About Athena

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.

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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.

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Nathan Walsh

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.

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Michael Starkey

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.

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Mira Hohn

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.

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Peter Georgiou

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.

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Cameron Bradley

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.

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Natalie Dinsdale

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.

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Neil Murchie

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.

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Esse Turnbull

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.

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Liana Mawston

Director, Strategic Partnerships

Liana has over 20 years’ experience in financial services including leading the Customer Journey program at NAB. She has had prior engagements with RAMS Home Loans, Toyota Money and was a member of the AMP Bank launch team in Australia, NZ and the UK. Liana has a strong background in consultancy, implementation and change management where she brings a fresh, customer focused and engaging approach to our strategic partnerships.

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Joseph Seychell

Chief Risk Officer

Joseph has had a number of senior roles in the Finance, Risk and Technology domains with both ANZ and NAB. He is passionate about all things customer and more recently has driven a number of innovative solutions within NAB to help customers in need of assistance, setting the benchmark for the Financial services sector with a focus on getting them back on track and building tremendous brand loyalty. Joe brings the perspective of the full customer lifecycle to Athena, covering both acquisition and servicing.

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.

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