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Board and executives

Perpetual's board and senior leadership team reflects the experience, quality and integrity for which Perpetual has become known since it was founded in 1886.

The board directors all have extensive business experience, including as chief executives or directors of major financial institutions or corporate services and consulting firms. Our senior executives are highly qualified and have extensive experience in a range of business areas, specialising in financial services.

Board and Secretaries
Board Members
Peter Scott, Chairman and Independent Director

BE (Hons), M.Eng.Sc (Age 58)
Appointed as a director in July 2005 and Chairman on 26 October 2010.

Mr Scott was formerly the Chief Executive Officer of MLC, an Executive General Manager of National Australia Bank and held a number of senior positions with Lend Lease. He is Chairman of Sinclair Knight Merz Pty Limited and a director of Stockland Corporation Limited. Mr Scott is an advisory board member of Igniting Change. He is Chairman of the Nominations Committee.

Mr Scott has more than 20 years of senior business experience in publicly listed companies and extensive knowledge of the wealth management industry.

Current company directorships:

  • Sinclair Knight Merz Pty Limited (Chairman)
  • Stockland Corporation Limited

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Geoff Lloyd, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
Geoff Lloyd

LLM (Distinction) (UTS), Adv. Mgt. Program (Harvard) (Age 44)
Appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer in February 2012.

Mr Lloyd joined Perpetual in August 2010 as Group Executive of Private Wealth and has led the development and implementation of the growth strategy for Private Wealth. He took on the additional responsibility of Head of Retail Distribution in September 2011. Mr Lloyd was previously General Manager, Advice and Private Banking at BT Financial Group (BTFG) following the merger with St George’s Wealth Management business. Prior to the merger, he led St George's entire wealth management portfolio and was a member of the St George Bank Group Executive reporting to the CEO. He has held many senior positions at BTFG, including Chief Legal Counsel and Head of the Customer and Business Services Division.

Mr Lloyd has over 20 year’s experience in the financial services industry and has an extensive understanding of the industry and demonstrated leadership skills.

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Paul V Brasher, Independent Director

BEc (Hons), FCA (Age 62)
Appointed director in November 2009.

Mr Brasher was formerly Chairman of the Global Board of PricewaterhouseCoopers International. He previously chaired the Board of PricewaterhouseCoopers' Australian firm and held a number of other senior management and client services roles during his career with the firm. Mr Brasher was Client Service Partner and /or Lead Engagement Partner for some of the firm's most significant clients. He also spent significant periods working with PricewaterhouseCoopers in the US and UK. Mr Brasher is currently Chairman of Incitec Pivot Limited and a Board member of the Essendon Football Club. He is a member of Perpetual's Audit Risk and Compliance Committee and People and Remuneration Committee.

Mr Brasher brings to the Board his local and global experience as a senior executive and director, particularly in the areas of strategy, audit and risk management and public company governance.

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Philip Bullock, Independent Director

BA, MBA, GAICD, Dip. Ed. (Age 59)
Appointed director in June 2010.

Mr Bullock was formerly Vice President, Systems and Technology Group, IBM Asia Pacific, Shanghai, China. Prior to that he was CEO and Managing Director of IBM Australia and New Zealand. His career with IBM spanned almost 30 years in the Asia Pacific region. Mr Bullock is a director of CSG Limited. He also provides advice to the Federal Government, through his role as Chair of the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency, as a member of the Education Investment Fund, the Australia India Education Council and a member of the now concluded, National Resources Sector Employment Taskforce. He is a member of Perpetual's Investment Committee and People and Remuneration Committee.

Mr Bullock brings to the Board extensive management experience in Australia and Asia in technology, sales and client management, product and brand management, distribution marketing and talent development.

Current company directorships:

  • Healthscope Limited
  • CSG Limited

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P Craig Ueland, Independent Director
Craig Ueland

BA (Hons and Distinction), MBA (Hons), CFA (Age 54)
Appointed director in September 2012.

Mr Ueland was formerly President and Chief Executive Officer of Russell Investments, a global leader in multi-manager investing. He previously served as Russell’s Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and Managing Director of International Operations, which he led from both London and the firm’s headquarters in the US. Earlier in his career he opened and headed Russell’s first office in Australia. He is a member of Perpetual’s Audit Risk and Compliance Committee and Investment Committee.

