Mornet Van der Merwe

  • Head of Credit
  • LLB

Mornet joined Apricity Finance in 2018. He brings more than 20 years experience in the banking industry, including ASB, Kiwibank and Heartland Bank LTD.

Mornet has a deep understanding of banking and has led a variety of teams including specialist recovery, collections, turnaround, internal asset review and credit portfolio management teams. He is also a board member on RITANZ, the professional body for insolvency practitioners in NZ. Mornet hails from South Africa where he completed a law degree at the University of Pretoria.

Mornet is father to three young children and counts kayak fishing, family and football as his personal interests (although not necessarily in that order).

Invoice finance
What is your greatest passion outside of work?
My greatest passion is bike riding. I have an E-bike that I ride to work every day and I love it. There are so many beautiful tracks around and I think that it’s a fantastic tourism opportunity for Australia.

What are three career lessons you’ve learned thus far?
- Every challenge is an opportunity to learn
- Everyone gets out of bed in the morning to do their best, they just need encouragement and guidance
- It’s OK to be wrong (and to admit it)
What are you most proud of?
My 3 beautiful kids (Nina, Lucas and Joseph)

What is the one thing you cannot resist?
12 year old single malt whiskey from Speyside

What’s your favourite time of year?
Autumn. The colours and the bearable temperatures just soothes my soul!

What is your favourite quote?
“A pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.” Winston Churchill

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