Private Mortgages Australia Team

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Private Mortgages Australia was founded with the aim of starting a company with a transparent lending process, that is responsive to client’s needs, adapts solutions and provides quick lending decisions. We are extremely proud of the company we have built and the service we have provided to both our referrers and our borrowers.


The PMA Team

Senior Executive Team


Peter Cuskelly

Managing Director

Peter joined Private Mortgages Australia in 2015 and is now responsible for leading the team at PMA. He has a wealth of experience in credit across all types of lending including commercial, agribusiness, mortgage and personal clients.

Prior to joining PMA he was a mortgage broker offering individual and commercial clients tailored finance options to suit their needs. He has also worked with a number of large institutions including ANZ and Commonwealth Bank. Peter’s passion is working with clients to provide innovative and cost effective solutions whilst maintaining acceptable levels of risk.

Peter has a Bachelor of Business, Graduate Certificate in Corporate Finance and is a qualified CPA.  He has completed the Agile Project Management Foundation & Practitioner course and also holds a Diploma of Finance and Mortgage Broking Management.

View Peter’s LinkedIn profile here.

Shanta Lobo

General Manager – Relationships

Shanta joined Private Mortgages Australia in 2017 as Senior Relationship Manager – Lending. Shanta has over 20 years’ experience in lending including consumer, commercial, cash flow and trade finance.


Prior to joining Private Mortgages Australia, Shanta was a Business Banking Manager with NAB. She has also worked at Suncorp Bank and CBA in similar roles. She is experienced in risk assessment and risk management. Shanta enjoys customer interaction and helping businesses achieve their goals and budgets by structuring their cash flow and lending requirements effectively.

Shanta has a Masters in Sociology.

View Shanta’s LinkedIn profile here.

Have a scenario you want to discuss? Book a call with Shanta here.


Shane Uttley

Relationships Manager

Shane joined Private Mortgages Australia in 2023 and was previously the Chief Operating Officer at Style Finance Group. With over 15 years in finance, he is a seasoned commercial broker and now channels his extensive experience and passion for developing strong personal relationships into his role at PMA. Shane looks carefully at the unique needs of our borrowers and applies a strategic approach to providing the best solution possible for their finance requirements.


Shane is based in Brisbane and is responsible for assisting our QLD-based borrowers and brokers as well as supporting the rest of the team across the country.


Shane has a Certificate IV and Diploma in Finance and Management.


View Shane’s LinkedIn profile here.

Have a scenario you want to discuss? Book a call with Shane here.

Dushen Tissera

Dushen Tissera

Credit Manager

Dushen started his finance career at National Australia Bank in 2016 and then moved on to the non-bank and private lending sector where he gained a strong understanding of mortgage and SME lending from both the business development and credit perspectives. Working in multiple private lending firms, working in both credit assessment and recoveries, Dushen has a holistic understanding of the credit process from start to finish and is able to ensure that our loans are all in line with the customers and investors requirements.


Dushen has a Bachelor of Business/Marketing from Swinburne University and brings over 5 years of credit experience in other private lending financiers to the team.


View Dushen’s LinkedIn profile here.

Non-Executive Team


Tim Hart

Co-Founder, Private Mortgages Australia

Tim is the co-founder of Private Mortgages Australia and has played an integral part in growing the business since the company began in 2014.


Tim has been a full-time investor since 2006. He has completed a multitude of investments in residential real estate, commercial property and private lending in this time.


As an educator, Tim has delivered training to thousands of investors, in both residential and commercial fields, using creative investment strategies.


Tim has a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.) with Distinction, (Financial Planning and Accounting) from Deakin University.

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Lewis O’Brien

Principal, Lewis O’Brien & Associates

Lewis is a member of the PMA Credit Committee and the principal of his boutique legal practice that centres on meeting the needs of property investors. Lewis is renowned for his knowledge and experience in executing innovative property investing techniques. Since 2000 Lewis has been arranging direct mortgages with his own capital and on behalf of his High Net Worth clients and has been assisting clients with their own mortgage investments. Lewis provides balance to the Credit Committee by remaining independent to Private Mortgages Australia.

Lewis has a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Law (Honours 2A) from Melbourne University and a Masters of Business Administration from Melbourne Business School.

View Lewis’s LinkedIn profile here.