HomeStart taps new CFO

He joins the organisation from Westpac

HomeStart taps new CFO



HomeStart has announced the appointment of Simon Olifent (pictured above) as its new chief financial officer.

Olifent transitions into this role after a 13-year tenure at Westpac, where he held various senior finance positions that culminated in a four-year stint as finance director.

Prior to Westpac, Olifent spent time at PwC as senior manager of audit and transaction services, operating out of both Sydney and Adelaide.

Commenting on the appointment, HomeStart CEO Andrew Mills said Olifent’s experience was “invaluable” to the organisation’s goal of enhancing its home lending products for the benefit of the South Australian government and its communities.

“Simon’s knowledge and experience in banking and finance will be invaluable as we find new ways to innovate and refine our home lending products in a changing market,” said Mills.

Olifent also has a chartered accountancy background and over 25 years of experience in high-level banking and business services positions. He holds a degree in commerce from the University of Adelaide.

HomeStart is a lending institution backed by the South Australian government. A report published in 2023 revealed that it has helped over 2,000 residents secure home purchases through its financing.  

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