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UniSuper strengthens equities team with new appointment

UniSuper strengthens equities team with new appointment

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The super fund has added a new member to its Australian Equities team.

UniSuper has announced the appointment of Toby Bourke to its Australian equities team to further expand the super fund’s in-house trading and execution capability.

Mr Bourke joins UniSuper from Bell Asset Management, where he served as head of trading for three years. He also has extensive trading experience across a number of London-based roles including with Balyasny Asset Management.

The super fund said that Mr Bourke will report to its head of Australian equities, Penny Heard, and work with trading and execution manager, John Hood, with responsibility for the execution of its $41 billion internal direct equities portfolios.

The appointment, which UniSuper said had further bolstered its industry-leading, in-house investment team, took effect from 10 October.

UniSuper currently invests around $108 billion on behalf of its 500,000 members.

Last month, the super fund announced the appointment of Jodie Barns as ESG manager.

Ms Barns joined the fund from the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors, where she had been specialising in climate risk and providing comprehensive research to super funds on how companies approach climate change, decarbonisation and transition plans.

Earlier this year, UniSuper also made a number of additions to its investment leadership team, including Ms Heard as head of Australian equities, Thomas Tam as head of global strategies and quant methods, and Sandra Lee as head of private markets.

All three came from within the fund’s in-house investment team, building on its commitment to build distinguished investment talent and demonstrate leadership diversity.

Jon Bragg

Jon Bragg

Jon Bragg is a journalist for Momentum Media's Investor Daily, nestegg and ifa. He enjoys writing about a wide variety of financial topics and issues and exploring the many implications they have on all aspects of life.