Meet the Directors

Mel Firmin, BCom

Director

Mel has over 25 years experience in financial services across a variety of roles and firms, culminating in the role of Managing Director for Devon Funds Management. He left Devon in December 2017 and is now a consultant and investor involved in a broad range of clients and industries.

 

Brent Impey, BA, LLB

Independent Director

Brent set up his own consultancy business which consults to a diverse range of New Zealand corporate clients. Prior to this Brent was Chief Executive Officer at Mediaworks for over 11 years. In addition to his consultancy business, he is also currently Chairman of the New Zealand Rugby Union, a director of Yellow Pages Group, Market Pulse International Limited, Director of Strategy, Ports of Auckland and Finzsoft Limited.

Dani Gardiner, LLB (Hons), LLM (Hons)

Independent Director

Dani is an experienced lawyer with a background in public law (including regulation) and commercial litigation.  Currently Dani is Manager, Public Law, at Auckland Council. Prior to this Dani was a Principal at Chen Palmer.  Prior to that , Dani held positions at Chapman Tripp in Auckland and Herbert Smith in London

Andrew Scott, BCOM, MCOM

Independent Director

Andrew is co-founder of Communications Venture Partners (CVP) which invests in and manages telecommunications companies in developed and emerging markets.
Prior to founding CVP, Andrew worked at the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development in the Telecommunications and Media Team and also in investment banking and management consulting for Lehman Brothers and Boston Consulting Group.  Andrew holds a MBA from Stanford University and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Paul Glass, BBS (Hons)

Executive Chairman

Investment management is a life-long passion for Paul. After a long and successful career as a portfolio manager Paul established Devon Funds Management after acquiring Goldman Sachs JBW Asset Management (NZ) in March 2010. Devon has now grown to have one of the largest and most experienced Australasian equity teams in New Zealand, focused on constructing concentrated portfolios of handpicked securities for local clients.
As an investment industry stalwart his strong views on corporate governance have been widely reported in the media. Similarly he firmly believes that those in the investment industry must use their influence to ensure shareholders’ best interests are served by listed companies.

Over his 30 year career in investment management, Paul has held a number of senior positions including Portfolio Manager and co-founder of Brook Asset Management (with specific responsibility for the top performing Alpha Fund), Portfolio Manager at Bankers Trust New Zealand (best performing fund 1994 – 1998) and Junior Portfolio Manager at Lombard Odier in London.

Slade Robertson, BCom, CFA

Managing Director

Slade Robertson has had a long and successful career in investment management. With over 20 years’ experience in both the New Zealand and Australian investment industry, Slade’s track record is proof of his determination to pursue the best investment opportunities for his clients.

Prior to joining Devon Slade managed the Alpha Fund and Tasman Fund at Brook Asset Management with impressive results. Slade draws on his extensive investment management experience from his time as Head of Equities at BT Investment Management in New Zealand and portfolio management roles at Challenger International (NZ) and BNP Paribas in Australia.

After spending 6 years as a Portfolio Manager for Devon, in March 2017 Slade became the Managing Director and as such now has overall  responsibility for the business. Slade continues to contribute to the investment process as a member of the Investment Committee.