Our People

JOSH MANNING

Chief Executive Officer, Portfolio Manager and Investment Committee member

Show Bio Josh has over 15 years’ experience in investment management. Before founding Manning Asset Management, Josh worked with JANA Investment Advisors, one of Australia’s largest Asset Consultants and advisor to many of Australia’s largest institutional investors. Josh worked with a range of both industry and retail superannuation funds and various institutional clients who outsourced their investment management to JANA. Before joining JANA Investment Advisors, Josh worked at Macquarie Bank, leading a team of professionals responsible for originating equity and structured products. Josh has extensive experience in originating and managing complex investment products on behalf of clients, many of which have an underlying lending component. Josh is active in the Australian fixed-income industry as a member of the Australian Securitisation Forum – Investor Subcommittee. Josh has an MBA from Macquarie Graduate School of Management, a Bachelor of Business from Macquarie University, and is a qualified Accredited Derivatives Advisor.

ANDREW CHICK

Chair of the Investment Committee and Executive Director

Show Bio Andrew has over 25 years’ experience in debt products, initially as a lawyer with Blake Dawson Waldron (now Ashurst) and more recently as a banker with The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS). Before joining Manning Asset Management, Andrew worked for RBS for 20 years, including four years as CEO, Australia and New Zealand. Andrew has held numerous debt product roles over his career, including Head of Debt Capital Markets, Australia and Head of Structured Finance, Asia Pacific. In addition to direct lending, he was responsible for managing a $20 billion portfolio of structured credit facilities secured with loans originated by both banks and non-bank finance companies. Andrew has a Law degree and a Commerce degree from The University of Queensland.

ADRIAN BENTLEY

Investment Committee member and Executive Director

Show Bio Adrian has over 30 years’ experience in banking and financial markets. Before joining Manning Asset Management, Adrian worked for Macquarie Group for 15 years, most recently as Senior Advisor to the Corporate Asset Finance Group. Previously he was Executive Director, Group Treasury, with global responsibility for limited recourse funding of the Group’s consumer and SME assets, and oversight of Macquarie’s banking relationships. Before these central executive roles, Adrian was Head of Debt Finance, holding global responsibility for Macquarie’s Debt Markets origination and structuring of client-based solutions. Adrian has extensive experience with a broad range of debt products, especially structuring SME and consumer loan assets into investment products attractive to wholesale investors. Adrian has a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) Honours degree from UNSW and a Company Director Course award from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

JULIET SHIRBIN

Head of Investment Solutions & Investor Relations

Show Bio Juliet has over a decade of experience in financial markets across a variety of asset classes. Prior to joining Manning Asset Management, Juliet held technical and distribution roles at Barclays Capital in New York, American hedge fund aggregation platform CAIS Group, specialising in integrating Tier 1 US hedge funds into clients’ portfolios, and most recently for Australian fixed income specialist Coolabah Capital who manage $3b+ across retail and institutional products. She has a Bachelor of Business from UTS with an International Business and Finance major from the University of Miami, USA.

GEORGE PLATT

Non-Executive Director

Show Bio George has over 27 years’ experience in finance and investment management. Before joining Manning Asset Management, George worked for Macquarie Group for over 24 years.  George started his career in the Research and Development arm of the Macquarie Funds Group, before moving to the Macquarie Securities Group as a quantitative analyst. In this role, George built and managed a highly rated Global Quantitative Equity Research group. George then moved back into the Funds Group, as Head of Research for Quant Hedge Funds, where he was responsible for maintaining and innovating the systematic inputs into the Asian, European and Americas Market Neutral Equity Hedge Funds.  George has a Bachelor of Science Degree with Honours from the University of Western Australia.

PAUL EDWARDS

Investment Committee member and Executive Director

Show Bio A credit risk management veteran with over 40 years of service in the banking industry. Paul’s experience spans senior risk management positions in Treasury, Structured Finance, Margin Lending, Debtor Finance, Consumer Lending and Business Banking. Paul started his career in credit with Westpac working across multiple areas. His experience included being a senior member of Westpac’s Credit Risk Review Team, assessing various business units across the Westpac group. Most recently, Paul was Senior Manager, Specialised Credit Risk at Bendigo and Adelaide Bank holding the group’s highest Delegated Lending Authority. Paul was also a member of the Credit Risk Management and Policy committees at Bendigo and Adelaide Bank. Paul has a Bachelor of Economics (with Finance major) from Macquarie University.

TOM GALLAS

Head of Operations & Management Accountant

Show Bio Joining Manning Asset Management  in 2017, Tom has a Master’s Degree in Corporate Finance from one of France’s top business schools and completed a postgraduate course in Applied Finance at Macquarie University. Tom manages daily operations for the Funds and Investment Management business and has broad responsibility over unit pricing and fund performance reporting, compliance and risk, cyber security and is the key conduit for Manning Asset Management’s service provider relationships.

ZACH JOHNSON

Investment Specialist

Show Bio Zach joined Manning Asset Management in 2021 as an Investment Specialist, having studied a Bachelor Business with an investment analysis major from The University of Technology Sydney. With a strong interest in applied finance, Zach has commenced the CFA program, one of the highest distinctions in the investment management profession. Zach liaises with current and prospective investors outlining technical elements of the Manning Funds and how they can be integrated into client portfolios to deliver superior investor returns. Outside of work, Zach is an accomplished distance runner and competes regularly at a national level with his sights set on running for Australia.