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During his 30 years in the Financial Services Industry, John gained extensive experience in strategic planning, vision, leadership and expertise in people management. John has also built a successful distribution network. At the age of 49, John was the CEO and largest shareholder of Garrisons Financial Planning Group (later called Genesys) and Funds Management Company, Synergy Capital Management Ltd. He had transformed the small company he started in Tasmania into a thriving franchise business with 65 offices across Australia. This business was then successfully sold to Packer-backed listed company, Challenger. From 2007 to 2014 John was appointed independent Non-Executive Director for Sterihealth Limited, an ASX listed company. During this time, he was Chairman of their Audit Committee and member of the Remuneration and Compliance Committee. John sits on various boards, including Not-For-Profit organization Empart Empower, an overseas aid organisation where he is actively involved. In addition John has privately completed several property developments including planning and building a retirement village. For the last 8 years he has been CEO and more recently Chairman of Halftime Australia, a values-based executive coaching organization. John is the author of the book Enriched re-defining wealth.
Non Executive Director
Alice is a Council Member of the National Library of Australia, Chair of the Chinese Studies Research Centre Advisory Board at La Trobe University, a Board member of the Asia Society Australia, Special Advisor to the Bangarra Group Board, and a member of the La Trobe Business School Advisory Board. She is also Patron of the Chinese Cancer and Chronic Illness Society of Victoria. Alice has recently retired from a thirty-eight year career in commercial banking including serving as the Head of Asian Leadership at the Westpac Group, Head of International Customer Services at the Bank of Melbourne and National Head of Asia and Migrant Markets at Westpac Banking. Previous positions and appointments included Board memberships at Asialink at the University of Melbourne and the Asia Society AustralAsia Centre, the Advisory Committee of the Confucius Institute at the University of Melbourne, the Prime Minister’s Reference Group for the National Asian Languages and Studies in Schools Program, International House at the University of Melbourne, the Asia Century Advisory Committee of the Institute of Public Administration Australia and the Course Advisory Committee of the Swinburne University of Technology.
CEO & Executive Director
Yong co-founded Prime Value in early 1998. As CEO and director, Yong has responsibility for overall business strategy and investment outcomes. Yong is also Managing Director & CIO of Shakespeare Property Group, managing a portfolio of commercial properties. Prior to founding Prime Value and Shakespeare Property Group, Yong was the Assistant Treasurer of Western Mining Corporation (WMC) Limited and a director of the WMC Superannuation Fund. Yong has held various senior finance and treasury positions with Shell Australia Limited and the Australian Wheat Board. Yong is a director of a number of private companies. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Society of Certified Practicing Accountants. Yong has more than 25 years of investment and risk management experience.
Executive Director and Company Secretary
Catherine is the Executive Director and Company Secretary of Prime Value, and assists in legal matters and business development. Prior to joining Prime Value in 2002, she was an associate of a legal firm in Melbourne. She is a director of Shakespeare Property Group and a number of private companies. Catherine has more than 20 years of investment experience.
Portfolio Manager – Cash and Diversified High Yield
Matthew has over 15 years of experience working in portfolio management and over 30 years in global investment markets in London, New York, Singapore Hong Kong and Australia. He is the Portfolio Manager for the Prime Value Cash Plus Fund and Prime Value Diversified High Yield Fund. Matthew previously has worked for JP Morgan and Deutsche Bank. He has a law degree, and his experience working for a law firm in the area of securities, provides insights necessary to understand the legal aspects of securities in the Fund portfolio. Matthew was instrumental in setting the Cash Plus Fund up in 2014.
CIO & Portfolio Manager – Equities
Shih Thin is the CIO and Portfolio Manager, responsible for the formulation of investment policy and process development, portfolio strategy and construction, and fundamental research. Shih Thin’s most recent experience includes Head of Investments at Xantias Financial Management, a boutique wealth management firm. Prior to this, he was Equity Fund Manager at AIG Investments/American International Group and was responsible for a broad range of sectors. Shih Thin was also Senior Research Analyst at Daiwa Securities and has also held senior analyst positions with RHB Research Institute and BZW. He has almost 25 years of experience years of investment experience.
