Chief Executive Officer

Russell Brennan

Russell originally hails from Queensland but apparently, that was a long time ago.

Having spent 25+ years in financial services and 20 years as CEO of niche commercial financiers, Russell has long been focussing on the needs of small and mid sized borrowers which have been constantly underserved by the banks during this period.

Not one for tolerating traffic jams, Russell rides a scooter to work from Sydney’s Tamarama beach where his eclectic hobbies include ocean swimming and beekeeping.

Russell Brennan
COO

Phil Aarons

  

Phil has been working in the IT industry for 32 years. During that time, he has concentrated on the banking and finance industry across both retail and wholesale businesses. In recent years this has included senior leadership roles in technology at ANZ Bank and National Australia Bank, and the delivery of multi-million dollar projects.

Phil joined Peer Estate because he truly believes, after years in the big banks, that there are better and easier ways to do things.

Phil loves his wife, daughters and old cars, but will stay silent on the order.

Phil Aarons
Director, New Business Origination

Andrew Harju

Andrew graduated from Sydney University with a BEc (he say’s a very long time ago) and started working in property and business finance, mainly because his parents thought he’d make a terrible Architect.

Having worked with all of the big 4 banks in senior property related roles, these days he much prefers originating new opportunities for Peer Estate. 

Andrew who originally hails from Scandinavia and loves to travel to exotic places, lives at Sydney’s Manly Beach, is married to his childhood sweetheart and has 2 adult daughters who still won’t leave home.

He thinks Manly is a much better beach than Bondi.

Andrew Harju
Chief Financial Officer

Justin Matthews

Justin is an experienced CFO with a 15 year track record in small to mid sized enterprises, including publicly listed companies and in PE backed privately held businesses. Significant past roles include CFO at Sun Doctors, Laverty Pathology (Public), Pulse Healthcare (Public, CFO/CEO) and Crosby|Textor (Private).

Justin thrives on seeing the energy, potential and flexibility that Peer Estate can deliver to both Investors and Borrowers.

Not one for pre-season camps like his AFL team, as an Adelaide boy Justin appreciates fine wine, good food and sharing with the office the smell of many varieties of cheese toastie’s consumed while at work.

Justin Matthews
Chief Risk Officer

Saf Abazovic

Saf is a property finance specialist with in excess of 20 years’ experience across the general property finance industry.

His diverse knowledge of property finance, from debt through to equity, has been harnessed from his involvement in the major bank, origination and non-bank sectors of the industry.

For the past nine years, he has helped build a successful commercial lending business with Arch Finance and believes that maintaining dedicated relationships, together with a strong and disciplined work ethic will always lead to successful outcomes that deliver high values to stakeholders.

Saf is married and enjoys spending time with his two magnificent young boys. He continues to retain the faith and belief that an encore performance and another flag from the Western Bulldogs does indeed remain within reach.

Saf Abazovic
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