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    Michael (Mick) J. O'Brien
    Managing Director

    Michael (Mick) J. O'Brien FIAA, CFA, GAICD

    Mick is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.


    He is a non-executive director of Templeton Global Growth Fund Limited.


    Mick has broad wealth management experience in superannuation, investment management, insurance and advice, spanning over 30 years in both retail and institutional markets. Mick was formerly CEO and director of Invesco Australia Limited, director of Franklin Global Property Limited, director of Alliance Capital Management Australia and Chief Investment Officer of AXA Australia and New Zealand where he was also a director of AXA’s Responsible Entities and Regulated Superannuation Entities.

    Joined April 2016

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    Philip Gentry
    Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer

    Philip Gentry B.Sc, MBA

    Philip Gentry has more than 25 years’ experience in leadership positions within financial services, property, agribusiness, international trade, commodities and logistics, arriving at the Company in January 2016 from Grocon, where he was CFO from 2013. Previously, Mr Gentry held positions including Managing Director of Agrium Asia Pacific, CFO of AWB and a number of leadership positions at ANZ Bank in the areas of corporate banking, international trade finance and investor relations. In addition to his other qualifications, Mr Gentry is a graduate of the Stanford Executive Program.

    Joined January 2016

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    Sharni Redenbach
    Executive General Manager, Human Resources

    Sharni Redenbach BAppSc (Psych), GradDip (AppPsych)

    Sharni Redenbach has more than 14 years experience in the financial services industry, leading a team of HR, payroll and training specialists to deliver HR strategies that support the achievement of business objectives. Sharni commenced her career at Link Market Services. Prior to joining Equity Trustees, she led the HR function in Australia for Fiserv, a global FinTech company. Sharni is a HR generalist who operates across the full employee lifecycle, and has expertise in change management.

    Joined August 2016

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    Ian Westley
    Executive General Manager, Private Clients

    Ian Westley BAgrSc, DipFinServ

    Ian Westley has more than 25 years' business development and sales experience in Australia and the United Kingdom, across a range of different industries. Ian is responsible for managing the Trustee and Wealth Services' private clients business. Ian holds a Bachelor of Agriculture Science degree from The University of Melbourne and a Diploma of Financial Services.

    Joined  May 2007

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    Stephen Hardy
    Acting Company Secretary

    Stephen Hardy BSW, LLB (Hons.)

    Stephen first joined Equity Trustees in 2010 and has performed managerial roles in Trusts, Philanthropy and most recently as General Manager of Estate Planning. 
    Stephen has over 23 years’ experience as a Lawyer and is a Law Institute of Victoria, Accredited Specialist in Wills and Estates.   Stephen is also a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).  

    Stephen also has qualifications in Social Work, previously working in government and non-government services. As a lawyer in private legal practice Stephen worked in Property, Estates, Trusts and Commercial law. Stephen has presented at various seminars and written for both law journals and technical magazines, providing commentary in relation to estates, trusts and litigation.

    Stephen is well qualified to assist the Company Secretariat team as Acting Company Secretary for several of our entities.   

    Joined January 2010

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    Russell Beasley
    Executive General Manager, Corporate Trustee Services

    Russell Beasley Dip Fin Mkts, SA Fin

    Russell has overall responsibility for the operational compliance of all Responsible Entity and Corporate Trustee relationships within Australia. He joined Equity Trustees as Senior Relationship and Product Manager in February 2005.  Subsequent appointments within Equity Trustees have included National Manager, Corporate Fiduciary Services and Head of Fund Services Australia. Russell also acted in the capacity of Chief Risk Officer for Equity Trustees for a period of 9 months to February 2019.
    Russell has more than 40 years’ experience in the financial services industry, holding senior positions within funds management and retail banking. Previous roles include: Communication Manager, MLC Investment Management; Portfolio Manager, National Australia Funds Management; Senior Manager Operations, County Investment Management; and various retail banking appointments within National Australia Bank. 

    Joined February 2005

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    Darren Thompson
    Head of Asset Management

    Darren Thompson B. Ecco, DipFinServ, GradDipFinPlan

    Darren is an entrepreneurial Investment Director and Portfolio Manager with 30 years’ experience. Committed to the development of robust investment methodologies, driving targeted investment return and business growth, Darren is a performance-focussed Australian equities leader who has delivered more than 11% p.a. portfolio return over the past 14 years. He arrives at Equity Trustees with broad general management skills and a proven success leading strategy, finance, operations and people management activities.

    Joined October 2018

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    Mark Blair
    Executive General Manager,
    Superannuation Trustee Office

    Mark Blair BSc. Hons, FIA, FIAA

    Mark has over 30 years' experience in the financial services industry in the UK and Australia, including advisory, strategy and business development roles. Mark leads the Trustee and Wealth Services superannuation business. Mark holds an honours degree in mathematics from Nottingham University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries in Australia and the UK.

    Joined January 2016

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    Owen Brailsford
    Chief Risk Officer

    Owen Brailsford BA (Hons) Manchester University, Associate of Chartered Insurance Institute (ACII) UK>

    Mr Brailsford has more than 20 years of international experience in risk management and regulatory roles in the superannuation, pensions and insurance industries. He was previously Chief Risk Officer with responsibility for risk and compliance at Australia’s largest corporate superannuation fund, TelstraSuper. His background includes roles at the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA), Prudential PLC and RSA Insurance (both UK) and a risk management advisory role at KPMG..

    Joined February 2019

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    Alicia Kokocinski
    General Manager, Marketing and Communications

    Alicia Kokocinski BA (English major), GradDip PR

    Originally a journalist, Alicia is a senior manager with a proven track record in media, marketing, communications and market research - especially in complex and highly regulated environments. She has experience in the development and implementation of both traditional and social media campaigns, key message development and targetting (including qualitative and competitor research), as well as the development of practical and direct marketing and communications audits and plans. 

    Alicia heads up a small team of professionals, providing contemporary and credible marketing and communication direction and general leadership to position and develop the brand, and manage the reputation and profile of Equity Trustees.

    Joined August 2015