Wilson Asset Management

A wealth of difference for you,
and our community.

About us

    Our story

    Investing in opportunities. For you. For good.

    As an investment manager, our natural purpose is to safeguard the financial futures of our shareholders. Our passion and dedication makes us different.

    Growing in the right direction

    Established in 1997 by Geoff Wilson, we are an independently owned investment manager based in Sydney, Australia. Today, Wilson Asset Management is comprised of 11 investment professionals who offer a combined investment experience of more than 140 years.

    We take great pride in managing six LICs and more than $3 billion in shareholder capital on behalf of almost 80,000 retail investors. This is partnered with our philanthropic initiatives, including creating and supporting the Future Generation companies, see us actively contribute to our community.

    Navigating your path to prosperity

    Experience is critical to successful investing. We are proactive, think clearly and undertake rigorous and diligent research.

    We are driven towards identifying undervalued growth companies and scouring the market for mispricing opportunities to deliver superior returns for our shareholders. Our history of returns speaks for itself.

    Our reputation is built on trust

    We take an especially active approach to engaging with our shareholders, both in terms of ongoing performance, and timely insights.

    Naturally, this is dependent on our shareholders – some of whom just prefer the occasional email. Others prefer to keep in touch more regularly. We provide:

    • Weekly investor updates from our Chief Investment Officer
    • Regular market news and investment insights
    • Monthly investment updates
    • Annual and half yearly profits announcements
    • Semi-annual shareholder briefings across all major Australian cities.

    Investing with us

    Information-led investing.

    Our track record is strong. Our philosophy is proven. You have an experienced team working on your behalf to achieve your investment aims. We provide:

    Fully franked dividends

    Our LICs have a proven track record of paying fully franked dividends.

    Strong performance

    We offer a strong track record of performance based on our rigorous research-driven and market-driven investment processes.

    Deep diversification

    Our LICs hold small positions in many companies, providing shareholders with diversified exposure to opportunities.

    Risk-adjusted returns

    Our flexible investment mandate allows above average cash holdings and strong, risk-adjusted returns.

    Experienced experts

    With almost 100 years’ combined experience in the Australian equity market, our investment team lives and breathes financial markets.

    Full market access

    We hold over 1,500 company meetings each year, and our knowledge of and extensive network in the market continually provides valuable intelligence and investment opportunities.

    Superior structures

    LICs provide a stable, closed-ended pool of capital, allowing us a total focus on managing money.

    Total transparency

    We value shareholder engagement and our LICs adhere to strict corporate governance requirements.

    How we invest

    Our unique investment methodology.

    • a research-driven process focused on identifying undervalued growth companies; and
    • a market-driven process that takes advantage of market mispricing opportunities.

    Research-driven investing

    This investment process involves diligent and deep research that focuses on free cash flow, return on equity and the quality of a company. Each company is carefully rated with respect to management, earnings growth potential, valuation and industry position. Under this process, our investment team will only ever invest in a security once we can identify a catalyst or event that we expect will change the market’s valuation of the company.

    Market-driven investing

    This investment process takes advantage of short-term mispricing opportunities in the Australian equity market. This part of the investment portfolio is actively traded, and as such, opportunities are derived from initial public offerings, placements, block trades, rights issues, corporate transactions (such as takeovers, mergers, schemes of arrangements, corporate spin-offs and restructures), arbitrage opportunities, LIC discount arbitrages, short-selling and trading market themes and trends.

    Our team

    Geoff Wilson AO
    Geoff Wilson AO Chairman & Chief Investment Officer BSc GMQ FFINSIA FAICD T + 61 2 9247 6755

    Geoff Wilson AO has over 38 years’ direct experience in investment markets having held a variety of senior investment roles in Australia, the UK and the US. Geoff founded Wilson Asset Management in 1997. Geoff created Australia’s first listed philanthropic wealth creation vehicles, Future Generation Investment Company and Future Generation Global Investment Company. Geoff is Chairman of WAM Capital, WAM Leaders, WAM Global, WAM Research, WAM Active and WAM Microcap. Geoff holds a number of additional directorships with investment companies and non-profit organisations, you can read his full bio here.

    Kate Thorley
    Kate Thorley Chief Executive Officer BCom CPA GAICD T + 61 2 9247 6755

    Kate Thorley has more than 15 years’ experience in the funds management industry and more than 20 years of financial accounting and corporate governance experience. Kate is the Chief Executive Officer of Wilson Asset Management, Director of WAM Capital, WAM Leaders, WAM Global, WAM Research, WAM Active, WAM Microcap and Future Generation Investment Company. Kate is also the Company Secretary of  Future Generation Global Investment Company.

    Chris Stott
    Chris Stott BBus GradDip App Fin MAICD MFINSIA T + 61 2 9258 4906

    Chris Stott has more than 15 years’ experience in the funds management industry. Chris joined Wilson Asset Management in 2006 after being employed with Challenger Financial Services Group in various research roles specialising in Australian equities. Chris is a Director of WAM Capital and WAM Microcap. Chris is Wilson Asset Management’s Chief Investment Officer and the Portfolio Manager responsible for WAM Capital, WAM Research, WAM Active and WAM Microcap.


