Our people are our business

As you’ve probably guessed by now, we don’t do cookie-cutter.

We know only too well that diversity is one of the critical elements to a powerful team. Our people span all walks of life, ethnicities and backgrounds but we are united - by an attitude. It’s the same attitude that our partners share: Working with integrity and respect, to set people up for success.

Meet the team.

Group Executive

Mike Culhane

Mike Culhane Group CEO

Founded Pepper and Oakwood Global Finance LLP and is now Group CEO, based in Hong Kong.

Cameron Small

Cameron Small Group Chief Financial Officer

Cameron is responsible for managing Pepper's Global Finance, Tax, Treasury, Legal and IT teams.

Tim Cecil

Tim Cecil Group Chief Risk Officer

Tim is responsible for the leadership of Pepper’s Global Risk Management function.

Paul Byrne

Paul Byrne Group Treasurer

Paul is responsible for managing the Group Treasury function for Pepper Group. 

Tom Saywell

Tom Saywell Group Head of Principal Investment

Tom joined Pepper in 2011 and is responsible for the Group’s Principal Investment activities.

Nick Jacobson

Nick Jacobson Group Head of Property

Nick has over 25 years’ experience with leading global investment banks specialising in real estate advisory and capital markets.

Australian Executive

Mario Rehayem

Mario Rehayem CEO Australia

Mario is responsible for the strategy and day to day management of all residential mortgage and unsecured personal lending in Australia.

Bernie Campbell

Bernie Campbell Chief Commercial Officer

Bernie is responsible for driving business growth and market share across Pepper Money.

Therese McGrath

Therese McGrath Chief Finance Officer ANZ

Therese is responsible for providing the operational leadership and financial management of the Australian business.

Thierry Merand

Thierry Merand Chief Risk Officer - Australia

Thierry is responsible for Pepper’s Risk Management function, overseeing the Credit, Market and Operational Risk teams.

John Williams

John Williams General Counsel and Group Company Secretary

John joined Pepper Group in February 2012 as General Counsel. John advises senior management and the Board on legal matters.

Sue Kent

Sue Kent Chief Human Resources Officer

Sue joined Pepper in 2009 as Head of Human Resources and works closely with Pepper HR teams across the globe.

Aaron Milburn

Aaron Milburn Director of Sales and Distribution

Aaron is responsible for developing and leading sales initiatives that drive growth, increase awareness and market penetration.

Joanne Thrift

Joanne Thrift Chief Customer Experience Officer

Joanne (Jo) joined Pepper in November 2014 in the role of Chief Marketing Officer and in April 2019 took on the role of Chief Customer Experience Officer.

Jeremy Francis

Jeremy Francis Chief Information Officer

Jeremy is responsible for creating customer and business value through technology, with a focus on risk and reliability.

Craig Edwards

Craig Edwards Head of Asset Finance Sales

Craig’s responsibility is the management of the Asset Finance sales team and the building of deep and lasting relationships.

Neil Culkin

Neil Culkin Head of Credit and Settlements - Mortgages and Personal Loans

Neil Culkin is Pepper Australia’s Head of Credit and Settlements for its Mortgages and Personal Loans.

Ken Spellacy

Ken Spellacy Head of Credit and Settlements – Asset Finance

Ken is Pepper Australia’s Head of Credit and Settlements for its Asset Finance division and also acts as Responsible Manager.