Jason is the founding director of Catalyst Finance Solutions, and established the practice in May, 2004 – with Matt Rigby joining as co-director in December, 2004.
Jason first began working in the finance industry in 1992, as one of only a handful of finance brokers operating in Perth at the time. He worked as a freelance broker in the Mandurah and Rockingham areas until late 1995, and then spent seven years at AMP, working as a mobile lender before his role as State Banking Manager. He then left AMP to establish his own mortgage broker business, Catalyst, bringing with him many loyal clients.
Jason enjoys the daily challenges of the finance industry and is always prepared to go that extra mile for his clients. Jason specializes in debt advice and commercial property finance, and holds a Diploma of Finance and Mortgage Broking Management, and a Diploma of Chemistry at Curtin University.
Matt is the co-director of Catalyst Finance Solutions, and joined the company in December, 2004.
Matt became involved in the mortgage industry in 1992, when the industry was in its infancy. He worked for several broking companies through the 1990s, and in 2000 joined one of Perth’s largest building companies, arranging finance for their customers. He became an expert in building, construction, and development finance., and branched out into a Business Development role – forging strong relationships with large business partners.
Matt holds a Diploma of Finance and Mortgage Broking Management and is very conscious of maintaining contact with his customers whilst managing and running the business alongside Jason.
“I believe listening to your plans and understanding your needs are more important than simply quoting you a rate”
Martin grew up in a small town in Sarawak, Malaysia and moved to Perth in 1999.
He studied engineering and finance at Curtin University of Technology before joining the financial services industry in 2007, and then the Catalyst Finance team in late 2010.
Friendly, knowledgable and efficient, he is experienced in all facets of finance. He has guided many first home buyers with their first purchase, helped property investors minimised costs and maximised borrowing capacity, as well as financed multi-unit developments and business purchases.
He is a proud father of two young boys. So while he is not chauffeuring his kids around or attending to their curious minds, he can be found training for the next City2Surf.
He is also a Manchester United supporter, enjoys a glass of fine wine or a cup of aromatic coffee, and listens to various podcasts whilst driving.
Vyanne hails from Langkawi , a renowned tourist destination in Malaysia.
She came to Perth in 2004, and studied accounting at the Curtin University of Technology.
She worked for 2 multi award winning mortgage brokerages prior to joining the Catalyst team in 2015.
As the office manager, she organises everything from our quarterly newsletter to various compliance documents. She also ensures the office nibblies are constantly topped up!
Outside of work, she enjoys cooking for her husband Martin (one of our brokers!) and their 2 beautiful sons Lucas and Louis.
Cass is one of the founding members of Catalyst Finance and she has played a pivotal part in driving the business. Since inception, she has helped build the business into what it is today. Her innovative thinking, proactive approach and unmatched commitment motivates the whole crew, even on a rainy Monday morning.
Starting off in a General Manager role, she’s now focused on managing accounts, bookkeeping and her wonderful family of four. Cass is a qualified bookkeeper, juggling the numbers like no other.
Janet Hryb has been in the Settlement Industry since 1993.
Janet not only has extensive conveyancing experience, but is someone who possesses strong management skills and a passion to ensure the client has a great experience from beginning to end.
Janet is a Past Councillor & Vice President with the Australian Institute of Conveyancers here in WA, and enjoys giving back some of her knowledge to the industry.
Janet is an immediate past committee member of the Property Industry Advisory Committee (PIAC) which provides advice to the Minister and Commissioner of Consumer Protection on the regulations of licensed property professionals in Western Australia.
Janet felt with her knowledge of working with the banks on the settlement side, she could learn the beginning of the role the broker & banks played to ensure the client is looked after the whole way through and ongoing. Janet holds an Australian Credit License and soon a Diploma in Finance.
Janet is a mum to 2 beautiful children, Callum aged 12 & Reegan aged 10. Janet enjoys relaxing by walking, bike riding, and reading novels.