Portfolio Manager – Equities
Richard is a Portfolio Manager in the Australian Equities team. He has over 16 years experience covering Australian equities in both portfolio management and research analyst roles. Most recently he was at Contango for two years and portfolio manager of the small companies fund which registered top quartile performance over all periods up to two years. He also worked as a portfolio manager at River Capital where the fund outperformed and senior research analyst at Ord Minnett where he was highly ranked.
Richard has also gained an understanding of business strategy and finance through his roles in industry where he worked for a number of companies in the IT and finance sectors in Europe.
Leanne is a Portfolio Manager in the Australian Equities team. She is responsible for the formulation of investment policy and process development, portfolio strategy and construction, and fundamental company research. She has over 25 years’ experience in the investment industry, with a successful track record. Prior to joining Prime Value in 2004, Leanne was Portfolio Manager for the Orica Superannuation Fund, responsible for the active management of the $400 million Australian equity portfolio. Previously she was Portfolio Manager for the Shell Australia Superannuation Fund and managed the successful and sizeable Australian equity component of this fund in the 1990s.
Simon joined Prime Value in 2015 after graduated with First Class Honours in Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from The University of Melbourne.
As an Investment Analyst, Simon is responsible for providing analytical support and fundamental research to the investment team, attribution analysis and equity research.
Simon also supports and reviews the investment research work, quantitative analysis and financial models of various investment projects of Prime Value.
Prior to this, Simon was supporting the operations team for unit pricing and performance reporting when first joined Prime Value.
Simon was a former tutor for The University of Melbourne for the subjects Business Finance and Finance 1 and he is currently also a mentor to graduates for the University of Melbourne and other Non-for-profit organisations. During his honours year he researched on the relation between IPO underpricing and media coverage for his thesis and had also analysed indexes and commodity prices using numerical techniques.
Portfolio Manager - Australian Agriculture, Infrastructure and Structured Products
James is one of Prime Value’s joint Portfolio Managers for Alternative Assets. He is responsible for investment strategy, portfolio construction, analysis and research. James has 30 years experience in resources and financial markets across corporate treasury, investment banking and private wealth management. James is based in Bendigo (central Victoria) allowing easy access to our citrus portfolio located in the Sunraysia region. James has held Treasury positions with Normandy Mining and WMC Ltd and senior investment banking roles with Standard Chartered Bank (Mocatta) and Morgan Stanley (Singapore) specialising in commodities sales and trading. His most recent experience was as Chief Investment Officer of the Ottomin Investment Group, a Sydney based Family Office, and as a Non-executive Director of ASX listed hay and agricultural product exporter, Wingara Ag Ltd.
Elizabeth is one of Prime Value’s joint Portfolio Managers for Alternative Assets. She is responsible for investment strategy, portfolio construction, analysis and research. Elizabeth’s career has spanned 25 years in financial markets across banking, commodities, corporate advisory, private debt and private wealth portfolio management. She has worked both domestically and internationally and has held senior roles within the commodity divisions of the Commonwealth Bank, Mitsui, Bank of Nova Scotia and Dresdner. Elizabeth brings extensive commodity risk management, analysis, structuring and advisory experience to the team as well as a strong focus on environmental and social responsibility. Elizabeth is based in Sydney.
Dairy Investments – Manager
Kirsti joined the Prime Value team in August 2019 to provide on the ground farm management oversight and work with us to implement our strategy and develop our portfolio of dairy farms.
She is responsible for investment strategy, portfolio construction, analysis and research. Kirsti is highly regarded in the industry and has been managing and operating best practice dairy farms in New Zealand and South West Victoria for over 30 years. She was formerly a Director and Deputy chair of WestVic Dairy and the Chairperson of the Workforce and Planning Committee and is currently a delegate for Fonterra’s supplier forum. She has worked in animal genetics and as an employment consultant. Kirsti has a Diploma in Horticulture and Human Resources and will be a key member of the team as we develop our dairy portfolio.