Mr Ueland brings to the Board detailed knowledge of global financial markets and the investment management industry, gleaned from more than 20 years as a senior executive of a major investment firm, along with a strong commitment to leadership development and corporate strategy development and execution.

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Sylvia Falzon, Independent Director
Sylvia Falzon

MIR(Hons); B.Bus; GAICD; SF Fin (Age 48)
Appointed director in September 2012.

Ms Falzon has worked in the financial services industry for over 27 years and during that time has held senior executive positions responsible for institutional and retail funds management businesses both domestically and internationally. Her roles have included Head of Business Development at Aviva Investors Australia, an equity partner at Alpha Investment Management and Chief Manager International Sales & Service at National Mutual Funds Management/AXA.

She is currently a Non-executive Director of Cabrini Health, Museums Board of Victoria and serves as Chairman of the Cabrini Foundation. She is a member of Perpetual's Audit Risk and Compliance Committee and Investment Committee.

Ms Falzon brings to Perpetual's Board her extensive knowledge and insight in the development of asset management businesses and products, with a particular focus on marketing, sales and service, as well as senior level experience in interaction with institutional clients, asset consultants and research houses.

Current company directorships:

  • Cabrini Health
  • Museums Board of Victoria

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Elizabeth Proust AO, Independent Director

BA (Hons), LLB, FAICD (Age 61)
Appointed director in January 2006.

Ms Proust was formerly Managing Director of Esanda, part of the ANZ Group. Prior to joining ANZ she was Secretary (CEO) of the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet and Chief Executive Officer of the City of Melbourne. She is currently Chairman of Nestlé Australia Ltd and Bank of Melbourne Board, a director of Insurance Manufacturers of Australia Pty Ltd and Sinclair Knight Merz Pty Ltd. She is Chairman of Perpetual's People and Remuneration Committee and a member of Perpetual's Audit Risk and Compliance Committee and Nominations Committee.

In addition to her skills from her leadership roles in significant change management programs, Ms Proust brings to the Board her strengths in human resources, public affairs and strategy development, and her strong knowledge of board processes and governance through her many senior executive and board roles.

Current company directorships:

  • Nestle Australia Limited (Chairman)
  • Insurance Manufacturers of Australia Pty Limited
  • Sinclair Knight Merz Pty Limited

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Company Secretaries
Joanne Hawkins
BCom, LLB, Grad Dip CSP FCIS
Appointed Company Secretary in June 2003.

Ms Hawkins is head of Perpetual's Legal, Risk & Compliance and Company Secretariat teams. Prior to joining Perpetual, Ms Hawkins was Assistant Secretary of Macquarie Bank and Ord Minnett and was Company Secretary, National Bank of the Solomon Islands. Ms Hawkins also worked as a solicitor and legal adviser in New Zealand.

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Glenda Charles
Grad. Dip. Corp. Gov. ASX Listed Entities, CSA (Cert)

Joined Perpetual in August 1994. She was appointed Assistant Company Secretary of Perpetual in 1999 and Deputy Company Secretary in 2009. Ms Charles has over 15 years experience in company secretarial practice and administration and has worked in the financial services industry for over 25 years.

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Executives
Geoff Lloyd, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director

Geoff Lloyd is Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Perpetual Limited. Founded in 1886 and listed on the ASX, Perpetual is one of Australia's largest independent, diversified financial services groups.

In 2012, Geoff and his senior leadership team rolled out Perpetual's Transformation 2015 strategy designed to simplify, refocus and grow Perpetual.

After two years of this three-year plan NPAT has increased threefold and the business has achieved annualised cost savings of $50 million pre-tax to date. Growth initiatives put in place as part of this strategy include the successful acquisition of The Trust Company in December 2013 and the launch of a new Global Equity capability in September 2014.

Geoff has over 20 years' experience in the financial services industry. Prior to being appointed CEO, Geoff had been Group Executive of Perpetual Private Wealth and Head of Retail Distribution.

He was previously General Manager, Advice and Private Banking at BT Financial Group (BTFG) following the merger with St George's Wealth Management business. Prior to the merger, he led St George's entire wealth management portfolio and was a member of the St George Bank Group Executive.

In a previous stint at BTFG, Geoff held other senior positions including Chief Legal Counsel and Head of the Customer and Business Services Division.

