Executive Chairman, Chief Investment Officer
B.Bus, Dip SIA, Dip BA, ISFA
Simon is a co-founder and Director of First Guardian Capital, and is the Chief Investment Officer. Simon has over 30 years investment experience. He has specialised skills in equities research, ethical and socially responsible investment, and macroeconomic analysis.
Simon has developed the First Guardian Capital’s Multi-Strategy Investment Matrix model which we apply across all our investment strategies. Simon’s extensive experience as a portfolio manager was gained initially at Trust Company and Colonial Mutual. While at Colonial, Simon managed global equities portfolios for institutional clients. Simon was also an Investment Manager at one of Asia’s largest hedge funds, based in Tokyo, managing portfolios of over $7 billion across the Asia Pacific region.
CEO, Managing Director
B.Com (Melb), Dip SIA, M.App.Fin
David is a co-founder of First Guardian Capital. He brings over 15 years of Investment Management and commercial experience to the firm. He is jointly responsible for the management of First Guardian’s investment portfolios, and is responsible for implementing the Firm’s business strategy across Australia and Asia. As a fluent speaker of Mandarin Chinese and Indonesian, David has established strong business links across the Asian region, covering corporate advisory, capital raising and managing equity and direct asset portfolios for global investors.
Prior to establishing First Guardian Group, David gained extensive experience within top tier global investment managers. David managed equities at UBS Global Asset Management, where he worked for 7 years, holding roles focused on research and investment management. David also spent 5 years at Goldman Sachs JBWere Asset Management, working primarily as a Senior Investment Analyst.
Managing Director / Corporate Finance
B.Sc (Melb), PGDipFin (Melb), GradDip AppFin (SIA), Fellow FINSIA, MAICD
Craig has over 17 years of Investment Banking and Corporate Finance experience across Corporate Advisory, Project and Structured Finance, Principal Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions, Valuations and has worked on a geographically diverse range of transactions. He has had extensive experience in corporate finance origination and execution. Over the years, Craig’s experience has included working for ANZ Investment Bank, Société Générale Corporate and Investment Bank and KPMG Corporate Finance. He was appointed as Chairman of Imunexus in July 2016 and is a Non-Executive Director of LittleStay.
Craig’s successful mandates include arranging and underwriting of large infrastructure, power and utility, energy and natural resource and property projects. His experience extends across multiple industries and all Project Finance sectors globally, gained in both equity and debt (credit and origination) functions. Craig has had involvement in the B20 global Taskforces for Infrastructure and SMEs, and was invited to present as an expert panellist on the financing of major infrastructure projects at the B20 Summit in November 2015 (Turkey).
He has a Bachelor of Science and a Postgraduate Diploma in Finance from the University of Melbourne and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investments from the Financial Services Institute of Australia. He is a Fellow of FINSIA, Authorised Representative of the AFSL and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Executive Director / Corporate Finance
B.Com (Eco & Fin), M.Bus (Corp Fin) FINSIA
Gavin has over 14 years of experience in finance and risk management. He specialised in advising and structuring Financial Markets and Treasury Management products for institutions and proprietary companies. Gavin’s Risk Management experience addressed risk at an enterprise, business-specific and prudential risk level. He advised listed and private companies in strategy formulation and development, assisting those businesses to achieve commercial outcomes and in seeking funding in various forms to support those requirements.
Gavin has worked in Institutional banking in structured products and group funding developing complex structured products applying various types of financial instruments linked to the issue of European Medium Term Notes.