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MICHAEL BLOMFIELD

MICHAEL BLOMFIELD

CEO
Investment Trends

Michael commenced as CEO of Investment Trends in 2016, having been our first client in 2004, and having served on our Advisory Board since 2014. He has a long and successful history as a financial services executive, having headed up brokerages, banking divisions and product and segment lines over the past two decades. Perhaps his most well-known role was as Head of CommSec in Australia over the period where the business grew to become the market’s dominant retail brokerage.

He has lived and worked in Australia, the US and Asia, and has worked as an Executive, a Non-Executive Director and an Advisor across businesses in Australia, the US, Japan, China, Singapore, India, Malaysia, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Indonesia. Michael has an enormous breadth of experience geographically, across client segments, across asset classes and across financial services products.

Michael is a former Director of the Securities and Derivatives Industry Association (now the Stockbrokers and Financial Advisers Association of Australia), the Commonwealth Bank Foundation, The Eye Surgeon’s Foundation and is a former member of the ASX Market Rules Committee. He is currently also Chairman of the Australian Centre for Photography and is a Director of the only Chinese bank listed on that country’s Xin San Ban (New Third Board).

 

ANN BOWERING

ANN BOWERING

Managing Director
National Stock Exchange of Australia

Ann has a unique combination of global capital markets, professional service firm, corporate governance, and commercial expertise developed over a 20 year career. Her expertise in the development and operation of the licenced and regulated financial markets (in particular listed equity, exchange traded derivative and OTC products) has come through her executive roles at NSX Limited and Financial & Energy Exchange Limited, where her experience has included major infrastructure development, process innovation and the development of strategic global relationships. She commenced her career at KPMG, where she held a number of roles covering the specialisations of M&A and Capital Markets Advisory, Risk Management and Assurance. During that time she had the opportunity to work in Melbourne, Houston, and Sydney offices of the firm, and developed a specialisation in the Energy and Commodities sectors. Following her time at KPMG, she was appointed Head of Business Development and Operations at the technology consulting firm, Lucsan Capital, where her primary responsibility was to build scale in the business operations and drive rapid growth in the customer base across domestic and international markets. Ann has extensive experience in capital raising, cross-border asset and equity transaction, and the establishment of new business operations.

 

ELIZABETH BRYAN AM

ELIZABETH BRYAN AM

Chairman
IAG and Virgin Australia

Elizabeth Bryan is one of Australia’s foremost corporate leaders, bringing more than 30 years of leadership experience and expertise from a diverse range of industries to the boards on which she serves.

Elizabeth is currently Chairman of insurance group IAG and airline group Virgin Australia. Elizabeth is also a member of the External Advisory Panel to ASIC and the CEDA Board of Governors.

Elizabeth has served as Chairman of Caltex and UniSuper Limited and held directorships at Westpac Banking Corporation and many other public and private companies.

Elizabeth has extensive executive management experience, having held the positions of Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Asset Management Australia and General Manager, Investments of its predecessor organisation the State Super Investment and Management Corporation.

 

ANDREW CAMPION

ANDREW CAMPION

Senior Manager, Investment Products
ASX

Andrew has worked for over two decades in financial services and related industries, with experience in multiple asset classes and geographies. He has spent a significant portion of his career in the UK and the US, where his roles varied from derivatives product controller, strategy consultant, as well as equity options trader. Currently, he is head of the Investment Products team at ASX, which covers ETFs, LICs, mFunds, REITs, warrants, hybrids, and bonds. Prior to joining ASX, Andrew was Executive Director in Equity Derivatives Trading for Goldman Sachs in Sydney.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from Macquarie University, a MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and is a CFA charterholder.

 

MICHAEL CHIN

MICHAEL CHIN

Global Head of Trading
Refinitiv

Michael Chin is Managing Director, Global Head of Trading at Thomson Reuters where he is responsible for Thomson Reuters’ $2.2bln global trading business across all asset classes, including FX, rates, credits, equities and other exchange-traded instruments.

