Meet the executive team of Jacaranda Finance, a group of innovative and forward-thinking leaders committed to guiding and achieving the Jacaranda mission. Our leadership team bring with them a wealth of experience, knowledge, and business acumen.

Daniel Wessels - CEO

Daniel Wessels

Founder & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

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Since 2014, Daniel has been the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Jacaranda Finance. His proven track record as an entrepreneur has seen him excel in pioneering a range of FinTech enterprises, both in Australia and abroad. His founding vision for Jacaranda and continued innovation in the personal lending industry has seen the company land a spot in the Australian Financial Review Fast 100 list (2021) and win numerous awards including Australian Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Finance, Professional Services) for 2019 and 2020.

Since 2014, Daniel has been the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Jacaranda Finance. His proven track record as an entrepreneur has seen him excel in pioneering a range of FinTech enterprises, both in Australia and abroad. His founding vision for Jacaranda and continued innovation in the personal lending industry has seen the company land a spot in the Australian Financial Review Fast 100 list (2021) and win numerous awards including Australian Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Finance, Professional Services) for 2019 and 2020.

Peter - CFO

Peter Wessels

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

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Peter is an experienced director and investor with over 20 years of experience in financial analysis and commercial management, including ASX-listed environments. Prior to being Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Jacaranda Finance, Peter served as the National Manager of Personal Finance at Cash Converters International Ltd. He also co-founded and built one of Australia’s preeminent lenders which was eventually acquired by Cash Converters.

Peter is an experienced director and investor with over 20 years of experience in financial analysis and commercial management, including ASX-listed environments. Prior to being Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Jacaranda Finance, Peter served as the National Manager of Personal Finance at Cash Converters International Ltd. He also co-founded and built one of Australia’s preeminent lenders which was eventually acquired by Cash Converters.

Gavin - CTO

Gavin Irons

Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

As Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Gavin brings with him more than 30 years of diverse experience designing and building technology architecture, systems, security, and controls in the financial services sector.

As Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Gavin brings with him more than 30 years of diverse experience designing and building technology architecture, systems, security, and controls in the financial services sector.

Neil Harvey

Chief Capital Officer (CCO)

Neil has more than 20 years of experience in the industry, specialising in identifying opportunities to diversify and adapt businesses for relevance and growth.

Neil has more than 20 years of experience in the industry, specialising in identifying opportunities to diversify and adapt businesses for relevance and growth.

Matt - Head of Growth

Matthew Wong

Head of Growth

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Matthew has over 10 years of experience in achieving strong commercial growth and revenue optimisation of online sales funnels. Prior to Jacaranda Finance, he was the Chief Growth Officer at Little Hinges and Group Manager, Digital Revenue, at Canstar.

Matthew has over 10 years of experience in achieving strong commercial growth and revenue optimisation of online sales funnels. Prior to Jacaranda Finance, he was the Chief Growth Officer at Little Hinges and Group Manager, Digital Revenue, at Canstar.

Nick - Head of Marketing

Nick Yang

Head of Marketing

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After his role as Manager of Search & Analytics at Cover-More Group, Nick joined Jacaranda Finance as Head of Marketing with 10+ years of experience. He is responsible for developing, executing, and optimising cutting-edge campaigns from conception to launch in both paid media and SEO.

After his role as Manager of Search & Analytics at Cover-More Group, Nick joined Jacaranda Finance as Head of Marketing with 10+ years of experience. He is responsible for developing, executing, and optimising cutting-edge campaigns from conception to launch in both paid media and SEO.

Ryan - Head of Underwriting

Ryan Castles

Head of Underwriting

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With more than 5 years of experience in the industry, Ryan is a foundation member of the Jacaranda Finance team. His role sees him responsible for the end-to-end loan assessment process, including leading the team of credit assessors and optimising systems and communication to better engage with clients. He also manages policies and procedures to ensure we are compliant with our responsible lending obligations.

With more than 5 years of experience in the industry, Ryan is a foundation member of the Jacaranda Finance team. His role sees him responsible for the end-to-end loan assessment process, including leading the team of credit assessors and optimising systems and communication to better engage with clients. He also manages policies and procedures to ensure we are compliant with our responsible lending obligations.

Ash - Head of Credit Control

Ashleigh Garner

Head of Credit Control & Customer Service

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Ashleigh has spent nearly 15 years in customer-focused roles in the industry, including at Allianz and Cash Converters. At Jacaranda Finance, she oversees inbound enquiries, collections and hardship teams, assisting customers in repaying their loans as seamlessly as possible.

Ashleigh has spent nearly 15 years in customer-focused roles in the industry, including at Allianz and Cash Converters. At Jacaranda Finance, she oversees inbound enquiries, collections and hardship teams, assisting customers in repaying their loans as seamlessly as possible.

Erin - Head of Employee Success

Erin Filewood

Head of Employee Success

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With more than 15 years of experience in recruitment, Erin joined Jacaranda Finance in 2021. Responsible for developing our people power, she oversees internal policy creation, adoption and maintenance, as well as attracting, vetting, and onboarding talent.

With more than 15 years of experience in recruitment, Erin joined Jacaranda Finance in 2021. Responsible for developing our people power, she oversees internal policy creation, adoption and maintenance, as well as attracting, vetting, and onboarding talent.