Our investment team

Our investment team is one of the largest and most experienced in New Zealand, with a proven track record for long-term performance.

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Paul Huxford

Chief Investment Officer

Paul has overall investment responsibility for ANZ Investments across all asset classes, in addition to managing the investment team. He joined in 2018 with over 30 years of global capital markets risk experience in Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

Before joining ANZ Investments, Paul held the following key roles: Managing Director - Europe Middle East and Africa Equities Research (JPMorgan), Managing Director - Australian Equities Research (JPMorgan) and Head of New Zealand Country Credit Risk (Bankers Trust/Deutsche).

Paul has a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration from Victoria University of Wellington. He is also a Member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

Third party managers, strategy and foreign exchange

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Alan Clarke

Co-Head of Diversified Portfolio Management

Alan is jointly responsible for the Diversified Funds across ANZ Investments, which includes KiwiSaver, retail, wholesale and private bank portfolios.  In addition to diversified portfolio management duties, Alan leads the selection, appointment and monitoring of external managers, and ANZ Investments’ approach to responsible investing.

Alan has over 20 years’ industry experience, and joined ANZ in 2006 before moving to the investment team as an analyst in 2007.  From 2000 to 2005, Alan worked with investment firm Morley Funds Management (UK) and with Dutch fund-of-hedge-funds company, Theta Capital Management.

Alan graduated (First Class Honours) from the University of Waikato with a Master of Science (Technology) and is a CFA Charterholder.

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Maaike Van Tol

Co-Head of Diversified Portfolio Management

Maaike is jointly responsible for the management of the Diversified Funds across ANZ Investments, which includes KiwiSaver, retail, wholesale and private bank portfolios.  In addition to diversified portfolio management responsibilities, Maaike is focused on the asset allocation process, which includes both strategic and tactical asset allocation.

Maaike has over 17 years’ industry experience, and started at ANZ Investments in 2015. Prior to this she worked as Strategic Advice Specialist at ING Investment Management advising large Dutch pension fund clients on asset allocation, and Structured Products Portfolio Manager for IMC Asset Management in the Netherlands.

Maaike graduated from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Technology in Industrial Mathematics (First Class Honours) and is a CFA Charterholder.

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Armand Grewal

Senior Investment Strategist

Armand is the Senior Investment Strategist in the Strategy team and is focused on the asset allocation process, covering both the strategic and tactical asset allocation of the Diversified Funds managed by ANZ Investments.

He joined ANZ in 2015 through the graduate programme, working in the Performance Analytics team for a few years before joining the Strategy team in 2019.

Armand is a CFA Charterholder and has also completed the Chartered Market Technician (CMT) programme, after graduating from the University of Canterbury with a Master of Commerce (Finance).

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Maria Zapata

Investment Analyst

Maria is an Investment Analyst in the Strategy team and is focused on fundamental economic analysis as part of the asset allocation process, which includes both strategic and tactical asset allocation.

She first joined ANZ through the graduate programme in 2017, spending time with the Investment Implementation and Performance Analytics teams before moving into the Investment Strategy team in 2019.

Maria is a CFA Charterholder and has a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance and Economics) from the University of Auckland.

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Mitch McNae

Responsible Investment Analyst

Mitch is an Investment Analyst in the Strategy team and is focused on Responsible Investing, which involves analysing the approach to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors for ANZ Investments.

He joined ANZ in 2018 as a graduate after completing a summer internship in the Funds Management division in 2016/17. He spent two years in the Performance Analytics team before moving to his current role in April 2021.

Mitch has a Bachelor of Management Studies (Finance and Strategic Management) from the University of Waikato, and is a candidate in the CFA programme.

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Mathew Young

Head of FX Strategy and Investment Implementation

Mathew is responsible for the implementation of investment decisions across our KiwiSaver, retail, private bank and wholesale portfolios. He also leads the research for setting the strategic direction of foreign exchange positions for our portfolios and is involved in the wider strategy discussions.

Mat has been involved in the funds management industry for over 18 years, and joined ANZ Investments in 2002.  Prior to that he worked for a variety of firms in London including Old Mutual Fund Management and Hemscott.net.

Mat is a CFA Charterholder and has a Bachelor of Management Studies from the University of Waikato.

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Ryan Orr

Senior Investment Analyst

As the Senior Analyst on the Implementation/Foreign Exchange desk, Ryan is responsible for research and idea generation to assist in settling our active FX Strategy. Additional responsibilities include executing asset allocation and currency decisions across ANZ Investments’ suite of investment funds, and solution development relevant to the investment performance of all portfolios managed by ANZ Investments.

Ryan has been with ANZ since 2009, initially starting in the retail side of the bank progressing through Investment Advisory and joined the investment team in 2011.

Ryan has a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance and International Business) from the University of Auckland, and is a candidate in the CFA programme.