Michael has defined his 26-year career in financial trading and capital markets as an entrepreneur and visionary in the financial technology sector. As CEO & president of two successful financial technology start ups, Michael has a proven track record as an innovative change agent, harnessing technology and best practices to solve complex business problems with optimal investment and maximization of returns. He is recognized in the industry for creating “best of breed” customer solutions, which incorporate his extensive background as a financial markets trader, salesperson and technologist.

 

ALVA DEVOY

ALVA DEVOY

Managing Director Australia
Fidelity International

Alva was appointed as Managing Director of Fidelity International’s Australian business in 2016. This appointment was in addition to her existing responsibilities as Investment Director which she continues to hold. Alva is accountable for ensuring that Fidelity’s global investment strategies deliver the best outcome possible for Australian clients. She also represents Fidelity’s interests to key industry bodies and regulators.

Prior to joining Fidelity, Alva has held several senior executive, research and strategy roles at CIMB Securities International Australia, RBS Australia, KBC Asset Management, and Goodbody Stockbrokers. She also has a PhD in Molecular Engineering from Trinity College Dublin.

 

DAVID DREDGE

DAVID DREDGE

Chief Investment Officer
Convex Strategies

Mr David Dredge is Chief Investment Officer of Convex Strategies, as well as the Chief Executive Officer of City Financial Investment Company Pte Ltd, Singapore. Mr Dredge was formerly Chief Investment Officer of the Fortress Convex Strategies Group, as well as the Chief Executive officer of Fortress Investment Group Singapore Pte Ltd. Prior to joining Fortress, he was Managing Director and Portfolio Manager at Artradis Fund Management in Singapore from 2009-2011 where he was responsible for the fixed income aspects of their volatility based portfolio.

Mr Dredge is a long time Asian Financial Market participant, having originally come to the region in 1987 with Bank of America. He spent the next four and a half years performing various trading roles in Singapore, Jakarta, Tokyo, Seoul and Hong Kong during a critical period of market development and deregulation. Subsequently, Mr Dredge built and ran innovative Emerging Market Trading and Sales businesses for Bankers Trust through the 1990s and ABN Amro/RBS until stepping out of the banking side of the business.

Mr Dredge graduated from University of Utah with a degree in Finance, and completed an MBA at the University of California, Berkeley. David continues to be involved in market development activities, sitting as a main committee member of the Singapore Foreign Exchange Markets Committee (SFEMC), having previously served roles as the Main Committee Vice Chairman and as the Chair of the Market Development Sub-Committee.

 

RT HON SIR BILL ENGLISH KNZM

RT HON SIR BILL ENGLISH KNZM




Sir Bill English was Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister from October 2008 to December 2016 and Prime Minister of New Zealand until the change of government in October 2017, prior to standing down from politics in March 2018.  Bill English guided the New Zealand economy through the global financial crisis to be one of the faster growing developed economies with sustainable government surpluses. He initiated tax reforms, partial floats of four government companies and financing the rebuild of Christchurch after the 2010 earthquakes.  As Minister for Infrastructure he set up the National Infrastructure Unit and initiated New Zealand’s first PPP programme.

Bill English also focussed on public sector reform, balance sheet management and led the development and implementation of Social Investment, a world leading policy innovation for large scale social services. He oversaw significant investment in digitalising government and improving customer experience of public services.

He held ministerial roles in health, education, housing and revenue since his election to Parliament in 1990. He has a long term interest in economic restructuring, sound microeconomic policy and social policy reform.

Bill is now Chairman of Mt Cook Alpine Salmon and sits in the board  of Wesfarmers Ltd.

He consults to several NZ and Australian companies and mentors senior management.

His advice is sought by other countries following his experience in social reform and success in inspiring change in the way governments deliver social services,

Bill is married to Dr Mary English, a medical practitioner, and they have 6 adult children.

 

PAULA GIGLER

PAULA GIGLER

Head of Wealth iShares
Blackrock

Paula Gigler, Vice President, is the Head of Wealth iShares. In this role she has responsibility for leading sales and client servicing across Private Banks, Stockbrokers and Platforms nationally. Paula joins the firm from Vanguard, where she was the Broker Distribution Manager looking after Private Bank and Broking clients. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm) from The Australian National University, a Diploma of Financial Planning and Diploma of Applied Finance.

