Arthur Naoumidis – Chief Executive Officer
With two decades as an IT consultant under his belt, Arthur moved into financial services, building operating systems and investment administration platforms for high profile broking houses and fund managers, before founding the very successful Praemium portfolio business, which listed in 2006.
Arthur’s belief in the power of technology to transform markets, improve efficiency and engage consumers led him to introduce some of the advanced concepts he helped pioneer in the equity markets to the property sector, a market that has been relatively unchanged for generations.
To drive this forward he founded DomaCom Limited, now an ASX listed company (ASX:DCL), in 2011.
The result is fractional investment established on an improved technology platform delivered via a unique legal structure, effectively breaking down high cost assets into affordable parcels enabling all Australians to participate in these assets with low entry levels.
The application of his vision is currently seen in the fractional property market and will soon be available in affordable housing solutions, corporate bonds, lending and equity release for senior Australians.
Ross Laidlaw – Executive Director
Ross has spent over 25 years in Financial Services, and has deep and expansive experience within markets in Australasia, Europe and America.
His strength lies in the development of start-up or green field developments and driving them into fully fledged and profitable businesses. Ross was CEO of the successful Skandia Platform for over 8 years (1999 to 2008) developing it into a leading Platform that was well supported by independent financial planners.
Prior to being transferred to Skandia’s European business the business had $15 billion in AUM and employed over 200 staff. Ross has held a number of directorships including the Australian businesses, Skandia’s joint venture in Mainland China, Skandia’s Fund Management Company in Ireland and American Skandia’s Broker Dealer group.
Ross has recently returned to Australia after working for Sweden’s largest Asset Management business in the capacity of Head of the Baltics and International sales. Ross is a qualified Chartered Accountant, and Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.
Grahame Evans – Non-Executive Chairman
Grahame has been extensively involved with the financial services industry for over 30 years.
He has held a variety of board positions including Chairman of Australian, Canadian, Singaporean & Chinese investment & advice businesses and also as a director of Malaysian and New Zealand companies. He is a regular speaker at conferences both in Australia and overseas and holds an MBA from the prestigious Australian Graduate School of Management, voted in the top 10 management schools in the Asian region. Grahame’s executive roles have included CEO Investments for Tower Australia, Managing Director, AMP Consulting and Group Managing Director of Centrepoint Wealth. He is currently an executive director of GPS Wealth. At 32, Grahame was the youngest Australian ever to be appointed to the board of an Australian life insurance company.
Graeme Billings – Non-Executive Director
Graeme has been a chartered accountant since 1977. He retired from PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2011 after 34 years where he was a senior partner in the Assurance practice. Graeme is a former head of the Melbourne Assurance practice as well as leading the Firm’s Australian and Global Industrial Products businesses. He has extensive experience in providing assurance, governance, transaction and consulting services to multi-national and national companies in the automotive, manufacturing, consumer goods and construction industries. Graeme was also a regular media commentator on the Industrial Products sector.
Graeme is now an advisor to various companies as well as acting as a non-executive director for a number of public and private companies in the financial services, manufacturing, retail and construction sectors.
David Archbold – Non-Executive Director
David has over 45 years experience in the property industry in Australia. Prior to the establishment of International Property Group Pty Limited in 1991, David was Executive Director – International, for Colliers Jardine and Executive General Manager of Hooker Corporation. Previously he was Managing Director of Baillieu Knight Frank (SA) Pty Ltd, then Managing Director of Baillieu Knight Frank (NSW) and a Director/Partner of the Australian Company.
In particular he reviews and analyses corporate property portfolios.
David has a detailed understanding and experience in the domestic and international property markets. He identifies investment and development opportunities for our Asian clients, and provides specialised advice to the banking sector, accounting and legal professions to maximise their client’s property performance.
He was appointed to advise the South Australian Asset Management Corporation on restructuring the $4 billion property portfolio of the former State Bank of South Australia.
He was a member of the Board of the Asset Management Task Force in South Australia, responsible for overseeing the sale and upgrading of Government assets. He was also appointed to the Property Divestment Steering Committee by the South Australian Government.
From July 1995 to June 2004, David was a member of the Board of the Motor Accident Commission (formerly known as the State Government Insurance Commission) which is responsible for third party insurance and a number of government assets.
Peter Church OAM – Non-Executive Director
Peter Church OAM has joined the Board of DomaCom in August 2015.
Peter has had an outstanding career, much of which has been spent in South East Asia where he has implemented strategies for investors and those seeking to develop and carry on business, as well as other related corporate advisory activities.
Peter was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 1994 by the Australian Government for promotion of business between Australia and South East Asia. His current appointments include Executive Chairman of the AFG Venture Group, Special Counsel at Stephenson Harwood, Non Executive Director at ASX-listed OM Holdings Limited, Elara Capital PLC, and Non Executive Chairman of Bangkok International Associates. He is also the Adjunct Professor at Curtin University Business School.
Peter’s knowledge and experience will prove invaluable as DomaCom expands into Asia with our first office having opened in Singapore earlier this year.
Cathryn Nolan – Co-Founder
Cathryn has spent more than 20 years working as a corporate and commercial lawyer with experience across a range of industries, with particular focus on equity markets, technology and large projects. Prior to joining DomaCom, Cathryn was an executive director and the General Counsel of ASX listed Praemium Limited (ASX:PPS) where she had responsibility for the legal, compliance and regulatory aspects of all group operations, including the development of unique legal structures for the deployment of that company’s technologies in the UK.
