John (JT) Thomas OAM KSS

John (JT) Thomas OAM KSS

Non-Executive Chairman


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.