At Zenith our mission is simple: we partner with financial advice practices to build their investment capability, monitoring and governance.
We exist to strengthen the value proposition and entrustment of financial advisers to their investing clients.
We deliver this benefit to over 140 advice practices nationally by providing investment knowledge and delivering a robust and compliant framework to select investments and manage client portfolios. We've been doing this since 2002.
Our success is built on two key principles: investment research excellence and a business model aligned with advice practice success.
Zenith’s managed funds research team is one of the largest nationally and has consistently been ranked as Australia’s leading research house over the past four years.
Our clients directly benefit from a highly experienced and stable leadership team.
BCom, GDipAppFinInv (SIA)
Investment Research veteran and financial services executive facilitating premium investment outcomes
David Wright is a Managing Partner and joint founder of Zenith Investment Partners (Zenith).
David established Zenith in October 2002 and has extensive investment industry experience. David’s role includes overall responsibility of the business and remains closely involved in servicing the Firm’s investment consulting clients with portfolio construction, management and monitoring advice.
Prior to establishing Zenith, David held senior positions within the financial services industry including IWL Ltd (Head of Research), an ASX listed company in which he was also a significant equity holder. David was instrumental in building and further developing IWL's managed investment research methodology and process and expanding the group's distribution of research to financial advisers. Other roles included Associate Director and Head of Managed Funds research at Lonsdale Limited and an analyst with the Advisor Group, a national financial planning group.
David has extensive experience researching, assessing and rating many forms of managed investments including, unlisted managed funds, listed managed investments including LIC’s, ETF’s, ETMF’s and property syndicates.
David is also a former practitioner lecturer of the Securities Institute of Australia (now FINSIA).
Founder, Established Zenith in October 2002
BBus (Ec&Fin), CAIA
Investment Consultant driven to meet the investment goals of our clients and continually enhance Zenith’s client service offering
Ben Davis is a Partner at Zenith and has over 21 years industry experience.
Ben is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) and is a member of the Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA) and the Chartered Alternatives Investment Analyst Association (CAIAA). In 2008, Ben was awarded the BlackRock sponsored CIMA Scholarship for Retail Managed Funds and Master Trust Research Analysts. Since joining Zenith, Ben has been involved in leading manager reviews across a broad range of asset classes including international equities, fixed interest, mortgages, property and alternatives. Ben has completed onsite manager reviews in several of the world’s major financial capitals across the US, Europe and Asia. Ben has also specialised in portfolio construction and the formulation of customised approved product lists for financial advisers, dealer groups and master funds and wrap account providers. This role involved chairing investment committee meetings and presenting portfolio updates to these clients on a regular basis.
Ben previously held a role as a Senior Investment Analyst at IWL Ltd, where he was a pivotal member of the manager review team. Ben commenced his finance industry career in a project management role at Bridge Information Systems, a global financial software provider, where he helped establish the software provider's presence in the Asia/Pacific region.
Joined Zenith: October 2003
BPharm, GDipAppFinInv (FINSIA), CFA, CAIA
Extensive fixed interest research experience delivering quality outcomes in consulting services
Steven joined Zenith Investment Partners in June 2008 as an investment analyst in his first role in the financial services industry. Previously Steven worked in the retail pharmacy industry as a practicing pharmacist.
Steven has extensive academic qualifications including a Bachelor of Pharmacy, Bachelor of Commerce, Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment and has successfully completed all 3 levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program. He has also completed both levels of the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) program. As such, Steven brings deep analytical skills and knowledge to his role at Zenith.
Joined Zenith: June 2008
BCom, BEng(Hons), DipFinPlan
A strong aptitude for investments and experience as a financial adviser
James holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) from Monash University.
James joins Zenith after two and a half years as an Associate Financial Adviser with financial planning firms Perpetual Private and Wattle Partners (formerly Sornem Private Wealth). At Perpetual Private, James supported several large Not-For-Profit clients including preparing quarterly investment reports. He has also had experience as lead editor for an independent investment publication.
James brings to Zenith a unique skill set that combines investment research and first-hand knowledge of the research needs of our financial planning clients.
