Our Team

Our Balanz team is the key to our success – we know banking, so we are well-placed to navigate you to achieve the best possible funding results for your business. Learn a bit about our team here, or get in touch to get one of our team on your team.

You can also benefit from our team’s regular insights and expert tips shared via Balanz articles and reviews of recent transactions, and can connect with us via Facebook and LinkedIn.

Abdul Osman

Abdul has 15 years banking and finance experience working with small to medium enterprise through to corporate clients in a diverse range of industries. Having spent the majority of his career in client facing roles, Abdul has a proven track record of providing excellent support, service and advice to clients to ensure success now and into the future. His ability to think outside the square in order to achieve the optimum outcome is evident in the structuring and execution of transactions for his clients. 

Phone: 0412 716 420
Email: abdul.osman@balanz.com.au

John Aird

John has over 20 years’ experience working in the finance industry with major banks in both business and retail banking segments.

John worked with Nab for 18 years and spent 3 years with Westpac as a Senior Business Manager with the last 7 years in the Health Industry specialising in pharmacy, dental, GP practices and hospitals.

Prior to The Health industry area, John also worked in the general Business banking sector as a Business Manager and has gained extensive experience across a wide range of industries and has a comprehensive understanding of the drivers of growth, profitability and cash-flow and can deliver financing options to help achieve your goals.

Phone: 0405 889 026
Email: john.aird@balanz.com.au

Katherine Ure

Katherine Ure

Katherine has over 15 years experience in the professional services sector. Having worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in external audit, she undertook further studies before continuing to assist corporate clients Australia-wide in a specialist area of tax consulting for a number of years. Most recently Katherine held a strategic role for over 5 years in a unique and complex large-scale property development and operations project. In everything she does, Katherine is passionate about supporting individuals and businesses to achieve their goals.

Stephen Corbett

Stephen joined the Balanz team after a career in finance that saw him develop and refine his skills working with a range of industries and operations either directly as their banking manager or indirectly as the North QLD regional manager. When away from work you can normally find Stephen enjoying fishing with his two young boys.

Phone: 0428 838 426
Email: stephen.corbett@balanz.com.au

Edwin Jan

Ed has over 15 years experience working in the finance industry working for major banks in the corporate and business banking segments. In the last 4 years he has specialised in the Hospitality sector however also has extensive experience across a number of industries and is well qualified to understand your business and deliver financing options to help you achieve your long term strategy. Ed is passionate about helping people achieve their business goals.

Phone: 0413 996 480
Email: edwin.jan@balanz.com.au 

Devyn Wanigesekera

Devyn has Bachelor’s degrees in Law and Science (majoring in geological sciences).  He draws upon this diverse knowledge-base to assist and support our clients through debt analytical work, equipment finance and mortgages.  Devyn is excited and passionate about working with customers to help them achieve results for their businesses.  

Phone: 0427 209 452
Email: devyn.wanigesekera@balanz.com.au 

Anne-Merrie (Anna) Hughes

Anne-Merrie (Anna) Hughes

Anna is a qualified Chartered Accountant and BAS Agent.  She has over 20 years’ experience working in Chartered Accounting firms, large multinational companies and local businesses. Anna has now established her own business providing consulting, accounting and bookkeeping services to businesses across a variety of industries.

Anna supports the Balanz team, bringing a wealth of accounting experience and knowledge.

Our Team

Tom McGhie

Tom has over 15 years of experience in finance, product management and risk management across the banking and financial services sector. Tom held a variety of banking roles within NAB starting in the SME market and subsequently in Corporate Banking to lead the ongoing management of Queensland based clients. Tom left NAB in April 2018 having held senior roles in Business Banking and Business Lending Product. Since 2018, Tom has started his own management consulting business and has been working with start-ups around Australia with financing and operational management needs to rapidly grow new businesses into great companies.

Phone: 0407 129 718
Email: tom.mcghie@balanz.com.au

George Sha 沙曉陽

Starting his career with almost a decade with one of the Big 4 banks, George has demonstrated his acumen as a business builder not afraid to challenge traditional financier thinking.  He is an active ambassador within the Asian business community, and is engaged by many to be their voice at the table for complex and detailed negotiations with financiers and professional services firms.

Phone: 0421 548 747
Email: george@balanz.com.au

Joe Wood

Joe was the first staff member to join Balanz and has been with the company since 2015. Over these last five years he has worked across all channels of the business, and looked after clients in most sectors. Joe uses his relationships, knowledge, and skills to deliver trusted advice and positive outcomes, with high level client service and ongoing support at the heart of what he does.

Joe recently transitioned to a director and manages the residential lending and asset finance portfolios for Balanz and also specialises in looking after trading business and commercial property (development and investment) in the sub $3mil space.

Phone: 0481 172 100
Email: joe.wood@balanz.com.au

Mitchell Laughlin

Mitchell joined the Balanz team in late 2020, after being our first intern through the University of Queensland’s Student Work Experience Program – having studied an Advanced Finance and Economics degree. Mitchell brings a fresh perspective to our business, and is passionate about assisting Balanz clients via residential lending services. Like many in our Balanz team, Mitchell is an avid sports fan, and outside of work loves to run, cycle, climb and play football.

Phone: 0474 981 877
Email: mitchell.laughlin@balanz.com.au

John Davis

John has been working in the finance sector to support his customers in business, corporate and personal segments for nearly 30 years. Working in both the metropolitan and regional areas of Australia, John has a strong grasp of all major industries within our country’s economy. Having worked in executive leadership roles with the major banks he adds strengths in strategy, planning, and core business operations to your team. John’s passion lies in seeing customers exceed their goals, supporting and guiding every step of the way.

Phone: 0429 214 165
Email: john.davis@balanz.com.au

Kerry Gillan

Kerry is a finance executive with broad industry experience encompassing retail, business, corporate and institutional banking. Kerry is the former State Director of NAB’s Institutional Banking business in Qld, and has proven expertise in providing clients with unparalleled advice, service and support, particularly with complex / time critical transactions that require high levels of project and stakeholder management.

Phone: 0437 607 815
Email: kerry.gillan@balanz.com.au

Darren de Jong

Darren has more than a decade of experience in business and corporate banking in both client facing and operational leadership roles. Before this period, Darren worked in a number of enterprises across Australia and Japan. Subsequently, he served as a Director in the hydrology sector and currently assists his wife, a Pharmacist, with their retail chemist business. Darren is a solutions focused advisor with a keen analytical mind and a track record of generating stakeholder value for his clients.

Phone: 0403 888 739
Email: darren.dejong@balanz.com.au