Board of Directors
Chris Knoblanche, B.Comm, CA, FCPA
Chairman and Non-executive Director. Member of the PGF Audit Committee. Member of the PGF Nomination and Corporate Governance Committee.
Mr Knoblanche has over 36 years experience in the financial markets in corporate strategy, financing, risk control and management. Mr Knoblanche's previous executive experience includes serving as Managing Director and Head of Citigroup Corporate and Investment Banking Australia & NZ, partner in Caliburn (now Greenhill Investment Bank) and CEO of Andersen Australia and Andersen Business Consulting — Asia.
Mr Knoblanche is currently Chairman and Non-executive Director of HiPages Limited, Non-executive Director of Latitude Financial Insurance (Hallmark companies), and PM Capital Asian Opportunities Fund Limited. Boards on which Mr Knoblanche has previously served include: Environment Protection Authority of NSW; iSelect Limited; Aussie Home Loans Limited; Greencross Limited; The Australian Ballet; and Australian Business Arts Foundation.
Mr Knoblanche holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Financial Management) and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA) and Fellow of the Australian Society of CPA's (FCPA). In 2014 Mr Knoblanche was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to arts administration, the community and the business and finance sector. In 2000 Mr Knoblanche was awarded the Centenary Medal by the Australian Government for services to the arts and business.
Brett Spork, B.Bus
Indepedent Non-executive Director. Chairman of the Nomination and Corporate Governance Committee. Chairman of the PGF Audit Committee.
Mr Spork has over 28 years’ experience in the financial markets industry as a trader, advisor and senior manager, both within Australia and overseas. He currently provides consulting services to a broad range of financial institutions. Such consulting services comprise the provision of commercial, business development and regulatory advice. Previously, Mr Spork was the Chief Executive Officer of InvestorFirst Limited and BTIG Australia Limited.
During the period 2002 to 2006, Mr Spork was the Chief Executive Officer of E*Trade Australia Limited. Before joining E*Trade Australia Limited, he worked at Macquarie Bank for 14 years, the latter part as an Executive Director of Macquarie Financial Services. Mr Spork also serves as Non-executive director of Clime Investment Management Limited, a Director of APP Securities Limited and as Chairman and Non-executive Director of PM Capital Asian Opportunities Fund Limited.
Mr Spork holds a Bachelor of Business from the Queensland University of Technology. In 2004, he was recognised by the Australian Stockbrokers Foundation and admitted to its “Hall of Fame”.
Ben Skilbeck, B.Eng (Hons) B.Comm
Executive Director. Member of the PGF Audit Committee. Member of the PGF Nomination and Corporate Governance Committee.
Mr Skilbeck has over 25 years’ experience in financial markets. He joined the Investment Manager of the Company in February 2015 as the Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) and is responsible for implementing and contributing to the determination of the operational and strategic objectives of the Investment Manager’s business. Mr Skilbeck has an Investment Banking background, having worked in both Australia and the US with Merrill Lynch and Credit Suisse, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance advisory.
Before joining the Investment Manager Mr Skilbeck was most recently the CEO of Rismark, a provider of quantitative research solutions and synthetic equity exposures over the Australian residential property sector. Mr Skilbeck is also a Director of PM Capital Limited, and Director of PM Capital Asian Opportunities Fund Limited.
Mr Skilbeck attended the University of Melbourne and holds a Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) and a Bachelor of Commerce.
Richard Matthews, B.Sc. B.A. B.Ec. Grad Dip App Fin (Corporate Finance) MPA
Company Secretary. Alternate Director for Ben Skilbeck.
Mr Matthews is PM Capital Limited’s Chief Operating Officer, Head of Risk and Compliance and Company Secretary. He has over 21 years' experience in investment banking and funds management including as a Director and Chief Operating Officer of Aurora Funds Management, and a senior manager of equity capital markets at Challenger Financial Services. His overall experience includes funds management administration, establishing and administering listed/traded and unlisted investment schemes, managing equity capital market issues and/or equity swaps, and other specialised corporate structured products.
Mr Matthews is also the Alternate Director for Mr Ben Skilbeck, and Company Secretary for PM Capital Asian Opportunities Fund Limited and Company Secretary for PM Capital Limited.
Mr Matthews holds the degrees of Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, and Bachelor of Economics, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance (Corporate Finance) and a Masters of Professional Accounting.