Leadership Team

Steven James​

Chief Executive Officer Steven James has over 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry. He has held senior roles at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, National Australia Bank and Westpac, and was also a foreign exchange dealer at Deutsche Bank and Bank of America. Steven has, over time, built up a detailed knowledge of the FX trading, financial planning and stock-broking financial market segments.

Prof. John R Hewson AM

Non-Executive Chair Dr Hewson has had several careers in academia, bureaucracy, business, politics, and the media. He is currently a Professor in the Crawford School of Public Policy at ANU, and an Adjunct Professor at Curtin, UTS, Canberra and Griffith Universities, as well as a former Professor and Head of the School of Economics at UNSW, and Professor of Management and Dean Macquarie Graduate School of Management at Macquarie University.

Philip Chard

Company Secretary and Chief Financial Officer Philip has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry with a proven track record of designing and implementing robust internal controls and reporting systems. He has a strong understanding of the requirements of working within highly regulated industries and the reporting obligations of listed companies.

Ross Laidlaw

Chief Operating Officer Ross has worked in financial services for over 30 years, with deep and expansive experience across markets in Australasia, Europe and America. His strengths lie in the development of start-up or greenfield companies, and successfully transforming them into fully-fledged and profitable businesses.

George Paxton

Non-Executive Director George Paxton is a business analyst with an extensive portfolio of financial analytical skills who is currently an Executive Director at the Amalgamated Australian Investment Group. George’s previous experience includes senior positions within Pearson Plc, an FTSE 100 company, working within financial research and analysis providing banks and hedge funds with actionable intelligence and analysis.

Ross Landles

Non-Executive Director Ross is a dynamic and experienced financial services executive with exceptional business development and delivery skills. He has a strong banking background and brings more than 25 years of global experience as a leader in equity capital markets transactions as well as mergers and acquisitions across multiple sectors. Over the course of his working career, Ross has held senior leadership roles, including Director and Managing Director titles with global financial institutions Rothschild Bank AG, Credit Suisse AG, UBS AG and Macquarie Bank Ltd.