Leadership

Leadership

Koby Jones | Managing Director

Koby Jones is the Founder, AFSL Responsible Manager and Managing Director of The SILC Group. He is involved in all aspects of the company’s operations including general management, business development, client interaction, product selection, strategic initiatives, technology, governance, risk and compliance.

He holds numerous qualifications including the Certified Practicing Accountants (CPA) Program, a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting, Commercial Law, Finance) through Deakin University, Diploma in Financial Advising from the Securities Institute of Australia (now Kaplan Professional), and Advanced Certificate in Management Skills from RMIT; as well as having various industry certifications which include the Margin Lending Accreditation Program, Accredited Derivatives Adviser (Level 1), and Diploma of Financial Services from the Australian Financial Markets Association (AFMA). Koby is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Prior to establishing The SILC Group, Koby gained considerable experience in the financial services industry spanning mainly across both global financial markets and private wealth management with major financial institutions Westpac Banking Corporation (WBC), Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) and National Australia Bank (NAB), as well as Wilson HTM Investment Group predominantly in advisory, structuring and product distribution positions. His product experience covers all investment asset classes, structured finance and extensive financial markets exposure, while in his various capacities he has dealt with many varied clients ranging from corporates to high-net-worth individuals.

Koby is also on the Board of Directors at the Northern Health Foundation and is currently undertaking the Australian Institute of Company Director (AICD) course.

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Michelle Tay | Executive Director

Michelle Tay is the Executive Director, AFSL Responsible Manager and Head of Group Services at The SILC Group. Her main activities at a corporate level includes oversight and functional responsibilities in our finance, compliance, legal and various operational areas as well as investor relations and involvement in transactions across the business units.

She holds various qualifications including the Certified Practicing Accountants (CPA) Program, Masters of Applied Finance through the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (now KAPLAN Professional) and Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance) through Monash University. In addition, she is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Michelle commenced her career at the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) in the Business Banking division servicing commercial and business clients, then moved through to the Agency Services team within the Corporate Finance division as a senior team member managing a portfolio of complex syndicated project and structured finance transactions for corporate and institutional clients.

Prior to joining The SILC Group, Michelle was part of the Commercial team at Molopo Energy Limited, an ASX-listed oil and gas company, and was involved in the commercialisation strategies of the company’s natural gas projects particularly in Australia and South Africa where she provided recommendations to the executive management, reviewed and negotiated commercial and legal documentation, managed relationships with joint venture partners, government departments and co-development parties, and monitored and managed compliance matters.

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Trevor Easterbrook | Director, Investor Solutions

Trevor Easterbrook is a Director of Investment Solutions at The SILC Group with a core focus on providing financial solutions in direct investments, managed accounts, structured products and boutique alternative assets to wholesale client groups. As his role title suggests, Trevor’s remit is to work with clients to understand and assist in providing investment solutions to maximise the clients risk adjusted investment outcomes.

Trevor has been involved in financial markets for over 25 years specialising in equity derivative and risk management products. Significant roles include 7 years working in Hong Kong for UBS as director of its risk management group covering investment solutions for its institutional and hedge fund client base. Most recently Trevor was a partner at a volatility hedge fund designed to implement cost efficient hedging solutions within investor portfolios. Trevor has a passion for the alternative asset class, quantitative processes and the construction of superior non-correlated investments outcomes for wholesale client investors.

Trevor holds various qualifications including a Bachelor of Business through the University of Technology Sydney, a Master of Applied Finance through FINSIA and is currently undertaking a Master of Forensic Accounting and Financial Crime through Macquarie University.

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Jeff Feng | Senior Associate, Transaction Solutions

Jeff Feng is a Senior Associate at The SILC Group with a particular focus on the Chinese market. His main activities include transaction services support on corporate advisory transactions, as well as developing and fostering relationships with key Chinese partners and clients for ventures and investments into businesses, vendors, projects and assets globally.

Jeff started his career at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) before moving to Shenwan Hongyuan Securities Company, one of the largest listed securities companies in China. As a manager in their investment banking division, Jeff was involved in a variety of activities including corporate advisory, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings (Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges), and private placements. His main responsibilities involve strategic business planning, project development and management, stakeholder communications and development, and to provide strategic oversight of operational and financial functions, conducting due diligence and analysis to multiple projects as well as dealing with various regulatory bodies including the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) and National Equities Exchange and Quotations (NEEQ).

Jeff holds various qualifications including a Bachelor of Commerce through the University of Melbourne and Master of Applied Finance through Monash University.

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Kristen Hood | Fund Accountant

Kristen Hood is Fund Accountant at The SILC Group. Her main responsibilities include the preparation of fund management accounts for all funds managed by The SILC Group and fund administrative support.

Kristen started her career at Ernst & Young in the Audit division providing audit and assurance services to clients in the Financial Services industry, before moving into the Financial Services industry as Fund Accountant for Colonial First State. At Colonial First State, Kristen was responsible for the administration and accounting for the company’s various Managed Funds.