Joined Zenith: August 2018
BBus (Ec&Fin) (App)
Proven aptitude in reporting and data analytics and committed to providing exceptional service
Saraland holds a Bachelor of Economics & Finance (Applied) Degree from RMIT University and has over 6 years of experience within the financial planning and advisory services industry.
Supported by her proven aptitude in performance reporting and data analytics, as well as her expansive knowledge in managed funds and superannuation, Saraland has joined Zenith to provide client and internal support to the Investment Consulting division.
Saraland’s extensive understanding in financial planning and investment funds management ensures that she has the essential quantitative and critical analysis skills to deliver quality results.
Joined Zenith: October 2018
A demonstrated understanding that accuracy input equates to quality output
Lalitha is an integral member of the data and client service team where she has a genuine concern for quality and detail in collecting and inputting monthly return, fund and associated benchmark data into our database. Supported by her Bachelor of Commerce degree, Lalitha can gather information from various sources, interpret the data and identify anomalies which is integral to our data integrity.
Prior to joining Zenith Lalitha worked in a variety of business sectors including Manufacturing, Telecommunications and Mortgage Broking in office support roles.
Joined Zenith: May 2017
Believes that a solid foundation ensures accurate and consistent results.
As a member of the data team, Adrienne is responsible for updating, maintaining and auditing client and fund information. Completing her Commerce Degree at Monash University, she majored in Finance, and obtained a minor in Economics.
Adrienne also has experience in Accounts Receivable and Administration for a small business.
Joined Zenith: July 2019
BSc, GDipEd, GDipFin, CFA
Adept executive focused on delivering research excellence
Bronwen commenced her career with Zenith as a Senior Investment Analyst before being appointed Head of Research in 2012. She held the position of Head of Research for seven years and is now the firm’s General Manager. Bronwen has over 24 years experience in the investment industry, specialising in the research and evaluation of equities investment managers and the provision of advice to a wide range of clients.
Prior to joining Zenith, Bronwen has held senior analyst roles with several firms, including: the Future Fund, where she was responsible for assisting the Head and Director of Equities in managing the equity component of the Fund; Lonsec, where she was responsible for research, analysis and advice on global equities and long short hedge funds; and Russell Investments, where she was responsible for the identification and evaluation of new U.S. equity manager and product prospects and the analysis and evaluation of U.S. Growth and Small Cap equity managers.
Joined Zenith: June 2011
AdvDipRurBusMgt, BBus & Associate AICD
Combining deep expertise in private market assets with ASX listed investment vehicles
Dugald is Head of Real Assets & Listed Strategies, focusing on listed and unlisted real assets (primarily property and infrastructure) as well as listed investment vehicles (Exchange Traded Funds, Listed Investment Companies/Trusts). Dugald has spent more than 19 years in the investment research industry and has expertise across a wide range of asset types, strategies, and investment structures.
Before joining Zenith, Dugald was an Associate Director at Property Investment Research, where he was responsible for the operational management of the business in the research and ratings of investment vehicles across property and agribusiness in both debt and equity. Prior to this, Dugald was a Senior Investment Analyst with a boutique provider of research into Australian agribusiness funds.
Dugald’s in-depth knowledge across his specialised fields has resulted in him being regularly sought as an industry commentator in a wide range of national media publications, industry journals and conferences.
Joined Zenith: February 2009
MAppFin, CFA, BCom
Research excellence underpinned by pragmatic global & domestic equities investment experience
Quan is the Head of Equities and is responsible for Global and Australian equities related investment products.
Prior to joining Zenith, Quan was a financial markets analyst at the Portland House Group, where he was responsible for the formulation, ongoing development and implementation of global equities investment/trading strategies.
Quan has a range of finance related academic qualifications including a Masters of Applied Finance from Macquarie University and a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Finance from The University of Melbourne. Quan is also a CFA® Charterholder.
Joined Zenith: February 2012
BCom, GDipAppFinInv (FINSIA)
Combining a deep mix of ‘buy side’ experience with bottom-up manager research expertise
Rodney has over 21 years experience in the investment management industry spanning private client advice, investment consulting, manager research and funds management.
