Robert joined the Colonial First State Investments Team in February 2021. In his current role he is the Investment Manager for Colonial First State’s Alternatives Portfolio, responsible for research and portfolio construction for Alternatives as well as contributing to research for other asset classes.
Robert has worked in financial services and investment management for 25+ years with core expertise in alternative investments as well as covering traditional asset classes - in both public and private markets and across superannuation, high net worth and retail client sectors.
Prior to joining Colonial First State, Robert was a senior investment analyst at Mine Super, covering liquid alternatives, property and fixed income/credit. Before this, Robert was a senior analyst / portfolio manager within the multi-manager team at Perpetual Investments, with a focus on hedge fund and absolute return investments, fixed income and credit. From 2004 until 2012, Robert was the portfolio manager for the Select Alternatives Portfolio and responsible for the day to day management of Select Portfolio Solutions at Select Asset Management. Robert’s expertise in alternative investments began in 1999 when he returned from London and joined DB Absolute Return Strategies, the hedge fund specific business within the Deutsche Bank group, working as a senior hedge fund analyst, investment specialist and quantitative specialist for absolute return products. Prior to that, Robert worked in London for Deutsche Bank, ING Barings and for KPMG in London and Perth.
Robert holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia majoring in accounting and finance, and is a Chartered Accountant (Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand)