Meet the Team

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 22 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.

Chris Gaskin, BBS, CFA

Portfolio Manager

Chris Gaskin is a respected name in the investment management industry in New Zealand with over 17 years’ experience in financial markets.  Chris is focused on securing the best outcomes for his clients and at Devon, Chris is the Portfolio Manager responsible for stock selection and portfolio construction for clients’ Australasian Equity Core portfolios. This is a role which Chris performed at Brook asset Management, in addition to senior analytical responsibilities prior to joining Devon.

Devon’s emphasis on research is well served by Chris’ solid background in company analysis and Chris also has experience working for Credit Suisse First Boston, and in KPMG’s Corporate Finance division.   Chris has an enviable set of analytical skills which he applies to Devon’s clients interests in healthcare,  telecoms, utilities and industrial sectors.

Tama Willis, BCom, BA

Portfolio Manager

Tama joined Devon in 2012 after a very successful career overseas where he held positions at Government of Singapore Investment Corporation as Senior Vice President, Natural Resources, Fidelity (London) and Deutsche Bank (London). Tama now has responsibility for stock selection and portfolio construction for the Australian & Trans-Tasman strategies. Tama also has primary research responsibility for the Metals and Mining and Oil and Gas sectors.

 

Nick Dravitzki, BA, BCom, LLB, CFA

Portfolio Manager

Nick has been with Devon Funds Management since early in 2010 and is the portfolio manager for Dividend Yield Fund, Alpha Fund and the Diversified Income Fund. Prior to joining Devon, Nick was an analyst at NZ Funds Management Limited and assisted with portfolio construction and trading. Nick’s advantage lies in his broad understanding of Trans-Tasman investment opportunities, having covered a wide range of stocks and sectors during his 13 years in the industry. Nick also has primary research responsibility for the Property, IT, Discretionary and Staples sectors.

 

Shenci Tang, BMS

Investment Analyst

Shenci joined Devon Funds Management in early 2017 and his primary research responsibilities includes consumer staples and the industrials sector.

Prior to joining Devon, Shenci was a Corporate Finance Analyst in KPMG’s Deal Advisory division. Shenci has also held positions at Goldman Sachs and the Royal New Zealand Navy.

Shenci holds a Bachelor of Management Studies from the University of Waikato and completed his finance concentration at Babson College. He is fluent in three languages.  

Niall Hartigan, BBS

Head of Operations

Niall brings a rich set of skills to Devon Funds Management, acquired during his time studying and working in both North America and Ireland. Niall joined Goldman Sachs JBWere Asset Management shortly before it became Devon Funds Management. As one of the founding employees of Devon, Niall joined at an exciting time and, in the ensuing years, has played an important role in the subsequent growth of the Devon business, particularly in the operations area.

Niall has a Bachelor of Business Studies degree with Honours in Accounting and Finance from the University of Limerick in Ireland. While studying, Niall was invited to undertake an internship at Deutsche Bank in New York.
He holds responsibility for all of Devon’s compliance, operations, position keeping and settlements functions.

John Tampo, BSc

Operations Analyst

John is an Operations Analyst at Devon and is responsible for position keeping, trade processing, monitoring of mandates and monthly reporting.

John gained experience during his time as an actuarial analyst at AXA in the Philippines and regularly sits actuarial and financial exams to upgrade his skill set.

Snigdha Arun, BMS, PGDBA

Operations Analyst

Snigdha is an Operations Analyst at Devon. She is responsible for  assisting with position keeping, trade processing, compliance monitoring and reporting functions.

Snigdha has previously held roles with Perpetual Guardian in Auckland and with ICICI Bank in India.

Snigdha holds a Bachelor of Management Studies from the University of Mumbai and completed Post-Graduate Diploma Business Administration in Finance from Massey University. 

Chris Knight, BA, MA

Compliance Analyst

Chris has recently relocated to New Zealand from the UK. He has considerable risk and compliance experience across top UK law firms as well as stakeholder and relationship management experience.

Chris got his Bachelor of Arts: Politics, Master of Arts: International Relations from University of East Anglia and his Graduate Diploma of Law qualification from BPP Law School in London. 

Brittany Mark, BBS

Operations Analyst

Brittany has recently graduated from Auckland University of Technology and has just finished an internship with ANZ Bank in the Products division. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Business with majors in Finance and Human Resources and Employment Regulations.