Meet the QPF Management Team
Leigh Crain – Founder
With over 45 years experience in the banking and finance industries, Leigh established QPF in 1977 after lengthy stints with Custom Credit, CBC and AGC. Recognising the value of good service coupled with strong relationships, Leigh built QPF from the ground up. Through our commitment to these core values the business is now recognized as one of the largest privately owned brokerage houses in Australia. Leigh remains a shareholder of QPF with his experience being an invaluable asset to the business.
Andrew Crain – Director / Finance Broker
After completing a bachelor of business with QUT in 1999, Andrew joined the family business to embark on a career in finance broking. Specialising in vendor relationships, Andrew has formed strong bonds with key partners such as Pickles Auction Group and Iveco Trucks. In recent times Andrew’s focus has moved to business development with QPF significantly growing its broker numbers and launching the QPF Mortgage business in 2013. Andrew has been instrumental in growing the QPF branch network along the eastern seaboard and most recently completed the acquisition of Allied Finance (WA) in Perth. In addition Andrew was heavily involved in the recent merger between QPF and ASX Listed funder AIK Ltd which will be a Launchpad for further expansion and business growth, both organically and via targeted acquisitions. Andrew is a member of and currently sits on the Board of CAFBA.
Matthew Crain – Director / Finance Broker
Specialising in the transport, earthmoving and medical sectors, Matthew has built a loyal client base through personalized service and a strong referral network of accountants and vendors. Matthew started with QPF in 2006 after 5 years university study and 6 years as a qualified radiographer. In addition to managing a client base, Matthew also oversees the human resources and infrastructure of the group.
Peter Schampers – Director / Finance Broker
As National Sales Manager for the group, Peter is one of QPF’s longest serving brokers, with over 15 year’s experience. Peter has accumulated a large and diverse client base; in particular his close ties with International Gaming Technology (IGT) has enabled him to gain market dominance in the gaming sector. With a strong sales background, Peter plays a key role in developing trainee brokers and assisting with securing new vendor relationships.
Mark Crain – Director / Finance Broker
After graduating with an International Business degree, Mark embarked on a career in corporate finance with NAB and Mercedes-Benz Finance, where he rose to the position of General Manager, Sales & Marketing, for their NZ operation. In 2008 Mark joined the family business; developing a strong client base and establishing a number of broker partnership models with national vendors and financiers. Mark manages lender relations for the group and has been instrumental in growing and developing QPF’s lender panel – one of the cornerstones of QPF’s ongoing success.
Ken Gordon heads up the QPF Toowoomba office and is a Director of the QPF Finance Group. Ken brings to the group a wealth of experience in the finance industry having worked for a number of financiers including CBA, AGC and Toyota Finance. In 1994 Ken settled in Toowoomba and began his career as a Finance Broker, specialising in Transport, Earthmoving and Agricultural industries. Ken and his team now service a client base of more than 1500 local businesses spread throughout South-West Queensland.
Gary Poulgrain – Group General Manager
After a 30 year career in the Banking and Finance Industry, including senior management positions within Esanda, Capital Finance and Suncorp, Gary joined QPF in 2015 as Group General Manager. With the expansion of the QPF group over the past 4 years and our desire to branch out nationally, we decided that an additional layer of management was needed to allow the Directors to drive growth and improve the business. Gary oversees a variety of areas within QPF, including Credit, Operations, Administration and Compliance and is working on streamlining the business processes to improve and enhance our customers experience.
Dave Gray – Group Credit Manager
With over 20 years experience in various roles at AGC/Westpac, Dave brings a wealth of knowledge to the QPF team. As General Manager and Head of Credit, Dave oversees the day-to-day transactional business of the group, provides credit support to the network of QPF brokers and assists with the management of lender credit policies.
Andrew Sterling – General Manager – Property Finance
Andrew brings 33 years of banking & finance experience to lead the QPF Property Finance team. His career began at ANZ/Esanda in 1980 and after 10 years of experience in plant and equipment finance, Andrew moved to Citibank in 1990 to write commercial and residential mortgages. During his 23 years at Citibank, Andrew spent the last five years as the State Manager of the mortgage business. He has won numerous highly regarded awards throughout his career. In September 2012, Andrew left Citibank to set up QPF Mortgages. He has been a key factor in the launch and success of QPF’s Property Division.