Investment Team

Prasad Patkar

Prasad Patkar

Head of Qualitative Investments

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Prasad has more than 15 years’ investment management experience.

Prior to joining Platypus Prasad was the Chief Investment Officer with Audant Investments Pty Ltd, joining that company in 2001. The role carried executive responsibility for the performance of all asset classes for the Whyte Family Office including listed equities, alternative investments, property, operating businesses and private equity investments.

Prasad has a Bachelor of Commerce from Bombay University, is a Graduate Member of the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India, and holds an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management, Sydney.

Peter Brooke

Peter Brooke

Head of Quantitative Investments

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Peter joined Platypus in January 2008. In addition to managing the quantitative portfolios, he is responsible for all aspects of quantitative research. From May 2006, Peter worked as a quantitative analyst with MIR Investment Management. During this period, he worked on various research projects and in quantitative portfolio management.

Peter has an Master of Science in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Durham, UK and a PhD in Physics from Macquarie University, Sydney.

Gary Adamson

Gary Adamson

Chief Executive Officer

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Gary has more than thirty years’ experience in financial markets. Prior to joining Platypus in 2003 he worked privately, advising high net worth individuals in regard to global portfolio investment. Until 2000 Gary spent seven years with Credit Suisse First Boston, the latter four years as Director, Head of Foreign Exchange distribution for non-Japanese Asia, Australia and NZ.

Donald Williams

Donald Williams

Co-founder

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Don has more than 25 years’ experience in the world’s financial markets working in research, trading and funds management.

Immediately prior to establishing Platypus Asset Management in 1998, Don spent four years with Credit Suisse First Boston in proprietary trading. Don’s primary focus was managing a trading book in equities and commodities as well as conducting the fundamental research for the group’s commodity positions. From 1990-1994 he worked for AMP Investments Ltd, initially as a commodities analyst and then as a portfolio manager. The commodities research role involved forecasting a number of key variables that were employed by the economics and equity groups. In 1993, Don moved to a specialist small companies team that managed small companies’ portfolios totalling A$500 million.

Don has a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics, Sydney University and is an Affiliate of the Securities Institute of Australia.

MarkHearne

Mark Hearne

Distribution Director

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Mark has joined Platypus as Distribution Director, responsible for Institutional Sales and Middle Markets.  Mark has over 20 years experience in the finance industry gained in the UK and Australian market. Mark started his career in banking in the UK before moving into Financial Planning and Asset Management, working for both National Westminster Bank and Scottish Widows.

Upon moving to Australia in 2008, Mark has held a number of senior roles with Perpetual, AMP Capital and Zurich covering Business Development and Key Account Management. Mark holds Chartered Status via the Chartered Institute of Insurance in the UK, a UK CFP and an Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning via Pinnacle Australia.

Jelena Stevanovic

Jelena Stevanovic

Portfolio Manager/Senior Analyst

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Jelena joined Platypus in October 2008 from Deloitte, where she worked in corporate finance as a valuations senior analyst. In this role Jelena was involved in various industry and company valuation projects and the provision of supporting research reports. Prior to this Jelena worked in Deloitte’s Pricing and Economics Group, where she was involved in assessing international related party transactions, debt pricing, and the preparation of supporting research reports.

Jelena has a Bachelor of Economics and a Graduate Diploma of Tax Law, both from Sydney University.

Kelli Meagher

Kelli Meagher

Senior Analyst

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Kelli joined Platypus in February 2017, adding significant value and experience to the qualitative investments team.

Kelli has more than 18 years of investment experience. Starting as an analyst at AMP Capital, Kelli has held a number of portfolio management positions for both boutique and large fund managers in Australia and the UK, managing stocks across a broad range of sectors and market capitalisations. Prior to joining Platypus, Kelli established a mid and small cap boutique funds management business, Arete Investment Partners, and served as an executive director and portfolio manager where she was also responsible for trading, risk, compliance, and marketing.

Kelli has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Queensland, is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation from the CFA Institute.

Brendan Warton

Brendan Warton

Analyst

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Brendan joined Platypus in 2007 and has recently joined the investment team as a junior analyst. Prior to this he was responsible for portfolio administration.

Brendan has a Bachelor of Business from the University of Western Sydney (Economics and Finance).

Michael Mann

Michael Mann

Quantitative Analyst

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Michael joined Platypus in 2012, adding to the depth of the business’s significant in-house quantitative capability. Michael has more than 18 years’ experience in programming/ quantitative environments, most recently as senior programmer with Susquehanna (finance/hedge fund). He has also worked for Olympia Capital Management (fund of hedge funds) in Paris.

Michael has a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) and a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Newcastle.

Amy Hallihan

Amy Hallihan

Head of Operations

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Amy joined Platypus in 2010 from Australian Unity Investments, and is responsible for supporting the investment team in the areas of environmental, social and governance analysis. She is also responsible for Platypus’ information technology.

Amy's career began at KPMG, working in information risk management and financial services consulting for a range of clients—undertaking risk reviews, business process reviews, systems implementations and the development of business cases.

Amy has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Science, both from Deakin University, and a Graduate Certificate of Change Management from the Australian Graduate School of Management, Sydney.

Ying Wang

Ying Wang

Quantitative Analyst

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Ying joined Platypus in December 2015 to help support the growth of the systematic team. Ying previously worked as Senior Consultant in the Enterprise Performance Solutions team at Price Waterhouse Coopers, where she provided technical support for a variety of business operations. During her time at PwC, Ying also worked on customer relationship management systems, and helped implement file security for PwC Exchange. Prior to PwC, Ying was an Analyst Programmer at Rostima Ltd, where she worked on their core algorithms.

Ying has a Master of Applied Science (Computer Science) from RMIT University and a Master of Commerce (Finance) from the University of Sydney.

Steven Best

Steven Best

Head of Compliance

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Steven joined Platypus in 2000 and is responsible for Platypus’ compliance as well as monitoring performance and reporting to institutional clients. Prior to this he spent two years at Vodafone and nine years at the Commonwealth Bank in administration and operational roles.