Board of Directors

Kim Cannon
Managing Director

Kim is founder and Managing Director of Firstmac Limited.

He has been in the Australian finance industry for more than 40 years, and has owned a number of different companies and brands in that time. Kim was there at the start of non-bank lending in Australia and is one of the leaders that challenged the banking industry at the time and made home loans more competitive for every day consumers.

Kim is well known in the industry for creating innovative products to help people meet their financial goals. Throughout his career he has been excellent at anticipating the evolution of the industry and this, combined with his customer-centric focus, has allowed him to build a non-bank lender that is nimble and innovative.

Today, Firstmac is one of the few non-bank mortgage lenders left in Australia following the Global Financial Crisis, and Kim sees the company's role as providing much-needed competition in the industry.

Kim's philosophy that business is built on strong relationships, honesty, and integrity has helped to make him a respected leader in the financial services sector.

Kim does not see the need for Firstmac to have branches because technology allows so many other ways for people to make contact. Kim believes the way forward is to provide technology to help people manage their financial lives when they want, where they want. Not between 9-5 in a branch.

Kim's hobbies outside of work include sport, photography, videography and music. He is a die-hard fan of British rock group Pink Floyd - a fact you can't miss if you visit him in his office.

Rod Minell
Non-Executive Director

Rod Minell first joined Firstmac in 2004 and was with the company as Executive Director until his retirement in 2020. Since July 2020, Rod has remained on the board as Non-Executive Director.

Rod has over 25 years investment banking experience. He was previously an Executive Director of Imagine Group (Australia) Pty Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of diversified financial conglomerate, Brookfield Asset Management Canada (NYSE: BAM), which acquired Centre Solutions (Australia) in October 2003.

Rod was Managing Director of Centre Solutions (Australia) from November 2000. Centre Solutions (Australia) was a provider of high-yield structured finance via subordinated debt, mezzanine equity and structured reinsurance products to large Australian corporates.

Prior to working at Centre Solutions (Australia), Rod worked at ABN AMRO Australia Limited for ten years and was a director and member of its management and credit committees. At ABN AMRO, Rod held positions as head of its corporate and structured finance, financial engineering, capital markets and syndication departments.

Rod is a member of the Council and former deputy chairman of Australian Red Cross NSW.

Andrew Kemp
Chairman and Non-Executive Director

Andrew heads Huntington Group Pty Limited, a Brisbane based corporate advisor company.

He has experience in chartered accounting with KPMG and Littlewoods, merchant banking with AIFC (an affiliate of ANZ Banking Group) and since 1987 with Huntington Group. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of PTB Groups Limited (since August 2006), and Silver Chef Limited (since April 2005), He was a director of G8 Education Limited from March 2011 until March 2015. 

He has been a Director of Firstmac Limited since 7 January 2002.

Bede King
Non-Executive Director

Bede is a practising Solicitor and Managing Partner of Tobin King Lateef Solicitors and Notaries. He has extensive legal expertise in the commercial and property sectors and in managed investments/compliance areas.

He is a member of a number of compliance committees including for Pinnacle Funds Services Limited and Channel Investment Management Limited. He is a Trustee of QSuper and a Director of Silver Chef Limited (ASX listed) and its subsidiary companies in Australia and New Zealand

Bede is also an Associate Member of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has been a Director of Firstmac Limited since 7 January 2004.