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Richard Stubbs

Richard has over 20 years of commercial and investment experience. Prior to founding Castle Point, Richard was Head of Equities for Tower Investments in Auckland, which managed over $4bn in assets including circa $1bn in equities.

Prior to Tower Investments, Richard was an investment manager at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. He was also an equity analyst and fund manager for Prudential Portfolio Managers in Wellington and London.

Furthermore, Richard has 7 years commercial experience as founding investor and CEO of UK Explorer Limited, a successful internet business in the United Kingdom. Richard holds a Master of Commerce (Hons) in Finance and Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of Auckland. He has had several articles published on New Zealand equities, bonds and fixed interest returns.

Richard is married to Nadia and they have two children, Matthew and Nora. Richard is a keen sailor and spends as much time on the water as work and family commitments allow.

Alan McChesney

Alan joined NZAM as a Principal and Director in 1995 after his previous role as a Senior Executive of Fay Richwhite & Co, one of New Zealand’s leading Merchant Banks. Alan has 21 years of financial markets experience, and has been involved in manager research since joining the company. Alan has a business degree from Auckland University.

Alan is involved with wine, the visual arts and is a keen photographer. He is a Patron of The Auckland City Art Gallery and is Deputy Chair of The Auckland Art Gallery Foundation. He also enjoys road and mountain cycling, is a keen skier, fly fisherman and golfer. He has two children, Tessa and Hugo.

Robert Banfield

Bob Banfield has 25 years of experience in the Guernsey finance industry and is a member of the STEP and IFS institutes. For the last 6 of his 18 years (1988-2006) with Northern Trust Fiduciary Services (Guernsey) Ltd, Bob served on the board of the company.

From 2006 to 2009 Bob worked with Investec in Guernsey as a director of the trust company and also the Managing Director of the fund administration business (2007-2009).

Bob was the Managing Director at Ogier Fiduciary Services (Guernsey) Ltd (2009-2012). He was responsible for delivery of all aspects of client service to corporate clients. He was also the Managing Director at Ogier Fund Administration (Guernsey) Limited which provided administration services to closed ended property and private equity funds.

Amanda Smith

Amanda has more than 26 years of financial markets experience. Prior to joining The Treasury’s Commercial Operations Group in 2013, Amanda was Head of Equities for ANZ Investments in Auckland, which managed over $8bn in assets including $1.5bn in New Zealand and Australian equities. 

Prior to ANZ Investments, Amanda was an investment manager at ANZ Funds Management in Wellington. She has also held roles as an equity dealer for Prudential Portfolio Managers, and research analyst at Doyle, Paterson, Brown and AMP Society.

Amanda’s role as Principal Advisor - Governance and Performance at The Treasury involved assessing the performance of State Owned entities and providing advice to Shareholding Ministers on strategic issues.

Amanda holds a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from Victoria University.