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Who is Brighten?

Brighten Home Loans (“Brighten”) is an Australian owned, Australian based and Australian regulated non-bank lender with offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

Our loans are fully funded by a mix of Top Tier Banks and Multi-Institutional Capital and are specifically designed to suit the needs of a diverse range of customers.

We are a genuine, innovative and effective alternative for those seeking home loans beyond the sphere of traditional banks.

Our Mission?

To reshape non-bank lending in Australia. At Brighten we believe in creating effective and innovative lending solutions — helping more home-buyers achieve their goal of home ownership within Australia.

We are leading the way in challenging the status quo to establish a real alternative to the major banks by focusing on new ideas and technologies to provide our customers and partners with intuitive, tailored and easy to use lending solutions.

As we reshape the lending space, our goal is to support more brokers as they introduce their clients to the Australian Property Market.

Our Management

Brighten is led by an experienced and dynamic executive team. Our managing directors include former executives from UBS, holding an average of over 20 years of experience in the financial industry. Among our departments leaders are former executives from major non-bank lenders in Australia.

Scott Wehl

Chairman

 

Scott Wehl

Position: Chairman

Scott has over 21 years of experience in Global Wealth Management and Corporate Banking working for top tier global banks in Australia, London, and Hong Kong.

Prior to founding Real Asset Management Group, Scott was a Managing Director and Head of Banking Products International for UBS Wealth Management (“UBS WM”), leading a team of finance professionals in 17 countries. Over a 13 year career with UBS WM, Scott held various roles including the Head of Banking Products in the United Kingdom, and Head of Banking Products Asia Pacific. Prior to joining UBS WM, Scott began his finance career in corporate banking with National Australia Bank in Brisbane Australia.

Scott holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Griffith University Australia, and an Executive MBA jointly from Kellogg Business School and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Scott Kelly

Managing Director

 

Scott Kelly

Position: Managing Director

Scott has over 24 years of experience in Global Wealth Management and Asset Management, working for top tier financial institutions in Australia and the United Kingdom.

Prior to joining Brighten, Scott was a Managing Director and Head of Investment Products and Services for UBS Wealth Management Australia. There he oversaw the entire product offering for Australia’s premier wealth manager with $A24bn of assets under management. Scott has also held the position of National Sales Director for Macquarie Private Wealth Australia and prior to this Scott co-founded and was Managing Director of Corazon Capital, a specialist wealth and asset management business based in Jersey. Scott was also the Joint Head of Private Clients at Kleinwort Benson, after starting his financial career with Mercury Asset Management in London.

Scott holds a B.A. (Hons) degree in Business Management from the University of Leeds and is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Securities & Investment, UK.

Adam Moore

Director, Head of Securitisation & Funding

 

Adam Moore

Position: Director, Head of Securitisation & Funding

Adam has over 9 years of debt funding experience.

Prior to joining Brighten, Adam was a member of the Treasury and Securitisation team at Resimac, responsible for funding Resimac’s residential mortgage portfolio. In this role Adam managed various warehouse relationships along with arranging RMBS transactions to meet the ongoing funding requirements of the business.

Adam holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Finance) degree from Macquarie University and a Bachelor of European Business from the Ecole de Management de Normandie.

Jason Ford

Director, Head of Operations

 

Jason Ford

Position: Director, Head of Operations

Jason has extensive experience spanning more than 18 years’ in the financial services industry, specialising in banking and mortgage lending.

Prior to joining Brighten, Jason most recently was responsible for the management of service across Firstmac’s businesses including loans.com.au. Jason’s passion is leading teams who strive to deliver a truly world class customer experience through efficient operational processes to retail, wholesale and white label customers. Jason’s business units encompassed managing end to end sales to settlement, customer service, collections, customer relations, loan solutions and investments, both in Australia and offshore.

Jason is currently undertaking his Masters of Business Administration through Griffith University.

Natalie Sheehan

Director, Head of Distribution

 

Natalie Sheehan

Position: Director, Head of Distribution

Natalie has over 30 years of experience in Banking and Finance industry, working for some of Australia’s leading financial institutions.

Prior to joining Brighten, Natalie was the General Manager at Resicom Financial, where she was responsible for managing and mentoring the firm’s national team of business development managers and credit analysts and growing the introducer network within the Private Lending and Non-Bank space. Prior to that, Natalie was the COO and the Head of Distribution of Better Choice Home Loans.

Natalie is also a MFAA and FBAA accredited mentor under the More than Mentoring program which provides online study modules, hands on training sessions and workshops for new to industry brokers. Natalie is currently undertaking her MBA through Monash University. Natalie also holds a Diploma of Finance Broking n Insolvency Law (Postgraduate) Certificate in Insolvency Practice from the Queensland University of Technology and a Diploma in Finance and Mortgage Broking Management.

Jennifer Xu

Head of Product Design and Marketing

 

Jennifer Xu

Position: Head of Product Design and Marketing

Jennifer has over 7 years of experience in Marketing and Public Relations, working for institutions in Australia, Hong Kong and Macau.

