Core Investment Team
Quilla was founded by Andrew Connors and Mathew Jeremy who wanted to bring to market an independent offering, utilising decades of experience in global markets and institutional investing. They have selectively formed a core team of highly experienced specialists who focus on delivering superior results.
Andrew Connors, Director
Andrew is a senior investment strategist with over 17 years’ experience in funds management gained in London and Australia. His experience includes working with some of the largest fund managers in Australia and globally including, MLC Investment Management, INVESCO and Deutsche Asset Management.
Andrew’s specialist experience in asset allocation and investment risk management has been utilised by leading corporations, family offices, financial advisers and High Net Worth individuals.
Andrew places great emphasis on developing strong relationships with his clients. He brings to them his passion for investing, technology and desire to provide superior customer service.
Andrew graduated with a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney and a Masters of Applied Finance from Macquarie University.
He is RG 146 Qualified.
Nigel Douglas, Member, Investment Policy Group
Nigel has over 30 years’ financial markets experience with high level expertise in investment manager research, asset allocation and macroeconomics.
Previously, over the last two years to September 2015, he led institutional manager research for traditional asset classes at ANZ Wealth where he was Senior Manager Mandate Research.
Prior to that, he was Head of Investment Research at Perpetual Private where he led a team that significantly improved model portfolio performance through asset allocation and manager selection changes.
At van Eyk, he undertook and led reviews across all major asset classes as both Analyst and Senior Analyst. He was also an Investment Strategist and a voting member of the three person Blueprint funds investment committee.
Nigel holds a range of academic qualifications, including a Bachelor of Economics (Hons), Australian National University; Graduate Diploma (Economics), University of Sydney; Master of Applied Finance, Macquarie University; Master of Commerce, University of Sydney; and Master of Arts (Modern History), Macquarie University.
Mathew Jeremy, Director
Mathew began his career as an economist and policy adviser with the Reserve Bank of Australia and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. He spent most of his ten years at the Reserve Bank in the International Department and in 1983 was part of the team tasked with floating the Australian dollar.
Since the late 1980s Mathew has held senior roles with major investment firms, including National Mutual Funds Management, Queensland Investment Corporation, and Suncorp Investment Management.
Through these roles Mathew has gained valuable experience across a wide range of investment fields, including global economics and investment strategy, investment manager selection and portfolio construction. He has worked extensively on absolute return funds and how to use them in portfolios, while his quantitative analysis of investment manager performance is very highly regarded in the industry.
Mathew has degrees in economics from the University of Sydney and Macquarie University, as well as an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management.
He is RG 146 Qualified.
Neil King, Member, Investment Policy Group
Neil has extensive experience with financial markets and derivatives including at Barclays in London and New York and BZW in London and Chicago.
His considerable experience in international financial markets roles has enabled Neil to specialise in reading and analysing trends and opportunities in investment markets across most regions.
Neil has managed portfolios in New York; South Africa; London; Russia, Scandinavia and emerging countries.
His investment experience encompasses Fixed Income, Equities, Property and Derivatives and Synthetics.
Neil holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Banking and Finance (University of South Africa); Junior, Ordinary and Senior Certificates from the Institute of Financial Markets; he has also completed courses with the Chicago Commodities Educational Institute (for USA Series 3 simulation) and training in technical analysis and derivatives at Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
He has been awarded a Fellowship of Institute of Financial Markets in South Africa, obtained General Representative Status at Securities and Futures Authority (SFA) in London and is an AFMA Accredited Tier One Representative and is fully PS 146 Compliant.