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Our investment team

Our impressive investment capabilities are driven by our investment team and structure. Each asset class has a dedicated portfolio manager who enjoys support from a host of support staff including analysts and investment specialists. Furthermore, the team benefits from the strong support of our additional research capabilities, namely through our asset consultant Mercer.

 Members of our investment team

Dan Farmer

Chief Investment Officer

B.Ec (Hons), M.Com (Hons)

Dan was appointed to the role of Chief Investment Officer in July 2017 and is a member of the Investment Management Committee. Dan is responsible for overseeing the team, overall performance of all funds, managing risk and delivering superior investment outcomes to investors. Prior to this, Dan managed the Australian Equities portfolio for seven years and during this time he successfully implemented the boutique program and defensive equities portfolio.

Prior to joining IOOF, Dan was Senior Executive Investments at Telstra Super, managing the fund’s $3 billion Australian equity portfolio for seven years. During this period Telstra Super’s Australian equity product consistently ranked highly in the SuperRatings performance survey. Dan was also Portfolio Manager responsible for day to day management of internally managed Australian share portfolios at Telstra Super totalling over $450 million.

Dan holds a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) from La Trobe University in Melbourne and a Master of Commerce (Honours) from the University of Melbourne. Prior to joining IOOF, Dan was a Senior Executive in Investments at Telstra Super.

 

Stanley Yeo

Deputy Chief Investment Officer and Head of Equities

B.Com, LLB (Hons), CFA

Stanley has been employed by IOOF since September 2010. Stanley was appointed to the role of Deputy Chief Investment Officer in July 2017 and Head of Equities in June 2020 and is responsible for managing a team of portfolio managers and analysts responsible for Australian and International Equities.

Prior to this he was the Portfolio Manager for Strategy and International Equities responsible for strategy and asset allocation of the diversified products of IOOF's multi-manager funds, and also managed the International Equities portfolio. He also previously managed the Fixed Interest and Cash portfolios.

Stanley holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons), a Bachelor of Commerce and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Prior to joining the investment team, Stanley was a Senior Consultant at Russell Investments. He has advised on strategic asset allocation, portfolio construction and implementation to large Asian sovereign wealth funds and large corporate superannuation funds. He actively managed and implemented the strategic asset allocation of the BHP Billiton Superannuation Fund to achieve consistent first quartile returns. Prior to this role, Stanley was an Investment Analyst at Gartmore Investment, UK.

 

Manish Utreja

Head of Alternatives & Portfolio Manager Smart choice

CAIA, CFA, M. Fin

Manish is the Head of Alternatives and Portfolio Manager of Smart Choice. Manish joined IOOF in 2020 and prior to this he was Portfolio Manager for OptiMix at ANZ/OnePath, setting investment strategy, portfolio construction and implementing asset allocation tilts for the multi-asset portfolios.

Prior to ANZ, Manish worked at ING Investment Management (INGIM) from August 2010 and was initially responsible for the portfolio management of multi-manager Global Emerging Markets, India and China portfolios. In addition, Manish assisted in the management of multi-manager global equities portfolio.

Before joining INGIM, Manish worked with ING OptiMix in India as Head of Research and Development in 2007-08 where he was responsible for fund manager research and assisting in portfolio construction across different product offerings. Prior to that he was an Investment Consultant/Analyst for Mercer, servicing super funds and wealth management clients on a wide range of investment matters including strategic asset allocation, portfolio construction and manager selection.  

Manish has 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry in Australia, India and the UK. He is a CAIA and CFA charter holder and Master of Finance graduate from the University of New South Wales.

Osvaldo Acosta

Head of Fixed Interest Assets

B.Bus, M.Com

Osvaldo joined the IOOF Investment Team in December 2016 as Portfolio Manager Fixed Income and is currently the Head of Fixed Interest Assets responsible for portfolio management and performance of the various fixed income portfolios at IOOF. He has over 19 years industry experience within fixed income and capital markets.

Prior to joining IOOF, Osvaldo worked at Western Asset Management, a specialised global fixed income manager, where he was part of the investment management team responsible for portfolio management, trading and implementation of interest rate strategies across a number portfolios, including traditional fixed income, specialist credit, annuity matching funds, global mandates and cash/cash enhanced.

Prior to Western Asset Management, Osvaldo also held various senior roles in fixed income, treasury and capital markets within major Australian corporates.

 

Kerry Duce

Head of Asset Allocation

B.Econ (Hons), M.Econ (Hons)

Kerry heads up the Asset Allocation team and is responsible for working with stakeholders to formulate Strategic Asset Allocation (SAA) recommendations across IOOF’s suite of diversified funds as well as Dynamic Asset Allocation (DAA). He joined IOOF as part of the ANZ Wealth transition.

