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About us

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Creating innovative products, backing today's brokers.

We are a non-bank lender based in Sydney CBD, established in 2018 by three mortgage industry executives with extensive industry experience. Although the mortgage industry is competitive and crowded, we felt we could make a difference by doing things differently.

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Starting out, we focused on high-quality tertiary educated professional borrowers by backing them to buy their own home sooner through an innovative 100% LVR home loan solution. That is because we knew that saving a deposit is the key barrier to achieving home ownership and that the ideal solution wasn’t The Bank of Mum & Dad. We also knew there’s a large group of creditworthy, tertiary educated professionals that may not have saved a full deposit but, based on job security and strong income, can afford to repay a mortgage.

​Since launching the innovative 100% LVR product for professionals, we have expanded our product range and distribution footprint. We now offer a broad range of mortgage products for owner-occupiers and investors with full product features and at ultra-competitive rates. We have a specific focus on SMSF loans secured by both residential and commercial property and are a market leader in this field.

Our loan products are currently offered by over 13,500 brokers across the country. We only use the services of experienced mortgage brokers and credit assessors to ensure your loan is handled with expert care from enquiry to settlement. We also manage your loan throughout its life and offer modern internet account access to help borrowers self-manage their loan account.

Our parent company

ColCap Financial Limited (ColCap) ACN 119 531 252 (Australian Financial Services Licence and Australian Credit Licence 337 303) was established in 2006 and is privately controlled by Australian shareholders.

 

ColCap is a major non-bank lender in Australia. ColCap offers primarily Australian residential mortgage loans to prime borrowers through wholesale, retail, and broker distribution channels. ColCap has a loan portfolio in excess of A$14 billion and employs over 300 staff in Australia, the UK and the Philippines, with its head office in Sydney.

Our Founders

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Bridget Sakr

Director and Co-Founder

 

Bridget is a passionate, respected and trusted senior business leader with over 25 years’ financial services experience. A senior executive with experience in directing business growth, elevating brand awareness, increasing revenue, profitability and market share in the highly competitive and regulated mortgage and associated Lenders Mortgage Insurance market.

 

Bridget’s career commenced in 1991 at Commonwealth Bank of Australia on a graduate trainee program. She joined Genworth in 1994, (formerly HLIC and GE Mortgage Insurance), an ASX Listed company and leading provider of Lenders Mortgage Insurance, her career spanning over 22 years. She covered many roles from Credit, Operations, Securitisation, Sales and Commercial. Bridget was appointed as the National Sales Leader in 2004, where she first joined the senior leadership team reporting to the CEO. During her time in this role, she expanded the sales team from 18 to 28 and exceeded revenue targets by 25% year on year. In 2010, Bridget was appointed as the Chief Commercial Officer where she led, developed and inspired high performing cross-functional team of 40, including Partnership and Distribution, Marketing and Communications, Product Management and Corporate development teams.

 

Bridget holds a Bachelor of Arts, Economics Major, University of Sydney and a Graduate Certificate in Humans Resource Management, UTS. Bridget is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and has attended the Foundations of Directorship course, (AICD).

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Yianni Socratous

General Manager

Yianni has a wide range of experience in Finance, eCommerce and Digital Marketing. A jack-of-all-trades with a specific focus towards sales and business development, systems integration and process improvement. He has a unique blend of skills allowing him to fulfil almost any mortgage finance role along the acquisition, credit, operations, admin and processing pipeline.

 

Yianni joined Genworth in 2011 as a Corporate Relationship Manager in the Commercial team Major Bank segment. During his time at Genworth, he managed and supported customers such as NAB, Westpac (including St George, BT LMI, RAMS) and CBA. He was responsible for systems integration projects, oversaw application pipelines and managed key stakeholders within these organisations.

 

Prior to joining Genworth, Yianni worked for 9 years with a boutique lender that acted as a mortgage manager for Adelaide Bank and also utilised private, investor and portfolio funding to provide non-regulated mortgage loans to businesses and investors. Yianni was responsible for Application processing, credit approval and business development. During the GFC the company shifted focus and Yianni was responsible for collections, arrears management and property repossessions.

 

More recently Yianni co-Founded an eCommerce business specialising in procurement and supply of Mobile Tech equipment to Government agencies, businesses and consumers. Having sold this business mid-2017, Yianni started consulting for other businesses providing solutions for process improvement and increasing online presence and conversions.

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Craig Mackenzie

Non-Executive Director and Co-Founder

Craig is an experienced financial services executive with a focus on the mortgage and property segments. He has a unique blend of commercial and legal/regulatory skills and experience developed across several roles including General Counsel (including responsibility for managing APRA relationship and Government Relations program), EGM Commercial, EGM Banking & Finance (Segment Lead) and EGM Product & Solutions roles at CoreLogic over seven years. Craig joined CoreLogic in 2011 as General Counsel, after 10 years in a similar role at Genworth, Australia’s largest mortgage insurance company.

 

At CoreLogic, Craig was responsible for over 90% of the product and solution suite across a range of segments including real estate, banking, mortgage broking, valuation, construction, wealth and government.

 

Prior to joining Genworth (previously part of General Electric) in 2001, Craig spent three years in London working at leading UK law firm, Herbert Smith having previously spent five years in Sydney at Dunhill Madden Butler (now PwC Legal).

 

With 20 years of experience in the residential mortgage industry, Craig has developed a deep understanding of the various component elements of the mortgage ecosystem, specifically best practice usage of property data and analytics, the valuation industry and the overarching regulatory environment for mortgage finance.

 

Craig has a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance Major) and Bachelor of Law degrees from the University of New South Wales.

Our Broker Partnership team

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Grant Lloyd

National Manager – Aggregator and Direct Partnerships

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Kit Wong

State Partnership Manager (NSW/ACT)

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Helen Bond

State Partnership Manager (WA/SA)

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Nicola Schuback

Business Development Manager (QLD/NT)

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Vivian Dong

Business Development Manager

(Non-Resident & Foreign Income)

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Alex Bodycoat

State Partnership Manager (VIC/TAS)

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Ronel Morton

Business Development Manager (NSW/ACT)

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Broker support team

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Don Susi

Manager, Sales Support Distribution

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Danielle Bishop

Broker Support Team

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Sifath Rumman

Broker Support Team

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Ruth Jones

Broker Support Team

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ruth.jones@granitehomeloans.com.au

1300 232 999 (Option 5)

Customer Assistance

Existing customer enquiry: 1300 737 058

Email: service@granitehomeloans.com.au

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