Rodney is responsible for leading Zenith’s Alternatives and Global Fixed Interest research coverage, which includes a diverse mix of absolute return strategies and more complex unconstrained fixed income strategies.
Prior to joining Zenith, he was employed with Man Group for eight years holding the position of Research Manager with Man Australia. This position provided Rodney with direct exposure to a range of hedge fund strategies with a specialisation in managed futures. Rodney’s background in financial services has included an Investment Consultant role at Intech Investment Consultants, followed by a Senior Investment Analyst role at IWL Limited.
Joined Zenith: January 2014
MAppFin, BCom (Acc&Fin), BEc & Associate AICD
Experienced professional with broad based skills
In his position as Sector Head, Andrew manages a team that covers Multi-Asset, Real Return and Australian Fixed Income, and he also sits on our Compliance Committee. Andrew has in-depth knowledge across a broad range of core asset classes, with specialisation in Multi-Asset and Fixed Income. With over 20 years’ industry experience spanning research, consulting, financial advice, audit and management accounting Andrew brings a breadth of knowledge and experience that he uses to guide and mentor the team.
Before joining Zenith, Andrew was an Associate Director and Head of Multi-Asset at Standard and Poor’s within their Funds Management Research Division, where his responsibilities extended across equities and fixed interest. Previous positions have included Consultant of PPB Advisory and Senior Research Manager at Pitcher Partners.
With a passion for education, Andrew also contributes time as a teaching associate at Monash University and as a Board Director on one of Melbourne’s leading independent schools. Andrew is currently an Associate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Read (AAICD).
Joined Zenith: October 2012
A passion for investments and qualitative analysis of equity strategies
Jacob is an Investment Analyst responsible for the domestic and global long/short equity sectors. Jacob joined Zenith as a Data Analyst, before being promoted to the investment research team as a Graduate Investment Analyst.
Jacob has a strong passion for investments and has gained significant direct fund manager research experience since moving across to the research team. His attention to detail and strengths in qualitative analysis have cemented his position as a key contributor to the team.
Jacob holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Deakin University.
Joined Zenith: March 2014
BBus (Eco&Fin), AdvDipBus (Mktg), DipFinPlan
Draws upon a unique set of skills and experience to produce high quality investment research
Dan holds a Bachelor of Economics and Finance degree from RMIT University and brings to Zenith a unique set of skills and experience. Joining Zenith as an Associate Analyst, Dan has since risen to the level Investment Analyst, where he holds responsibilities across a range of asset classes including Fixed Interest, Property, Infrastructure and Multi-Asset.
Prior to joining Zenith, Dan worked as a Financial Adviser at a leading wealth management firm where he provided strategic advice across investments, superannuation, insurance, and retirement strategies. He has also worked in hospitality and hotels management, including five years in London’s luxury hotel industry.
Joined Zenith: February 2017
CFA, BCom (Acc&Fin)
A belief that quality investment research empowers advisers to positively influence their clients and the community
Stephen is an Investment Analyst covering Australian and Global equities related products.
Prior to joining Zenith, Stephen was a Financial Adviser at a leading financial services firm where he provided strategic advice and portfolio management expertise to a diverse client base. He was also an integral member of the firm’s investment committee which ran both managed fund and direct share model portfolios. Stephen has also formerly worked as an Accountant specialising in business and tax advisory.
Stephen is a CFA® Charterholder and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting & Finance) from Monash University.
Joined Zenith: January 2018
BCom (Fin), BEng (Hons)
Investment research professional with a passion for financial markets and a strong technical background.
Tom is currently an investment analyst covering Australian and global equities related products.
While at university, Tom worked at OC Funds Management as a research intern with a focus on Australian small and microcap equities. After graduating from university and prior to starting at Zenith, he was a project engineer on the NBN Project in Western Victoria.
Tom holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Degree from Monash University and is currently a Level II CFA Candidate.
Joined Zenith: August 2017
Investment specialist with a passion for research and analysis
Adele holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Business from the University of Melbourne.
