Our People

About Brian

Brian Wright joined the company in January 2009. Brian is responsible for corporate development and is a Non-Executive Director of J O Hambro Capital Management. Prior to joining the business, Brian was the Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of MMC Contrarian Limited between August 2007 and 2008. He also held the positions of Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer for the Hedge Fund, Red Centre Capital from 2004 to 2007. Brian was at Bankers Trust from 1990 to 2003. He held the position of Operations Manager for Equity and Currency derivatives in the Investment Bank. In 1995 he moved to funds management where he was the Business Manager for Currency & International Bonds. In 1997 he became the Business Manager for the Australian and International Equity business.

Other Senior Management

Brian Wright

Head of Corporate Development
Senior Management (Australia)

About Bindesh

Bindesh Savjani joined Pendal Group as the Global Chief Risk Officer in March 2019 and is a member of the Global Executive Committee. He is a qualified accountant and has over 20 years’ experience in investment management. 

Bindesh has extensive experience in risk management, compliance and internal audit from his time as a consultant at Ernst & Young and thereafter working for several asset managers. Prior to joining Pendal Group Bindesh was the Global Chief Risk Officer for Intermediate Capital Group (ICG), a FTSE 250-listed alternative asset manager. During his tenure Bindesh developed ICG’s risk framework and was responsible for Risk, Compliance and Legal. Earlier in his career, Bindesh established the risk management function at Morley Fund Management. He subsequently moved to Lloyds Bank to become the Director of Risk, Legal and Compliance for its asset management business, Scottish Widows Investment Management (SWIP). Bindesh was a core member of the executive team that sold SWIP to Aberdeen Asset Management and worked to integrate the two businesses. 

Bindesh is also an external member of the Edinburgh University Audit and Risk Committee.

Global Executive Committee Team

Bindesh Savjani

Global Chief Risk Officer
Global Executive Committee

About Joanne


Joanne Hawkins joined the company in March 2017 and is responsible for Company Secretarial and Corporate Governance functions for all entities across the Group.

Joanne joined with extensive experience in Corporate Governance within asset management. Joanne started her career as a solicitor at a major law firm and then held in-house and legal roles in New Zealand and the Solomon Islands. Most recently Joanne held the role of Company Secretary at Perpetual Limited, which included responsibility for the Legal, Compliance and Company Secretariat functions across the Perpetual group of companies.

Joanne Hawkins

Group Company Secretary & Head of Corporate Governance
Group Company Secretary

About Daniel

Daniel Campbell joined the company as Head Portfolio Specialist in 2010.  In 2013 Daniel was appointed Head of Investment Products 2013 and joined the Australia Executive Committee. In April 2018 Daniel was appointed to the role of Investment Director and is responsible for investment oversight of our investment boutiques.  In addition he works closely with the boutiques in the development of their business, product and distribution strategies. Prior to joining the company, Daniel spent ten years at Perpetual Investments.

Other Senior Management

Daniel Campbell

Investment Director
Senior Management (Australia)

About Nicola

Nicola Scott joined the company in May 2016 as the Chief Financial Officer for the business activities in Australia. Nicola is responsible for the company’s overall financial operations, reporting and business planning. Prior to joining the company, Nicola worked for ANZ in Singapore in a number of regional roles, including Head of Finance & Business Manager Markets APEA and Business Manager to the CFO – Institutional Bank. Nicola commenced her career with Arthur Andersen, qualifying in Australia and then moving to London for seven years. On returning to Australia Nicola joined ANZ where she held a number of roles including, Head of Financial Control – Global Markets, Head of Finance – Asia and Head of Finance Global Markets Trading. In 2006 she joined HBOS’s Treasury branch as their Australian CFO.

Other Senior Management

Nicola Scott

Chief Financial Officer
Senior Management (Australia)

About Ross

Ross was appointed as General Counsel & Head of Legal at Pendal following the company’s listing on the ASX in 2007.

Prior to joining the company, Ross worked for leading law firms in Sydney and London from the time of his admission in 1987 until 1998. While in private practice Ross specialised primarily in financial services, including funds management, banking and corporate law. 

Ross joined the legal team of Pendal’s predecessor, BT Funds Management in 1998 and occupied a number of legal roles, primarily relating to the institutional asset management business.  

Ross holds a BA, LLB (Hons) degree from the University of Sydney.

Other Senior Management

Ross Blackman

General Counsel & Head of Legal
Senior Management (Australia)

About Justin

Justin joined the company in April 2018 and is responsible for the technology, business strategy, strategic projects, operations, product and outsourced relationships functions. Justin possesses over 18 years’ experience in the finance industry, including senior appointments across client service, product, business strategy, operations and project management. Before joining the company, Justin was a Director at LeapFrog Investments and prior to that, held leadership positions within strategy, operations and strategic projects between 2013 and 2017 at First State Super, one of Australia’s largest pension funds. Justin’s industry experience also incorporates a variety of general management-level roles at Perpetual Investments during his 10-year tenure at the firm.

Justin holds a Bachelor of Science from The Nottingham Trent University and a finance related post graduate qualification from the Securities Institute of Australia (now FINSIA).

Other Senior Management

Justin Howell

Chief Operating Officer
Senior Management (Australia)

About William

William joined Pendal in May 2021 as the Head of Risk and Compliance for Pendal Australia. He is a member of the Pendal Australia Executive team and is responsible for the risk and compliance strategy, design, implementation and monitoring of risk and compliance frameworks across Pendal Australia as well as the delivery of timely and practical advice, assurance and reporting.

Prior to joining Pendal, William was a senior Director in the Governance, Regulation and Compliance practice of Deloitte. Prior to Deloitte, Will held senior roles at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), Macquarie Group and Credit Suisse. Will has a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from the Australian National University and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM).

Other Senior Management

William Emerton

Head of Risk & Compliance
Senior Management (Australia)

About David

David joined the company in June 2021 and is responsible for the direct ownership and accountability of all aspects of the Product lifecycle from driving the Product Development process to ongoing Product Management responsibilities. David’s experience in the finance industry dates back to 1999 and has held positions in Sales, Product, Business Operations together with directorships in Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore. Before joining Pendal, David was at AMP Australia as a Senior Product Consultant and prior to that established GAM Investments operations in Australia and held Product leadership roles at AMP Capital and Man Investments in both Australia and Hong Kong.

David holds a Bachelor of Laws from Middlesex University and Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the College of Law.

Other Senior Management

David Harris

Head of Product
Senior Management (Australia)