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

Brian Benari


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
Victoria Read

Corporate Finance

I am a Founding Principal in Corporate Finance, working across the general industrials group, as well as our M&A team.
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.
Eric Jeong


I work in the General Counsel team looking after the financial markets businesses relating to both equities and fixed income.
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.
Dave Tan

People & Culture

I am part of the People & Culture team as a People & Culture Advisor – Operations. In my role, I help with delivering HR operational support relating to onboarding, HRIS data management, learning and other HR initiatives.
Nandini Vaiyapuri


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

Head of 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 almost 28 years. He spent 27 years at UBS and was most recently the Global Co-Head of Flow Rates. Prior to that, he led UBS’s Australian and New Zealand foreign exchange, rates and credit franchise.

Matt Hanning

Head 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. 

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.

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. 

George Kanaan

Head of Cash Equities

George has worked in financial markets for over 27 years. He joined Barrenjoey from UBS Australia where he ran the consistently-ranked number one Institutional Cash Equities business for 15 years.

Jarrod Key

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.

Jill Valentine

Head of Communications

Jill has been working in the financial services industry for over 20 years. At Barrenjoey, she is responsible for managing our brand and reputation. Her role covers internal and external communication, sustainability governance and community partnerships. 

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).

David Williams

Chief Technology Officer

David has over 30 years’ experience delivering technology across wholesale financial markets in the UK and Australia. In his role as Chief Technology Officer, David is responsible for all facets of technology from applications, infrastructure, architecture, site reliability and data security.

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, President of the Art Gallery of NSW Trust, and Chairman of the UNSW Foundation Ltd. He is Chairman of the Sydney Airport Corporation board, a member of the board of the Lowy Institute for International Policy, amongst others.
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.
Craig Wright

Non-Executive Director

Craig Wright is the Head of Magellan Capital Partners, the private investments group of Magellan Financial Group Limited. Craig joined Magellan in March 2014 and, in addition to his role of overseeing Magellan’s private investments, carries day-to-day responsibility for Magellan’s corporate and product development and oversight of the company’s IT network and infrastructure.
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 25 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 Mortgage Finance division for five years.
John Cincotta

Co-Founder, Non-Executive Director

John has been involved in financial markets for over 30 years and was most recently Deputy CEO, COO and CRO for Deutsche Bank in Australia and New Zealand. Prior to this he worked with Chase Manhattan Bank. John brings deep and proven leadership experience across strategic execution, business operations, risk management, governance, and regulation.
Guy Fowler

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.