    Matthew Haupt
    Matthew Haupt Lead Portfolio Manager BCom GradDip App Fin CFA T + 61 2 9258 4910

    Matthew Haupt has more than 15 years’ experience in the investment industry working as both a portfolio manager and analyst. He gained extensive large-cap experience in his previous role within Australian Executor Trustees (now part of IOOF). Matthew is the Portfolio Manager responsible for WAM Leaders and Century Australia.

    Oscar Oberg
    Oscar Oberg Lead Portfolio Manager LLB BBus CFA T + 61 2 9247 6755

    Oscar has more than 13 years’ experience in financial markets. Before joining Wilson Asset Management, Oscar worked as a sell-side Analyst at CLSA and three years’ at Grant Thornton working in transaction advisory services.

    Martin Hickson
    Martin Hickson Lead Portfolio Manager BBus BComp T + 61 2 9258 4994

    Martin Hickson has more than 11 years’ experience in the funds management industry. Martin joined Wilson Asset Management in 2010 after working with Challenger Financial Services Group in various roles within the funds management division.

    Catriona Burns
    Catriona Burns Lead Portfolio Manager CFA M App Fin B Com (Lib Studies)

    Catriona has more than 16 years’ investment experience with over 5 years’ focused on global equities. Catriona began her career with Wilson Asset Management in 2003 before relocating to London to work with Hunter Hall Investment Management as a Portfolio Manager responsible for global equities with a bias to small-to-mid cap companies. In 2012, Catriona joined John Sevior and David Cooper at the inception of Airlie Funds Management.

    Tobias Yao
    Tobias Yao Portfolio Manager BCom CFA T + 61 2 9258 4949

    Tobias Yao has 12 years’ experience in the investment industry. Prior to joining Wilson Asset Management, Tobias spent five years as an investment analyst at Pengana Capital and he previously worked in Ernst & Young’s transaction advisory services division.

    John Ayoub
    John Ayoub Portfolio Manager LLB BA GradCert App Fin T + 61 2 9258 4920

    John has 12 years’ industry experience, most recently working at Credit Suisse as a director in equity sales and trading focusing on both large and small caps. Prior to this, John worked as a research analyst and in corporate finance at Ord Minnett and was previously a corporate lawyer.

    Matthew Nicholas
    Matthew Nicholas Global Equity Analyst BCom (Hons) T + 02 9258 4980

    Matthew has 11 years of industry experience, firstly at ABN AMRO/Royal Bank of Scotland/CIMB and most recently at Credit Suisse where we was a Director in the small-cap research team. During this period, he specialised across a range of sectors including mining services, media, retail, radiology, travel and recruitment. Matthew holds a BCom (Hons) from the University of New South Wales.

    Nick Healy
    Nick Healy Global Equity Analyst BEng (Hons) MBA T + 61 2 9247 6755

    Nick Healy has more than four years’ investment experience with a focus on international equities. Prior to joining Wilson Asset Management, Nick worked at Fidelity International, based out of their London office, where he covered US industrials. Nick received his MBA from INSEAD in France, where he graduated first in class, prior to which he previously worked for six years as an engineer with a focus on Australian and international infrastructure projects.

    Cooper Rogers
    Cooper Rogers Dealer BCom GradDip App Fin T + 61 2 9258 4912

    Cooper Rogers joined Wilson Asset Management in 2017. Previously, Cooper spent four years’ in the investment industry, most recently working as the DTR for the Institutional Sales division at Hartleys Limited.

    Alice Masson
    Alice Masson Investment Team Assistant BDes (Hons) T + 61 2 9247 6755

    Alice Masson provides assistance to the global and domestic investment teams. Before joining Wilson Asset Management in 2018, Alice worked in Corporate Access for Evans and Partners. She holds a Bachelor of Design (Interior Design) (Hons).

    Louise Walsh
    Louise Walsh Chief Executive Officer, FGX and FGG LLB BEcon T + 61 2 9247 6755

    Louise Walsh is the Chief Executive Officer of the Future Generation companies and works with Wilson Asset Management on its philanthropic initiatives. Louise is a senior executive with a strong mix of experience in the not-for-profit, government and private sectors. A former solicitor at Allens, she has spent most of her career in sport, arts and philanthropy. Louise was previously the CEO of Philanthropy Australia, the peak body for philanthropy in Australia. Louise is a board member of St Vincent’s Curran Foundation and the City Recital Hall in Sydney.

    Jesse Hamilton
    Jesse Hamilton Chief Financial Officer BCom (Acc) CA T + 61 2 9247 6755

    Jesse is a Chartered Accountant with over 10 years’ experience working in advisory and assurance services, specialising in funds management. Prior to joining Wilson Asset Management, Jesse worked as the Chief Financial Officer of a ASX listed company. Jesse previously specialised in assurance services, valuations, mergers and acquisitions, financial due diligence and capital raising activities for listed investment companies.

