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Our people
Our people

Our board, executive and investment teams have extensive industry experience including financial and investment expertise.

Board Members

John PatersonChairman and Independent Non-Executive DirectorBCom (Hons) (Melb), CPA, F Fin

Chairman of the Investment Committee. Member of the Remuneration, Nomination and Audit Committees. Director of the Company’s subsidiary, Australian Investment Company Services Limited (AICS).

Mr Paterson is a company Director who was appointed to the Board in June 2005 and Chairman in 2018. He was a former Alternate Director of the Company for Mr Campbell from April 1987 to June 2005. He is Chairman of Djerriwarrh Investments Limited.

He was formerly a Director of Goldman Sachs JBWere and is a former member of the Board of Guardians of Australia’s Future Fund.

Mark FreemanManaging DirectorBE, MBA, Grad Dip App Fin (Sec Inst), AMP (INSEAD)

Managing Director. Managing Director of the Company’s subsidiary, Australian Investment Company Services Limited (AICS). Member of the Investment Committee.

Mr Freeman became Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director in January 2018 having been Chief Investment Officer since joining the Company in February 2007. Prior to this he was a Partner with Goldman Sachs JBWere where he spent 12 years advising the Investment Companies on their investment and dealing activities. He has a deep knowledge and experience of investments markets and the Company’s approaches, policies and processes. He is also Managing Director of Djerriwarrh Investments Limited, AMCIL Limited and Mirrabooka Investments Limited.

Rebecca Dee-BradburyIndependent Non-Executive DirectorBBus, GAICD

Member of the Investment and Nomination Committees.

Ms Dee-Bradbury was previously Chief Executive Officer/President of Developed Markets (Asia Pacific and ANZ) for Mondelez from 2010 to 2014. Before joining Mondelez Ms Dee-Bradbury was Group CEO of the global Barbeques Galore group, and has held other senior executive roles in organisations including Maxxium, Burger King Corporation and Lion Nathan/Pepsi Cola Bottlers. Ms Dee-Bradbury is a Non-Executive Director of BlueScope Steel Limited (appointed April 2014), a Director of Energy Australia Holdings following her appointment in April 2017, an inaugural member of the Business Advisory Board at Monash Business School and a member of Chief Executive Women and of the Women Corporate Directors Foundation. Ms Dee-Bradbury was formerly a Non-Executive Director of Grain Corp Limited (from 2014 to 2020) and Tower Limited (NZ) until her resignation in 2016 and a former member of the Federal Government's Asian Century Strategic Advisory Board.

Craig DrummondIndependent Non-Executive DirectorBCom (Melb), SF FIN, FCA

Director of the Company’s subsidiary, Australian Investment Company Services Limited (AICS).

Mr Drummond was appointed to the Board in July 2021. He was Chief Executive Officer of Medibank Private Limited from 2016 to 2021. He has had over 30 years’ experience in the financial sector – Group Executive Finance and Strategy at NAB from 2013 to 2016; Bank of America Merrill Lynch as Chief Executive Officer and Country Head from 2009 to 2013, Goldman Sachs JBWere (1986 to 2009), in various roles (including being a leading investment analyst and subsequently Director of Research and Investment Strategy) culminating in being appointed Chief Executive Officer.

Craig is a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and is a Chartered Accountant. Craig is also a Non-executive Director of Transurban and is President of the Geelong Football Club. He is also a Governor of the Ian Potter Foundation.

Julie FaheyIndependent Non-Executive DirectorBAS

Member of the Audit Committee.

Ms Fahey was appointed to the Board in April 2021. She has over 30 years of experience in technology, including in major organisations such as Western Mining, Exxon, Roy Morgan, General Motors and SAP, covering consulting, software vendor and Chief Information Officer roles. In addition to her industry experience, Julie spent 10 years at KPMG as a partner with the firm, during which time she held roles as National Lead Partner Telecommunications, Media and Technology, and National Managing Partner - Markets. Julie was also a member of the KPMG National Executive Committee.

Julie is a Non-Executive Director of Seek Limited, IRESS Limited, Datacom Group Limited, CenITex, Partners Life and a member of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service Board and the La Trobe University Council. Julie was formerly a non-executive director of Vocus Group Limited and Yooralla.

Graeme R LiebeltIndependent Non-Executive DirectorBEc (Hons), FAICD FTSE

Chairman of the Remuneration Committee.