Kristen has also held a number of positions at JBWere Limited including Capital Markets Accountant and Group Accountant.  As the Capital Markets Accountant, Kristen undertook the preparation of  the company accounts for JBWere Capital Markets and its six subsidiaries. Kristen was then promoted to the role of Group Accountant, reporting directly to the CFO and Head of the Treasury. In her capacity as Group Account, Kristen was responsible for the preparation of company accounts of Were Stockbroking and the full consolidated accounts for the JBWere Group at financial year end.

Kristen holds various qualifications including a Bachelor of Commerce through the University of Melbourne and the Certified Practicing Accountants (CPA) Program.

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Liam Howley | Associate, Investor Relations

Liam Howley is an Associate at The SILC Group supporting the investor relations activities and business development initiatives, building client relationships, and working across various deals, projects and assets.

Liam joined The SILC Group in 2019 through an internship where he spent time working with members of the operations team to develop his knowledge and skills to learn different aspects of the business. Upon finishing his internship, Liam joined the investor and capital solutions teams following the completion of his university studies.

Liam holds a Bachelor of Economics and Finance (Business) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

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Mikaela Huang | Associate, Operations & Marketing

Mikaela Huang is an Associate at The SILC Group. Her main activities span across fund operations, marketing strategies and internal project management. Her responsibilities include unit registry, unitholder compliance, investor relations management and marketing support for the company’s business activities.

She previously worked at Edelman (Hong Kong) and other marketing firms, developing marketing strategies and public relations solutions for various brands in Hong Kong, China and Australia.

Mikaela holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a Master of Education from Monash University.

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Daryl Koch | Governance & Assurance Advisor

Daryl Koch is the Governance and Assurance Advisor at The SILC Group providing guidance with respect to risk and compliance, and managing the assurance program across the group’s business units.

He has a varied background in Risk Management for over 30 years, with his previous roles including Foreign Exchange Trading and Advisory, Interest Rate Risk Management, Derivative Structuring and Synthetic Debt Structuring which included advisory to Institutional, Corporate and Commercial clients. Daryl’s most recent role was Head of Assurance (Australia) for the Markets Operations Unit of a major Australian Trading Bank which involved Operational Risk and Regulatory Compliance for that business.

Daryl is also experienced in the Not-for-Profit (NFP) sector which includes being past Chair of the Victorian Chapter of the Finance and Treasury Association, past Board Member of a Melbourne Private Member’s Club, past Deputy Chair of the Disciplinary Tribunal of the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA), immediate past President of the Victorian Divisional Council of the IPA and current member of its Accounting Faculty. He is also currently Board Director of the Australian SME Alliance Ltd, a Fellow of the IPA, Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia, a Fellow of the Finance and Treasury Association, and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Manan Lodhia | Software Engineer

Manan Lodhia is a Software Engineer at The SILC Group. His role in the team is to develop and maintain The SILC Group’s web products and digital solutions.

As a full stack developer, Manan is a coding and programming specialist with proficiency in PHP, Javascript, Python and Java.

Manan is currently in his final year at RMIT University where he is working towards a Bachelor of Computer Science.

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Umair Mohammed | Business Analyst

Umair Mohammed is a Business Analyst at The SILC Group. His task is to act as a central reference and data source to bridge the gap between technology and finance within the business. He is responsible for requirement gathering, project management, quality assessment, optimisation of functionality and design of The SILC Group’s digital platforms.

Having had experience in retail e-commerce including at Amazon.com, Umair has a willingness to learn with a focus to deliver result-driven value. At Amazon, he was responsible for risk assessment and Intellectual Property audit of seller businesses and their products. He has also worked as an Intern Analyst as part of his graduate school program for an Energy Company bringing his expertise and skillset to transform its traditional process from traditional methods into digital solutions.

He holds a post-graduate degree in Information Technology from RMIT University and a graduate degree in Computer Engineering from Osmania University.

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Peter Munns | Specialist Advisor

Peter Munns is a Specialist Advisor at The SILC Group providing strategic corporate financing, structuring and advisory solutions to our corporate and institutional clients.

Peter is a highly experienced lead advisor and financier with over 20 years experience in the Australian markets, covering the upstream energy, power and utilities, infrastructure, resources and sectors.  As a specialist in Asian inbound investment, Peter has also developed senior relationships with corporate investors in China, Japan and Korea, as well other jurisdictions.

Peter was until recently a Partner in the M&A team at PwC, and jointly led the National Deals team in Power, Utilities and Infrastructure.  He has also worked at senior levels across M&A / corporate finance, project lending and principal investment at ANZ, Citigroup and Deutsche Bank in both Melbourne and Sydney, and internally as a tax and finance advisor at Mitsubishi Oil in Tokyo.

Peter has an MBA degree from the International University of Japan and  Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Newcastle.

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Anish Parajuli | Software Engineer

Anish Parajuli is a Software Engineer at The SILC Group where his main responsibilities include the development of our digital platform mobile application, as well as undertake initiatives to build digital products and solutions for our clients through the use of data analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Anish commenced his career in Asia as an iOS developer, developing applications for clients in the transportation, entertainment, retail and financial services industry. Anish has also worked as a Technology Lead, where he reviewed application architecture and proposed improvements to iPhone applications.

