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Australian Ethical bolsters team with senior hires

By Jessica Penny
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Ms Lumby and Ms Wigglesworth join the firm with over three decades of experience between them.

Australian Ethical has appointed Mellanie Lumby as general counsel and Michelle Wigglesworth as senior equities analyst.  

As general counsel, Ms Lumby will lead the firm’s legal team. She brings 17 years of financial services legal experience from both Australia and the UK, with specialist skills in funds management.

Prior to joining Australian Ethical, Ms Lumby was most recently senior legal counsel at AMP Capital Investors, which she held for over 12 years. She has also served in senior legal roles at Challenger Financial Services Group and Principal Global Investors. 


Ms Lumby is an admitted solicitor in NSW and holds a bachelor of economics, bachelor of law and a graduate diploma in applied finance and investment.  

Ms Wigglesworth role as senior equities analyst will require her to work closely with portfolio managers to drive performance for the firm’s investors. She has more than 17 years of experience in funds management, with expertise in conducting detailed fundamental research and valuation of Australian equities. 

Namely, Ms Wigglesworth has previously served as an investment manager and analyst at Washington H. Soul Pattinson and Milton Corporation. She is a CFA charterholder and holds a CPA and bachelor of economics. 

Head of domestic equities Mike Murray commented: “We are excited to welcome someone of Michelle’s calibre into our team. She has a strong alignment with the values of Australian Ethical and is a seasoned investor with deep knowledge across multiple sectors.”

“The team are looking forward to working with her as we build on our long term track record of performance-oriented and true-to-label ethical investing,” Mr Murray continued.     

CEO John McMurdo said the appointments were in line with the Australian Ethical’s commitment to recruiting and retaining talent. 

“As more Australians seek responsible investment options they can trust, Australian Ethical is focussed on transforming into a larger and more impactful business.”

“One of the most important parts of that is investing in the right people that will enable us to deliver the best possible results for our current investors as well as to scale up to meet the rising demand for ethical investing,” Mr McMurdo concluded.