Adele is responsible for researching and evaluating equities related investment managers. Before joining the Research team, Adele was part of Zenith’s Data and Consulting team for over two years. In this role, Adele was responsible for gathering and examining a wide range of data, predominantly for assisting in Zenith’s investment manager reviews and assisting with client portfolios and queries. Adele also produced Zenith’s monthly market commentary and quarterly market reports.
Joined Zenith: May 2015
Appreciation of financial adviser demands in research report delivery
Daniel joined Zenith in 2017 as an Associate Investment Analyst and currently holds the position of Investment Analyst, covering Alternatives (where he is deputy lead), Fixed Interest and Multi-Asset.
Prior to joining Zenith, Daniel worked in the wealth management division of a mid-tier financial services firm where he provided support to Financial Planners. Additionally, Daniel has experience working in institutional banking, through a role in derivatives operations with National Australia Bank.
Daniel has passed all three levels of the CFA Program and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Swinburne University of Technology, majoring in International Business and Finance. Daniel is currently undertaking studies in Mandarin and is enrolled in the FRM Program.
Joined Zenith: November 2017
BCom&Law, Dip. Chinese
Pelin joined Zenith Investment Partners in February 2020 as an Investment Analyst covering Alternatives, Fixed Interest and Multi-Asset. Before joining Zenith, Pelin was an Associate Adviser at Evans and Partners where she assisted with the preparation and implementation of investment advice and portfolio management. Prior to this, she worked at Dixon Advisory where she helped with the management and administration of self-managed superannuation fund portfolios.
Pelin holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Law from Deakin University and has also completed Diploma of Financial Planning and RG146 qualification.
Joined Zenith: February 2020.
Aspiring investment research professional with solid analytical and scenario modelling experience
Jock commenced with Zenith as an Associate Investment Analyst in 2019. Prior to joining Zenith, Jock worked as an Analyst at Qato Capital, a Melbourne based investment manager helping build out their quantitative, fundamentally focused investment strategy. Jock gained exposure to financial planning through his initial entry into the financial services industry as a Client Services Officer at Bridges Financial Services.
Joined Zenith: Aug 2019
Passionate finance professional pursuing equities investment focused research and analysis
Härje commenced with Zenith as an Associate Investment Analyst and holds a Bachelor of Business degree from La Trobe University and a Masters of Finance from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). Prior to completing his Masters, Härje gained experience within the derivative fixed income market.
Härje’s previous work experience includes Investment Analyst and editor for a Melbourne-based independent sell-side equity research house.
Joined Zenith: Aug 2019
Passionate finance professional with in-depth understanding of investment markets
Tom completed a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne majoring in Finance and Economics, whilst working part-time for a financial services firm. Tom is responsible for conducting research across the Fixed Income and Alternatives asset classes. Tom has industry experience working in the investment team at CCI Asset Management, working in investment compliance.
Joined Zenith: Dec 2019
Responsive, courteous and continually delivering exceptional service
Holly commenced at Zenith in 2018 as front of house reception and now provides complex co-ordination of logistics as well as day to day administrative support to the research team. Holly's attention to detail and outgoing personality perfectly complement her research co-ordinator role.
Holly has extensive customer service experience after spending the last five years working within hospitality and retail sectors in Melbourne and the United Kingdom.
Joined Zenith: April 2018
BA, GDipPropInvDev (Hons)
Supporting wealth advisers and their clients through the provision of quality, compliant investment solutions
John is Head of Sales and is responsible for developing and servicing the investment research and portfolio consulting requirements of Zenith's financial adviser client base.
With 26 years experience in sales and marketing, the last fifteen in the financial services industry, John has worked extensively with financial advisers both as a product provider and in the provision of managed accounts and investment research support.
John joined Zenith from the Macquarie Group where he was a Key Account Manager in their real estate funds management division. Prior to that he was Manager of Client Services at PIR, the independent Property Funds Investment research group. John has a Bachelor of Arts and a graduate diploma in Property investment and development with honours from RMIT.
Joined Zenith: April 2010
BBus (Acc), GDipAppFinInv (FINSIA), DipFinPlan
Working with wealth advisers on investment solutions that allow them to improve their business and better serve their clients.