He holds a graduate degree in Computer Engineering from the Tribhuwan University and is currently studying Masters in Data Science at RMIT University.

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Philip Pezzi | Head of Property Solutions

Philip Pezzi is Head of Property Solutions at The SILC Group providing advisory, structuring, arranging and management solutions to clients within the property sector.

Philip is an experienced banking and financial services executive with over 25 years experience in both Australian and international markets, having held senior executives roles with National Australia Bank, ANZ Bank and Citigroup largely focusing on driving business growth and profitability across Australian, Asian and US markets.

Until recently, Philip was also the Founder and Group Managing Director of Lachlan Partners which he developed and oversaw until it was sold to IOOF (as part of the Shadforth group) in August 2014. He has a very impressive history and extensive experience of building high growth and enduring businesses, in particular servicing private business owners, entrepreneurs, families and high net worth individuals.

Philip holds a Bachelor of Business majoring in Accounting and Tax, and has completed management and finance programs with the Macquarie Graduate School of Management and the Melbourne Business School, and is a member of Chartered Accountants – Australia & New Zealand.

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Daniel Tamone | Associate Director, Investor Solutions

Daniel Tamone is an Associate Director at The SILC Group. His responsibilities span capital raising and supporting business development initiatives including prospecting and establishing capital streams for fund managers and asset managers, as well as client relationship management.

Daniel has more than a decade of experience across multiple sectors primarily in banking, investment management, stockbroking and platforms servicing both wholesale and retail markets.

Prior to joining The SILC Group, Daniel’s most recent role was with Mason Stevens where he expanded and managed a portfolio of adviser groups, financial planners and investment managers. Other organisation’s he has also worked for include CommSec Adviser Services (wholesale arm of Commonwealth Bank), and Computershare where he covered capital raising, investment lending and managing employee equity plans for ASX and internationally listed companies.

Daniel holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Macquarie University and a Diploma in Financial Services and Planning from KAPLAN Professional. He has also completed both Accredited Derivatives Adviser Level 1 and 2 courses through the Stockbrokers and Financial Advisers Association.

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Jen Tan | Senior Associate, Investor Relations

Jen Tan is a Senior Associate at The SILC Group with a focus on investor relations. Her responsibilities include developing and curating marketing and product content, in addition to preparing fund documentation as well as supporting business development activities particularly in South East Asia.

Jen joined The SILC Group from TAEL Partners, a Southeast Asia-based growth private equity fund manager where she served as Associate in the investor relations team. Here, her responsibilities spanned capital fundraising and fund portfolio monitoring. Prior to TAEL, Jen was involved in community fundraising at the Dane County, Wisconsin chapter of United Way Worldwide where she conducted workplace campaigns and raised funds from Madison’s corporate community.

Jen graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Chris Tonkin | Specialist Advisor

Chris Tonkin is a Specialist Advisor at The SILC Group within our Corporate and Debt Solutions teams providing strategic project, corporate financing and advisory services to our clients.

Chris is a highly experienced senior business executive with an extensive background in providing financial, management and strategic products, services and advice to industry. He has over 30 years experience and a broad industry background in business generation, management and strategy development. He has a substantial track record in structuring and arranging complex financings for companies and projects, in Australia and internationally, across all major industry sectors and particularly the natural resources, power and telecommunications sectors.

He began his career as a metallurgist and environmental specialist, diversifying into commercial roles at several major industrial companies and subsequently banking and financial services, including project finance, corporate and project advisory roles at AIDC, The Chase Manhattan Bank, KPMG Corporate Finance and the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ), where he was Executive Director and Head of Natural Resources, Project and Structured Finance.

His qualifications include  a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Metallurgy and Chemistry from the University of Melbourne, a Bachelor of Arts with majors in Economics and Politics from the University of Melbourne, and an MBA also from the University of Melbourne. Chris is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Member of the Finance and Treasury Association.

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Thao Vien | Senior Associate, Operations & Governance

Thao Vien is a Senior Associate at The SILC Group. She is responsible for the compliance functions of the funds management and trustee solution businesses, as well as assisting investment manager onboarding, fund establishment and ongoing supervision. She works closely with clients to ensure establishment of a suitably tailored, legal and tax compliant fund structure and the corresponding compliance requirements are understood. Her other responsibilities include fund-related document review, relationship management and support of fund operations.

With over ten years of combined experience, Thao has gained valuable knowledge across operations and compliance functions working in funds and investment management industry. She developed her client services skills at BlackRock Investment Management (Australia) Limited before moving into a custodial role at MLC Limited focusing on reconciliation and data integrity. She then diversified her skills as a Senior Operations Analyst at Praemium in separately managed accounts and utilised her consolidated experience at Copia Investments Partners as a Portfolio Administrator.

Thao holds a Bachelor of Business (Financial and Risk Management) from Victoria University.

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