Mornet van der merwe

Mornet van der merwe

Head of Credit and Risk

With over a decade in senior positions within New Zealand and Australian banks and finance companies, Mornet joined Apricity Finance in 2018 as Head of Credit & Risk. His background in managing financially distressed businesses for secured creditors, with the turnaround as the primary objective, has seen him work with both small and large businesses across various industries.

Hailing from South Africa, Mornet and his family currently call New Zealand home.

THE NICKNAME PEOPLE KNOW ME FOR…

I’ve spent much of my professional life as a Credit Manager and sometimes have had to make tough calls, so some of the nicknames I’ve been called cannot be printed here! 

IN A NUTSHELL, MY JOB IS TO…

Manage and minimise the credit risks that we as a company engage with. This does not only include assessing new deals, but also covers much of the legal, documentary and policy settings around credit risk. 

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING I HAVE LEARNED IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS IS…

Back, trust and believe in yourself no matter what life throws at you. If it doesn’t kill you, it will make you stronger. 

MY FIRST JOB OUT OF SCHOOL WAS…

I got a summer holiday job at an ice cream parlour in a mall. I don’t have fond memories of it as the pay was about 4 Rand per hour (what’s that in Australian currency, about 20 cents?) and while I was walking back to my car after being paid my first wage in cash, I got mugged and all my money was stolen!

IF I HAD THE DAY OFF TODAY, YOU WOULD FIND ME…

Doing something with my family, like fishing, going for a bushwalk or gardening. I’m fond of DIY so I may also be planning or working on a new project (which normally includes fixing something that the kids had broken!).

MY FAVOURITE BOOK/MOVIE/SONG IS…

Book = “Bravo Two Zero” by Andy McNab, Movie = The first-ever movie I saw at a theater was Aliens, so I’ve always been very excited when a new movie in that series came out (and there’s been a few!), Song = “Wish you were here” by Pink Floyd

MY FAVOURITE THING ABOUT APRICITY IS…

The small, close-knit team where everyone counts and are not just a number. The humour we share right throughout the company is wonderful and says something about the level of trust and comfort we all have with each other.

Connect with Mornet via LinkedIn here.

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