At Barrenjoey, all ideas are celebrated equally. We work and celebrate success as a team.

Brian Benari

CEO

Our people

We believe that behind every successful organisation is a great team. And while our people may not be on our balance sheet, they are our most valuable asset. Our teams have diverse skills and backgrounds and we value and respect their unique differences and views. Everyone contributes to our success – from the client-facing teams that deliver exceptional advice and services to our support teams that keep Barrenjoey running safely every day.

Our roles

Hear from some of the team on what they do at Barrenjoey and outside of work
Maria Milis

Fixed Income Sales

I work in our Fixed Income Team and cover institutional investors and government across their cash bonds and interest rate management needs. My specific area of focus is across the credit and securitisation markets and work closely with our Corporate Finance teams in the placement of debt capital.
Bernice Tan

Corporate Finance

I work in the Power, Utilities, Infrastructure and Telecommunications (PUIT) team that sits within the Corporate Finance division at Barrenjoey. Our team provides financial advice to clients across the PUIT sector, which can include work across buyside and sell side M&A, debt advisory, equity and debt capital markets issuances and corporate restructuring.
Tarinee De Silva

Electronic Trading and Sales

I work in Barrenjoey’s Electronic Execution team. My job is to provide our clients with the best tools in the equity market to trade and then advise them on how to use them. Our team is doing what few in Australia have attempted. We are building a complete client trading platform from scratch.
Mark Bellofiore

Equity Capital Markets

I’m a member of our Equity Capital Markets team that sits within Corporate Finance. We help companies raise equity both on the ASX and privately.
Brigitte Levins

Middle Office

I work within the Middle Office team supporting our Equities Financing business. Working closely with clients throughout the trade life cycle for efficient end to end trade flow and an optimal client experience.
Nandini Vaiyapuri

Technology

I am part of the Architecture and Engineering team. I primarily take care of the trading integration side of the technology where I assist with the design and build of the integration framework between various vendor systems.

Our experience

Meet some of our highly experienced team

Our experience

Meet some of our highly experienced team
Louise Boreham

Head of Operations

Louise has extensive operational expertise in capital markets across product, process, regulation and control. As Head of Operations, Louise has leadership and product responsibilities across all aspects of equities, fixed income, derivatives and client onboarding.

Dyson Bowditch

Co-Head of ECM

As Co-Head of Equity Capital Markets (ECM), Dyson provides advice to our clients across multiple sectors on raising capital, structuring and distribution.
Prior to joining Barrenjoey in 2021, Dyson spent four years at JP Morgan where he was most recently Head of ECM for Australia and New Zealand. 

Anthony Brasher

Corporate Finance

Anthony is an experienced investment banker with over 20 years’ experience in the industry. As Head of the Financial Services & Technology Group (FST), he provides strategic advice to global financial institutions and technology clients on mergers and acquisitions, capital raisings and corporate restructuring.

Gavin Buchanan

Group CFO and Group Treasurer

Gavin has over 25 years of broad investment banking, wealth management, treasury and finance experience gained in large global investment banks and prudentially regulated institutions. Before joining Barrenjoey, Gavin was Deputy CFO and Group Treasurer at Challenger where he spent almost 14 years.

Jacqui Byrnes

Chief Operating Officer, Fixed Income

Jacqui has over 25 years of financial services experience working in Australia and Asia. Prior to joining Barrenjoey in 2020, Jacqui spent 16 years at UBS Australia as FX, Rates and Credit Senior Business Manager/COO, focusing on Australia and also the global Flow Rates business. 

Lisa Carroll

Chief Operating Officer, Corporate Finance and Head of Group Strategy Execution

Lisa has almost 30 years’ experience working in various roles in the financial services industry. As Head of Strategy Execution, she is responsible for strategy implementation including the design, establishment and execution of change management initiatives across all Barrenjoey businesses. 

Matthew Grounds AM

Co-Executive Chairman

Matthew has been involved in investment banking for over 30 years. He is one of Australia’s most experienced corporate advisers and has been responsible for a number of landmark transactions for Australian and global organisations.

Duncan Haig

Head of Fixed Income

Duncan has worked in financial markets for 35 years. He spent 28 years at UBS and was most recently the Global Co-Head of Flow Rates. Prior to that, he led UBS’s Australian Foreign Exchange, Rates and Credit business.

 

Matt Hanning

Chair of Corporate Finance

Matt has over 28 years’ broad experience across investment banking, private equity and law, with roles in Australia, London and Hong Kong. He spent 10 years at UBS where he was Head of the Asia Pacific investment banking operations. 

Jabe Jerram

Co-Head of ECM

Jabe has over 15 years of investment banking experience. As Co-Head of Equity Capital Markets (ECM), Jabe provides advice to our clients across multiple sectors on raising equity capital, structuring and distribution. 

Paul Early

Corporate Finance - Perth

Paul has over 28 years of experience in legal and banking and finance roles working in Sydney, Hong Kong and Perth. Prior to joining Barrenjoey was Co Head of Barclays Australia and responsible for providing advice and capital solutions to Natural Resource companies in the APAC region.

George Kanaan

Head of Cash Equities

George has worked in financial markets for over 30 years. He joined Barrenjoey from UBS Australia where he ran the consistently-ranked number one Institutional Cash Equities business for 15 years.

Jarrod Key

Head of Corporate Finance

Jarrod has over 20 years’ experience in investment banking. At Barrenjoey, he is responsible for providing strategic advice to clients in the infrastructure, power and utilities sectors on mergers and acquisitions, capital raisings and corporate restructurings.