“Martin was great, helpful and prompt at communicating. Very thankful for his knowledge and guidance during the process. (May 2019)”
Teanna, Seville Grove WA
“Great service from Matt and his team, as usual. Makes everything so easy. (April 2019)”
Jason & Holly, Doubleview WA
“Martin Lau is a remarkable man with the highest of professional service we have ever experienced. We have had the pleasure of knowing Martin now for over 6 years and he has always provided us with honest professional advice and has guided us into the right direct that accommodates our family. We have already been recommending Martin for several years and will continue to do so. Martin Lau is a huge asset to your company. (March 2019)”
Fiona & Greg, Byford WA
“I have dealt with Jason and Catalyst Finance for many years. I have found Jason to be upfront about what he can and cannot get from the banks. Even when pressed in difficult situations he has always seemed to come through with a result. I can highly recommend Jason and his team. (March 2019)”
David, Scarborough WA
“Right from the start Jason was fantastic. This was the first time I've had to refinance anything, so I was going in blind. He made everything clear, understandable and easy which made the refinancing transition very smooth. Highly recommend him and we'll definitely be coming back in the future. (Feb 2019)”
Jordyn, Armadale WA
“Martin is wonderful to deal with. He communicates well, understands the lenders and is very efficient. I also appreciate his honesty and transparency. (Feb 2019)”
Cynthia, Madeley WA
“Martin provided clear honest advice, was patient with our questions but most importantly found us the best deal on the market. (Feb 2019)”
John & Claire, Warwick WA
“We have worked with Matt Rigby now for over 10 years. Matt has consistently provided excellent service and has always provided sound advice and assistance with brokerage. We look forward to working with Matt in the future. (Feb 2019)”
Glenn & Georgia, Yokine WA
“Both myself and my husband were extremely happy with the services provided by our broker Jason Cheetham. He was extremely helpful and answered all our queries (there were many). He was happy to meet with us to sign the documents and explain how our loans were set up. We were very satisfied customers. (Feb 2019)”
Michelle & Lorne, Jandakot WA
“Martin was thorough, efficient and knowledgeable from start till end. He exceeded my expectations by even giving unbiased advice about things that I had to consider but was unaware of. (Dec 2018)”
Jes & Suresh, Harrisdale WA
“I would not even consider taking out a home or investment property mortgage without speaking with Matt Rigby first. Matt takes all the hard work and stress out of comparing home loans, rolling over an existing loan, or starting a new home or investment mortgage loan. It is so reassuring to know that whenever I need an answer to a query or concern, Matt is right there, and very promptly takes action in his responses. Thank you to Matt and all his team at Catalyst Finance for all your continuing support and assistance. I will continue to recommend your services to anyone that will listen!! (Aug 2018)”
Clair, Capel WA
“I have always found Martin to be extremely helpful and super easy to work with! (Aug 2018)”
Jeni & Steven, Cooloongup WA
“Martin was able to refinance our mortgage and car loans when we thought all hope was gone. We would recommend Martin to anyone! No nonsense and got the job done with minimal fuss. Amazing! (July 2018)”
Rob & Annette, Baldivis WA
“Martin was very friendly, planned the finance requirement when we changed our mind and meet the finance according to our needs. very prompt and have up to date knowledge in home finance. (July 2018)”
Siva & Suji, Manjimup WA
“To the management of Catalyst Finance, I would like to send in a commendation of my experience dealing with Martin Lau. He has rendered an amazing level of service and deserves a great recognition! From the first point of contact way back in 2016 when we purchased our property till this point of having moved into Australia, Martin has been there EVERY step of the way...from the detailed explanation, forms, guidance, reference, patience, passion to work, checking of issues with the bank, wrong deductions, right to the grant application after we stepped in, while in Perth & abroad then back here...Martin has cared to give his utmost best! Amazing level of service more people should take after! I am awaiting for people I know looking at property deals here and would be glad to make a ref to only Martin Lau! He has created a higher level of branding for Catalyst Finance. Well done Martin! (Jan 2018)”
Jane, Lynwood WA
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Your bank or lender may recoil from going into great detail on the range of home loans available – as this may not help their business – but we at Catalyst Finance are your mortgage broker specialists, and have expertise in the varying types and variations: Fixed Rate Loans, Standard Variable Rate Loans, Basic Variable Loans, Offset Loans, Lines of Credit, Professional Package Loans, Combination Loans, and Construction Loans.
Setting up a Self Managed Super Fund is quite a complex undertaking, and is probably best not to approach without sound advice from a financial planning expert (or a crucifix!).
We recommend you consult a SMSF specialist like Resolution Wealth, a close business partner who can help guide you through the many ins and outs of SMSFs. There are so many rules and regulations that it is easy to find yourself going round in circles, so we highly recommend engaging the services of a professional, dedicated SMSF practice.
Let’s be honest: if you can make your life easier, with less worry about financial pressures, why wouldn’t you?
We provide you with advice on mortgage finance solutions and lending, allowing you to build a lifestyle for the present and for the future. Our brokers have experience in all aspects of mortgage and lending, and are available to answer all your questions.
When it comes to financial planning, we recommend our partner Resolution Wealth, who can help strategise a plan that best suits you and your family’s unique circumstances.
We have close working relationships with a wide range of lenders who can assist with the purchase of a commercial property.
Our commercial finance loans specialists are well versed in all areas of the complex nature of commercial finance loans, and can help you every step of the way.
With the most important monetary transaction in your life, it’s imperative to appoint conveyancing services professionals to act on your behalf.
We recommend LJ Hooker Settlements. Director and Licensee Janet Hryb and her team are well placed to provide an informative yet hassle-free service. They focus on informing and educating clients on exactly where they are in a transaction, thus making your experience pleasurable (rather than one of the most stressful times of your life!).
We can organise a quote for you directly through one of our brokers, or you can contact Janet or Jen directly.