 

Stephen Glenfield

Stephen Glenfield

Chief Executive Officer
FASEA

Stephen Glenfield is the Chief Executive Officer of FASEA. Stephen has worked in financial services regulation for over three decades, most recently as a general manager within the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA). As well as his managerial responsibilities, Stephen was Chair of the APRA’s Superannuation Industry Group. He has also worked with the International Organisation of Pension Supervisors, the Victorian Financial Institutions Commission and KPMG.

Stephen holds a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University and is a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

 

BALAJI GOPAL

BALAJI GOPAL

Head of Product Strategy
Vanguard Australia

Balaji Gopal is Head of Product Strategy for Vanguard in Australia. In this role, he leads the team responsible for longterm product planning, research, development and implementation. Balaji works closely with Vanguard’s global teams in the design and launch of new products, as well as implementing changes across Vanguard’s suite of investment products.

Prior to joining Vanguard in April 2017, Balaji gained over 15 years’ experience working across government, financial services, investment and management consulting sectors. He most recently held positions at the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ).

He initially joined ANZ as part of the Private Bank developing investment capabilities, products and platforms, before joining the ANZ Wealth Global Chief Investment Office, where he provided oversight across business management, technology, governance, strategy and investment and product related matters regionally.

Balaji holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Computing from Osmania University (India), along with a Masters in Applied Science (Computing) from RMIT University and a Masters in Applied
Finance from Macquarie University.

 

STUART GRAY

STUART GRAY

Fund Manager, Fixed Income and Head of Credit Research
Schroders

As Fund Manager, Fixed Income and Head of Credit Research, Stuart leads the Australian credit research team in addition to having responsibility for security selection and portfolio construction for Australian investment grade debt securities across portfolios.

Stuart joined Schroders from Aberdeen Asset Management where he held the position of Senior Portfolio Manager in the Australian Fixed Income team with responsibility for credit stock selection, relative value and portfolio management across relevant funds. He also managed the credit research team. He joined Aberdeen Asset Management in 2000.

Prior investment career experience includes his role as Senior Credit Analyst at Westpac (Westpac Research) between August 1997 – September 2000.

Stuarts Investment career commenced in August 1997.

 

STUART HOLDSWORTH

STUART HOLDSWORTH

Chief Executive Officer
Financial Simplicity

Stuart has combined extensive investment industry experience with technology innovation to become one of Australia’s thought leaders on managed accounts. Stuart is passionate about the growing consumer influences on the investment industry globally, and with Financial Simplicity,  has helped enable over $30Bn in a myriad of managed account propositions (SMA, IMA, MDA, UMA) both here in Australia and internationally. Stuart is the CEO of Financial Simplicity, a member of the RegTech Association,  and also a founder of the Institute of Managed Account Providers in Australia.

 

PAUL HOWES

PAUL HOWES

National Sector Leader – Asset & Wealth Management
KPMG Australia

Paul is a Partner at KPMG Australia and is the National Sector leader for Asset & Wealth Management leading KPMG’s work in the superannuation, funds management, private equity and wealth sectors across the firm. Paul joined KPMG in 2014 from the Australian labour movement where he had worked for the previous 15 years including 7 years as the leader of the nation’s largest industrial union – The Australian Workers’ Union.

Paul provides strong leadership which focusses on stakeholder and team engagement as he draws on his professional experience from his roles as the Deputy Chair and a Director of AustralianSuper (Australia’s largest superannuation fund managing over $110 billion on behalf of over 2.4 million members) between 2006 and 2014 and as a Director of numerous other Government and private organisations.

Paul is also a published author, columnist and has produced a number of thought leadership pieces in the areas of asset recycling, productivity enhancement and transforming the wealth management sector. In addition to his role leading KPMG’s work in the Asset & Wealth Management sector Paul is also the Partner in Charge of KPMG’s Customer, Brand and Marketing Advisory practice.

