Board of Directors
Peter McKillop – Chairman and Non-executive Director
Peter has served as a director of the Company since 17 April 2014. Peter has over 30 years’ experience in the funds management, financial planning and superannuation industry and was the inaugural Managing Director of State Super Financial Services Limited in 1990 until his retirement in 2011. At this time State Super Financial Services Limited had over 45,000 clients throughout Australia and funds under advice in excess of $9.3 billion. During his time with State Super Financial Services Limited, Peter was responsible for the overall management of the company’s activities, including compliance with all legislative requirements and ensuring that the product range remained appropriate to client needs. Prior to joining State Super Financial Services Limited, Peter was Group Manager Investment Services at Perpetual Funds Management Limited (Perpetual) where he engineered Perpetual’s launch of its house funds into the retail area in 1987, including Perpetual’s highly successful Industrial Share Fund. Peter is a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia and holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney. Peter has confirmed to the Company that the only constraints on his ability to perform his roles as Non-executive Director, Chairman of the Audit Committee and member of the Nomination and Corporate Governance Committee of the Company are the time constraints associated with his role referred to above. Peter has confirmed that, notwithstanding these other commitments, he will be available to spend the required amount of time on the Company’s affairs including attending Board meetings and Audit and Nomination & Corporate Governance Committee meetings.
John McBain – Non-executive Director
John McBain has served as a director of the Company since 17 April 2014 and has over 19 years’ experience in the funds management industry. John is currently the Chief Executive Officer and executive director of Centuria Capital Limited (Centuria), an ASX listed specialist investment manager with $2.2 billion in assets under management. Centuria has offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Singapore. During his time at Centuria John assisted with the merger of unlisted property funds manager Century Funds Management Pty Limited with Centuria Capital Limited in 2006. As Chief Executive Officer of Centuria, John oversees the core operations of Centuria namely, property funds management and tax effective investment bond management. John is also a director of APRA licensed Centuria Life Limited which manages over $700 million of assets and has been a member of the Centuria Life Limited investment committee since 2006. In 1999, John formed Century Property Funds which was one of the first dedicated unlisted property funds managers in Australia. Prior to his roles with Century and Centuria, John held senior positions in a number of property investment and consulting companies in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. John holds a Diploma in Urban Valuation from Auckland University. John has confirmed to the Company that the only constraints on his availability to perform his role as Non-executive Director and Chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and member of the Audit Committee of the Company are the time commitments associated with his roles referred to above. John has confirmed that, notwithstanding these other commitments, he will be available to spend the required amount of time on the Company’s affairs including attending Board meetings and Audit and Nomination & Corporate Governance Committee meetings of the Company.
Jennifer Horrigan – Non-Executive Director
Jennifer brings more than 25 years’ experience across investment banking, financial communications, investor relations and strategic communications. She was most recently the Chief Operating Officer in Australia of the independent investment bank Greenhill & Co. She has extensive experience in enterprise management, including the supervision and management of compliance, HR and financial management. Jennifer is also a director of APN Funds Management, Generation Healthcare (ASX: GHC), Industria REIT (ASX: IDR), Redkite (national children’s cancer charity) and the Breast Cancer Institute of Australia/ Australia and New Zealand Breast Cancer Trials Group. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Business from the Queensland University of Technology, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance from Finsia and a Graduate Diploma in Management from the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM).
Anton Tagliaferro – Executive Director
Anton Tagliaferro has served as the Investment Director of The Manager since its inception by Anton in March 1997. Anton has over 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry. In 1981 Anton commenced his professional career with Deloitte Haskins and Sells (Deloitte) in London, where he undertook his professional exams and subsequently gained the status of Chartered Accountant. While at Deloitte, Anton was responsible for working on the audit of many of Deloitte’s prestigious clients such as P&O Cruises Australia (P&O) and Cable & Wireless plc. During the period March 1988 to April 1992, Anton was Group Investment Manager and Equities Manager of Perpetual Trustees Australia Ltd (Perpetual). At Perpetual, Anton was responsible for running Perpetual’s Industrial Share Fund as well as for the management of Perpetual’s investment team. During his time at Perpetual, the Industrial Share Fund continually outperformed in the Australian equities market and was highly rated in Money Management’s annual Australian Equity Manager surveys for four years in a row. In May 1993 Anton moved to County Natwest Investment Management Ltd (County) where he was Director of Industrial Equities and was a senior member of the team responsible for managing County’s $ 5 billion in Australian equity portfolios. In 1994, Anton moved to BNP Investment Management Pty Ltd (BNP) in the role of Senior Equities Manager where he was responsible for managing all of BNP’s Australian equity portfolios. Anton’s time at BNP its equity portfolios were consistently ranked in the top quartile for wholesale equities. Anton holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Accountancy from the Metropolitan University in London where Anton obtained this degree. Anton is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia. Anton is an employee of the Manager and, other than as set out above, performs no other role for any other organisation. Anton has confirmed that he will be available to spend the required amount of time on the Company’s affairs and is able to perform his role as Executive Director.
Simon Conn – Executive Director
Simon Conn has served as part of the Manager’s investment team since June 1998 and has over 12 years’ experience as a Senior Portfolio Manager in the small cap sector. Simon is also the lead manager for the Investors Mutual Future Leaders Fund, the Investors Mutual Australian Smaller Companies Fund and the Investors Mutual Small Caps Fund. While employed with the Manager, Simon has been responsible for analysing stocks from a wide range of industry sectors which has given him the broad grounding required to manage the Manager’s small cap portfolios. Simon commenced his career at KPMG as a tax and investment consultant in 1992 where he was responsible for consulting to a range of companies on their tax affairs and structures . In 1995 Simon joined the investment division of QBE Insurance Group where he was employed as an investment analyst and was responsible for assisting in the management of the Company’s investment fund across a range of asset classes including equities. Simon was employed with QBE Insurance for 3 years before joining the Manager in 1998. Simon holds a Bachelor or Economics and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney. Simon is a qualified solicitor and is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.