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 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 has overall responsibility for Devon Funds Management. He has over 22 years’ industry experience and prior to assuming the role of Managing Director in March 2017 he was responsible for stock selection and portfolio construction for Devon’s Alpha and Trans-Tasman Funds. Before joining Devon, Slade had investment roles at Brook Asset Management, BT Investment Management, Challenger International and BNP Paribas in Australia.

Mark Brown CFA

Chief Investment Officer

Mark has primary responsibility for stock selection and portfolio construction for the New Zealand Equity and Alpha funds. Mark is also responsible for overseeing the overall research and investment process at Devon.

Prior to joining Devon, Mark was the Australasian Head of Equities at ANZ New Zealand Investments.

Niall Hartigan, BBS

Chief Financial Officer

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.

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, Oil and Gas and Financials sectors.

 

Victoria Harris, BCom

Portfolio Manager

Victoria has recently joined Devon as a Portfolio Manager. She has over 10 years’ experience in financial markets across a broad range of markets, including ESG. She has held previous roles as Portfolio Manager at Pie Funds Management covering global equities and as a senior analyst at Milford Asset Management covering Australasian equities. She will have responsibility for research, stock selection and portfolio construction for the Australian & Sustainability strategies.

Patrick Washer, BBA

Investment Analyst

Patrick has recently joined Devon as an Investment Analyst, working alongside Mark Brown. Prior to joining Devon he held a Research position within Rank Group.

Graduating in 2019 from Waikato University with majors in Mathematics and Finance, Patrick is currently studying to attain his CFA designation.

 

Ben Jenkin, BCom

Investment Analyst

Ben has recently joined Devon as an Investment Analyst, working alongside Tama Willis. Prior to joining Devon he was an Analyst in KPMG’s Deal Advisory division.

Graduating from the University of Otago, with majors in Accounting and Finance, Ben is currently studying to attain his CFA designation.

Suki Chow, BCom, CA

Operations Manager

Suki has recently joined our team in the role of Operations Manager.

Prior to working at Devon, Suki worked at ANZ as an Investment Reporting Manager, and has spent more than 10 years at ANZ working in various operational roles to support the Investment Management team.

Suki has also worked previously as a Tax Consultant at ASB/Sovereign, and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. She holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Business from AUT and Bachelor of Commerce with Accounting and Finance majors from the University of Auckland

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. 

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. 

Persis Mascarenhas MCom, PGAF

Operations Analyst

Persis is an Operations Analyst at Devon. Prior to joining Devon Persis worked for IOOF NZ, working with Financial Advisors and assisting in asset allocation for the Wealth Management Team. She has also worked previously in the Corporate Insurance team for Willis Towers Watson for 2 years.

Persis has completed a Masters Degree in Commerce from the University of Mumbai and a Post Graduate Degree in Applied Finance from AUT.

Nina Kerr, BSC/BBS

Operations Assistant

Nina has recently joined Devon as an Operations Assistant. She is primarily responsible for assiting with client support services.

Graduating from Massey University in June 2020, Nina has a conjoint degree in both Science (BSC) and Business (BBS). Prior to joining Devon, Nina also worked an Intern Analyst at Deloitte.