Mortgage Choice Board of Directors and Executive Team

Meet the members of the Board including Chairman Vicki Allen and co-founders Peter and Rodney Higgins. Additionally we'd like to introduce the Mortgage Choice Executive Team responsible for setting our strategy and managing the operations of the business.

Meet our Board

Vicki Allen

BBus, MBA, FAICD

Independent Non-Executive Chairman

Vicki was appointed the Independent Non-Executive Chairman in July 2017. She has over thirty years of senior executive experience across the financial services and property sectors.

Vicki previously served as Chief Operating Officer of The Trust Company Limited and prior to this held various senior roles at both National Australia Bank and Lend Lease Corporation. She has held a number of non-executive director roles in recent years and is currently a non-executive director of Bennelong Funds Management Limited and the BT Funds Board.

She is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Trustee Fellow of The Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia.


Peter Higgins

Non-Executive Director

Member of Audit Committee

Peter is co-founder of Mortgage Choice. He is also a Director of technology company Power & Data Corporation Pty Ltd, trading as Mainlinepower.com.

Having been successfully self-employed for over 25 years, Peter is an investor in a diverse number of industries covering manufacturing, agriculture, technology, property and finance.


Rodney Higgins

Non-Executive Director

Member of Nomination and Remuneration Committees

Rodney is co-founder of Mortgage Choice. With a background in residential and commercial property, sales and leasing, he has been a Director of companies involved in manufacturing, wholesaling, importing, retailing and finance.


Sean Clancy

Dip Mkt FAICD

Independent Non-Executive Director

Member of Audit and Remuneration Committees

With a sales and marketing background across many industries including banking, fast moving consumer goods, liquor, pharmacy, consumer electronics, telecommunications and hardware, Sean brings a diverse range of knowledge and expertise to the Mortgage Choice Board.

He is also Chief Executive Officer of Transfusion Limited, a Director of the Sydney Swans Foundation, Chairman of Metropolis Inc and Ambassador to Business Events Sydney.


Sarah Brennan

FFPA, GAICD

Independent Non-Executive Director

Sarah Brennan is an entrepreneur with over 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry at an Executive, Consultant and Board level. She brings with her an extensive background in the areas of strategy, innovation, professionalism and regulatory and corporate governance. Sarah founded Comparator, the leading provider of bench marking to the Australian financial services market, which she then sold to CoreLogic. She has held senior roles Citibank, MLC, Deutsche Bank and has provided consulting services across financial services and wealth management to both domestic and international clients.


Andrew Gale

Andrew Gale

BA (actuarial major), MBA, FAICD, FIAA

Independent Non-Executive Director

Andrew Gale is a qualified actuary with extensive knowledge of the financial services sector. He has had a deep involvement in financial services regulatory issues in a range of capacities and brings expertise in management, M&A, corporate strategy, marketing, distribution and risk management. He has over 35 years’ experience in the industry - primarily as Executive Director with Chase Corporate Advisory and CEO and Managing Director for Count Financial Ltd. He also held positions as managing partner for Deloitte Actuaries and Consultants and as senior executive at MLC and AMP.


Dharmendra Chandran

MCom, LLB, BCom

Independent Non-Executive Director 

Dharmendra (Dharma) Chandran joined the Mortgage Choice Board of Directors in February 2019.

Dharma is a highly respected corporate strategy and human resources executive with a track record in transformational business and cultural change. Dharma developed a deep understanding of the financial services industry throughout his time in various consulting roles and his five years at Westpac. He has held various Board roles for private companies and government related organisations, more recently, as a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Board People Committee for 7-Eleven.


Meet our Executive Team

Susan Mitchell

Chief Executive Officer

With over 25 years' financial services experience, Susan was appointed Chief Executive Officer for Mortgage Choice in April 2018 following nine successful years as the company’s Chief Finance Officer.

Susan has enjoyed an international career holding a number of senior finance roles including Credit Suisse and KPMG (UK), Bear Stearns (US) and ABN Amro and Seiza Capital in Australia, before joining Mortgage Choice as Chief Finance Officer in February 2009.

She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and holds a MBA from The University of Texas at Austin, and a BFA degree from the Tulane University.


Ian Parkes

Ian Parkes

Chief Financial Officer

Ian has over 20 years experience in the banking and financial services industry, having held a number of senior finance roles at BT Financial Group, Westpac and St George. Prior to joining Mortgage Choice, he was the Chief Financial Officer at Homeloans Limited. He was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Mortgage Choice in October, 2018.


David Zammit

General Manager, Distribution and Wealth

David provides strategy, leadership, coaching and execution to ensure that the Mortgage Choice network performs and grows.

David joined Mortgage Choice in June 2020 after more than 20 years' in financial services. He has held various roles in financial services in banking and wealth management. These roles have seen him work in small boutique firms as well as large global corporations. In his most recent role, he was the Head of Banking and Wealth Management Distribution at Citigroup.


Emma Dupont-Brown

General Manager, Product and Corporate Communications

Emma is responsible for sourcing, delivering and providing the Mortgage Choice franchise network access to a variety of financial products and solutions to meet the broad needs of our customers. Emma also leads the corporate communications function, which involves generating positive media coverage and driving franchisee engagement. She joined Mortgage Choice in July 2015, armed with more than 10 years’ experience in financial services.

Prior to joining the company, Emma held various senior positions at Westpac and National Australia Bank where she was responsible for performance coaching and sales management across third party and small business channels. She has the innate ability to motivate and inspire her team to achieve effective collaboration and stakeholder engagement – a skill set she now employs at Mortgage Choice with our numerous business partners.


Stephan Gervois

General Manager, Marketing

Stephan is a marketing professional with 20 years of global marketing management expertise, gained primarily within digital tech and membership based businesses across a range of industries including telecommunications, education and insurance before joining Mortgage Choice in August 2019.

Stephan leads the Mortgage Choice Marketing function with a strong focus on transforming the Company’s digital platforms and optimising the customer experience.


Marie Pitton

General Manager, Human Resources

Marie has over 20 years experience within the Australian finance industry, including senior positions in people management, operations, business development, training and claims management. Marie has held senior management roles at Mortgage Choice since 2005 and has led the Human Resources department since July 2010.

Marie is an enthusiastic leader with extensive experience in corporate services and franchising. She is responsible for developing strategies to align HR structures, performance plans and people to business goals. She also works with leaders across the business to build teams who can execute the Company's strategy effectively.


Vincent ten Krooden

General Manager, Technology

Vincent is an ICT professional with over 18 years experience across a number of industries including Financial Services, Utilities, Fashion Retail, Commercial Outsourcing and Multimedia and Advertising. Joining Mortgage Choice in July 2014, Vincent is responsible for developing and delivering tactical and strategic ICT initiatives to meet customer, franchise, and company goals and objectives.

Vincent leads the Development, Testing, Infrastructure and IT Service Desk functions and drives collaboration between business and technical experts in order to deliver quality services and solutions.

Join the team! Check out Mortgage Choice Careers.