 

NATHAN IDE

NATHAN IDE

Managing Director
Private Capital Management Pty Ltd

Nathan has over 13 years financial markets experience within Investment Banking, Investment Management and Wealth Management and has worked within some of the world’s largest banks.  Nathan has presented a TED talk in Boston looking at Australia’s superannuation industry and has been a frequent presenter at the Australian Securities Exchange.

Nathan attended the University of Sydney, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce. He also holds a Master of Business Administration (Deans Prize) also at the University of Sydney, and is authorised by ASIC to provide Financial Advice (RG146) and Credit Advice (RG209).  Nathan is a Justice of the Peace and registered Tax Financial Adviser.

Nathan is currently MD of Private Capital Management, a Sydney CBD based Financial Planning and Mortgage Broking business.

 

VIC JOKOVIC

VIC JOKOVIC

Chief Executive Officer
Chi-X Australia

Vic Jokovic is Chief Executive Officer of Chi-X Australia, joining the organisation in January 2018.

Prior to his appointment as CEO of Chi-X Mr Jokovic was with Deutsche Bank for over 26 years, most recently as Managing Director, Co- Head of Global Markets Debt and Equity .Mr Jokovic was a senior member of the Deutsche Bank Executive Committee, a number of Global and Regional Executive Committees and was most recently a Board Member of Wilson’s stockbroking, Craig Investment partners NZ and Deutsche Securities Australia Ltd.

 

JULIA LEE

JULIA LEE

Equities Strategist
Bell Direct

Julia Lee is an Equities Strategist with Bell Direct. She is also the Head Media Presenter providing financial commentary to SKY News, SKY Business Channel, Bloomberg, ABC radio and on the internet.

Julia has over 15 years of experience in financial markets. You can see Julia hosting the Tuesday shares session of ‘Your Money, Your Call’ on the SKY Business Channel every Tuesday from 8pm-9pm where she takes live calls from traders and investors. She is also a regular contributor to industry publications and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences.

 

MARY MANNING

MARY MANNING

Portfolio Manager
Ellerston Asian Investments Limited

Mary is a member of the investment team and is a Portfolio Manager for Ellerston’s listed investment company, Ellerston Asian Investments Ltd. Mary has over 17 years investment management expertise and joined Ellerston in 2012. Mary first worked in Asia in 1997 and has been investing in the region since 2001. Prior to joining Ellerston Capital, Mary worked at Oaktree Capital in New York and Singapore. In Singapore, she was the sole person responsible for financial sector investments for the firm’s Global Emerging Markets Hedge Fund.

Mary also worked as an investment analyst at Soros Fund Management in New York, the investment vehicle of George Soros. She focussed on investments in the financial sector in the US, Asia, including Japan and Europe.

Mary has a PhD in Economics from the University of Sydney, an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University Of Calgary, Canada.

 

KARL MORRIS AO

KARL MORRIS AO

Executive Chairman
Ord Minnett Limited

Karl Morris is Executive Chairman of Ord Minnett Limited with a career spanning over 29 years in financial services and wealth management. Ord Minnett Limited is one of Australia’s oldest and most respected investment advisory and stockbroking firms. It has in excess of $28 billion in Funds Under Advice, with 350 finance professionals.

Karl holds a Commerce Degree and Diploma’s from the Stockbrokers and Financial Advisers Association, FINSIA and AICD.
Karl is Chairman and a Master Member of the Stockbrokers and Financial Advisers Association, Chairman of QSuper, Director of the Royal Automobile Club of Queensland (RACQ), Governor of the University of Notre Dame Australia, Member of the Financial Sector Advisory Council, Advisory Council member of JP Morgan Australia, Member of the Catholic Foundation Archdiocese of Brisbane and Patron of Bravehearts, a child protection charity.

Karl is also a member of The Australian Club, Brisbane Lord Mayor Business Round Table, Royal National Agricultural Association, Royal Queensland Aero Club, Tattersall’s Club, Young Presidents Organisation; Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST), Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia Ltd (ASFA), Mary MacKillop Brisbane Catholic School Access Fund and the Investment Committees of the Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane and Sydney.

