Meet the Astute Team

Mhairi MacLeod
Founder and Managing Director
Credit Licence 385843
Awarded as Australia's 2022 Broker of the Year for specialist lending - our Founder and Director, Mhairi’s passion for excellence underpins the success and growth of Astute Ability Finance Group.

Committed to achieving results, Mhairi is passionate about supporting her clients to achieve their business and personal goals by finding a financial solution that is right for them. Her highly developed communication skills are key to the success of her long-standing customer, lender, and supply chain associations.

Mhairi is an expert in all areas of finance, and utilises over two decades of industry experience to tailor loan options in line with her client’s unique financial circumstances. In addition to offering an Australia-wide service, Mhairi arranges every type of finance imaginable, and she is renowned for negotiating difficult deals with lenders and making the impossible happen. She has a strong customer focus, along with a solution and results driven approach and believes in the importance of building solid, trusting relationships with clients, the community and the finance industry.

Recognised and awarded as an industry leader, Mhairi advocates, commentates, and guest speaks to and on behalf of the finance industry. Additionally, she generously contributes her time, expertise, and knowledge towards the betterment of the finance sector via the numerous industry panels and boards she sits on.
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.


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.

Samantha Bryant
Broker Support Officer

  Samantha comes to Astute with a background in the legal sector as well as previous career in hairdressing. She has a Cert III in Business Administration, and exceptional experience in customer service. One of her many strengths is her attention to detail. This along with her charismatic personality and ability to communicate she excels at building strong relationships with our clients, an essential part of her role as a Broker Support Officer. Better still, she’s a dog lover! Outside of work, Samantha loves to spend time with her two gorgeous children and enjoys binge watching her favorite TV series and movies.
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 11 / 40 Karalta Rd, ERINA NSW 2250

Phone: 1300 306 694

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