Top brokers provide new blood to MFAA board - Australian Broker Online (27 November 2012)

MFAA has appointed four mortgage and finance industry professionals to its national board.

The new members are Darren McLeod, head of third party at Firstmac in Brisbane, Marco Meloni, principal of Choice Home Loans in Leederville WA, Cynthia Grisbrook, principal of DLV Finance Solutions in Melbourne and Tim Brown, CEO of Vow Financial.

The new board members are replacing Mortgage Ezy's Garry Driscoll, chair of the MFAA's National Mortgage Management Committee, Barry Elmslie, Western Australia state president, Barrie Henman, Victoria state president and Brad Wood, chair of the National Brokers Committee.

MFAA president Martin Leedham says many of the new members have key positions in state boards.

"It is important we have a very strong board as we as an industry deal with a number of significant regulatory and market challenges to the mortgage and finance sector over the next few years."

All of the new board members share extensive experience in the mortgage and finance industry and the MFAA.

Darren McLeod has more than 15 years of experience in the industry. He initially worked for Adelaide Bank and has recently been appointed chairman of the MFAA's Committee in Mortgage Management.

Marco Meloni started his finance career at Bankwest in 1979, where he worked until 1994. He then became a mortgage broker with Choice Home Loans and later moved on to become principal and owner of Choice, as well as holding a range of positions in the MFAA's Western Australian chapter.

Cynthia Grisbrook co-founded DLV Finance in 2000 after starting her finance career as a graduate trainee at the ANZ Bank, where she worked in a variety positions in a range of areas, including treasury and wholesale banking. She continues to be the principal loan writer for DLV.

Tim Brown was appointed in 2010 as chief executive of Vow Financial, after a five year stint at Macquarie Bank and previous positions at companies, including LJ Hooker, Home Loans, Suncorp and Aussie Home Loans.

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