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Our People

Rob Hopkins, Managing Director

32 years investment experience

Rob jointly founded Smallco in 2000 and currently spends his time focused on securities listed on the Australian Stock Exchange.

 

Prior to Smallco Rob had been the head of small company research at Macquarie Equities, BT Alex Brown, ANZ Securities and Macintosh.

 

With a continuous career in the Australian investment industry since 1985 Rob was a Senior Industrial Analyst at Potts West Trumbull & Company, the General Manager for Australian Equities with Chase Corporation and an analyst with Potter Partners.

 

Rob began his working life as a civil engineer, principally in construction and project management. This included five years in Saudi Arabia where Rob also completed an MBA through the University of Oklahoma, USA.

Rob Hopkins, Managing Director at Smallco

 

Bill Ryan, Executive Director
22 years investment experience

After first working together at ANZ Securities in 1996 within the small company research team, Bill and Rob jointly founded Smallco in 2000.  Bill currently spends the majority of his time focused on securities listed on the Australian Stock Exchange.

 

Bill was awarded the University Medal for Academic Achievement from the University of Western Sydney in 1995 after completing his Bachelor of Commerce with Distinction.

 

Bill began his working life in the early 1980s owning, developing and managing agricultural businesses which involved understanding asset valuations, working capital management and general accounting.

 

Whilst not the 'traditional' background of an investment manager it has proven to be a key advantage in his career as a small company analyst.

Bill Ryan, Executive Director at Smallco

 

Andrew Hokin, Portfolio Manager
23 years investment experience

Andrew joined Smallco in July 2007 from Macquarie Bank where he was a Division Director and led the Banking sector research team for Macquarie Securities.

 

During more than 8 years with Macquarie Andrew was responsible for coverage of a range of sectors including small companies, diversified financials and developers, prior to moving into the Banking sector. During this time Andrew built a professional relationship with Rob and Bill, including working with Rob in Macquarie's smaller companies team in 1999.

 

Prior to Macquarie Andrew spent 5 years at Adelaide stockbroker Day Cutten where he gained research experience across a range of businesses, in particular utilities and property trusts. Andrew's career started in 1992 at William M Mercer where he worked as an Actuarial Analyst for 2½ years.

Andrew Hokin, Senior Fund Manager at Smallco

 

Paul Graham, Portfolio Manager
23 years investment experience

Paul joined Smallco in June 2014. Paul has >20 years of experience as an equity analyst in Australia and the UK with the majority of this time covering Australian small caps, including working with Rob Hopkins and Bill Ryan in the late 1990’s.

 

Paul has worked at a number of international investment banks including Citi, Credit Suisse, Nomura and HSBC (UK). Paul has Commerce (Hons) and Law degrees from the University of Queensland.

Paul Graham, Portfolio Manger at Smallco

 

Adam Simpson, Portfolio Manager
15 years investment experience

Adam joined Smallco in July 2017 from Macquarie Group where he had been a Division Director and Head of Emerging Leaders Research.

 

During his 15 years at Macquarie, Adam was a highly rated analyst responsible for all aspects of equities research in the emerging leaders sector. This included financial modelling and valuation analysis, assessment of industry fundamentals, management capabilities and involvement in numerous equity capital markets transactions.

 

During his time at Macquarie, Adam worked with Andrew Hokin for 5 years and dealt professionally with Rob Hopkins and Bill Ryan over the 15 years.

 

Adam has an MBA (Distinction) from London’s Cass Business School and a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (First Class Honours) from University of Queensland. Prior to Macquarie Adam practised as a Veterinarian for seven years in Australia and the UK.

Adam Simpson, Portfolio Manger at Smallco

 

Craig Miller, Portfolio Manager
12 years investment experience

Craig divides his time at Smallco between researching securities and business management. As the "face" of Smallco he is available during business hours to discuss any relevant issues or to provide ongoing SIF and SBF updates.

 

Prior to joining Smallco in June 2005 Craig was the head of the Tax compliance division for GE Commercial for 3 years.

 

Craig is a chartered accountant and spent 7 years with Ernst & Young in the Taxation, Audit and Business Services divisions prior to GE.

 

Leading a relatively active life Craig also played water polo for Australia for a period of 13 years which included the Sydney and Athens Olympic Games.

Craig Miller, Business Manger at Smallco

 

Lisa Xu, Financial Controller
9 years fund accounting experience

Lisa joined Smallco in April 2011. She spends significant amount of her time at Smallco reviewing the funds’ daily unit pricing and distribution calculations, overseeing investor transactions and managing other fund administration and reporting matters.

 

Lisa is a Chartered Accountant and completed Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Accounting and Finance in University of Sydney in 2008. Prior to Smallco Lisa was a fund accountant at TMF FundServices (Australia) for 2 years.

Lisa Xu, Financial Controller

 

 

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2016 Fund Manager of the Year Money Management Fund Manager Of The Year 2015 Finalist LONSEC Fund Manager Of The Year 2014 Finalist - Australian Equities (Long Short) Smallco is Fund Manager of the Year 2013 LONSEC Money Management Fund Manager Of The Year 2012 LONSEC Money Management Fund Manager Of The Year 2011

LONSEC Money Management Fund Manager Of The Year 2010 Winner