Affinity appoints CFO Cathy Montesin

Affinity Education Group is pleased to welcome Cathy Montesin to the role of Chief Financial Officer, as part of the company's Senior Leadership Team.

Affinity CEO Tim Hickey said: "Cathy has a wealth of experience in private equity environments and mergers and acquisitions, and has already proven to be a great cultural fit with our executive team.”

"Her corporate experience will be invaluable in developing innovative, customer-focused and sustainable business improvement initiatives to drive our business plans in 2019 and beyond, and we're thrilled to have her on board."

Ms Montesin, who took up the role on 4 February, said she was looking forward to working with the group. “Affinity has clear priorities in place to deliver high quality early education and care, while operating one of the strongest commercial models in the child care industry,” Ms Montesin said.

“It’s refreshing to participate in such a positive and proactive company culture, underpinned by strong operational leadership. I’m very pleased to join the team.”

Ms Montesin has more than 20+ years’ experience in specialist financial services, across a number of industry sectors.

She comes to Affinity after a period as Director at InterFinancial Corporate Finance, which provided advisory services in mergers and acquisitions, sourcing private equity capital, and strategic financial advice. 

Prior to this, Cathy led the Financial Planning and Analysis team at Cleanaway Waste Management Limited, where she was responsible for the strategic planning, budgeting and reporting processes, the oversight of group capital investment, M&A activity and investor relations support. 

Ms Montesin spent 15 years in the Transaction Advisory Services teams at PwC and Ernst & Young in Brisbane, Sydney and San Francisco, undertaking valuation, due diligence, financial modelling, capital raising and Independent Expert Reports for public, private and government entities. 

Cathy also sits on the Board of the Emergency Medicine Foundation, an Australasian non-profit organisation dedicated to funding innovative evidence-based research that improves clinical practices to save lives as well as delivering significant economic benefits to the healthcare system.