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Non-bank appoints inaugural head of distribution

Publication Date: Wednesday, 8 April 2020
This article originally appeared in The Adviser

Non-bank lender Brighten Home Loans has announced the appointment of Natalie Sheehan to the newly created role of head of distribution, effective from 6 April.

Ms Sheehan, who has over 30 years of experience in the finance and lending industry, and has held a number of managerial and distribution positions in the past, will reportedly oversee the upcoming expansion of Brighten’s broker and aggregator networks.

Ms Sheehan joins Brighten from specialist lender Resicom Financial, where she held the role of general manager.

Previous to this, Ms Sheehan held a number of executive or managerial roles in the industry, including chief operating officer and head of distribution at Better Choice Home Loans, senior business development manager at Resimac and regional manager at Pepper.

She is also an MFAA and FBAA accredited mentor under the More than Mentoring program.

Brighten Home Loans managing director Scott Kelly welcomed Ms Sheehan to the company, noting how her experience in the industry will be utilised for growth.

“As we rapidly scale up our business in response to strong growth, Natalie’s knowledge, experience and networks will enable her to make a major contribution,” he said.

“In particular, Natalie will spearhead our expansion into the prime and near-prime loan segments, drawing on our ability to provide brokers with a streamlined product offering, a simple and competitive pricing structure, and a superior service proposition assisted through our enhanced technology platform.”

Mr Kelly stated that the company values long-term partnership, and that the Brighten team “strives to become a reliable and credible partner” to brokers.

“We believe we can not only deliver great lending products for their clients, but also help them grow other parts of their business,” he said.

“This is a significant point of difference for us, and I believe Natalie’s extensive mentoring experiences will be of great value as we continue to actively invest into the expansion of our broker and aggregator networks.”

“We also expect to make an announcement regarding aggregator partnerships in coming weeks that will further expand our distribution networks,” Mr Kelly concluded.