Meet our Board of Directors
The Board of AGBA is made up of experienced advisers and industry representatives who are passionate about goals based advice and delivering better outcomes to investors. AGBA greatly appreciates the time and effort they put in to help the industry in general, particularly as their time is given on a purely voluntary basis.
Matthew is a Director of Praescius Financial Holdings and Territory Funds Management, as well as being a qualified and practising Financial Planner and AFP level member of the Financial Planning Association of Australia.
Matthew is involved in the daily running of the Praescius Financial business, including direct responsibility for all mergers & acquisitions, including special projects and managing the accounting relationships of the business. Matthew, along with business partner Gareth, has successfully executed 11 acquisitions and one divestment as well as over 30 due diligence exercises into further potential acquisitions, all within the financial services industry.
Matthew also has joint responsibility for funds-under advice in excess of $500 million as Member of the Praescius Financial & Territory Funds Management Investment Committees. He has overseen the asset allocation, risk management and selection of both external asset managers and discrete direct Australian equity mandates for clients.
Matthew has been as a specialist financial planner since 1991 and has extensive experience in providing top quality advice to successful individuals such as senior corporate executives, professionals and self-employed business executives. His plain-English approach to complicated financial and regulatory subjects has won him a loyal client following.
WLM successfully introduced an end-to-end goals based advice process and DAA portfolios to their clients, who have all embraced the approach as being more meaningful and relevant to them individually. As the advice conversation has evolved to be even more focused on their personal needs it has greatly improved client satisfaction and lead to increased referrals and business generation.
WLM uses the Dynamic Asset Consulting Goals Based Portfolios which are typically CPI + portfolios implemented via an MDA platform.
Matthew’s experience with implementing goals based investing with his clients and willingness to help others in the industry makes him a valuable contributor to AGBA and the evolution of the advice industry in Australia.
“I believe that good advice changes lives for the better.
With career experiences that span senior management roles primarily in the financial markets division with National Australia Bank in Sydney, Melbourne, Tokyo, Brisbane and Singapore and 3 1/2 years spent in Auckland with the Bank of New Zealand, I have developed significant financial knowledge and experience.
Add to this a pragmatic, clear-thinking approach that is underpinned by a deep understanding of financial risk. Most clients I work with are professionals or executives. We create clarity about what their hard work should deliver and develop strategies for solving complex financial situations.
I became a financial adviser to use the knowledge gained over a lifetime and my genuine interest in financial markets and the influences upon them to help people. At Priority we are committed to combining family values with corporate-style business discipline. That includes scale to bring multi-facted wisdom to bear and deliver the service that supports quality advice.
I see myself as loyal and someone who seeks to deserve the trust of his clients. When asked how I would want to be remembered at the conclusion of my financial career, I express hope to be known as someone who had a positive influence, and as a colleague of good intention who set a good example for others.
I enjoy spending the down-time I manage with family and friends. I am proud to say I have been married for 35 years and have two wonderful daughters who are working towards making their own valuable contributions. When reflecting on my career and the opportunity to live interstate and overseas I am philosophical about the benefits as well as the challenges, recognising that each move brought new opportunity and a broader perspective to the lives of my family members.
My lifelong addiction is snow skiing but this is now being challenged by golf which I took up more recently. Skill building in a social setting...”
Louis established SQM Research in 2006 and has been its managing director since that time. . He was Head of Research and General Manager of the property statistics agency, Australian Property Monitors (APM) for six years. During his time at APM, Louis constructed key residential property market indexes published by the Reserve Bank of Australia. Prior to APM Louis spent three years at the Securities Institute of Australia as a Technical Editor. Louis previously spent 18 months at MLC working in the investment services.
While SQM Research is recognised by mums and dads for its residential property research, it is now also widely recognised by the industry as an investment research house that cover all asset classes.
SQM’s mission is to identify quality managers and investment opportunities that provide performance and income outcomes for advisers and their clients. It has always been a strong believer that active funds management provides the best alpha over the long term. It has a team of 11 people which includes Rob da Silva as its Head of Research.
Overall, Louis is keen to take up the Director role with AGBA as he is very interested in helping IFA’s and boutique dealer groups grow and become stronger. He wants to see active investment management stay alive in this country. And he will put in the required effort into making that happen.
Jerome has over 20 years of financial services experience spanning investment research, investment consulting, funds management, stockbroking and financial planning. He is currently employed as the Head of Investments at Profile Financial Services, a member firm of AGBA.
At Profile, Jerome is responsible for leading the group’s investment function and flying the flag for goals based investing! The role includes portfolio management of the Profile Portfolio Service, product operations, chairing the investment committee, conducting investment research, portfolio construction, consulting and coordinating the group’s direct shares offer.
Prior to joining Profile, Jerome was employed as a senior investment consultant for NAB subsidiaries JANA and Private Investment Consulting.
Jerome has a Bachelor of Mathematics and Finance and a Master of Business in Finance degree from the University of Technology. He was awarded IMCA’s CIMA Program Scholarship in 2010 and graduated as a Certified Investment Management Analyst. Jerome also has a Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning and supports the industry through his work as a senior lecturer for the Financial Planning Association’s CFP Certification Program.
Julian has over 18 years’ experience in the investment industry. In his role as National Key Account Manager at Allan Gray, he is responsible for maintaining relationships with key clients including fund research professionals and financial advisers. He joined Allan Gray in 2010 from Morgan Stanley Investment Management in Sydney, where he worked in a business development role. He had previously worked for Morgan Stanley Investment Management in London in product management. Julian holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours – University of Sheffield); the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, and has previously served as a director on the board of the CFA Society of Sydney.
Andrew has over 25 years’ experience in the financial services market specialising in funds management. He commenced his career in retail funds distribution for Prudential, working in similar roles nationally for JP Morgan Investment Management and Salomon Smith Barney Asset Management before joining AMP limited where in his last role, he headed the Business Development function for AMP’s largest sales division, the Savings and Retirement unit.
Following this, Andrew became the Chief Executive Officer of Australian listed financial services company MMC Contrarian, responsible for building the funds management incubation model, funds management M&A and developing fund manager startups. Andrew’s most recent role has been as the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Multi Asset and Alternatives specialist Select Asset Management. At both MMC and Select, Andrew was a member of each firm’s Investment Committee. Andrew is the former President of the Sydney University Conservatorium of Music Foundation where he successfully launched a major endowment fund, supports an Australia wide student composition scholarship and is an adjunct lecturer in Marketing at the Australian Graduate School of Management.
Winston Capital offers a number of absolute return products that suit may goals based investing portfolios.
Damian Crowley is the Director of Distribution for Pengana and has responsibility for the distribution of Pengana’s funds in Australia and offshore across multiple channels and client segments. Damian joined Pengana in July 2011 and has over 25 years’ experience in financial services distribution. Prior to joining Pengana, Damian worked at Perpetual Investments for 17 years most recently as General Manager Distribution for the past 12 years.
Before working at Perpetual Damian worked for Prudential Assurance. Damian has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of NSW and Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment(FINSIA).
Pengana offers a number of absolute return products that may suit goals based investing portfolios.