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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).

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 and Professor 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.

 

DOMINIC STEVENS

DOMINIC STEVENS

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director
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.