbroker in 1994 and was a Director and shareholder of Porter Western when the business was sold to Macquarie Bank in 1999.

With the business under new ownership, Simon became the State Manager for Macquarie Bank in Perth where he was promoted to Division Director for Macquarie and transferred to a national role as Head of Broking (Distribution and Development), largely based out of Sydney. In 2005 Simon became the Head of Macquarie Private Wealth - Asia and spent several years working in Asia and India establishing or acquiring wealth management businesses for Macquarie Bank.

Since leaving Macquarie Bank in 2008, Simon has established and managed wealth management businesses to service clients looking for stockbroking or fixed income investments (bonds and term deposits). Simon is committed to building upon Goldfields Money’s terrific reputation for service, growing  the business to become a leading provider of banking and financial services for Western Australian clients. 

 

Malcolm Cowell 

Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary 

Malcolm was a former Audit Director at KPMG in Perth and has extensive experience across a number of industries over a long career which includes working as a credit analyst for the Commonwealth Bank. Malcolm was appointed CFO and Company Secretary in February 2017. He has acted as an auditor to companies listed on the ASX and the Toronto Stock Exchange. Malcolm has successfully delivered several advisory engagements, which includecredit risk reviews, regulator prudential review preparation, internal control effectiveness, unit pricing, IT system implementation project governance, accounting advice and transaction support. His experience spans financial statement audits and regulatory audits.