One of the original founders, Cathryn initially acted as General Counsel, Company Secretary and later as Head of Compliance, providing thought leadership and designing solutions enabling the creation of DomaCom’s unique features within a retail financial product offering framework. Currently, Cathryn’s main focus is on new product solutions.
Graham Gorman – Responsible Manager, Securities
Over the years Graham moved from his Engineering background into several General Management roles then into the Management Consulting field before finally entering the Securities Industry. He has over 25 years experience in the investment advice industry in full service stockbroking and wealth management roles. He was a Partner and Director with SHAW Stockbroking Limited (now Shaw and Partners) as well as holding senior executive positions with Macquarie Private Wealth and ABN Amro Morgans.
In more recent years, Graham has also focused on providing advice to self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) trustees. Graham specialises in complex hybrid offerings including fixed income, bonds, derivatives, warrants and other complex alternative products.
As Responsible Manager for Securities he will help DomaCom develop and launch fractionalised securities related products like corporate bonds and other special opportunities.
Senior Management Team
Warren Gibson – General Manager, Sales and Marketing
Warren began his career in financial services in 1983 as an investment adviser, moving into financial planning then corporate and business development roles, including the role of dealer principal and several company directorships.
He established one of the first specialist marketing and business development consultancies in the financial planning industry before joining Arthur Naoumidis in 2002 as Director of Sales and Marketing for a new technology provider which became Australia’s fastest growing portfolio administration service. By late 2011, when he left this service, funds under administration had grown to AU$43 Billion administered on behalf of several hundred accountants, financial advisers, SMSF administrators and stockbrokers for tens of thousands of their investor clients.
Warren brings 32 years of financial services knowledge and experience to DomaCom together with a passion to build markets and deliver exciting new developments to financial advisers and their clients.
Sophie Ioannou – Chief Compliance and Risk Officer
Sophie is a compliance and risk management professional with over 20 years of financial services experience in asset management and investment banking. Sophie specialises in supporting businesses build sustainable compliance and risk management frameworks during time of regulatory and organisational change. Sophie has served in senior executive management roles within blue chip organisations such as Goldman Sachs, JBWere and IOOF.
During her time, Sophie has implemented complex legislative changes such as AML/CTF, FSRA, Privacy Act and MIA and developed oversight programs to support key functions outsourced and offshored to external third parties (at a local and global level).
Sophie has overall responsibility for the management of compliance and risk functions within DomaCom. She brings a modern and commercial hands on approach in compliance and risk management methodologies, sharing best practice.
Jason Bennett – Head of Property
Jason has been working in the property industry for over 23 years. During this time he has dealt with and negotiated on a wide range of different property situations.
With a background of property agency, Jason was a joint principal of two significant property agencies that covered both the residential and non-residential property markets. Combined, these agencies managed over 1,500 residential properties and 230 commercial, retail and industrial buildings.
Jason has provided property consulting and agency services to banks, high net worth’s and the funds management industry and has also acted as a responsible manager on several Australian Financial Service Licence’s.
Through his appointments Jason worked though the USA managing a portfolio that grew to 400,000 sqm, ~US$760,000,000. This role as the Fund Manager included delivering leasing and sales strategies for the portfolio to build its income and capital value and working with the capital structure to achieve results. The significant experience in direct property and the financial markets gained around the globe over the last 20+ years enables Jason to assess situations quickly, determine a course of action and implement the strategy.
Through his roles as responsible manager, Jason also has a strong understanding of the financial services sector, structuring and its compliance requirements.
Jason brings to DomaCom his substantial direct property and funds management experience to work in developing a seamless property transaction and ongoing property management experience for the platform.
Sean Crisp – Platform Client Service Manager
Sean has over 20 years of experience within the finance industry across a variety of roles within Compliance, data migration, project management, staff management, production support, business development and client relationships.
Managing strong growth with extensive financial markets and securities knowledge in Custody, Superannuation, Trustee and Funds management industries in particular.
Sean has worked for ANZ, Perpetual, NAB and RBC, through several roles covering a broad range of roles as Business Development, Production Support, Client Service and Project Managers.
As Platform/Client Service Manager Sean’s role within DomaCom covers operational management responsibility of the Platform and Client Service of the advisers/third parties that will be utilising the system.
Philip Chard – Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary
Philip has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. As a senior manager at Deloitte he provided assurance and advisory services within the funds management and investment banking sectors.
Subsequently he has held a broad range of financial control and reporting positions within the property, funds management and banking sectors.
He has a strong understanding of the requirements of working within highly regulated industries and the reporting obligations of listed companies. He has a proven track record of designing and implementing robust internal control and reporting systems.
Paul Zaman – Managing Director DomaCom Pte Ltd Singapore
As the Managing Director of DomaCom Singapore, Paul Zaman heads up the Singapore operations which supports licensed wealth and financial advisors to accredited investors.
Paul Zaman is a long term permanent resident, formally heading up ING Barings Securities Asian equity research for telecommunication sector and also a Director of Strategy at the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore.
Prior to that Paul led the successful T1 initial public offering of Telstra, the largest IPO in the world at that time. Paul is active member of both the AICD and SID. He has a BSC in Quantum Mechanics, MSC and MBA.