Peter Trethowan

Peter Trethowan 0411 666 157

Peter is the driving force behind Astute Wilson, with over 20 years experience in finance and lending.  Peter worked for two large financial institutions before starting up his own successful business Pinnacle Finance Brokers 11 years ago.

With exceptional knowledge of loan structuring, Peter always ensures his clients receive the most competitive loan packages available. In the past, Peter has been named a finalist in the 2002 and 2004 Australian Mortgage Awards for Sales Person of Year and Independent Broker of Year, and in 2006 took home the prestigious MFAA Finance Broker of the Year Award. In 2012 Peter was also named Business Operator of the Year at the Astute Recognising Excellence Awards.

Peter is continually receiving recognition for the quality of his work and understands that everybody’s circumstances are different, which is why he has been so successful in the past with all business coming via referrals from his large existing client base.

Peter more recently has diversified his business into not only home, commercial and vehicle finance but financial planning where he has two highly succesful financial planners assisting clients with superannuation, risk and planning advice.

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Martin Newnes

Martin Newnes 0412 336 817

(AR 242225)

Martin Newnes has enjoyed a career in the Financial Services industry spanning over 17 years and has specialised in providing strategic financial advice to clients since 2005.

After completing his Bachelor of Economics at the University of Queensland, Martin began his career with Suncorp Life & Superannuation, during which time he completed a Diploma of Financial Planning at Deakin University.

Martin co-established Astute Wilston’s planning division in December 2010 with Peter Trethowan, offering clients a wide range of services along with comprehensive financial advice.

Martin specialises in SMSFs and strategic financial advice, he is passionate about providing all of his clients with tailored advice solutions. Martin aims to create a process that provides his clients with a clear direction on where they are headed, removing the guess work on how best to reach their financial goals and how to protect the wealth they have already worked hard to create.

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Grant Bielenberg

Grant Bielenberg 0414 851 112

Grant has over 17 years experience in lending and loan processing for one of Australia’s major Banks and for one of the world’s largest banks in London. In that time, Grant has gained invaluable expertise in lending and customer relations which he now shares with his many happy clients.

Grant currently holds a Certificate IV in Financial Services (Finance/ Mortgage Broking), a Diploma in Finance and Mortgage Broking Management and is an Accredited Mortgage Consultant with the MFAA.

Specialising in residential, commercial and asset finance, Grant is pro-active in ensuring important time frames are met and the customer is satisfied with their lending needs. Grant’s knowledge and willingness to help brings back simplicity for clients in all aspects of home lending ensuring the home loan process is both smooth and enjoyable.

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David Starr

David Starr 0404 192 359

David joins the Astute team with over a decade of experience as a business banking manager tailoring time and cost effective solutions for small business and commercial clients across a diverse range of industry.

After beginning his financial services career with Westpac before a highly successful career at ANZ, David forged a reputation for market leading service and relationship management capabilities which focused on a genuine understanding of the needs of commercial clients.

David’s passion & expertise across start up business, commercial property, asset finance, franchising & cash flow management allows him to provide relevant and influential financial solutions for any business whether it be start up business or more reputable established enterprises.‘

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Annette Haling

Annette Haling 0410 638 514

I have had 20 years’ experience working for one of Australia’s major banks and have been lucky enough to join the Astute Wilston Team.

I am very customer driven and focus on being proactive and reliable in my dealings. My aim is to make sure our clients have the best experience possible. I assist with after settlement with any maintenance and any administrative tasks to make sure everything is running smoothly.

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Carl Smith

Carl Smith

I have had over 22 years’ experience working for one of Australia’s major banks. Having held previous roles as a Senior Credit Assessor and Credit Manager, I bring to my role here at Astute Wilston a vast knowledge of how lending institutions assess loan applications and how to structure proposals to gain their approval.

Having an insider’s knowledge of bank policies and requirements, I am here to assist the Astute Wilston brokers to obtain the finance you seek and making your dreams a reality.

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Josie McGuinness

Josie McGuinness 0422 786 880

Josie has had over 12 years’ experience in banking and financial services working for one of Australia’s major banks for 10 years and most recently working as a Mortgage Analyst, helping customers achieve their lending needs and goals.

Josie currently holds a Certificae IV in Financial Services (Finance/Mortgage Broking), a Diploma in Finance and Mortgage Broking Management and is an Accredited Mortgage Consultant with the MFAA.

Josie is committed to offering quality customer service and her proactive approach ensures that important time frames are met and the customer is satisfied with their lending needs. Josie’s main goal is to provide finance solutions that meet the client’s needs and objectives ensuring the process is smooth and hassle free our clients.

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Andrew Mclean

Andrew Mclean 0407 220 814

(AR1000669) Andrew has over 20 years’ experience in financial services; having started his career at Colonial First State in Sydney and more recently, with 15 years as a financial adviser at QInvest (part of the QSuper group).

A Certified Financial Planner® with a Degree in Commerce, Andrew enjoys assisting clients make the most of their financial position now, protect their future and be able to look towards their long term goals with confidence.  His enthusiasm for making complex matters simple and helping clients maintain control over their financial future is always on display.

Andrew provides comprehensive, yet understandable advice solutions; incorporating superannuation, investments, insurance and Centrelink, with an extensive understanding of Queensland Government superannuation accounts (QSuper).

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Samantha Bale

Samantha Bale 0401 820 445

I joined the Astute Wilston team after 13 years working as a Financial/Management Accountant across Higher Education sector and Not-for-profit industry. This gave me the start in my finance career, and while the job was enjoyable I was keen for more and a chance to make a real difference to real clients.

In 2021 I began the search for a role where I could use my strong finance background but be in a direct customer-facing role where I can assist  people to achieve their financial goals.

Becoming a broker with the Wilston team, I can do that by helping people reach what is the great Australian dream of owning their own home or building their real estate portfolio.

Personally I enjoy early morning gym classes, am a mad cat lady, foodie and car enthusiast. I also like to go camping and travel overseas (when that is possible) and recently got into motorbike riding even though I still find it quite scary.

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