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A private banking experience 
at no cost to you.



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Adam Rakowski


0407 455 553

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Rob Gleeson

Head of Commercial

0414 370 934

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Demetra Ganis

Finance Broker

0404 179 647

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Brandon Ngadino

Finance Broker

0467 374 303

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Mitchel Hetherington

Finance Broker

0413 556 346

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Nick Schembri

Finance Broker

0402 842 180

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Lucy O'Keefe Rydge

Relationship Manager

0434 400 669

Ortus Financial is a full-service finance brokerage delivering a superior client experience for first home buyers and seasoned property investors alike.


As a business our driving motivation is to create and nurture longstanding client relationships. We have a genuine interest in our clients’ financial wellbeing and understand that obtaining finance can be a very stressful and time-consuming process. With this in mind, the team at Ortus Financial are with you for every step of the lending process from the initial meeting, up until settlement and beyond, liaising with all parties along the way including real estate agents, accountants and solicitors.


We provide a private banking experience that comes at no cost. Our promise to our clients is to be their trusted adviser, someone who can provide invaluable insights and advice based on 20 years of experience in Australia’s premier corporate environment and running award-winning mortgage broking businesses.


Whether it’s a residential purchase, refinance or a complex commercial property requirement, the team at Ortus Financial will ensure you walk away with the most suitable lending solution to meet your specific individual needs.



Adam has had a successful career across corporate and commercial banking, as well as co-founding an award-winning mortgage broking business. Joining Macquarie Bank as a graduate in 2001, Adam progressed to a variety of senior sales roles, leaving Macquarie as a Division Director in 2016. During his 15 year span at Macquarie, Adam’s client retention rate was unrivalled and he was consistently recognised as the banking division’s top salesperson.

After leaving Macquarie Bank, Adam co-founded a mortgage broking business which was awarded the title of ‘Commercial Broker of the Year’ in only its second year of operation. For the better part of 20 years, Adam has been involved in assisting clients with residential and commercial property loans as well as equipment and business funding of all types. His strength lies in his customer focus and market-leading industry relationships. Adam is experienced dealing with everything from a home loan to the most complex corporate loan structures involving multiple entities.

Adam holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Sydney (Finance and Marketing) and is a member of the Mortgage & Finance Association of Australia (MFAA).


Rob has been actively involved in commercial finance and banking for over 22 years, including 17 years with Westpac and St. George Corporate Bank. Over his banking career, Rob has been involved in lending to a diverse range of commercial and corporate borrowers, with particular expertise across the hospitality industry having managed some of the country’s largest and most complex hospitality relationships.


Rob possesses a deep understanding of the unique challenges faced by commercial borrowers - both at a broader macro level and micro industry level. Rob leads our business when it comes to industry specific commercial and corporate lending, debt restructuring, construction and development finance, assistance with due diligence and loan advisory and financial health checks.


Demetra brings a wealth of experience in sales and sales management from her time within the Australian telecommunications industry. After many successful years working as a Business Development Executive at Telstra, Demetra joined Optus in 2016 where she worked in multiple senior sales management roles.


Demetra went on to establish herself as one of the top performing Partner Sale Managers within the industry. Looking for a new challenge and with strong family ties to the Australian mortgage industry, Demetra has brought together her love of property and finance and joined the team at Ortus Financial.

Demetra combines her passionate, results driven mindset with her affable nature to deliver the best outcomes for her clients.

Demetra has a Cert IV in Mortgage Broking and Finance, previously having studied Bachelor of Business and Commerce.


Brandon has transitioned to the finance world after spending the last 9 years of his career working within the military. Having lived and travelled all over the world, Brandon has worked with people from a diverse range of backgrounds and is a very empathetic and caring person. 


Brandon has always had a strong passion for property, and upon moving back to Australia in 2022, he embarked on his finance broking journey.


Brandon is a motivated, self-starter and a critical thinker with high attention to detail. If he's not helping his client's secure their first home or investment property, you'll find him kite surfing, surfing or at the beach with his dog. 


Brandon is an accredited broker and is a member of the Mortgage and Finance Association of Australia (MFAA).


Prior to joining Ortus Financial, Mitchel had a successful career in accounting for over a decade. Developing a strong reputation for providing comprehensive tax solutions to individuals and businesses alike, Mitchel’s passion for numbers, attention to detail, and commitment to staying updated with ever-changing tax regulations makes him a valuable asset to Ortus Financial.

Mitchel's knowledge of tax laws and regulations allows him to assess each borrower's financial standings accurately, analyse the tax implications of different mortgage options, and recommend the most suitable loan structure, optimising a borrower’s financial outcomes whilst fostering a successful mortgage transaction.

Mitchel holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Auckland (Accounting and Management) and is a member of the Mortgage & Finance Association of Australia (MFAA). 


Having over 13 years experience in property investment and corporate sales, Nick has had great success within his own property investing – buying and renovating as a personal passion, whilst developing a career in business development and sales management within the corporate space.


