about marie

Firstmac has been operating since 1979 and is proudly Australia’s largest family owned lender. Marie is a family business operator at heart, and her aim is to continue to grow Firstmac for many years to come to have a business impact on customers, employees and the wider community.

With a small satellite team, Marie Mortimer launched loans.com.au in 2011 and in her role as Managing Director has since grown it to be one of the largest online lenders in Australia. She is also an Executive and the Chief Commercial Officer at Firstmac and is involved in all facets of the operational business, including Firstmac’s very important Third Party Broker network.

In 2021, Marie created the Women, Children and Community program for the Firstmac group, and it has seen been awarded for its contribution to causes that impact our community.

Prior to her time at loans.com.au, Marie has worked across Finance and IT in Australia and in the UK. She has a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Banking and Finance with a funds management extended major, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Property Economics, a Diploma of Financial Planning and she is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Marie is passionate about developing the FinTech industry in Australia, she is a director of FinTech Queensland, and is a proud Rise Up Academy Member, a global movement to increase diversity and the voice of women in financial services globally.

Marie is a board member for not-for-profit community housing provider, Mangrove Housing, which services the Logan and Redland area in Brisbane. When she isn’t at work, Marie loves to spend time with her husband and two young children.

Professional Experience

2011 – Present | Brisbane, Australia
Managing Director

Responsible for launching loans.com.au in 2011. Currently the Managing Director of loans.com.au with the aim of leading the industry in terms of price, features and personal service and attention to customers.

2023 - Present | Brisbane, Australia
Chief Commercial Officer

2010 – 2011 | Brisbane, Australia
IT Manager

Responsible for day to day management of the IT department and a member of the Executive. Driven to meet business needs through innovative technology to give FirstMac the competitive edge in the market. Responsible for ensuring that IT services are always available and projects are managed and implemented as required by the business.

2006 – 2009 | London, United Kingdom
Operations and Change Management

RBS Global Banking and Markets Operations, Client Valuations Team (IRD, FX, FXO, MM, FI, EQD and Commodities). Primarily responsible for delivery of projects to the business to implement improvements.

2000 – 2006 | Brisbane, Australia

Worked across many areas including Loan Administration, Credit, Customer Service, Financial Services, Customer Training and Private Accounts.

2016 – 2017 | Brisbane, Australia
Diploma of Financial Planning, Financial Planning and Services
2005 | Brisbane, Australia
Post Graduate Certificate, Property Economics
2000 – 2002 | Brisbane, Australia
Bachelor of Business, Banking and Finance (extended major Funds Management) with Distinction

Honors & Awards


This category awards a business leader who has achieved accomplishments of significance over their career. Nominees demonstrate commitment to gender diversity and their excellence in business leadership will have resulted in major social or economic impact for the betterment of Brisbane's industry and economy.


Finalists in the 2020 Lord Mayor’s Business Awards have shown how Brisbane will grow and transform in a COVID-safe way.


This award recognises Australia’s best Digital Executive Leader. Awarded to Australia’s most outstanding executive leader in the digital sector, this category recognises the importance of leadership in driving forward digital transformation in Australia across their organisation and industry.


This award specifically recognises a woman in the fintech community who has demonstrated a commitment to fintech innovation that delivers benefits to investors, businesses and/or consumers.


This award recognises an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the transformation and growth of the Australian fintech sector, either through defining new standards, launching a key technology initiative, or driving a regulatory-related change that benefits the industry and delivers benefits to investors, businesses and/or consumers.


With the help of the Money 20/20 Rise Up Advisory Board, 32 women are selected from around the globe to take part in the Rise Up Academy at Money 20/20 USA. Around the world, Rise Up at Money20/20 works to take actionable steps towards creating a more inclusive financial services ecosystem.

2017 2018 & 2019

This award recognises the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) who has most effectively shaped their business’ performance and delivered value to their organisation.

2018 & 2019

This award recognises a female member of the fintech community who has demonstrated a commitment to innovation, thought leadership and the goal of raising the number of women working in fintech.

June 2018 & 2019

The Finnie Awards by FinTech Australia.

October 2017

The Australian Growth Company Awards celebrate excellence in the mid-market. They recognise companies that demonstrate high rates of growth, as well as innovation, integrity, contribution to community and sustainable growth.

August 2017

This award recognises the young professional who has most effectively shaped their business’ performance and delivered value to their organisation.


This award recognises the young professional who has most effectively shaped their business’ performance and delivered value to their organisation.