Whilst studying his Accounting degree, Ross decided that a career in the financial services industry was what he intended to pursue. Over the next 15+ years he worked for the likes of Bendigo Bank , NAB, Citibank & UBS and has continued to study intermittently, completing a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance & Investment and a Diploma of Financial planning.
Prior to joining Zenith Ross worked in business development for Leveraged Equities, servicing the margin lending needs of financial planners, stock brokers & their clients across VIC & TAS.
Joined Zenith: June 2019
A strong focus on having a comprehensive understanding of client’s needs, a passion for providing high quality investment solutions and building long term relationships.
Berit is responsible for developing new relationships and servicing the investment research and portfolio consulting requirements of Zenith’s financial adviser client base.
Prior to joining Zenith Berit spent 5 years with Goldman Sachs Asset Management working in business development and providing client support across South Australia, Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland. Prior to this, she spent 5 years with Goldman Sachs JBWere Asset Management working closely with the marketing, sales and consultant relations teams.
Berit holds a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance from Kaplan Professional Education and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Northeastern State University in the United States.
Joined Zenith: December 2019
Building marketing and communication strategies to grow the Zenith brand and promote client offering.
Rachael is responsible for developing and executing the marketing and communications strategy of Zenith, as well as building brand profile across client, digital, online, media and social channels.
Rachael has more than 10 years of experience in marketing and communications within the financial services industry. Prior to joining Zenith, Rachael worked for a profit-to-members superannuation fund, she was responsible for overseeing the Fund’s marketing and communication activities.
Joined Zenith: June 2019
A truly customer service oriented professional with strong retail sector experience
Jasmine has embarked on her corporate career following strong customer service experience within the retail sector. Jasmine’s friendly disposition coupled with her strong attention to detail and outgoing personality perfectly complements our front of house reception role.
Jasmine has extensive customer service experience after spending six years working in various retail outlets performing team leader and assistant store manager roles. Jasmine also spent a short period as a medical receptionist before travelling abroad in 2019.
BA, GradDip FinInv (FINSIA), GAICD
Broadly experienced financial services executive, committed to delivering quality investment solutions for investors and their advisers.
With an extensive background in funds management, wrap platform and wealth advice markets, Jason is focussed on supporting the Zenith business to consistently deliver quality investment insights and outcomes for clients.
Jason’s career commenced in 1989 with National Mutual Life before moving to the Macquarie Group in 1994. There he spent 17 years in senior business development and general management roles for Macquarie Investment Management, Professional Series and Adviser Services, plus as Executive Director leading Macquarie’s Banking and Financial Services Group in the UK. After leaving Macquarie, Jason spent 5 years with NAB in its Debt Capital Markets and Asset Management (MLC) businesses. Before joining Zenith, Jason was most recently Executive Director of boutique firm ARCO Investment Management.
Joined Zenith: Dec 2019
BBus (Acc&Fin) CA
Experienced financial services executive with track record of leading business development, transformational change management and sustained compounding growth.
Hung joins the Zenith team as Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for finance and corporate services. His focus will be providing strategic direction and leadership through financial and capital planning.
Before joining the team at Zenith, Hung was the CFO of Selectus Pty Ltd, a financial services provider specialising in salary packaging & employee benefits and led the divestment of Selectus Pty Ltd to ASX-listed financial services firm Smartgroup Corporation Limited where he was part of the senior management team. Hung is a Chartered Accountant who had started his career at KPMG Australia and holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting / Banking & Finance).
Joined Zenith: Feb 2020
The business conduit between our people and systems to support progression and ambition.
Trudy's role as Human Resource Manager is about developing strategies and opportunities that optimise employee effectiveness, strengthen Zenith’s employer brand, and attract the best possible talent to Zenith.
She is responsible for the development and integration of our HR framework ensuring it translates into a human resource function which is seamless and user friendly for both management and staff. Joining the company in 2007, Trudy understands our business operations intimately and can now focus on Zenith’s most important asset – its people.
Trudy completed her Diploma in Human Resource Management and is continuing her professional development, undertaking the final Capstone module of the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) postgraduate accreditation.
