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14 February 2024

Appointment of Andrew Western as Chief Financial Officer

First Mortgage Trust Gears Up for Future Growth with New CFO Appointment

First Mortgage Trust (FMT) is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Western as Chief Financial Officer.

First Mortgage Trust CEO, Paul Bendall, says, “We are thrilled to welcome someone with Andrew’s extensive experience and expertise as we embark on the next phase of our growth.  First Mortgage Trust has significant growth opportunities in both the investment and lending sides of our business and Andrew will be a key part of our team.”

Andrew brings over two decades of expertise in finance, with significant roles in New Zealand, Singapore, and the United Kingdom. He has a strong history of leading finance teams through challenging environments and building units that are not only effective but highly motivated.

Paul adds, “We are focused on executing a long-term strategic plan designed to ensure First Mortgage Trust thrives amid a complex operating environment, including macroeconomic challenges and regulatory changes, and that we are ready to take advantage of future opportunities.  Andrew’s skills, experience and his strategic acumen will be pivotal in developing, refining, and implementing our strategies as we look to the future and continued growth of FMT.”

Andrew says, “I was first attracted to FMT because of its strong market reputation as a purpose-led organisation, supported by solid values.  I also really like that they put people at the heart of everything they do.

This was further enhanced through my interactions with Paul and the board during the recruitment process. They have a clear vision on where they want to take the business, the market opportunities, and a real desire to ensure the things that made FMT special remain. All these factors made my decision to join FMT easy, I am looking forward to being part of the next phase of the FMT story.”



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