Meet The Board

We’re accelerating growth — through innovation and bold ambition.

Informed by over 100 years of combined experience in financial services and technology, the Butn team has the knowledge and experience to power your business further with our clever funding solutions.

The Butn Board

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Co-Founder, Joint CEO and Executive Director

Walter Rapoport

Walter co-founded the Group and was appointed Executive Director and Joint Chief Executive Officer of Butn in September 2020.

Walter co-founded the Group and was appointed Executive Director and Joint Chief Executive Officer of Butn in September 2020.

His career spans economics research and more than 25 years as the founder and CEO of a knitwear manufacturing company supplying Australia’s largest retailers, including a period as a licensee to Pierre Cardin.

Understanding the importance for small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to have access to cash flow and capital, he co-founded Butn with Rael Ross.

Walter has a proven ability to lead high performing teams throughout his career in manufacturing, finance, sales and marketing. He has vast experience in identifying, developing, and executing innovative receivables funding solutions and adapting products to digital transformations.

Mr Rapoport serves as Chairman of the Multicultural Chambers of Commerce Group and Chairs the Grampians Regional Advisory Council.

Walter graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Economics.

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Co-Founder, Joint CEO and Executive Director

Rael Ross

Rael co-founded the Group and was appointed Executive Director and Joint Chief Executive Officer of Butn in September 2020.

Rael co-founded the Group and was appointed Executive Director and Joint Chief Executive Officer of Butn in September 2020.

Understanding the need for technology to enable financing and digital distribution as companies seek access to finance, he co-founded Butn with Walter Rapoport. With over 15 years' experience in financial services, technology and mentoring other start-ups, Rael has driven the establishment of the Butn fintech solution.

Rael has created, developed and executed technology and digital projects through several start-ups. Rael co-founded Tsikot.com, one of the leading online automotive platforms and the largest online automotive forum in the Philippines.

As a qualified accountant, Rael has worked in private practice, the Not-for-Profit sector and for Big 4 firms.

Rael was awarded a full scholarship at Monash University, where he completed a Bachelor of Accounting. In 2020, Rael was awarded Australian Young Entrepreneur across multiple categories.

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Non-Exec. Chairperson

Suzanne Ewart

Director and business adviser with a strong background in treasury, finance and strategy

Director and business adviser with a strong background in treasury, finance and strategy
Previously with Fosters’ Group, NAB, Telstra, BTR, Pacific Dunlop, and Woodside Petroleum
Currently on the Board of Dexus Wholesale Funds and Chairs Bendigo Comm. Bank
Previously Chairman of .au Domain Admin., Box Hill Institute, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and director of Treasury Corp. Victoria and TT Line
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Non-Exec. Director

Mike Hirst

Career banker with extensive experience in retail banking, balance sheet management, financial markets and strategy

Career banker with extensive experience in retail banking, balance sheet management, financial markets and strategy
Previously Managing Director of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, director of Colonial First State Investment Managers, Treasury Corporation of Victoria, Barwon Health, and Austraclear
Currently Deputy Chairman of Racing Victoria and Director of GMHBA and AMCIL
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Non-Exec. Director

Georg Chmiel

25+ years of experience in the real estate and online industry

25+ years of experience in the real estate and online industry
Executive chairman of Juwai IQI Holdings, Chairman of iCar Asia (ASX:ICQ), and Non-executive Director of Centrepoint Alliance (ASX:CAF) and PropTech Group (ASX:PTG)
Previously MD and CEO of iProperty Group, MD of LJ Hooker Group, and CFO at REA Group

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