Mr Jones has over thirty years’ experience in investment markets, the majority as a general partner in private equity firms, and prior to that in general management and management consulting. Mr Jones has been a board member of numerous private and public businesses, including a number in the wealth management sector. Mr Jones was a Managing Director at CHAMP Private Equity (2002-2011); Executive Director and Country Head of UBS Capital (1999-2002) and a Division Director at Macquarie Direct Investment (1994-1999). Mr Jones commenced his career as a Business Analyst at McKinsey & Co. in 1987. He holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Melbourne (First Class Honours) and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. Mr Jones is Chair of the National Museum of Australia and a non-executive member of the investment committee of EMR Capital.
Mr Luciano has over twenty years’ experience gained as a portfolio manager, equities analyst and accountant. Prior to founding VGI Partners in 2008, Mr Luciano spent five years as an Executive Director and Investment Manager with Caledonia Investments in Sydney. Prior to Caledonia, Mr Luciano held positions as a Portfolio Manager at Allianz Equity Management and an equities analyst at BNP Paribas (formerly Prudential-Bache Securities Australia). Mr Luciano commenced his career as an accountant with BDO Nelson Parkhill in 1993. Mr Luciano graduated from the University of New South Wales, with a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Accounting & Finance where he later completed a Masters of Commerce, majoring in Advanced Finance. He is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia. Mr Luciano has completed the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Program and has been awarded the CFA Charter.
Mr Tynan has over fifteen years’ experience as an equities analyst and accountant. Prior to joining VGI Partners in 2008, Mr Tynan was a Manager and Analyst within the Corporate Finance and Audit divisions of BDO Kendalls. Mr Tynan graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Accounting and a Bachelor of Economics, majoring in Finance. He is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia. Mr Tynan has completed the CFA Program and has been awarded the CFA Charter.
Mr Whittaker is a pioneer in the field of consumer financial education. He writes weekly columns in major newspapers in every state in Australia. These include the Brisbane Courier Mail, the Brisbane Sunday Mail, the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. Mr Whittaker also broadcasts regularly on ABC radio and appears on Channel 9. For 30 years, Mr Whittaker was the Director of Whittaker Macnaught, one of Australia’s leading financial advisory companies, with more than two billion dollars under management. In 2011 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for service to the community in raising awareness of personal finance. Mr Whittaker is a Chartered Tax Adviser, a member of the Australian Securities and Investment Commission Regional Liaison committee, and is currently an Executive in Residence and Adjunct Professor with the Faculty of Business at the Queensland University of Technology.
Mr Myers is the Founder and Managing Director of MBP Advisory Pty Limited, a prominent, high end Sydney firm of Chartered Accountants which he established in 1998. His client base spans a broad range of industries and activities and he specializes in advising very high net worth individuals and families, their businesses and commercial endeavours. This portfolio includes some of Australia’s largest private and public companies. Mr Myers specialist areas of practice include mergers and acquisitions, corporate and business advisory, tax consulting and advisory, succession planning and family office services. Mr Myers holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from the University of South Australia. He is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, the Taxation Institute of Australia and the NTAA. Mr Myers is also a Registered Company Auditor and a Registered Tax Agent. Mr Myers has been a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee of ASX listed Breville Group Limited since 2013 and has been its Lead Independent Director since August 2014. Mr Myers is the Chairman of the Company’s Audit and Risk Committee.
Ms McDonald has over 10 years’ experience in corporate advisory and equity research. Most recently she was an Associate Director at KPMG in the Mergers and Acquisitions practice with previous roles at Wilson HTM and BDO Kendalls. Ms McDonald graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Commerce, with majors in Accounting and Finance, and a Bachelor of Business Management, majoring in Business Economics. Ms McDonald has completed the CFA Program and has been awarded the CFA Charter.
Ms Groer has over nineteen years’ of experience in financial markets. Prior to joining VGI Partners in 2019, Ms Groer worked for Goldman Sachs / GSJBW in investment banking (2000-02) and equities research (2002-19). Within research, she advised clients on stocks that included banks, insurers and diversified financials, as well as industry trends in fintech and blockchains. Her final research role involved lead coverage of the Australian wealth management sector. Ms Groer graduated from the University of Sydney with the University Medal for Chemical Engineering and a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance/Operations Research). Ms Groer has completed the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Program and has been awarded the CFA Charter.
Ms Trotman has over twenty years’ experience as a lawyer in financial services. Prior to joining VGI Partners in August 2019, Ms Trotman worked as an Executive Director and Assistant General Counsel at J.P. Morgan Asset Management in London. Prior to that, she was a Director and Legal Counsel at Deutsche Asset Management, also in London. Ms Trotman has substantial private practice experience, having spent nine years in the corporate and international capital markets departments of Allen & Overy in London, Singapore and Milan. Ms Trotman is qualified to practise as a Solicitor in New South Wales, New Zealand and England & Wales. She holds a Master of Laws from Duke University and Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce & Administration from Victoria University of Wellington.