Mr Liebelt was appointed to the Board in June 2012. He is Chairman of Amcor Limited, a Director of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited, and a Director of Carey Baptist Grammar School. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He was formerly Chairman and Director of DuluxGroup Limited, Chairman and Director of the Global Foundation, Deputy Chairman of Melbourne Business School and Managing Director and CEO of Orica Limited.

David A PeeverIndependent Non-Executive DirectorBEc MSC (Mineral Economics)

Member of the Audit and Investment Committees.

Mr Peever was appointed to the Board in November 2013. He was Managing Director of Rio Tinto Australia from 2009 to 2014. He is Chairman of Brisbane Airport Group Pty Ltd. He chaired the Minister of Defence’s First Principles Review of Defence and following the acceptance of the review by Government was Chair of the Oversight Board which helped guide implementation (with Defence) of the Review’s recommendations. David is also a Non-Executive Chairman of Naval Group Australia. David is a former member of the Foreign Investment Review Board, former Chair of Cricket Australia, a former Director of the Stars Foundation, a not for profit body which promotes education of Indigenous girls and also a former Vice Chairman of the Minerals Council of Australia and was a Director of the Business Council of Australia.

Catherine M Walter AMIndependent Non-Executive DirectorLLB (Hons), LLM, MBA (Melb), FAICD

Chairman of the Nomination Committee. Member of the Investment, Remuneration and Audit Committees.

Catherine Walter is an Australian lawyer and company Director. She was appointed to the Board in August 2002. Mrs Walter is Chair of Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance and Helen Macpherson Smith Trust. Mrs Walter is also a Director of Export Finance Australia and the RBA's Payments System Board. She was formerly Chair of Federation Square Pty Ltd, Australian Synchrotron Company Ltd and the Financial Adviser Standards & Ethics Authority (FASEA). She was also Deputy Chair of Victorian Funds Management Corporation and a Director of ASX, National Australia Bank Ltd, Orica Ltd and Melbourne Business School.

Peter J WilliamsIndependent Non-Executive DirectorDip.All, MAICD, FAIM

Chairman of the Audit Committee. Member of the Investment and Nomination Committees. Chairman of the Company’s subsidiary, Australian Investment Company Services Limited (AICS).

Mr Williams was appointed to the Board in February 2010. He is Chairman of NAB Trustees Services Limited (NAB Subsidiary), Director of Cricket Victoria Ltd and an Advisory Board Member of TLC Aged Care Limited. Mr Williams was formerly Managing Director of Equity Trustees Limited, Director and Treasurer of Foundation for Young Australians, a Director of the Trustee Corporations Association of Australia, a Director of the Australian Baseball Federation Inc, a Director of ARUMA (formerly House with No Steps), and a General Manager with AXA/National Mutual in Australia and Hong Kong. He was also a former Chairman of Olympic Park Sports Medical Centre Pty Ltd and MIPS Advisory Committee for Fiig Securities Limited.

Executive Team

Geoffrey N DriverGeneral Manager Business Development and Investor RelationsBEc, Grad Dip Finance, MAICD

Mr Driver joined the Company in January 2003. Previously, he was with National Australia Bank Ltd for 18 years in various roles covering business strategy, marketing, distribution, investor relations and business operations. Mr Driver was formerly Chairman of Trust for Nature (Victoria).

Andrew JB PorterChief Financial Officer/Company SecretaryMA (Hons) (St And), FCA, MAICD

Mr Porter joined the Company in January 2005. He is a Chartered Accountant and has had over 26 years’ experience in accounting and financial management both in the United Kingdom with Andersen Consulting and Credit Suisse First Boston, and in Australia where he was Regional Chief Operating Officer for the Corporate and Investment Banking Division of CSFB. He is the immediate former Chair of The Group of 100 (G100), the peak body for CFOs and remains on the Board, is a Director of the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (AUASB) and a Director of the Anglican Foundation.

Matthew J RoweCompany SecretaryBA (Hons), MSc Corp Gov, FGIA, FCG

Mr Rowe joined the Company in July 2016. He is a Chartered Secretary with over 15 years of experience in corporate governance with a particular focus in listed investment companies. He was previously a corporate governance advisor at a professional services firm which included acting as Company Secretary for three ASX listed companies. Prior to that Matthew was the Company Secretarial Manager for a Funds Management company based in the UK.

Investment Team

David GracePortfolio Manager

David commenced with the group in 2018 as a Portfolio Manager. David has 15 years portfolio management experience having co-founded Concise Asset Management in 2007, which was a specialised midcap Australian equities manager.