Geoff is Deputy Chair of the Financial Services Council, an Advisory Board member of The Big Issue, and a Patron of both the Financial Industry Community Aid Program (FICAP) and the Emerge Foundation. He also sits on the University of Technology Sydney Law Advisory Board.

Qualifications

Geoff has a Masters of Law (Distinction) from the University of Technology, Sydney and has completed the Harvard University Advanced Management Program.

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Gillian Larkins, Chief Financial Officer
Gillian Larkins

Ms Gillian Larkins joined Perpetual as Group Executive Transformation Office in October 2012, and assumed the role of Chief Financial Officer in January 2013.

Ms Larkins has approximately 20 years of experience in finance, strategy and management roles across a number of industries. Most recently, she was Chief Financial Officer, Managing Director of Westpac Institutional Bank, responsible for Finance and Strategy, and prior to that, Chief Financial Officer Australia & New Zealand of Citigroup. Ms Larkins has also served on the board of Hastings Fund Management as a non-executive director from 2009 to 2011.

As a member of the Executive Leadership Team reporting to the CEO, Ms Larkins heads Perpetual’s Finance, IT, and Risk functions, which include Audit, Legal and Company Secretariat.

Ms Larkins holds a Master of Business Administration from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Accounting & Finance and a Bachelor’s Degree of Commerce, majoring in Economics, both from the University of Otago, New Zealand. She is a member of the NZ Chartered Accountant's Society and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Rebecca Nash, Group Executive People and Culture

Ms Rebecca Nash joined Perpetual as Group Executive People and Culture in August 2012.

Ms Nash has extensive experience as a senior executive in the financial services and consulting industries. Prior to joining Perpetual, she held a number of executive positions at National Australia Bank in both functional and operational roles, including human resources, strategy, integration, and Direct sales & service. Prior to her career at NAB, Ms Nash was a senior executive in Accenture’s financial services practice.

At Perpetual, Ms Nash is responsible for the company’s human resources, performance management, recruitment, and staff development functions. She is a member of the company’s Executive Leadership Team.

Ms Nash holds a Bachelor of Business degree from the University of Technology, Sydney, and a Change Management Qualification from the Australian Graduate School of Management at the University of New South Wales, Sydney.

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Chris Green, Group Executive, Corporate Trust

Prior to joining Perpetual, Mr Green was at JP Morgan Chase Bank for ten years, most recently as Australasia Business Head - Institutional Trust Services based in Sydney and previously as Vice President - Head of Account Management and Vice President - Head of Analytics based in London, covering the European, Middle Eastern and African markets.

His career began as a solicitor for Corrs Chambers Westgarth. He holds a Masters of Business Administration (London Business School) and a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce (University of Queensland).

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Michael Gordon, Group Executive, Perpetual Investments
Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon joined Perpetual as Group Executive Perpetual Investments in January 2013.

Mr Gordon has significant domestic and international experience as a leader of asset management businesses and is a 30-year veteran of the financial services industry. He has held roles with a number of well-regarded global investment managers in Australia, Asia and the UK, where most recently he was BNP Paribas Investment Partners' Chief Investment Officer for Equities. Prior to that, he held senior positions with Fidelity Investments International and Schroders Investment Management.

Mr Gordon holds a Bachelor of Business, Accounting & Finance from the University of Technology, Sydney.

He leads the end-to-end business of Perpetual Investments, Perpetual’s specialised asset management division, which includes the investment management team, product, and distribution.

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Mark Smith, Group Executive, Perpetual Private
Mark Smith

Mark Smith joined Perpetual as Group Executive Perpetual Private in November 2012.

Mr Smith has over 20 years of financial services experience, gained predominantly at BT Financial Group, Westpac’s wealth management arm. Most recently, he held the role of General Manager Bank Distribution and Insurance, with responsibility for approximately
1.5 million customers and over $2 billion in Gross Written Premium. Prior to this, he also held the role of CEO of BT Funds Management NZ and headed BT's Market Platform business.

Mr Smith holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from Macquarie University, and is a recipient of the David William Fellowship Award.

At Perpetual, he leads the Group’s wealth business, which includes the philanthropic, trustee and High Net Worth advisor businesses, as well as the Fordham group, specialising in accounting and advisory services to business owners.

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