Stephen Romic, B.Bus; M.App Fin
Managing director & Investment Committee Member

Stephen has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry; he leads a team of dedicated investment professionals and is ultimately responsible for the firm’s investment processes. Stephen is recognised in the industry as a thought leader in portfolio management, specifically in the managed account space.  With over 10 years of managed accounts experience, Stephen is a regular participant and speaker at many forums and advisory boards on this topic.

Patricia Chan B.Com., CA, CFP
Operations & Governance

Patricia has over 25 years of Financial Industry experience, having held senior positions in Chartered Accounting and Financial Services firms.  Patricia’s skillset and extensive experience in the managed account space is highly regarded in the industry.  Patricia provides key strategic direction to the business and heads the operational team.  In her role with DFS Portfolio Solutions, Patricia oversees all governance aspects for the business, including platform matters, legal and compliance requirements.

Daniel Kisnorbo, B.A; B.Comm; M.App Fin
Senior Investment Research Analyst & Investment Committee member

Daniel has over 10 years of experience in the financial services industry and has been with DFS Portfolio Solutions since 2010. Daniel previously held various operational roles with Goldman Sachs JB Were.

Daniel is responsible for the manager selection process, covering 18 sector reviews and which is subject to frequent quantitative and qualitative analysis.

William Higgins, B.A; B.Comm; FIAA; CFA; M.Fin
Senior Investment Research Analyst & Investment Committee member

William specialises in financial modelling with particular emphasis on asset allocation. Throughout his career, William has built strong analytical and technical skills in the area of risk management. William previously held actuarial and asset consulting roles with Towers Perrin and Russell Investments.

William is responsible for the ongoing maintenance and development of the firm’s asset allocation model as well as our proprietary filtering model which is extensively used in our manager selection process.

Oiyee Chan
Portfolio Operations

Oiyee has over 11 years of financial services experience. She is responsible for all operational matters ranging from oversight of client service, client communications, transactional processes and internal controls.

Her familiarity with the processes of multiple key platforms, coupled with her understanding of how underlying retail clients are impacted provides advisors with tools, processes and insights to offer higher levels of service and support to investors.

Dr. Frank Ashe
Independent Investment Committee Member

Dr Frank Ashe specialises in risk management and investments.  He is an Honorary Fellow at the Macquarie University Applied Finance Centre.

Dr Ashe has worked in Australia, Canada and Asia with consultancies, insurance companies, investment management firms, bond dealers, and financial software houses.  His 30+ years of practical experience have been predominantly in the measurement and management of financial risk and return. He is a regular presenter at industry seminars and colloquia, and was President of the Australian Q-Group 2002-2011.  Dr Ashe is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He obtained his PhD in Operations Research from the University of New South Wales.  He majored in Pure and Applied Mathematics, Statistics, and Actuarial Science, with First Class Honours in Mathematics, from Macquarie University.

Jonathan Pain
Independent Investment Consultant

Jonathan Pain has 32 years of international investment experience having led investment teams in London, Bahrain and Australia.

Jonathan holds a joint honours degree in Economics and Politics from Keele University and a Masters degree in Finance from Exeter University.

Jonathan is the author and publisher of a widely read investment newsletter and he is well known for his contrarian views and is a regular guest on CNBC TV and speaks at conferences and seminars all around the world. Jonathan is a member of the Advisory Council of China Matters.

Over the last decade, he has repeatedly said that the most significant and defining economic phenomenon of our lifetime is the rise of the Asian middle classes.