With a strong attention to detail and desire to help people navigate their property journey, Nick has merged his strong people focus and property investing passion to deliver a hands-on consultative and empathetic approach, where he can provide insights from his own involvement with the purchasing and refinancing process. Nick’s extensive experience in working with clients and business stakeholders to drive outcomes has been foundational in his reputation of personal excellence and integrity across is corporate career.


Nick is currently qualified with a Cert IV in Mortgage Broking and Finance and Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Design from Western Sydney University as well as being a member of the Mortgage & Finance Association of Australia (MFAA).


Outside of work Nick can be found tinkering away in the garage or out in search of his next meal as an avid food lover.


Lucy is an accomplished sales and administration professional, having held numerous key roles over the past 10 years, in a diverse range of industries. Commencing her career as an executive assistant at accounting firm Bell Partners, Lucy progressed into a customer-facing role at international fashion house Ermenegildo Zegna, where she was responsible for managing day to day client relationships.

With a passion for property, Lucy moved into the property development industry in 2012. Over that time Lucy excelled in senior executive assistant and sale support roles at Crown Group Holdings, Capital Bluestone and Savills.


In 2019 Lucy moved to South America, where she was employed as the National Director for a renowned international language centre.


Lucy is driven with a thirst for knowledge. She is an empathetic, energetic and personable character that can communicate and engage effectively with people from all backgrounds.

Lucy has a Business Management Diploma from TAFE NSW and is currently completing her Bachelor of Arts degree Majoring in Spanish and Latin American Studies at Macquarie University.


"I was introduced to Adam prior to Covid-19 and what was to be a straightforward transaction turned into one of the most difficult financial situations I have ever been in. Rather than walking away as outside of his scope of work, Adam stuck his neck out and delivered a result that has allowed not only continued growth in our private lives, but also our businesses. The dedication, knowledge and contacts Adam has are very powerful when financial lending needs to be achieved at all costs. We would recommend him any day of the week."


Owner, Icebergs Bar and Restaurant



  • Owner Occupied Home Loans

  • Investment Loans

  • Construction Loans

  • Equity Release Loans

  • Self-Managed Super Fund Loans secured by residential property

  • Business Loans secured by residential property

  • Deposit Bonds


  • Motor Vehicles and Trucks

  • Free Car Sourcing to save you money on dealer purchases 

  • Medical Equipment 

  • IT and Computer Equipment 

  • Fitouts 

  • Earthmoving Equipment 


  • Owner Occupied Commercial Loans

  • Commercial Investment Loans

  • Commercial Construction Loans

  • Equity Release Loans

  • Self-Managed Super Fund Loans secured by commercial property


  • Business Acquisition Finance 

  • Working Capital Requirements
    (incl. lines of credit and overdrafts) 

  • Succession Planning Finance 

  • Negotiation of Loan Terms at Annual Review 



Why should I use a mortgage broker when I can go direct to a bank? 


Put simply a bank can only offer you a choice of its own loan products. Every bank has strengths and weaknesses and they may not be suitable for you depending on your employment status or chosen profession. By using a broker, you give yourself the best chance of finding the most suitable loan to match your needs. A broker has access to the loan products of ALL the banks and can negotiate the best interest rates and fees on your behalf. Furthermore, once your loan has settled, a broker can consistently review your loan to ensure it remains the most suitable to your needs over time. If you go direct to a bank, you will be stuck in that loan and they are unlikely to ever review your situation or interest rates moving forward.

Why use Ortus Financial? 


Not all mortgage brokers are created equal. With 20 years of retail and commercial banking experience in Australia's premier corporate environment, the team at Ortus Financial possess unrivalled industry networks. Why is this important? It means that we are best-placed to negotiate the most suitable loan for your specific requirements. For most people, the purchase of a home is the single biggest financial commitment they will ever make, making it paramount that they have a trusted adviser in their corner every step of the way.

Ortus Financial is that trusted adviser and will save you considerable time, effort and money in selecting a suitable loan and ensuring it remains suitable into the future. 

What is the cost associated with using a finance broker? 


Clients can benefit from the services offered by Ortus Financial free of charge. We are remunerated directly by the lenders in return for selecting the most suitable loan product. Not only do you not pay anything to Ortus, we will negotiate better interest rates and often save you money on fees. 

When should I contact Ortus Financial? 


You can contact Ortus Financial at any time. Whether you are at the start of the property purchasing process or only have a short time to settlement, Ortus Financial can help secure the best financial product for you. If you simply want to know what you may be able to borrow and what structure would best suit your needs, Ortus Financial can help free of charge. Alternatively, if you just want a sense check on whether your current financial product is best suited to your needs (whether it be structure, price or lender), Ortus Financial can provide advice as to which product in the lending market would be best suited to you.

Which lenders do you deal with? 


Ortus Financial has access to a panel of over 50 lenders – these include the major banks, second tier lenders and credit unions. With our market-leading relationships, we can secure you the best deal with your lender of choice.

0407 455 553


Level 2, 98 Riley Street,
Darlinghurst NSW 2010​

Thank you, we look forward to connecting!




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