Li-Enn Koo

Head of People and Culture

Li-Enn has extensive experience helping shape and influence the people and culture strategy of a number of global firms. Before joining Barrenjoey, she held regional Asia HR leadership roles, based in Hong Kong and Sydney, for QBE Insurance, Barclays Bank, Morgan Stanley and law firm, Mallesons.

Maria Milis

Fixed Income Sales

Maria has more than 20 years’ experience in the fixed income markets. Her expertise is in providing senior sales coverage to clients on Australian Dollar / New Zealand Dollar credit and rates products, with a recent focus on credit and securitisation markets.

Lee Newton

Head of Compliance and Anti-Financial Crime

Lee has significant regulatory, investigative and analytical experience and extensive working knowledge and understanding of the Australian financial services sector regulatory framework.

Melanie Shummen

Head of Corporate Access

As Head of Corporate Access, Melanie works in our Equities business to connect institutional investors and corporate clients. She is responsible for managing sector-specific conferences, roadshows and industry expert events.

Fiona Shoobert

Head of Corporate Services

Fiona has over 25 years’ experience in Corporate Services. She joined Barrenjoey from Deutsche Bank where she was Head of Corporate Services for 15 years. She has extensive experience managing real estate projects across various global locations. 

Craig Stafford

Head of Research

Before joining Barrenjoey, Craig spent 23 years at UBS where he held several roles including 6 years as Associate Director of Research helping lead the No.1 Research franchise in Australia, Global Sector Strategist Infrastructure & Utilities and Executive Director Equities Sales.

Klaudia Szargawinska

Chief Operating Officer, Equities

Klaudia has over 10 years’ experience in the financial industry in London and Sydney. She has extensive Equities product knowledge with a strong skillset in project management, business planning, implementation and risk management.

Erin Tinker

Corporate Finance

Erin works in our Corporate Finance team advising clients in the general industrials sector and providing expertise on mergers and acquisitions to support large and complex transactions.

Chris Williams

Head of Equities

Chris has been involved in financial markets for over 22 years and for the past 6 years led the No.1 equities franchise in Australia at UBS. Previously, he oversaw UBS’s leading Company Research business (and was a lead ranked Financial Institutions Sector Head).

Patrick Ibbett

Head of Risk

Patrick has over 15 years’ experience in financial services, predominantly in market risk roles. He has deep experience in optimising and analysing market risk across all asset classes with a focus on foreign exchange, interest rates, credit and equities.

Peter Watson

Corporate Finance - Perth

Peter has over 25 years of natural resources investment banking experience having worked in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. He provides strategic advice to clients both in Australia and internationally on domestic and cross border mergers and acquisitions, takeover defence and equity and debt capital raisings.

 

Our Board

Our Board is diverse and highly credentialed combining the leadership and functional expertise of independent and executive directors. They are responsible for the supervision and effective governance of Barrenjoey.
David Gonski AC

Independent Non-Executive Chairman

David is Chancellor of the University of New South Wales, Chairman of the UNSW Foundation Ltd and President of the Art Gallery of NSW Trust. He is also Chairman of Sydney Airport and Chairman of Levande Living, a member of the Board of the Lowy Institute for International Policy, a non-executive Member of LeapFrog Investment’s Global Leadership Council, a Patron of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation and Raise Foundation and a Founding Panel Member of Adara Partners.
Kelly O'Dwyer

Non-Executive Director

Kelly is a Non-Executive Director of ASX listed Home Consortium and Equity Trustees. She previously served as a Member of Federal Cabinet and Cabinet’s Expenditure Review Committee holding a number of senior economic portfolios.
Paul Compton

Non-Executive Director, Global Head of Investment Banking & President of Barclays Bank PLC

Paul Compton is Global Head of Investment Banking and President of Barclays Bank PLC (BBPLC), and a member of the Group Executive Committee of Barclays, based in New York. Paul previously served as President of BBPLC, and as Barclays Group Chief Operating Officer, and as Chief Executive Officer of Barclays Execution Services.
Andrew Formica

Non-Executive Director, Executive Chairman of Magellan Financial Services

Andrew has 30 years’ experience in leading and growing investment businesses within the funds management industry globally, 14 years of which were as CEO. Most recently, Andrew was Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Director of Jupiter Asset Management plc.
Annette Spencer

General Counsel

Annette has over 25 years of financial services experience working in Singapore, the US and Australia. Prior to joining Barrenjoey in 2020, Annette spent 23 years at UBS most recently as General Counsel.
Brian Benari

Chief Executive Officer

Brian has been involved in financial services for over 30 years, most recently as CEO of Challenger Limited, a role he held for seven years. Prior to that he was CFO/COO for four years and Chief Executive of their debt financing and securitisation division for five years

Guy Fowler, OAM

Co-Executive Chairman

Guy has been involved in financial markets for over 30 years. He spent 27 years at UBS Australia in various roles including Head of Corporate Finance and prior to that Head of Equity Capital Markets. He was instrumental in building and running the most successful investment banking franchise in Australia for over three decades.

Strategic Advisor

Ken MacKenzie

Strategic Advisor

Ken has been a Director of BHP Group Limited and BHP Group Plc since September 2016. He was appointed BHP Chair with effect from 1 September 2017. Ken has extensive global and executive experience, and a deeply strategic approach.