Investment and Marketing Executive
Michael joined Prime Value in 2019, after
working as tax accountant. As a Marketing and Investment Executive, Michael supports both the marketing and business development team and the product team, particularly in developing the Private Equity Fund. He graduated
with Bachelor of Commerce from University of Melbourne and Master of Professional Accounting with distinction from RMIT.
General Manager – Asset and Developments
Chan oversees asset management, calculation, feasibility studies and lease negotiations within the Shakespeare Property Group. He has over 30 years experience in development of office, retail, industrial and residential projects. Prior to working for the Group, Chan held a senior position at Davis Langdon for 16 years operating within Australian and abroad.
General Manager - Hospitality Assets & Investments
Sunny has responsibilities within both Shakespeare Property Group and Prime Value. He is responsible for hospitality asset acquisitions, feasibility study, hotel lease / management negotiations for the Shakespeare Property Group. Within Prime Value, Sunny contributes bottom-up company research and recommendations with a particular focus on Consumer Discretionary stocks. Sunny has more than 20 years in senior finance roles in various consumers industry including CFO of Stella Group (which managed more than 288 hotels worldwide and 3,000 plus travel agency network).
General Manager – Property & Investments
Robert has over 30 years experience in Australian property markets offering a depth of experience. Having extensive property knowledge in multiple asset categories and a well developed network throughout Australia and Asia Pacific. Prior to joining the Shakespeare Property Group, Robert has held senior roles with international corporates specialising in capital transactions, valuations and office leasing. He spent 10 years with JLL as Asia Pacific Regional Director and 11 years at CBRE as Senior Director. He has also had 4 years in the development area of Walker Corporation, with a main focus on the $2B Collins Square commercial project in Melbourne. Robert is also a Qualified Property Valuer and holder of a full Real Estate Agent’s Licence.
Relationship and Marketing Manager
Andrew manages our key client relationships and marketing activities throughout Australia. He is responsible for communicating the various investment characteristics of the Prime Value investment options and working with our retail, wholesale and institutional clients to provide tailored investment solutions to meet their needs. Andrew has over 25 years of experience in client services, sales and marketing – both in business and not for profit organisations. Andrew also spent 10 years working in Financial Services for one of Australia’s leading wealth creation companies. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Business in Management from the University of Queensland and is currently completing a Masters in Leadership.
Head – International Investor Relations
Daniel is responsible for our growing Asian investor relations. Daniel’s experience spans 35 years in financial services working both domestically and offshore in private banking and portfolio management. Since immigrating 14 years ago from Malaysia, he had worked in ANZ Bank as a Senior Private Banker where he managed and serviced both local and international high networth clients providing tailored financial and investment solutions. He has vast and considerable experience in retail & private banking, investments and portfolio management. He also understands multi-shore and international jurisdiction of banking, equities and investment markets. His focus is in helping migrants transition into Australia and also guiding investors on investment solutions, including those seeking Significant Investor Visa (SIV). Daniel previously held senior positions as Executive Director of two largest stockbroking companies in Malaysia, which are wholly-owned subsidiaries of listed companies on the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange.
Business Development Manager
Henry started with Prime Value in 2017 and he identifies market opportunities and advises on the development, coordination and implementation of plans for pricing and promoting the firm’s funds and services to target clients. Henry has considerable and successful track record in international banking experience; working with Citibank and ANZ in Australia, China and Hong Kong.
Marketing and Investment Director
Mei has over 20 years’ experience in wealth management, banking and accounting & taxation practice both in Australia and China. She is responsible for our growing China investor relations, serving Chinese high net worth individuals, family offices, SMSFs investment solutions and wealth creation, as well as extensive experience in the SIV program. Mei previously worked with Bank of Beijing, Ernst & Young and KPMG.
Market Director - Investment and Business
Teresa is responsible for our growing Vietnamese
and ASEAN investor relations. Before joining Prime Value Teresa had a 20 year career with the Victorian Government as Relationship Manager (Business Migration Program, Department of Economic Development) and Team Leader (International Education Division, Department of Education). Teresa speaks
Principal Consultant - South East Asia
Olivia has total of 18 years in-depth experience in business development, intelligence and equipped with a global portfolio dealing with international and ASEAN markets. Prior to joining Prime Value, she worked for Victoria State Government, Skilled and Business Migration Department as Significant Investment Migration Director, South East Asia and an Australian wealth management firm, Real Asset Management Group. Olivia speaks fluent English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Bahasa Melayu.