 

LEONA MURPHY

LEONA MURPHY

Chair
Stone & Chalk

Leona Murphy is a Chair and Non Executive Director with 24 years senior executive experience in insurance and financial services.  She has held C-Suite roles in top 20 ASX listed organisations for 10 years, most recently, as Chief Strategy Officer at IAG.

She is currently Chair of Stone & Chalk, Non Executive Director of Liberty Financial Limited, Non Executive Director of RACQ Limited, Board Member of New Zealand’s Accident Compensation Commission and is the Chair of the Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital Foundation.  Leona has been Co-Chair of the United Nation Environment’s Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative and was recognised as one of Australia’s Top 100 Women of Influence in the 2015 Australian Financial Review and Westpac Awards for her work in Global Resilience.

 

PROFESSOR HAYDEN RAMSAY

PROFESSOR HAYDEN RAMSAY

Pro Vice-Chancellor Assisting the Vice-Chancellor and President of Catholic Philosophy
Australian Catholic University

Professor Ramsay is Pro Vice-Chancellor Assisting the Vice-Chancellor and President and Professor of Catholic Philosophy of the Australian Catholic University (ACU).

Prior to his appointment at ACU, Professor Ramsay served as the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Philosophy and Ethics at The University of Notre Dame Australia (UNDA). He has taught philosophy at the University of Edinburgh, Stirling University in Scotland, University of Melbourne, La Trobe University, the Catholic Theological College and the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family.  He has also held teaching roles at the Catholic Institute of Sydney and the Good Shepherd Seminary.

He is a committee member of the Catholic Institute of Sydney Senate and the Sydney Catholic Schools Board. He holds a PhD in Philosophy from The University of Edinburgh (1991) and a Masters, Mental Philosophy also from the University of Edinburgh (1986). Professor Ramsay has published several books and many articles in philosophy, mainly in ethics.

 

DANIEL REYES

DANIEL REYES

Principal, Head of Investments, Asia-Pacific and Head of Investment Strategy Group (ISG)
Vanguard Australia

Daniel Reyes is a Principal, Head of Investments, Asia-Pacific and Head of Investment Strategy Group (ISG), Asia-Pacific, based in Vanguard’s Melbourne office.

In this role, Daniel leads Vanguard’s experienced team of investment management and strategy professionals in Australia and Asia.

Prior to taking on his role in October 2017, Daniel was based in Vanguard’s Malvern office in the Investment Strategy Group with responsibility for the team’s support of Vanguard’s advised solutions. The Investment Strategy Group is Vanguard’s research and client-facing team that develops asset allocation strategies and conducts research on the capital markets, global economy, portfolio construction and other related investment topics.

Daniel joined Vanguard in 2004 and has held several roles spanning Vanguard Institutional Advisory Services®, the Fixed Income Portfolio Management Group, Human Resources, the Retail division and Vanguard’s Education Savings business.

Before joining Vanguard, he worked for Towers Perrin in their Executive Compensation consulting
practice.

Daniel holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics with concentrations in finance and management from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. He also earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is a CFA® charterholder.

 

BRIAN SHEAHAN

BRIAN SHEAHAN

Executive Chairman
Morgans Financial Ltd

Brian is the Executive Chairman of Morgans Financial Limited and a member of the firm’s Management, Risk, Remuneration and Branch Services Committees. Brian has over 20 years’ experience in the corporate/financial arena in Europe, Asia and Australia. Brian joined Morgans Financial Limited in 1997 as a Senior Research Analyst after three years running a mineral processing business in China and was appointed Managing Director in 2003 and then Executive Chairman in 2016. Prior to this Brian worked in senior positions in financial analysis and corporate finance over 6 years for a listed Australian resource company. This followed two years in Europe in the finance sector and several years working as a geologist in Australia. Brian has a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science (Geology) from the University of Queensland. He is a member of the Securities Institute of Australia and a Master member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 

DOMINIC STEVENS

DOMINIC STEVENS

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
ASX

Dominic Stevens was appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ASX in August 2016. He was an independent non-executive director of ASX from December 2013 until his appointment as CEO.

