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.

Edwin Jan

Executive Director

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 

Stephen Corbett

Executive Director

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

George Sha 沙曉陽

Executive Director 聯合創始人

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

    • Property Development Finance (地产开发融资)
      • Apartment/Unit (中高层公寓项目)
      • Townhouse (联排别墅类项目)
      • Land Subdivision (土地开发及分割)
      • Commercial and Industrial (商业工业项目)
    • Commercial Property Finance (各类商业地产贷款)
    • Corporate and Business Finance (企业生意贷款)
    • Hotel, Motel & Pub Finance (酒店,旅馆,酒吧贷款)
    • Management Letting Rights (物业管理权贷款)
    • Agriculture Business (农业类贷款)
    • Franchise Finance (各类连锁生意贷款)
    • Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting & Finance
    • Certificate IV in Finance and Mortgage Broking
    • Member, Finance Brokers Association of Australia

Silvia Liu

Director

Silvia has been working in the banking industry for over 10 years. She has strong business development experience and extensive business and corporate banking knowledge. In the last 5 years (prior to 2019), she has been in the Business Development Executive role for a major bank, working with the relationship executives on acquiring new to bank business. Prior to that, she was an account executive managing a diversified business banking client portfolio.

Phone: 0416 588 885
Email: silvia.liu@balanz.com.au

Cameron Horne

Executive Director

For more than 36 years, Cameron has enjoyed the dynamic environment that is business and corporate finance. As a former State General Manager for ANZ’s Business Bank, and a Regional Business Executive for NAB, he has gathered considerable experience across industry and commerce through many economic cycles. Cameron is particularly motivated to support business owners and investors who have the goal of building value for the communities in which they live, and will always go the extra mile to support quality enterprise in our market.

Phone: 0423 604 446
Email: cameron.horne@balanz.com.au

Devyn Wanigesekera

Analyst

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 

Katherine Ure

Consultant

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.

Joe Wood

Executive Director

Joe joined Balanz after graduating university and has been part of the team since 2015. Joe has built on core competencies in customer service to provide support to our clients through analytical work, banking support and asset finance transactions. In addition to this, Joe also manages the private banking needs for the key people in each business where required.

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

John Aird

Executive Director

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

Tom McGhie

Executive Director

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.

John Davis

Executive Director

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

    • Cashflow Lending
    • Complex Business Transactions
    • Real Estate Agents
    • Mining Services
    • Accounting Services
    • Legal Services
    • Medical Industry
    • Tourism Sector
    • Commercial Property
    • RG146, Financial Planning and Services
    • Financial Markets, Accounting and Finance – Securities Institute of Australia

Kerry Gillan

Executive Director

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

    • Arranging and negotiating large syndicated and club debt facilities
    • Recourse and non-recourse debt structures
    • Transactional banking facilities
    • Financial risk management (FX, Interest Rates, Commodities)
    • Personal financing requirements of business executives and owners
    • Retail and Leisure
    • Food and Beverage Manufacturing
    • Agriculture
    • Transport and Manufacturing
    • Professional Services
    • Property
    • Energy, Utilities and Infrastructure
    • GAICD
    • Bachelor of Business with Distinction, Banking & Finance and Accounting

Berend Lockefeer

Executive Director

Berend’s banking career began in the Netherlands working in the dealing room, focusing on currency and interest rate hedging strategies for corporate clients. He then worked for PriceWaterhouseCoopers (Amsterdam and London), where he further built knowledge and skills in mergers & acquisitions, business valuation, financial analysis, debt and equity raising. Having held senior roles with NAB in Australia, Berend left in 2004 and started his own business advisory and management consulting business and now brings this vast experience to the Balanz team.

Phone: 0419 641 718
Email: berend.lockefeer@balanz.com.au

Darren de Jong

Client Service

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

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