Meet the Astute Team

Mhairi MacLeod
Founder and Managing Director
Credit Licence 385843
As our charismatic Founder and Director, Mhairi’s passion for excellence underpins the success and growth of Astute Ability Finance Group. Always responsive to the changing financial landscape, Mhairi’s open mind and resourceful attitude have enabled her to build strong and lasting customer relationships. With her eye firmly on the future, she tips her 24+ years of industry experience and knowledge into everything she does. Her driving force is the enjoyment she gets from the changes she creates in her customers’ lives, and within the industry. Passionate about keeping her finger on the pulse so she can deepen the customer experience, she also sits on numerous panels and boards.
Helen Watts
Senior Broker Support and Credit Analyst
Helen comes to Astute with exceptional experience across the motor trade industry, customer service and partnerships. With a background in office management and administration Helen has developed an extensive knowledge of both importing and exporting within the automotive industry. In her role with Astute as a Senior Broker Support and Credit Analyst she works closely with international and local distributors, building strong partnerships and relationships, supporting the domestic sales team and senior management.
Tiffany White
Senior Broker Support Officer
Tiffany comes to her role with a background in marketing and administration within the legal and healthcare sector. Specialising in legal settlements she has previously worked with Legalstream and Westpac on internal process of collection. Tiffany has a Cert III in Business Administration with excellence in customer service being one of the many strengths she brings to the Astute team. With her vast knowledge, expertise, and attention to detail across marketing and credit Tiffany brings a valuable skillset to her senior role of Broker Support Officer.
Michelle Montgomery
Mortgage Broker

An individual who is passionate about providing a service oriented customer experience by combining the latest technology with a friendly and efficient manner to deliver the best outcome for a client's home loan financing. A qualified Finance Manager who operates effectively in a highly competitive environment and is adaptable and flexible in the face of ongoing regulatory change.My broad range of experience in client services and stakeholder management with a focussed approach enables me to work collaboratively towards clients achieving their goals of wealth creation (home and investment property ownership), in the Australian property market.


Ben Stevanovic
Mortgage Broker - CRN 91545
As an Astute Ability Group mortgage Broker, Ben specialises in making our clients property ownership dreams a reality. He holds a double degree Bachelor of Business and Commerce, a Diploma in Finance Mortgage Broking Management, and a Certificate IV in Finance & Mortgage Brokering. Ben takes great pride in guiding and assisting clients to understand and consider their options, regardless of complexity. With access to the vast range of loan options available from banks and lenders Ben ensures that Astute Ability clients secure the most suitable mortgage for their individual financial needs. Ben’s areas of loan expertise: Self-employed, first homeowner, investors, refinancing, debt reduction, business, and non-conforming. .
David Hancock
Mortgage Broker - CRN 513230

David is our mortgage expert here at Astute. He has access to over 40 lenders. So, whether you are looking to buy your first home, upgrade, buy an investment property or refinance, David will help you find the best solution for your goals and circumstances.

Previously, David worked in the education industry for over 20 years. He brings his passion for helping people, clear communication and education to clients looking to get a home loan which suits their needs.

When David isn’t helping clients with their loans, he enjoys spending time with his family and keeping fit.

Kirsten d'Abo
Operations Manager
Kirsten is the lifeblood of the Astute office. Her sunny attitude keeps everybody feeling positive as she makes sure everyone, and everything is in the right place at the right time. She’s a whizz at setting up systems that keep the business humming along, ensures deadlines are met and that we tick all the boxes when it comes to compliance. Kirsten is also actively involved in running the Astute e-marketing campaigns. Her level-headed and skilful office management means our brokers can focus on what they do best – serving our customers. She’s a dog lover too. So, when she’s not at work or playing sport, you’ll find her at the beach with her pooches or loving life with her family and friends.
Esther Batau
Executive Assistant
Esther is the youngest member on the Astute team. Her enthusiasm and cheerful nature captivate all those she connects and works with. Passionate about her role at Astute Esther’s background in administration and customer service enables her to multitask through tasks seamlessly. A valued member of our team, Esther is a guru at developing the frameworks which systematically keep our business on track. Committed to continuous learning Esther is currently undertaking a degree majoring in Accounting and Finance. Her attention to detail and excellent time management skills ensures all pressing deadlines are consistently met. Outside of work Esther is an animal lover and enjoys binge watching her favorite movies and TV series.
Suite 10 / 40 Karalta Rd, ERINA NSW 2250

Phone: 1300 306 694

Fax: (02) 4367 8088



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