Jennifer joined Real Asset Management Group in 2014. Prior to that, Jennifer worked for Classic Magazine as an Editor. Previously, she worked for Strategic Public Relations Group, Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB) and Konami Digital Entertainment Ltd.

Jennifer holds a Master degree of Social Science in Advertising and a Bachelor of Journalism and Communication from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Yvonne Ching

Head of Client Services

 

Yvonne Ching

Position: Head of Client Services

Yvonne has over 15 years of experience as an Australian tax compliance professional specialised in SMSF Superannuation Fund audits, and tax planning for SMEs and High Net Worth individuals.

Prior to joining Brighten, Yvonne worked as a Senior Accountant at Holt Baker Pty Ltd in Melbourne.

Yvonne holds a Bachelor of Business Accounting from Victoria University. Yvonne is also a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA), a registered Tax Agent, a registered SMSF Superannuation Fund Auditor and a Certified Xero Advisor.

Andrew Macadam

Head of Credit

 

Andrew Macadam

Position: Head of Credit

Andrew is a Senior Credit Risk Executive with 38 years of experience gained via several major financial institutions including Australian Defence Credit Union (Head of Credit), G&C Mutual Bank Limited, Yellow Brick Road Group Lending, HSBC Australia, AMP Bank, Citibank and State Bank of NSW (now CBA).

With proven ability to monitor and manage credit risk, including underwriting, lending operations and portfolio trends, Andrew has extensive experience of engagement with industry regulators, in reviewing and managing credit/risk policy/underwriting standards and procedures and ensuring compliance with APRA, ASIC and Basel 11 criteria.

Andrew was the ASIC accredited designated Responsible Manager for Australian Defence Credit Union and HSBC Australia Retail Credit and holds a Diploma of Finance and Mortgage Broking Management.

What customers and partners say about us

Steven, Accredited Broker

Couldn't be happier with the service we received From Kay. Easy to communicate with, always helpful patient and friendly. As a builder, progress payment process sometimes become very complicated, Kay helps us to follow up every requests that we highly recommended!

Jun

Their ability to work with clients with such high customer service level and fast processing speed is incredible.

Lulu, Accredited Broker

I have been working with my BDM, Mikai Ning, for two years. Since meeting her, she has continued to impress me with her professionalism, her efficiency, and her patience to listen and explaining all information. Even during pregnancy period, she even said to me personally that if there is anything I require, that Mikai is still contactable and will get back to me as soon as she can. Her attitude is always super nice and is highly passionate about what she does. I have been in this field for so many years and she is the best BDM I have worked with.

Fan, Accredited Broker

Great review for Mikai Ning. Not only is she highly passionate, but she is also very hard working and highly detail oriented in her work. No matter what time of the day, or day of week, she will always get back to us. We highly appreciate Mikai and Brighten for their hard work and ongoing support.

Jinkai, Accredited Broker

Brighten’s BDM, Liwen, has left a very impressive impression. Whether it is policy or product, she can solve and fix any problem, big or small, she is always reaching out and supporting us. From the beginning, It has been great to work with Brighten’s vastly experience team and great products. I always recommend Brighten to all my clients.

Alan, Accredited Broker

Mikai is a very passionate and proactive person. Our work with Mikai has is nothing but positive outcomes and we look forward to continuing working Brighten and Mikai.

Anthony, Accredited Broker

My BDM Leo Liu has been a great help in assisting me setting up the referral program and educating in terms of products and knowledge. I look forward to the greater relationship with Brighten Home Loan and Leo Liu.

Nick, Accredited Broker

It is just an incredible experience to work with Kay Yang. As it was my first time to write a deal through Brighten. Kay Yang was really supportive all the way through. Communication at all times, and being kept in the loop, were flawless and you could not wish for anyone better to look after your client's interests.

Terry, Accredited Broker

Mikai is our BDM and she is a very detail oriented with great work ethic and speed. If there is a policy update, she will always try and get in touch with us as soon as possible to ensure that we received and understand the relevant changes so that we can better accommodate our clients. Thank you for your ongoing support to us brokers.

Victoria, Accredited Broker

I wish to thank BDM kay yang of her excellent service to broker. She had been very patient with my scenario questions. Always prompt to reply and it was pleasant to work with her.

Yuhui, Accredited Broker

It has been very convenient with the interest rates being lower also. Brighten home loan was able to solve so many problems for overseas clients. Big thanks to BDM Mikai for all her support.

Jakie, Accredited Broker

I need to thank my BDM Liwen Liu. She has been very responsible since the beginning. She is always patient with my home loan scenario enquires. She always tries to do best for the clients. Liwen is very professional, always gives good advice to brokers. She is an excellent BDM. Thank you.

How We Work with You

Our experienced, multilingual team are available when you need them to help you navigate your home loan journey.
Here’s how our expert lending specialists will guide you through our step-by-step process.

1
Submit Your Application
We process your application and supporting documents, and issue you with a complimentary conditional written approval within 48 hours.
2
Valuation & Income Verification
We will begin our valuation and income verification process after Application Fee and Valuation Fee are settled.
3
Documents Signing
We will issue you the formal loan approval, then we will forward you all the necessary documents you need to sign.
4
Settlement
We finalise your settlement, and your loan is released to you. Congratulations!

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