John (JT) Thomas OAM KSS
JT has been involved in banking, finance and funds management activities for over 47 years. JT began managing the Howard Mortgage Trust in 1987 with assets of $8 million and oversaw its growth through the ownership of Challenger to $2.8 billion by 2003.
Under JT’s leadership, Howard Mortgage Trust won the Money Management Magazine ‘Fund Manager of the Year Award’ on seven occasions. JT has a very strong credit risk management and lending background.
JT was Chairman of the (then) Investment and Financial Services Association (IFSA) mortgage trust working group from 2005-2010 with total member FUM in excess of $30 billion. JT is also an experienced non-executive director and is a former honorary treasurer of the National Council of Churches in Australia. JT was awarded a Papal Knighthood in 2011 for his charitable work and an Order of Australia Medal in 2022 for his meritorious service to business and the community.