David holds a Bachelor of Business and a Masters of Applied Finance.

Kieran KennedyPortfolio Manager

Kieran has over 18 years’ experience with the group, having commenced in 2001, initially in an Accounting role. He relocated to London to continue working in the financial services industry in 2005.

Upon his return in 2006, Kieran commenced his current focus on researching emerging and midcap companies. He progressed to Portfolio Management responsibilities in 2018.

Kieran holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Melbourne University, and is a CPA and CFA charterholder.

Brett McNeillPortfolio ManagerBEcon, CFA

Brett joined the group in October 2019 as a Portfolio Manager.

Brett has over 18 years of Investment Experience. Prior to joining AFIC, Brett spent 14 years at Antares Capital (previously called Portfolio Partners and Aviva Investors) as a Portfolio Manager and Analyst.

Brett holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) and is a CFA Charterholder.

Rosie MalcolmPortfolio Manager

Rosie joined the group in January 2021 as a Portfolio Manager.

Rosie has over 22 years of experience in financial markets. She began her career at Goldman Sachs where she spent 15 years across a variety of roles including as an Equities Analyst and as an Investment Banker, located in Sydney and New York. She joined Foglamp Capital in New York as an Equities Analyst in 2013 before returning to Sydney with Magellan Asset Management in 2017 where she was a Portfolio Manager and Head of Franchises. Rosie’s career has been focused on international equities.

Rosie has a Bachelor of Business (Honours) with majors in Finance & Accounting from the University of Technology, Sydney. She graduated with First Class Honours and the University Medal. She is also a CFA Charterholder.

Andrew SutherlandPortfolio Manager

Andrew commenced working for the group in 2019. He has over 28 years of Investment experience. Over his career, as an analyst, Andrew covered both Australian and International Equity Sectors, and has 8 years of portfolio management experience. Prior to joining AFIC, Andrew spent 17 years with Perennial Growth which was subsequently acquired by Janus Henderson Investors.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the University of Melbourne, a post graduate Diploma in Applied Finance from the Securities Institute of Australia and is a CFA charterholder.

Jaye GuyInvestment Analyst

Jaye joined the group in 2021 as an Investment Analyst and has 9 years of industry experience. Prior to joining, Jaye most recently worked as an Investment Analyst at Myer Family Investments focussed on Australian equities and Asian fund/equities.

Jaye holds a Master of Applied Finance from Monash University and a Bachelor of Applied Finance and Bachelor of Business (Property) from University of South Australia.

Olga KosciuczykInvestment Analyst

Olga joined the group in 2018 as an Investment Analyst and has 7 years of industry experience. Prior to joining, Olga most recently was an Investment Analyst at Ralton Asset Management focussed on Australian equities.

Olga holds a Master of Finance from the University of Melbourne, a Bachelor of Accounting and Finance from Warsaw School of Economics and is a CFA charterholder.

Stuart LowInvestment Analyst

Stuart has over 17 years in financial services. He joined the group in 2016 and prior to that he spent 2 years as an analyst and PM at JM Financial and previous to that was 10 years in Institutional Research Sales at Bell Potter and Austock.

Stuart holds a Bachelor Commerce - University of Melbourne, Graduate Diploma Applied Finance and Investment – FINSIA.

Nga LucasInvestment Analyst

Nga has over 18 years’ experience in the investment industry. Nga began her career with HSBC Securities in 1998 before joining JBWere, which later became Goldman Sachs, covering a range of large and small cap sectors. In 2013, Nga joined the group’s investment team.

Nga holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Graduate Diploma of Finance.

Jeremy MooreDealer

Jeremy has 20 years in industry experience, joining the group in 2001 in the finance and operations team. He transferred into the investment team working originally as an investment analyst for several years before becoming the Dealer for the 4 LICs.

Jeremy holds a Bachelor of Economics and Graduate Diploma Applied Finance and Investment - FINSIA. He has also completed ASX accredited derivatives courses and has many years of experience in the options markets.

Gilbert BattistellaGraduate Investment Analyst

Gilbert interned with the group in 2019, then commenced working full-time in 2020 after completing his Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Melbourne (Accounting and Finance Major). At university, he was the President of the University Network for Investing and Trading, and interned at VP Capital and Deloitte (Private).

Nicky SunGraduate Investment Analyst

Nicky started as a graduate with the group in March 2021, after completing her Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Melbourne (Accounting and Finance Major). During her studies Nicky has also interned at Deloitte (Operations Consulting) and PwC (Audit).