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.

 

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 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, CFA

Co-Portfolio Manager / 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.  

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. 

Eloise Smit, BSc, AFA

Operations Analyst

Eloise joins us from JBWere where she provided Adviser & Intermediary Support. She previously worked for Goldmans Sachs in their Equity Settlements team. She holds a Bachelor of Science and recently registered as an Authorised Financial Adviser.

Persis Mascarenhas

Operations Analyst

Persis holds a post graduate degree in Finance from AUT and Master’s in management from Mumbai university.

She has worked for financial advisers in IOOF wealth management. Prior to this she was working in Willis Tower Watson for corporate insurance team.

Ani McGahan, BA(Hons), MA

Corporate Services Analyst

Ani is responsible for assisting with operations and client support services at Devon. She has previously worked as an investment administrator for JMI Wealth Limited for over five years. Ani holds a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours and has recently completed a Master of Arts at the University of Auckland.