Before joining Zenith, Trudy was a General Manager - Administration for IWL Ltd and held positions as EA to executives of companies in the Food industry.
Trudy is a Professional Member of the Australian HR Institute
Joined Zenith: Aug 2007
Admission to Practice - March 2004, BA/LLB
Legal and compliance professional demonstrating genuine business and commercial acumen.
Manuela joined Zenith Investment Partners in April 2014 and holds a Bachelor of Arts/ Law degree from Monash University. Manuela was admitted to practice in 2004 and brings to Zenith over 11 years of practice experience, five of which have been in-house as corporate Legal Counsel.
Before joining Zenith as Legal and Compliance Counsel, Manuela developed strong experience in the financial services sector after working as a part of the Legal and Compliance team at Vanguard Investments Australia and most recently as Legal Counsel for Emirates Leisure Retail Australia, with a strong focus on corporate commercial legal and compliance matters.
Joined Zenith: Apr 2014
Professional acumen coupled with numeracy excellence building on organisational effectiveness
Originally from Tasmania, Alex moved across the Strait to attend Melbourne University where he obtained a Bachelor of Commerce with majors in Accounting and Finance. Alex is currently studying the CPA program and is looking to complete it by the end of 2020.
Alex's role as an accountant sees him perform all day-to-day accounting activities such as the invoicing, the banking and the payroll.
Before joining our team, Alex spent six years at Bank Australia in the Finance department, performing reconciliations and accounts payable. He then moved to a similar role at Smartgroup in 2018 spending two years gaining experience working for a listed company.
Joined Zenith: Jun 2020
Highly organised Administrator with a strong focus on stakeholder relationships
As Administration Manager, Louise is responsible for the day-to-day office management, the coordination and management of the administrative team, as well as providing PA support to the CEO and the General Manager of Research.
Louise has held a number of roles at Zenith and in 2019 was promoted to Administration Manager, taking carriage of an ever-expanding administration team.
Before joining Zenith, Louise held administrative roles in the Real Estate, Property Development, Legal, and Recruitment sectors.
Joined Zenith: Feb 2015
A genuine understanding and appreciation of service with consistent execution
With over 13 years administrative and customer service experience, Gemma provides the consulting team with valuable service support including contract management, licensing enquiries, compilation of quarterly portfolio reports and associated scheduling of investment committee meetings.
Gemma commenced with Zenith in a front of house reception role and has demonstrated proficiency to move into a true client service role. Gemma previously worked within the training and education sector in various administrative and client management roles.
With her strong customer service background combined with her organisational and time management skills, Gemma is adept at executing high service standards to our clients.
Joined Zenith: Nov 2012
Enterprise Architect with a passion for software engineering, innovation and customer experience
As the lead for our internal IT team, Simon is responsible for the design and development of the Zenith suite of applications which are core to our online services and integration capabilities.
Simon’s strength in agile software delivery comes from over 15 years of experience developing customer facing websites and mobile apps. His passion for innovation, user experience and cloud computing make Simon a welcome lead for our IT team.
Joined Zenith: January 2015
BBus (ITComp&BankFin), CSSBB
An advocate for business and process improvement which is driven by the delivery of quality products and services
Penny commenced with Zenith as Head of Data and Analytics responsible for the centralisation and streamlining of the data collection processes. After four years in that role and achieving the key milestones and enhancements to that division, Penny has moved into a true Business Analyst role and is now the conduit between the business and IT division.
Penny’s passion for business and process improvement coupled with her innate ability to understand and articulate business initiatives will keep the business on track to deliver new projects and exciting enhancements to our clients.
Penny brings over 21 years’ experience in the Automotive and Health Care industries and is a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt. Many of her roles have focused on data analysis and process improvements.
Joined Zenith: February 2014
IT specialist bringing systems and concepts to life
Bran has extensive experience in the IT industry providing technical support across servers, networks, desktop PC and Mac as well as delivering a wide range of other hardware and software solutions.
With his strong problem-solving ability and keen sense for technology, Bran offers a superior level of IT support to our internal team which benefits a measurable productivity increase to the business.
Joined Zenith: June 2016