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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Brae Sokolski

Executive Director & Founder

Brae is responsible for driving new business activity across both debt and equity transactions, corporate strategy, and he supports capital raising activities.

Wayne Lasky

Executive Chairman & Founder

Wayne is the Founder & Executive Chairman of MaxCap Group, responsible for business strategy, execution, key stakeholder relations and capital raising.

Christine Christian, AO

Non-Executive Director

Christine has significant experience with financial services businesses including being the MD/Chairman of Dun & Bradstreet Consumer Credit Services.

Mike Roche

Non-Executive Director

Mike is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries (London) and a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia.

Anthony Hermann

Non-Executive Director

Anthony Hermann is Head of APAC at ATLAS SP. Anthony is responsible for the leadership and management of the ATLAS SP APAC business.

Samuel Green

Non-Executive Director

Samuel Green is a Principal at Apollo Global Management, based in Sydney. Prior to joining Apollo, Samuel was a Vice President at Macquarie Capital focused on principal investing.

Executive Team

Phillip Hope

Chief Operating Officer

Philip is the Chief Operating Officer of MaxCap Group, responsible for operations, finance and technology. He has over 30 years of investment, wealth management and asset servicing experience in C-suite roles in global organisations.

Bill McWilliams

Chief Investment Officer

Bill leads the National Investment team for MaxCap in Australia and is responsible for developing an investment strategy, relationship management framework, and oversight of deal origination, structuring, and negotiation.

Ben Wollan

Deputy Chief Investment Officer

Ben is responsible for transaction origination and management, as well as leading the development of new investment products and strategies.

Robert Hattersley

Group Head of Capital

Rob is responsible for raising capital for MaxCap’s existing funds and mandates and working closely with the Investment team to raise capital for new products across both debt and equity investments.

Simon Hulett

Head of Direct Investment

Simon is primarily responsible for the development and execution of MaxCap’s direct investment strategy.

Tom Crapp

Human Resources Director

Tom is responsible for the ongoing development of our high-performance workplace culture.

Directors

Greg Anderson

Director, Investment

Greg is responsible for originations, relationship management and delivering the end-to-end credit process for commercial real estate transactions in Queensland.

Nick Bullick

Chief Investment Officer, New Zealand

Nick’s primary responsibility is leading all facets of the MaxCap New Zealand business, focusing on delivering an aggressive growth agenda in the New Zealand market.

Adam Cook

Director, Direct Investment

Adam is responsible for origination, deal execution and team leadership within Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia for the Direct Investment business.

Haley Devine

Director, Capital (Wealth Management)

Haley is Director Capital (Wealth Management) responsible for increasing discretionary funds under management by executing product and relationship management strategies with a focus on wealth managers and distribution platforms.

Jin Hwang

Director, Investment

Jin is an Associate Director in the Victorian Investment team and is responsible for deal origination, deal execution, and people management.

Ben Klein

Head of Private Capital

Ben is responsible for private capital raising, business development and relationship management for our valued private investor base.

Adam Matkovich

Director - Investment

Adam is a Director in the Investment team based in Sydney with a focus on growth of the business.

Michael Nitschke

State Director, QLD

Michael is responsible for the business development and growth of MaxCap’s business in QLD, as well as senior relationship management of Borrowers and Corporate, Private and Institutional Investor clients.

David Oudshoorn

State Director, NSW

David is primarily responsible for the origination and execution of structured real estate finance deals and developing relationships with borrowers, in addition to supporting capital raising activity with both private and institutional investor clients.

Justin Pearce

State Director, WA

Justin is responsible for the development and growth of MaxCap’s business in WA and he will be responsible for senior relationship management of borrowers, investors and key market participants.

Josh Pereira

Director – Investment

Josh is a Director in the Victorian Investment team and is responsible for deal origination, deal execution, and management of key referral partner relationships.

Fidelma Ryan

Marketing Director

Fidelma is responsible for the development and implementation of the marketing and brand strategy to drive client engagement.

Leyla Sacks

Director, Capital

Leyla is primarily responsible for private capital raising, relationship management and growing the investor base across New South Wales.

Penny Tao

Director, Capital

Penny is responsible for capital raising strategies across the Asian investor community including ultra-high net worth, inter-generational family wealth, and distribution networks.

Joe Vincent

Director, Direct Investment

Joe is responsible for originating new investment opportunities for our Direct Investment business. He is a Global property development executive with over 20 years of international real estate experience in Australia, America and Europe.

Bruce Wan

Head of Research

Bruce Wan is the Head of Research for MaxCap Group, responsible for the platform’s market research and analysis.

Johnny Woodhouse

State Director, VIC

Johnny has more than 15 years of industry experience in investment and development finance.

Michele Yeo

Director - Structuring & Execution

Michele is responsible for the advisory function in respect of the legal, structuring and execution of MaxCap’s debt investments.

ESG Advisory Committee

Christine Christian, AO

Non-Executive Director

Christine has significant experience with financial services businesses including being the MD/Chairman of Dun & Bradstreet Consumer Credit Services.

Samuel Green

Non-Executive Director

Samuel Green is a Principal at Apollo Global Management, based in Sydney. Prior to joining Apollo, Samuel was a Vice President at Macquarie Capital focused on principal investing.

Chris Newton

Independent

Chris is a leading practitioner in Responsible Investment and brings technical skillsets and insights to the design and delivery of ESG and Responsible Investment strategy.

Sarah Barker

Independent

Sarah is a managing Director at Pollination Law, part of the Pollination Group of climate change and nature investment and advisory specialists. 

Romy Grace

Director - Capital & ESG Committee Secretary

Romy is responsible for developing and executing product and private client strategies to support the Distribution Team in its business development activities.