Enabling world-class management

Our executive team and board of directors are a highly regarded and experienced team of financial specialists who have developed and launched a world class crowd-sourced equity funding platform.

We have more than 100 years of combined experience in investment banking and offer a unique mix of capital-raising, compliance, digital development, marketing and entrepreneurship skills.

Several of our executives held senior positions at Bankers Trust Australia, an investment banking pioneer during the ‘80s and ‘90s.

Our executive team also includes several highly successful entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship educators who understand the nuances of start-ups and growth companies – and what it takes to scale them into globally significant ventures.

World-class management driving a world-class platform

Rodney Payne

Chairman & Founder

Rodney’s global transactional banking experience brings a depth and breadth of knowledge to the Enable Funding team.

His experience includes Bankers Trust as part of the Management Committee, Managed Derivatives and Trading Risk and was a Global Partner, including setup of New Zealand arm of Bankers Trust.

Founder and Senior Managing Director, Zurich Capital Markets started with funding from Private Equity partners the Murdoch and Packer families.

Board Member of AFMA - Australian Financial Markets Association, Founder H2OX Water Exchange.

Rod has a deep passion for skiing and has been a Director for Ski and Snowboard Australia and Director for Thredbo Race Club.

Will Leitch

Chief Executive & Founder

Will’s extensive career clearly positions him to lead the team into an exciting era of growth and expansion.

His early career specialised in Corporate Strategy and Finance, working across the globe for Alliance Boots and Viterra as a key member of their management team.

Will has led corporate strategic reviews for 40 billion pound per annum turnover business, developed joint ventures and commercialised new business opportunities and product.

Marc Johnstone

Chief Operating Officer & Founder

Marc co- founded his first disruptive company at 29 and experienced first hand the challenges of growing a company through Seed, Series A and B rounds.

Marc has also founded businesses in the USA, UK and UAE.

For the past 18 years Marc has been working globally with early stage and SME companies and their funders to increase profit and revenue, create assets whilst reducing risk and frustration.

Marc has worked closely with Tier 1 VCs in Silicon Valley and served on the Board of The Bank of San Francisco.

Norm Virgo

Executive Director & Founder

Norm has strong commercial acumen; he co-established a health club network that grew to be the Australian market leader attracting $25m in private equity for national expansion.

CEO of Safeguard, a data-encryption venture whose parent was listed on the ASX.

Finance manager of a national independent finance company in capital equipment and aircraft financing, leasing, commercial mortgages, SMSF and business lending.

Ashley Zimpel

Executive Director & Founder

Ashley’s extensive stockbroking and investment banking experience spans over 30 years across capital markets, corporate finance and public company businesses.

His career includes: partner at stockbroker Hattersley Maxwell Noall, Executive Director at Australian Gilt Securities Ltd (Reporting Bond Dealer to the Reserve Bank of Australia), Senior Banker at Bankers Trust and Macquarie Bank, co-founding partner of Rand Merchant Bank Australia, Executive Chairman of Marine Produce Australia Ltd.

Nigel Abbott

Head of Marketing / Digital & Founder

Nigel Abbott, a leading digital-marketing expert and entrepreneur, has extensive experience in promoting emerging companies.

Nigel has had significant success in retail and business markets. Using latest digital techniques, he helped transform the receding Niseko ski resort into a top 10 global ski resort and more recently SMEtv, an educational channel for the SME market. This was acquired by a public company and clearly demonstrates the potential gains with private equity.

His start-up experience benefits both Enable customers as well as their own platform.
They target audiences using the latest Adtech, video, SEO, social and other digital technologies.

Greg Goodman

Chief Risk Officer & Founder

Greg established Compliance Australia, which has an enviable client list ranging from the largest full service banks through to boutique fund managers.

His prior experience includes Bankers Trust Australia across several roles, which included Regional Head of Compliance, Head of Administration, Head of Human Resources and Chief Financial Officer.

Greg’s role as an N.E.D. is to maintain Enable’s position as the most compliant CSEF platform globally now and into the future.

Allana Leitch

Legal Counsel & Founder

In 2003, Allana began her legal career with Minter Ellison in Adelaide. Post that, she spent two years working for a boutique legal firm in London where she gained international experience.

When returning to Adelaide in 2010, she joined Finlaysons and worked on behalf of some of Australia’s major banks and insolvency practitioners.

In 2015, Allana joined the Enable team (formerly ASSOB) as their Legal Counsel.

She has a Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice (Hons).

Peter Boyce

Head of Issuer Optimisation

A career in business spanning over 30 years which includes creating a 100-store franchise network, developing 10 startup businesses of his own, both big (in excess of 300 staff) and small.

Peter has also been a corporate strategy consultant to some of Australia’s largest companies and a tertiary educator to MBA students (across Swinburne and Chisholm, now Monash Universities).

These achievements have granted Peter a wealth of knowledge in working with innovative early stage businesses, according him first-hand experience in capital raising, working with and on Boards, mentoring, and business creation.