Kerry brings to the role over three decades of experience in public policy and financial markets as a highly-rated Analyst and Economist. He joined ANZ’s Chief Investment Office (CIO) in November 2014 as the Senior Investment Strategist, where he has played a key role in the development of the investment strategy and tactical asset allocation views for use across diversified portfolios. Before joining the CIO he worked in ANZ Global Markets as an Investment Strategist and was responsible for research and strategy for international debt and credit markets.

Kerry has also held senior roles at Credit Suisse (International Economist and Equity Market Strategist) and Merrill Lynch (Chief Equity Strategist and Deputy Head of Research). At Merrill Lynch Kerry was responsible for developing top down earnings forecasts for the Australian equity market and developing a range of stock portfolios (value, growth and high conviction) for buy side analysts. He was also previously Head of Asset Allocation at HSBC Asset management, responsible for SAA and TAA.

Prior to joining the private sector, Kerry worked at the Commonwealth Treasury from 1988 to 1998. At the Treasury Kerry contributed to public policy in structural reform (transport, tariffs and labour market), fiscal policy (tax reform and revenue forecasts), and analysing economic conditions and forecasting the outlook for the domestic (including the establishment of the business liaison framework) and international economies as input into the Budget process and the Joint Economic Forecasting Group (JEFG).

Kerry holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Newcastle and a Master of Economics from the University of NSW.

Rhodri Payne

Head of Investment Execution

BSBA, MBA

Rhodri has been with IOOF since September 2008 and is currently the Head of Investment Execution responsible for internal equity and currency hedging strategies, while also providing transition management and implementation solutions for the investment team. He provides investment support which includes research, analysis and manager monitoring to the other portfolio managers with an emphasis on the Australian Equity portfolio. Previously he was the Portfolio Manager - Internal Equities, Currency and Implementation.

Rhodri holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Finance/Economics major) and a Master of Business Administration. Outside of work Rhodri enjoys playing golf and soccer, the latter being a sport in which he represented New Zealand at junior level.

Simon Gross

Head of Property

Ass. Dip - Valuation

Simon is the Head of Direct Property and as such is responsible for all of the IOOF property products. He is a qualified property valuer and has managed the MultiMix Direct Property portfolio since 2004.

Simon is also responsible for the Australian and global listed property holdings of IOOF's multi-manager products. He holds an Associate Diploma – Valuation.

He joined the industry in 1980 and has worked for a number of leading investment institutions including Australian Fixed Trusts and GIO Australia where he gained extensive experience in senior roles managing substantial national property portfolios with values exceeding $1 billion. Outside work Simon is a keen soccer supporter and keeps fit with regular sea kayak and mountain bike excursions.

 

David Djukanovic

Head of Portfolio Implementation

David is responsible for managing the team that provides portfolio execution, currency management, and dealing (and middle office support) across IOOF products in Australia. He joined IOOF in 2020 as part of the ANZ Wealth transition.

Previously David was Manager – Currency and Portfolio Implementation, ANZ Chief Investment Office, responsible for the management of portfolio exposures, derivative overlay strategies, and FX hedge strategy implementation and execution.

With over 16 years’ industry tenure, David has extensive investment-related experience, particularly in the areas of diversified and overlay portfolio management.

During his tenure at ING Investment Management (INGIM), David was responsible for the management of cash and liquidity levels across diversified and single sector portfolios and provided portfolio management support including derivative execution, exposure management, forecasting and transition management.

David has extensive investment-operational knowledge garnered through previous roles, notably leading lean six sigma project work relating to investment funding processes. Before joining INGIM, David was Relationship Manager for ING Australia’s wholesale investment trusts.

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Michele Streight  

Head of Investment Governance

B.A., Dip. FS (FP)

Michele is responsible for ensuring IOOF’s investment products are appropriately managed, monitored and reported in accordance with good investment governance principals. She is also responsible for effective governance within the Investment Team including the operation of the principal Investment governance forum, board reporting and investment communications. She manages all investment policies, procedures and governance documents.

Michele brings more than 20 years financial services experience. Prior to joining IOOF, she was Senior Manager Investment Transformation and Governance for ANZ’s Chief Investment Office (CIO) for seven years where she led and managed priority investment related transformation projects including the implementation of the CIO’s operational risk and compliance frameworks across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Prior to that she was the Senior Manager, Product & Research for ANZ Financial Planning where she managed the APL, model portfolios, product management and the Investment Committee. She has also held senior product and marketing roles at ING Australia.