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Shiau Teoh

Investment Implementation Analyst

Shiau is part of the FX Strategy and Implementation team with a focus on research and providing recommendations that support the team’s active hedging strategy. Implementation responsibilities include trade execution on currency decisions and application of asset allocation decisions across our KiwiSaver, retail, private bank and wholesale portfolios. 

Shiau joined ANZ Investments in 2014, and previously led a team of four responsible for portfolio management and implementation of ANZ’s private bank portfolios.

Shiau has a Bachelor of Business Studies from Massey University.

Fixed interest and cash

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Iain Cox

Head of Australasian Fixed Interest and Cash

Iain has been with ANZ Investments’ since 2007 and was appointed Head of Fixed Interest and Cash in New Zealand and Australia in March 2014.

Working since 1994 in funds management and investment banking, both locally and overseas, Iain has specialist knowledge and experience of both the domestic and global credit and interest rate markets.

Formerly a portfolio manager at a privately owned and Auckland-based retail fund manager, Iain has also held roles involving product and operations control for Salomon Bros, Citigroup, Barclays Capital and Credit Suisse First Boston, supporting fixed income cash and emerging market and derivative businesses in London and Milan.

Iain has a Bachelor of Arts (Joint Honours) Accountancy and Economics from the University of Manchester.

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Mia Prkusic

Fund Manager Fixed Interest

Mia was appointed to the role of Fund Manager Fixed Interest for ANZ Investments in 2019 after being promoted from her role as Assistant Portfolio Manager. She looks after daily liquidity management, trade execution and credit research, and also has responsibility for relative value active credit risk positions, as well as supporting the Head of Australasian Fixed interest and Cash with interest rate risk management decisions. Additionally, Mia enjoys providing professional development opportunities for the junior cohort.

Mia joined ANZ in 2013, initially joining the graduate programme in the Funds Management division. She has a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance and Accounting) from the University of Auckland and is also a CFA Charterholder.

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Ray Jack

Senior Investment Analyst

Ray has been with ANZ Investments since 1998 and works as a Senior Investment Analyst in the Fixed Interest and Cash team. Prior to this he was an Equity Analyst in the Equities team, and has over 20 years’ experience analysing Australian and New Zealand listed companies.

Ray has also served on ANZ Investments’ Asset Allocation Committee, which is focused on making tactical and strategic asset allocation decisions for global equity markets, fixed interest markets, currencies and commodities.

Ray has a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics and Finance) as well as a Diploma in Financial Planning.

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Varun Khanna

Assistant Fund Manager

Varun joined ANZ Investments in 2022 as an Assistant Fund Manager in the Fixed Interest and Cash team focusing on credit research.

With close to 10 years’ experience in Financial Services, Varun has previously held Product Control and Management Accounting roles at ASB, BNZ and Jarden.

Varun is a CFA Charterholder and has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting and Finance).

 

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Juliette Varuhas

Fixed Interest Analyst

Juliette has worked as a Fixed Interest Analyst in the team since 2020, after previously spending four years working for ANZ Investments looking after the trading and management of private bank portfolios. Juliette assists with daily liquidity management and credit research.

Juliette joined ANZ as a graduate in 2016, and has a Bachelor of Commerce and Science (Finance, Economics and Psychology). She is also a CFA Charterholder.  

Equities

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Craig Brown

Head of Australasian Equities

Craig was appointed Head of Australasian Equities in 2021. He has managed each of the various Australasian Equity Funds and is currently responsible for the Australasian Share Fund, as well as having sector and company research responsibilities.

Craig joined ANZ Investments in 2008 as an Investment Analyst in the Equities team and was responsible for research in both the equity and listed property sectors.

Formerly a principal at an Auckland-based boutique funds management firm, and with more than 20 years’ experience in the industry, Craig’s skills include asset and investment sector research, portfolio management, and strategy. He has specialised in New Zealand and Australian equities, and in the listed property markets.

Craig has a Bachelor of Commerce from Lincoln University.

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Andrew Mortimer

Fund Manager Equities

Andrew joined our Equities team as a Senior Analyst in November 2017 following a period where he acted as an independent adviser with roles including providing independent and company commissioned research, corporate advice and capital solutions.

Prior to that Andrew was a Portfolio Manager and Analyst at Brook Asset Management for six years and earlier was employed as a Research Director at FNZC (and its predecessors) from 1998 to 2008.

Andrew has a Bachelor of Commerce from Otago University.

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Max Lesser

Fund Manager Equities

Max is jointly responsible for management of the Australasian equity portfolios. He also manages the internal investment research function. He joined ANZ Investments in April 2018.

Prior to this Max was Founding Partner at UK investment manager Worsley Associates LLP; Investment Manager at Guinness Peat Group plc; and Equity Analyst at stock brokers JBWere and BZW New Zealand.

Max has a Bachelor of Commerce from Canterbury University.

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Neal Burghardt

Research Analyst

Neal is a Research Analyst in the Australasian Equity team and is primarily focused on covering the retail, building materials and gaming sectors.