    Linda Vo
    Linda Vo Finance Manager BCom CPA T + 61 2 9258 4939

    Before joining Wilson Asset Management, Linda spent five years working at RBC Dexia Investor Services as a Senior Fund Accountant and prior to that in various accounting and business advisory roles. Linda is the Company Secretary for WAM Capital, WAM Leaders, WAM Research and WAM Active.

    Colette Connolly
    Colette Connolly Finance Manager CA BCom Dip Int Rep T + 61 2 9258 4916

    Before joining Wilson Asset Management, Colette Connolly worked in the financial services sector for RARE Infrastructure and prior to that in various accounting and business advisory roles both in Australia and Ireland.

    Lillie Johnson
    Lillie Johnson Senior Financial Accountant BComm GradDip Acc CPA, GIA(Cert) T + 61 2 9258 4938

    Lillie Johnson has worked in various accounting roles across a broad range of sectors, including media, property and healthcare, both in Australia and in London over the last 11 years.

    Ophelia Lam
    Ophelia Lam Financial Accountant BBus CPA T + 61 2 9258 4921

    Ophelia Lam joined Wilson Asset Management in 2016. Previously, Ophelia spent over three years as an Assistant Accountant at Secure Parking Pty Limited and prior to that in various administrative roles.

    Phil Hughes
    Phil Hughes Financial Accountant Bsc (Acc) FCCA T + 61 2 9258 4940

    Phil has more than 11 years’ experience in the financial services and property sectors. Before joining Wilson Asset Management, Phil worked in a number of property accounting roles in Australia and in various fund accounting roles in Ireland and the Channel Islands.

    Amy Byrne
    Amy Byrne Financial Accountant BCom (Int.), MAcc, CA T + 61 2 9247 6755

    Amy has over four years’ financial accounting and taxation experience in Australia and Ireland. Prior to joining Wilson Asset Management, Amy worked in accounting and taxation roles in professional services, financial services and media.

    James McNamara
    James McNamara Head of Corporate Affairs BJourn MComn T + 61 2 9247 6755

    James is a corporate affairs advisor with more than 10 years’ experience. Prior to joining Wilson Asset Management, James was a Manager at a leading Australian consultancy, delivering strategic advice to clients in the mining, oil and gas, construction, agribusiness and government sectors throughout the Asia Pacific region.

    Alexandra Hopper Irwin
    Alexandra Hopper Irwin Senior Communications Advisor BFA T + 61 2 9258 4901

    Before joining Wilson Asset Management, Alexandra was the National Events and Education Manager for industry association Consult Australia and prior to that she spent two years in the United States as Investor Relations and Marketing Manager at a boutique investment bank in Los Angeles.

    Vincent So
    Vincent So Communications & Marketing Advisor BCom MPICT T + 61 2 9247 6755

    Vincent has more than eight years’ experience in both the public and private sector. Prior to joining Wilson Asset Management, Vincent worked as a ministerial and electoral staffer across Australian federal and state governments, and in Malaysian federal politics. His experience outside of politics and government is spread primarily across Macquarie Bank, the Royal Bank of Scotland and Oracle as an Associate, Analyst and Consultant respectively. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Professional Accounting) and Master of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism (with Distinction) from Macquarie University.

    Martyn McCathie
    Martyn McCathie Head of Operations T + 61 2 9258 4917

    Martyn has significant experience in middle and back office operations gained in senior roles in Australia and Scotland. Previously, Marty spent five years as a Senior Operations Manager at RARE Infrastructure. Prior to Rare Infrastructure Marty also held positions with RBC Dexia IS in Sydney and RBS Trustee and Depositary Services in Edinburgh, Scotland.

    Tyler McKay
    Tyler McKay Investment Operations Administrator T + 61 2 9258 4912

    Tyler McKay joined in the Company in 2017, having previously spent time working in Operations at Challenger Limited within their funds management division.

    Samantha Acret
    Samantha Acret Executive Assistant T + 61 2 9247 6755

    Samantha has 15 years of administration experience across the finance, IT management consulting and legal industries. Prior to joining Wilson Asset Management, Samantha worked at Apostle Asset Management in marketing and administration.

    Marika Hemming
    Marika Hemming Executive Assistant T + +61 2 9258 4952

    Marika Hemming is an Executive Assistant with more than 21 years’ experience supporting executives in the Financial Services industry.  Before joining Wilson Asset Management, Marika spent over three years supporting the CFO for Macquarie Bank’s Banking and Financial Services division, and prior to this, the Head of M&A at Challenger Limited.

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    We enjoy talking to our shareholders, so should you have any questions, or would simply like to know more, we encourage you to get in touch.

    Email. info@wilsonassetmanagement.com.au
    Telephone. (02) 9247 6755

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