We are a team of ex-bankers who are passionate about changing the home loan industry for the better. We saw there was a better way to not only help customers get a home loan, but also help them pay it off as soon as possible.
That’s why we're creating a new home loan business that is built around the customer, not the banks.
Meet the team
Athena is led by an executive team with deep experience in financial services and have a track record of delivering innovative customer solutions with outstanding customer experiences.
Co-founder and CEO
Nathan is a fintech entrepreneur with over 20 years’ experience in financial services and top tier consulting in Australia and New York. He was a founder of nabtrade, NAB’s online investing platform, and has significant experience leading innovative digital businesses.
Co-founder and COO
Michael has over 20 years’ global experience in financial services and top tier consulting. He was a co-founder of iSelect, and has held directorships at Homeloans Ltd, an ASX listed mortgage manager and New Payments Platform Australia. Michael held several senior executive positions at NAB where he was responsible for deposits, transaction banking and payments.
Chief Product Officer
Mira is an energetic leader with experience spanning product development, business model transformation and strategic implementation. She has spent over 12 years across financial services in Australia and the UK embedded in leadership roles at nab, Deloitte Consulting and HSBC. With diverse engagements across multiple mortgage providers, Mira brings lending expertise in the context of proposition strategy, lending business models and technology programs.
Chief Technology Officer
Peter is a digital technology leader and has experience with some of Australia’s most innovative companies. As Head of IT at Atlassian software he led a team of 100+ talented engineers, enabling rapid scaling of the Atlassian platform. He drove technology strategy at Macquarie Group, and has significant experience across tech strategy, delivery and innovative digital. Peter also brings a wealth of knowledge in financial services businesses.
Chief Mortgage Services Officer
Cameron has over 10 years’ experience in commercial banking, in senior leadership roles with a focus on mortgages. He joined Athena from NAB where he most recently was Head of Channel Development for NAB’s 3rd party mortgage distribution division. He brings experience leading projects such as digitisation of mortgage origination, partnering with online groups, and responding to regulatory change.
Chief Marketing Officer
Natalie is a passionate marketer, entrepreneur and fintech champion, having worked for a number of challenger brands both here in Australia and in the UK. Her enthusiasm for start up’s began while she worked for Egg in the UK (UK’s first online bank). She then moved to Australia where she launched mortgages for Virgin Money, helped formulate the launch strategy for Bank West on the East Coast and was part of the founding team of UBank.
Chief Investment Officer
Neil is an investment professional with almost 20 years’ international experience in financial services. He spent 10 years as a fund manager with Australian Foundation Investment Company, and prior to this held roles with Citigroup and NAB. With a background in strategy consulting and post graduate qualifications in finance Neil brings an investment professional’s perspective to Athena.
Chief Experience Officer
Esse is a passionate and innovative Human Centered Design professional who champions strategic design thinking to create intelligent, intuitive digital products that offer delightful & engaging experiences. Esse has immersed herself in a variety of industries over the last 22 years, including government, telco and military, with the last 10 years focusing primarily on Business Transformation, Fin-tech Innovation and Financial Services.
Senior Software Engineer
Garth is a technology and user experience professional bringing a wealth of experience designing for the web, creating interfaces for applications, developing websites and working on single page applications. He is a creative problem solver with an uncanny eye for detail. He specialises in the areas of user interface and interaction design with development skills to boot.
Chris is a creative specialist with over 20 years experience in the digital creative space, designing and leading creative teams across financial, media, telecommunication and IT industries in Australia. Previous to Athena, Chris led and directed the creative for BT Financial’s Panorama programme including the launch of BT Invest.
Work with us
We're always on the hunt for great talent. We're creating a home lending experience that is entirely built around the customer, not the banks.
If you want to be part of the change and you enjoy thriving in a collaborative environment then we want to hear from you.
Email us at [email protected]
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