John (JT) Thomas OAM KSS

John (JT) Thomas OAM KSS

Non-Executive Chairman

Overview

JT has been involved in banking, finance, and funds management for more than 49 years and is considered an expert in commercial mortgage lending.

After initially training with a major bank, a building society, and then a credit union, JT joined the Howard Group in 1987, where he began managing the Howard Mortgage Trust. The Trust managed assets of $3.3 billion and was not only the largest, but consistently the best-performing, trust of its kind in Australia.

JT was formally the chairman of the Financial Services Council mortgage fund sector working group, with a mandate to develop better disclosure within the industry. He has also previously advised APRA and ASIC on industry matters.

JT also has an enviable record of not having lost a single cent of investor funds in his mortgage and property fund activities.

JT is a very experienced non-executive director including in the NFP sector.

JT was awarded a Papal Knighthood in 2011 for his charitable work and in 2022 he was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for his service to business and the community.