Neal joined ANZ Investments in 2019 after relocating from Wellington to Auckland where he spent over four years as an Associate Equity Analyst in the ACC investment team.

Neal is a CFA Charterholder and has a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance and Economics) and a Master of Finance from the University of Otago.

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Erin Hasemore-Slieker

Research Analyst

Erin is a Research Analyst in the Australasian Equity team, with a focus on the technology sector.

Erin joined ANZ in 2018 as a graduate, followed by two years in a Performance Analytics role where she completed attributions and risk analysis for the ANZ-managed KiwiSaver scheme funds. She then joined the Equity team in August 2021.

Erin is a CFA Charterholder and has a Bachelor of Business Studies (Finance and Economics) from Massey University.

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Jonty Nattrass

Research Analyst

Jonty is a Research Analyst in the Australasian Equity team, with a focus on New Zealand infrastructure assets.

Jonty joined ANZ in 2018 as a graduate, having interned in the investment team the year before. He spent two years as an Implementation and FX Analyst, focusing on the management of private bank portfolios, before joining the Equities team in 2021.

Jonty is a CFA Charterholder and has a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) and a Master of Finance from the University of Otago.

Listed property

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Craig Tyson

Head of Australasian Listed Property

Craig is responsible for ANZ Investments’ specialist Australasian listed property and infrastructure mandates. He joined ANZ Investments in May 2005 as an Investment Analyst in the Equities team and was promoted to Investment Manager in January 2006.

Craig migrated to New Zealand in 2003 joining Forsyth Barr, with responsibility for several high-profile New Zealand companies, including part-coverage of the property sector. Previously, he spent seven years at Fuji Investment Management in London as an Equity Analyst and later the Investment Manager responsible for European equity portfolios.

Craig graduated in 1993 from City University (London) with a Bachelor of Science (Honours). He worked on the London International Financial Futures Exchange before completing a Master of Science (Investment Management) from City University Business School in 1995.

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Angus Simpson

Assistant Portfolio Manager

Angus joined ANZ Investments in 2018 as an Equity Analyst with responsibility for researching the Australasian listed property sector. In 2020 he was promoted to Assistant Portfolio Manager with portfolio management responsibility.

Previously, Angus worked for Deloitte for 18 months before joining Forsyth Barr as an Equity Analyst in 2012. At Forsyth Barr he worked as an analyst in the property sector as well as an assistant in the retirement sector. In 2015 he moved to UBS where he covered the property sector, building sector (Fletcher Building and Metro Performance Glass) and more recently the retirement sector.

Angus has a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance) from the University of Otago and is a CFA Charterholder.

Wholesale and institutional distribution

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Graeme Thomlinson

Head of Wholesale and Institutional Distribution

Graeme has been with ANZ Investments since 2002. With over 20 years’ investment industry experience in the UK and New Zealand, Graeme has had particular exposure to investment operations, the custody industry, trustee issues and client service.

As well as client management, Graeme has responsibility for promoting and selling ANZ‘s investment capability to research houses, investment consultants and the broader wholesale and institutional investment market.

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Heath Smith

Client Relationship Manager

Heath is a Client Relationship Manager for our wholesale and institutional clients.

He has been involved in the investment industry in both New Zealand and the UK for over 20 years. He has been with ANZ for over 10 years and was previously the Fund Accounting Manager and the Investment Reporting Manager before joining the Wholesale and Institutional Distribution team in 2017.

Heath has a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance) from the University of Auckland.  He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and is a CFA Charterholder.

Governance

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John Denz

Head of Investment Governance

As the Head of Investment Governance, John is responsible for Investment Compliance, Portfolio Performance & Risk Analytics and Investment Reporting. He is also in charge of the functions that support Investment Management specific governance frameworks and policies, procurement, and regulatory reporting.

John started in the industry at Fisher Funds Management Limited in 2006, before joining ANZ Investments in 2010.

John is a CFA Charterholder and has a Bachelor of Business Studies (Finance and Economics) from Massey University.

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Sharmila Kingi

Business Risk and Governance Manager

Sharmila manages key governance functions for ANZ Investments and develops and oversees a complete framework of policies and procedures for all areas of Investment Management. Her role also involves working across divisions and providing leadership and risk coaching to Portfolio Managers and analysts.

Sharmila joined ANZ Investments in 2019 and has over 12 years’ industry experience where she held various first line operational risk and compliance roles for global and regional banks. 

Sharmila has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Law and Management and is an Associate Member of the UK Chartered Institute for Securities & Investments. 

Important information

ANZ New Zealand Investments Limited is the issuer and manager of the ANZ KiwiSaver Scheme, the ANZ Default KiwiSaver Scheme, the OneAnswer KiwiSaver Scheme, the ANZ Investment Funds, the OneAnswer  Multi-Asset-Class Funds and the OneAnswer Single-Asset-Class Funds.

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