Senior Executive Profiles

Senior Executives

Ross E Barker
Managing Director
BSc (Hons), MBA (Melb), F Fin

Mr Barker has been a Director of the Company since May 1996 and was appointed Managing Director in February 2001. He is also Managing Director of AFIC, Djerriwarrh Investments Limited and Mirrabooka Investments Limited.  He is also Chairman of Melbourne Business School Ltd. 

Geoffrey N Driver
General Manager, Business Development and Investor Relations
B Ec, Grad Dip Finance, MAICD

Mr Driver joined the Company in January 2003.  Previously, he was with National Australia Bank Ltd for 18 years in various roles covering business strategy, marketing, distribution, investor relations and business operations.  Mr Driver is Deputy Chairman of Trust for Nature (Victoria). 

R Mark Freeman
Chief Investment Officer
BE, MBA, Grad Dip App Fin (Sec Inst), AMP (INSEAD)

Mr Freeman has been Chief Investment Officer since joining the Company in February 2007.  Prior to this he was a Partner with Goldman Sachs JBWere where he spent 12 years advising the Investment Companies on their investment and dealing activities. He has a deep knowledge and experience of investments markets and the Company’s approaches, policies and processes. 

Andrew JB Porter
Chief Financial Officer
MA (Hons) (St And), FCA, MAICD

Mr Porter joined the Company in January 2005.  He is a Chartered Accountant and has had over 21 years' experience in accounting and financial management both in the United Kingdom with Andersen Consulting and Credit Suisse First Boston and in Australia where he was Regional Chief Operating Officer for the Corporate and Investment Banking Division of CSFB.  He is also a non-executive Director of the Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital and a member of the National Executive of the G100, the peak body for CFOs.

Matthew J Rowe
Company Secretary
BA (Hons), MSc Corp Gov, FGIA, FCIS

Mr Rowe joined the Company in July 2016. He is a Chartered Secretary with over 10 years of experience in corporate governance with a particular focus in listed investment companies. He was previously a corporate governance advisor at a professional services firm which included acting as Company Secretary for three ASX listed companies.  Prior to that Mr Rowe was the Company Secretarial Manager for a Funds Management Company based in the United Kingdom.