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THE TEAM

MANAGEMENT

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PAUL KERMATH
CeMAP

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
FINANZE GROUP

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PATRICIA MCGIRR

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
FINANZE GROUP

BUSINESS FINANCE

MARK COOPER

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MANAGING DIRECTOR

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Alastair has been involved in finance and venture capital for over 20 years. While still at university he founded two companies, one focused on entertainment and concierge services along with an online property portal. Both of which were sold, the former to his university student’s union and the latter to an insurance company. He then went on to work in investment banking which took him around the world from London to Paris, Hong Kong to Singapore and New York.

He left investment banking at 30 to become COO of a £31bn investment manager in Hong Kong. He focused on regulatory compliance, raising assets for the various funds from international investors and also created two equity UCITS funds for the firm before deciding a few years later to setup his own firm, specializing in consulting for both hedge funds and private equity and undertaking venture capital activities of its own. Within this role, he undertook a string of advisory appointments over the next 7 years, consulting C-Suites and Boards within private equity, real estate, renewable energy, investment management, cryptocurrency and a number of FinTech and PropTech startups.

He sold his interest in the firm in 2021 to return to the UK for family reasons. Since then he has setup Finanze Group, a diversified financial services company with interests in Property & Business Finance, Protection & Insurance, Estate Planning, Education, Publishing & Events, Technology and Origination & Lending. The Group continues to grow rapidly and further venture capital investments are scheduled to be made in the coming years.

He was ranked in the Top 30 UK brokers in 2022 and followed that up with being ranked in the Top 40 most influential property professionals nationally in 2023. He is highly sought after as a speaker and still handles some transactions himself for clients that have been with him since the beginning, or where the transaction is particularly complex. He also works as a Board Adviser to a pension’s administrator, a business focused on helping those with distressed finances, a housing charity and a real estate investment fund when he isn’t busy with his family or travelling to events.

Paul is a finance specialist, with an extensive career spanning over two decades in banking, mortgage, investments, bridging, and development finance. He is known and respected for his no-nonsense approach and plain speaking when it comes to simplifying this often-complex industry.

For the first twelve years of his career, Paul honed his expertise as a mortgage professional, distinguishing himself as both a broker, manager, and owner of reputable brokerage firms. During this period, he developed a comprehensive understanding of the industry, further solidifying his reputation as a trusted adviser.

In the subsequent nine years, Paul worked in Bridging and Development Finance, with six years of this operating as a Business Development Manager to several prominent lending institutions.  His invaluable insights, innovative approach and ability to deliver results made him a sought-after authority in the field.

Paul's unwavering commitment to excellence, deep industry knowledge, and enviable skillset make him a trusted source in the complex world of financial services. His clients benefit not only from his vast experience and extensive connections built up over decades in the industry, but also from his ability to create results in a continually challenging and changing landscape.

Trish is a former Mental Health Nurse who previously spent 15 years specialising in addictions and trauma. Having advised on and led numerous large public sector partnerships, she learned how to navigate policy and compliance. Integrating different political, financial and social agendas to achieve a single goal was a key requirement.
 
Having created a strong foundation and reputation for getting the job done, she left the NHS to establish a full-time consulting service specialising in strategic planning and multi-agency partnerships. Since becoming involved in property in 2003, she’s experienced life as an investor, landlord and estate agency owner and has spent a great deal of time dealing with homeowners and investors who are in financial distress.
 
Her background has enabled her to really understand and connect with people’s needs and coupled with her experience in strategic planning and consulting she’s able to create solutions that work for them.

Mark Cooper is a dynamic entrepreneur with a diverse background in various industries, showcasing a remarkable journey of business expertise and leadership. With a solid foundation in the retail sector, he initially owned and operated a successful textile business for four years. His entrepreneurial spirit then led him to venture into the culinary world, where he established and managed a thriving coffee shop, leaving an indelible mark on the local community.

 

Driven by a passion for innovation and expansion, Mark transitioned into the furniture manufacturing industry, where he flourished as a manufacturing wholesaler for fifteen years. Over this period, he strategically built a robust network, employing and overseeing a workforce of up to 60 individuals, and playing a pivotal role in supplying high-quality furniture across Australia. His entrepreneurial vision further manifested through the ownership of five separate furniture outlets and the establishment of furniture manufacturing operations in Vietnam, fostering a global presence in the industry.

 

Always seeking new challenges, Mark diversified his portfolio by establishing and overseeing a successful statue and pot manufacturing plant in the Philippines, showcasing his adaptability and keen understanding of international business dynamics. Returning to his roots in Australia, Mark immersed himself in the vibrant and ever-evolving food truck industry, utilizing his extensive business acumen to carve out a niche and create a memorable culinary experience for patrons.

 

A visionary leader with a strong focus on operational excellence and strategic growth, mark continues to inspire and make an impact in the entrepreneurial landscape, demonstrating an unwavering commitment to innovation, quality, and community enrichment.

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