Frontier fires off hiring round

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Investment consultancy Frontier Advisors has completed a number of hires across its investment and technology teams, as well as welcoming a new director on its board.

John Dixon

John Dixon has joined Frontier’s board as the appointed representative of part owner AustralianSuper. 

Mr Dixon has replaced fellow AustralianSuper non-executive director Lucio Di Bartolomeo after four and a half years in the role. The move comes following Mr Di Bartolomeo’s recent appointment as chair of Australia Post.


The board comprises one representative of each of its four owners, along with two independent directors, including the chair, Gabriel Szondy. 

Mr Szondy commented: “We look forward to John bringing his extensive 35 years of commercial, senior executive and governance experience to the Frontier board.” 

“His background complements and strengthens the range of skills already held within our board and I look forward to working with him as we lead the firm into a further phase of development and growth.”

Previously Mr Dixon has been executive director and chief operating officer at Linfox and Skilled Engineering, as well as managing director of Westgate Logistics and Silk Logistics Group.

He is a non-executive director of Ai Group. He joined the AustralianSuper board in September as an employer director. 

Meanwhile, Frontier has also added three new senior consultants across its alternatives and derivatives research; and equities teams. 

Former QIC senior quantitative strategist Joe Clark and Barclays’ vice-president of macro trading James Bulfin are set to join the alternatives and derivatives research team – with Mr Bulfin to commence from 24 June. 

Prior to Barclays, Mr Bulfin worked with Goldman Sachs for 10 years as a macro trader and in treasury management. 

Former Frontier analyst Simone Gavin is set to return to the company as a senior consultant on the equities team, after stints as an associate director at S&P for five years and as a senior investment analyst at Lonsec for seven years.

The group has also added EY banking and capital senior consultant Desmond Tam and former Acorn Funds Management analyst Pat Phanussopakul as associates. 

Frontier chief executive Andrew Polson commented the company has bolstered its technology and sector research teams, which will add value to its clients. 

“It’s no secret we have ambitious plans to build our already strong technology capability out even further so it’s pleasing to be able to add more bandwidth in this part of the firm,” Mr Polson said.

Joining the technology team are three new additions, making for 10 staff in total working in the division. 

Dr Bowei (Sam) Li has joined the team as a quantitative developer, having come from NAB where he was a quantitative analyst in the corporate credit risk team. 

Prachi Bansode has also been appointed as a junior application developer, after most recently being a software developer at Snooze. 

Meanwhile Lee Oliphant has been hired as IT service delivery manager to manage Frontier’s IT environment. 

Finally, Frontier has appointed Anh Dong as finance assistant.


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Sarah Simpkins

Sarah Simpkins

Sarah Simpkins is a journalist at Momentum Media, reporting primarily on banking, financial services and wealth. 

Prior to joining the team in 2018, Sarah worked in trade media and produced stories for a current affairs program on community radio. 

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