Investor Relations Executive & Executive Assistant to the CEO
Brittany is the Executive Assistant to the CEO and is responsible for investor relations along with operational and administration matters. Prior to joining Prime Value, Brittany has experience providing executive support globally and managing events.
Client Services Manager
Riza has over 10 years’ experience as a team coach working in unit registry and in the financial services industry operations, service, superannuation, investments, insurance and wrap platforms. Riza is passionate in giving the best service, introducing innovation, streamlining and automating processes to give our clients/investors the best experience dealing with us. Riza also believes in the power of communication, engagement and a unifying purpose to achieve amazing outcomes within the business.
Client Services Executive
Julie manages the client database and is responsible for client administration and services. Prior to joining Prime Value in 2005, Julie worked for WMC and Macquarie Bank in various client service roles.
Dora has an extensive customer service background with over 15 years of experience globally. She is responsible for client administration and assists with the smooth running of the office. After moving to Australia and prior to joining Prime Value, Dora worked for Colliers International and UNSW Global, in Sydney.
Client Services Executive
Serena manages the client database and is responsible for client administration and services. Prior to joining Prime Value in 2016, she was a Senior Officer in ANZ Global Markets. Serena has over 8 years of experience in the banking industry and holds a Bachelor degree in Commerce (Accounting).
Financial Controller and Compliance Officer
Wayne joined Prime Value in 2005 and his responsibilities include financial and management accounting, administration and compliance for the Group. He oversees a team that is responsible for unit pricing, unit registry, trade processing, accounting and taxation. Wayne has more than 20 years of operational experience in the funds management industry. Prior to joining Prime Value, he was investment administration manager at HSBC Asset Management (Australia) Limited, responsible for trade processing, accounting and reporting for all the managed funds. His previous roles include operations manager of Norwich Trusts Limited and the accounting and taxation manager at Portfolio Partners.
Manager Finance and Administration
Sy Cheau is responsible for the finance and administration function of Prime Value. She also provides assistance to the investment team in analysing biotech stocks. Prior to joining Prime Value in 1998, Sy Cheau worked as a research scientist at Hong Kong University. She completed a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment in 2001 and is a member of the Securities Institute of Australia. Sy Cheau is a director of Shakespeare Property Group and a number of private companies.
Accounting & Tax Manager
Rachel joined Prime Value in 2012 and her responsibilities include the accounting and taxation function of the Prime Value Funds, unit pricing and special projects. Prior to joining Prime Value, she worked as a tax consultant in Melbourne and as a company auditor in PwC Malaysia. She is close to completing her CFA qualifications.
Anne is responsible for the accounting and taxation function of Prime Value and Shakespeare Property Group. Prior to joining Prime Value in early 2001, Anne worked as the investment accountant for Shell Australia Superannuation Fund, Shell Australia Contributory Pension Fund and Shell Coals Fund. She has held a number of accounting positions in Coles-Myer and Ernst & Young. Anne has more than 25 years accounting experience in the investment industry.
Fund Accountant & IT Coordinator
Ganesh joined Prime Value in 2005 and is responsible for accounting for Prime Value Funds and property funds. His previous work includes system development and accounting work for a major software and system developer in Sri Lanka.
Winnie joined Prime Value in December 2017 and she is jointly responsible for unit pricing, accounting and taxation of Prime Value Funds. She had 7 years as an assistant accountant in the automotive sector and service industry prior to joining Prime Value. She was involved in conducting business reviews, implementing budget trackers and preparing month-end reports. She completed a Master of Applied Finance in 2011 and is completing her CPA and CFA qualifications.
Assistant Fund Accountant
Trisha joined Prime Value in September 2019 and she is responsible for unit pricing, accounting and taxation of Prime Value equity and property funds. She graduated with Bachelor of Commerce from Monash University in May 2019 and is currently completing her CPA.