The Equitise Team
Australian Team
Chris Gilbert Chris Gilbert Co-founder and Director

Chris has a professional background in investment banking and management consulting. This, combined with his determination to improve the accessibility of capital for New Zealand and Australian startups and small and medium sized businesses, inspired his decision to found Equitise.

Jonny Wilkinson Jonny Wilkinson Co-founder and Director

Jonny has extensive experience in equity markets and marketing. With a personal investment philosophy focused on high growth companies, his enthusiasm for business and innovation has driven him to create a platform that allows Australian and New Zealand businesses to access the capital they need to grow.

Panche Gjorgjevski Panche Gjorgjevski Co-founder

Panche has eight years of professional experience building complex websites and platforms for global companies. He is a digital enthusiast that brings innovative ideas to the table and loves working in teams to create amazing solutions.

Blake Young Blake Young Head of Syndicates

Blake has a background in leveraged finance and project finance, as well as private equity and venture capital. In his role at Equitise, Blake leverages his knowledge of private investing to drive deeper collaboration between investors and experienced investment professionals. Blake is passionate about the disruptive impact of innovative technology in the financial sector.

Alex Vlas Alex Vlas Chief Technology Officer

Alex is head of our IT Division. He is an experienced software Programmer who is passionate about using his skills to streamline processes in the office to make peoples tasks easier and more productive. He is an invaluable member of the Equitise team who is almost always accessible and very approachable. He is also a keen motor enthusiast.

Mark Franco - Senior Front End Developer Mark Franco Senior Front End Developer

Mark has a deep passion for web design and development, particularly in the front-end space. His role involves developing a slick UI and looking after the User Experience for the Equitise platform. Working for some of the best FinTech leaders in Australia, Mark has gained a deeper understanding of how technology is best used by all users alike.

New Zealand team & Advisors
Uesiliana Unasa Uesiliana Unasa Head of Pipeline

Leveraging an Accounting and Finance educational background, Uesi has spent several years working in investment banking and most recently in management consulting. Uesi is passionate about democratising the investment opportunities available to the public, made possible by equity crowdfunding.

Will Mahon - Heap Will Mahon - Heap Co-founder

Will is an ex-corporate lawyer specialising in securities, M&A, and digital privacy. He is passionate about crowdfunding, and has followed it before its regulatory inception. Will's passion for this regulatory change lead to founding the Equitise business model. Will is an alternative finance follower, big data reader and internet of things watcher.

Andrew Barnes Andrew Barnes Investor in Equitise, NZ Advisory Board

Andrew has a track record of market-changing innovations and the digitising of various industries. After identifying the opportunity for the evolution of real estate in Australia through guiding to its IPO on the ASX Andrew has now triggered a revolution of the entire New Zealand fiduciary services and legal services industries through founding Perpetual Guardian, which formed through the coming together of Perpetual Trust and Guardian Trust.

Lachlan Sloan Lachlan Sloan Investor in Equitise, NZ Advisory Board

Lachlan is a serial entrepreneur with extensive experience in Asia where he spent 15 years between Hong Kong and Singapore before returning to New Zealand. His background is a mixture of technology, professional services, human resources and real estate. He is an investor with the Flying Kiwi Angels and Ice Angels and an active startup business mentor. Lachlan currently has investments in technology, shared spaces, hospitality, human resources and financial services.

Rudi Bublitz Rudi Bublitz Investor in Equitise, NZ Advisory Board

Rudi is helping NZ startups with his free weekly advice sessions at www.ADI.Clinic and with funding from the Flying Kiwi Angels group which he cofounded in 2013. His startup experience goes back to 1991 as cofounder of one of the fastest growing private companies in the UK from 1996 to 1999, when the business of 400 SAP consultants was acquired by a FT100 company. Rudi has invested in numerous NZ startups and acts as investor representative and advisor on the board of several of them.

Boards of Directors
Will Mahon - Heap Cathy Kovacs Non Executive Director, investor in Equitise personally

Cathy is an experienced and commercially savvy financial services executive of 24 years, who inspires large teams of people and enthusiastically delivers transformative outcomes. Cathy ran BT Financial Group's Equities business for 3 years before moving to Westpac Strategy with a focus on M&A and fintech business development. Cathy is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Toby Heap Toby Heap Non Executive Director, investor in Equitise through H2 Ventures

Toby is the Managing Director of H2 Ventures. Toby has extensive experience investing and advising early stage businesses in fintech, digital publishing, health, artificial intelligence, finance and marketing. Experienced in all aspects of leading start-up companies. Toby is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.