Michele studied management at University of Technology, Macquarie University, the diploma of financial services at Kaplan and superannuation governance at ASFA.

 

Paul Crisci

Portfolio Manager, Australian Equities

B.Ec (Hons)

Paul was appointed as Portfolio Manager Australian Equities in August 2017. In his role, Paul is responsible for the overall management and performance of our multi-manager Australian equities portfolios.

Prior to joining IOOF, Paul was a portfolio manager at Funds SA, where he was responsible for the management of the International Equities (global, small caps, emerging markets) and Australian equities asset classes worth $5.6bn and $5.7bn, respectively. During this time Paul was responsible for the development, monitoring and review of the overall sector strategies, along with manager selection. Additional responsibilities included the research and recommendation for investments in the alternative asset classes. During his time at Funds SA, Paul was also responsible for the development and production of the “Risk and Exposure” report across each asset class for the Board. Paul was a member of the Investment Review Committee.

Paul previously worked at Origin Energy, where he prepared gas demand forecasts and asset valuations of transmission and distribution pipelines and assisted in regulatory submissions for internal and external bodies.

Paul has completed level 2 of the Chartered Financial Analyst Program and is a member of the CFA Institute.

 

Ray King

Portfolio Manager, Alternatives

B.Ec (Hons)

Ray is responsible for delivering the strategy, growth and investment performance of the IOOF Alternatives Portfolio.

Ray has over 25 years solid industry experience. Ray commenced working in the industry at Towers Perrin in 1990 where he was Manager, Asset Consulting. In 1994 he joined Industry Fund Services where he was responsible for the development of its asset consulting and funds management businesses. In 2000 Ray founded Sovereign Investment Research providing specialist investment advice and consulting to institutional investors and investment managers. Ray was the founding Chairperson of the Australian Chapter of IMCA in 2000 and made a Life Member in 2012.

Ray has a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) from Monash University and prior to joining the investment industry he was Chief Economist with the SECV and Telstra.

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Mark D’Arcy-Bean

Asset Manager, Property

B.Sc (Hons) MRICS

Mark joined the IOOF property investment team after holding senior positions with Knight Frank and Colliers International, two of the largest and most respected property and asset management companies in Australia.

Prior to coming to Australia in 2006, Mark gained his property qualification in London and subsequently gathered deep experience working with leading British valuation and consulting organisations. Mark is a Chartered Surveyor and supports Simon in relation to all property asset classes and funds.

 

Tim Cooper

Performance Analyst

B.Sc (Hons)

Tim is responsible for providing quantitative assistance to the investment team which includes performance attribution analysis.

Tim holds a degree in Actuarial Mathematics & Statistics from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. Prior to joining IOOF, Tim worked in actuarial teams at Legal and General in the UK and as a Performance and Investment Analyst at Telstra Super with both Steve Merlicek and Dan Farmer.

Outside work Tim is a keen footballer (round ball variety) in a central Victorian team and also enjoys gardening and beekeeping.

Charles Kneale

National Specialist - IOOF Multi-Manager Investments Solutions (VIC, WA, SA, TAS)

DipFP, SAFin

Charles has over 30 years financial services experience and is currently responsible for providing support to those financial advisers that use IOOF MultiSeries and IOOF MultiMix range of funds. In his role, he is also responsible for the investment division’s relationship with external research houses.

Charles has a professional membership with FINSIA and has completed his Certificate of Financial Markets and Diploma of Financial Planning. Prior to joining IOOF, Charles worked as a senior financial planner. His career includes business development roles with renowned companies such as Citibank Ltd and Dow Jones.

Outside work Charles has a strong interest in sport. Early in his career he was a registered tennis professional where he toured with some of Australia’s junior elite players.

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Tim Casey

National Specialist – IOOF Multi-Manager Investments Solutions (NSW, ACT, QLD)

B.Comm – Banking and Finance

Tim’s 20 plus years’ experience in the financial services sector, combined with his tertiary studies, provides an extensive knowledge of investment markets.

In his current role as Investments Specialist, NSW, ACT and QLD, Tim is responsible for promoting to and educating advisers on the IOOF Multi-Manager suite of products, where he partners with advisers to find the most suitable investment solutions/product for their clients.

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Neil Armistead

National Investment Specialist – Practice Management

CFP®, Dip FP, FChFP (AFA)

Neil has over 40 years’ experience in banking, finance and business with the last 25 years in the financial services industry. Neil ran his own financial planning practice for the 12 years prior to joining IOOF in a practice management capacity after selling his practice in 2016.

In his current role as Investment Specialist – Practice Management, Neil dedicates himself to assisting financial planning practices in improving their practice efficiencies and investment management strategies in a time of many challenges.