Dominic has broad experience working in capital and derivatives markets. He is familiar with the challenges and opportunities presented by Australia’s growing pool of funds under management, and the increasing reach of global regulation.

Prior to ASX, Dominic was the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Challenger, having previously held senior roles overseeing Challenger’s capital, risk management and strategy.

Dominic has served as a Senior Managing Director at Zurich Capital Markets Asia and was a Partner at Bankers Trust, where he had responsibility for the Australian derivatives and global metals and agricultural commodity derivatives businesses.

 

PETER TARDENT

PETER TARDENT

Head of Distribution
CommSec Advisor Services

Peter Tardent is Head of Adviser Services at CommSec, providing service distribution and support to the IFA and broking market.  Peter believes in supporting advisers to empower more Australians to grow their wealth.  Peter has been with CommSec for over 17 years in several roles, including head of CommSec Advisory and Head of Product.  He has previously spent a majority of time at CommSec leading the International and Derivative business for CommSec, a team he incepted in 2009.

Peter is currently involved in several SAFAA committees, and has been chair of the Derivatives Sub-committee since 2011.  Peter values industry engagement as well as community engagement and is involved with several community-based committees to support sporting clubs and schools.

Peter Holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning and is a Master Stockbroker with SAFAA.

 

SCOTT WEBSTER

SCOTT WEBSTER

Managing Director, Head of Platform Solutions Group
UBS

Scott Webster is Managing Director, Head of Platform Solutions Group, UBS. Scott joined UBS in 1996. He was appointed Chief Operating Officer, Australasian Equities in 2001 and has been Managing Director, Head of Platform Solutions Groupsince 2011.Prior to UBS, Scott worked at Deloitte. He has a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Accounting and Finance from the University of New south Wales. He has also completed his Professional Year through the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

 

GEOFF WILSON AO

GEOFF WILSON AO

Chairman & Chief Investment Officer
Wilson Asset Management

Geoff Wilson has over 37 years’ direct experience in investment markets having held a variety of senior investment roles in Australia, the UK and the US. Geoff founded Wilson Asset Management in 1997. Geoff created Australia’s first listed philanthropic wealth creation vehicles, the Future Generation companies.

Geoff holds a Bachelor of Science, a Graduate Management Qualification and is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Geoff Wilson is currently Chairman of WAM Capital Limited, WAM Leaders Limited, WAM Research Limited, WAM Active Limited, WAM Microcap Limited and the Australian Stockbrokers Foundation.

He is the Founder and a Director of Future Generation Global Investment Company Limited and Future Generation Investment Company Limited and a Director of Australian Leaders Fund Limited, Clime Capital Limited, Global Value Fund Limited, Century Australia Investments Limited, Incubator Capital Limited, Sporting Chance Cancer Foundation, the Australian Fund Managers Foundation, the Australian Children’s Music Foundation and he is a Member of the Second Bite NSW Advisory Committee.

 

GREG YANCO

GREG YANCO

Executive Director, Markets
Australian Securities and Investments Commission

Greg has primary responsibility for ASIC’s Markets group. In this role, he oversees the Market Infrastructure, Market Supervision, Corporations, Financial Reporting and Audit and Insolvency Practitioners teams, and works closely with the Markets Enforcement team. The Markets group is focused on improving the effectiveness of Australia’s capital markets. It also supports efficient capital raising, investment and risk management. Additionally, Greg oversees ASIC’s work to regulate corporations, auditors of disclosing entities, registered company auditors and registered liquidators. Greg has more than 30 years of experience and extensive experience in financial market development, regulation and supervision. Before joining ASIC, he was the CEO of AXE ECN Pty Limited. Previously Greg was the manager of institutional and wholesale markets at the Australian Stock Exchange where he implemented equity market structure changes and managed the operations of the market surveillance and investigations units.