Board of Directors

The Wealth Defender Equities Limited Board has significant depth and a broad range of experience in financial services in addition to financial and commercial experience.

The detailed biographies and experience of Directors is documented below.

Geoff Wilson

Chairman

Geoff Wilson has over 38 years' direct experience in investment markets having held a variety of senior investment roles in Australia, the UK and the US. Geoff founded Wilson Asset Management in 1997. Geoff created Australia's first listed philanthropic wealth creation vehicles, Future Generation Investment Company and Future Generation Global Investment Company. Geoff holds a Bachelor of Science, a Graduate Management Qualification and is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

James Chirnside

Non-Executive Director

James Chirnside has been involved in financial markets for over 30 years mainly as an equities fund manager across a broad range of sectors. James is currently Chairman and Managing Director of Dart Mining NL. Prior to this, James worked as a fund manager and proprietary metals trader in Sydney, Hong Kong, London, and Melbourne. Between 2002 and 2012, James ran equities fund manager Asia Pacific Asset Management. From 2000-2001, James worked for Challenger Financial Group in Sydney as a product manager responsible for hedge fund investments. During the 1990s, James managed frontier and emerging market hedge funds in Hong Kong and London for Regent Fund Management (now London AIM listed Charlemagne Capital). Between 1988 and 1992, James ran a proprietary trading book for County NatWest Investment Bank, based in London.

Lindsay Mann

Non-Executive Director

Lindsay Mann has more than 40 years' financial services experience. He was formerly Chairman of Premium Investors Pty Limited (formerly Premium Investors Limited). Prior to that Lindsay was CEO (Singapore) and Regional Head Asia for First State Investments, the Asian business of Colonial First State Global Asset Management. Prior to this, Lindsay was CEO of AXA Investment Managers in Hong Kong. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia and a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Alan Schoenheimer

Non-Executive Director

Mr Schoenheimer has deep knowledge of the global funds management industry having most recently held senior fund management director roles in Australia, New Zealand, Europe (Ireland), Japan, Singapore, Korea and China while working with Russell Investments. Early in his career, he worked for various petrochemical enterprises as a design engineer in Australia, UK, USA and South Africa.  

He subsequently joined McKinsey & Co as a consultant where he developed and delivered strategic advice to large Australian and multinational corporations. He joined Russell Investments in 1991 where he managed the consulting relationships for major Australian Superannuation funds including BHP Super, State Super NSW & Work Cover South Australia. During this period he also started the development of Russell’s Asian Business. In 1998 Alan was appointed Managing Director Russell Retail Investments where he developed and built out the Russell Retail business in the Australian Market (including growing Funds under Management (FUM) to $3 billion).

In 2001 he was appointed Chief Executive Asia Pacific, Russell Investments. During this time, he oversaw Russell Investments’ operations in the Asia Pacific region and during his tenure the Australian Asset Management business grew FUM from $4 billion to $24 billion.

In 2009, Alan transferred to London to be Head of International for Russell. He returned to Australia in 2012 and retired from full time employment at Russell in 2014.

He has an in depth understanding of the Australian Superannuation and Funds Management industries, with regard to industry dynamics, challenges for the future and particularly key drivers of business success.

He is currently a director of Nulis Nominees (Australia) Limited, the corporate Trustee for the MLC Super Fund. His past directorships include Russell Investment Management Ltd, Ping An Russell (Shanghai) Joint Venture in China, Russell Investments Ireland Ltd, Russell Investments Japan, Russell Investments New Zealand and Russell Investments Singapore.