Tyndall expands team with new appointments

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Tyndall has made further new appointments to enhance its asset management, client service and business development activities.

Tyndall has made further new appointments to enhance its asset management, client service and business development activities.

Mr Robert Woodford has joined the business in a combined role of fixed income investment specialist and institutional account manager and Mr Sebastian Mullins has been appointed portfolio manager in Tyndall’s implemented management team.

In addition, Tyndall has created a new position of investment writer within each of the Australian equities and fixed income investment management teams, appointing Ms Janelle McKimm and Ms Jessica Burnstone respectively to these positions.

Mr Woodford is responsible for managing Tyndall’s relationship with key institutional clients for the fixed income business, as well as assisting in developing and implementing fixed income strategies for institutional clients.

Prior to joining Tyndall, Mr Woodford was co-founder and executive director of Columbus Capital Ltd, and has also worked as a senior investment specialist with AMP Capital Investors Fixed Income and Currency and with Westpac Institutional Bank as an associate director in the debt capital markets division, as well as spending time in London with Bankers Trust PLC and ING Barings. He holds a masters degree in applied finance from Macquarie University’s Centre of Applied Finance and a bachelor of business studies degree in accounting and finance from Massey University in New Zealand, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mr Mullins is responsible for managing the business’s multi-manager global equities strategy and its diversified funds range. He was previously with Challenger Limited, working primarily in performance, risk analytics and security valuation.  He is currently studying for a masters degree in applied finance at Macquarie University and has an honours degree in mathematics and computer science.

The two investment writing roles are part of the marketing capability but sit within the investments teams and will develop specific investment communications about each asset class, primarily for external audiences such as institutional investors and advisers.  This will include the creation of additional market commentaries, reviews and research papers.

Ms McKimm previously worked at Tyndall in a similar role for both asset classes and will now become part of the Australian equities team.  She has over 20 years’ financial services experience, including senior marketing and investment communication roles with organisations such as Perpetual Investments, BT Investment Management, AMP Capital Investors, Sydney Futures Exchange and Westpac Investment Management.

Ms Burnstone joins Tyndall from Standard & Poor’s Fund Services in Sydney and will work within the fixed income team.  She has also worked for S&P Rating Services’ structured finance department in London and holds a masters of arts in English with first class honours from the University of Cambridge.

Mr Craig Hobart, managing director of Tyndall, said that the new appointments are part of the strengthening of Tyndall as an independent fund manager in Australia, reflecting Nikko AM’s commitment to reinforcing the operation and establishing a solid local presence.

“We have now largely developed the elements required to make us an independent asset management firm and we are well positioned to achieve our expansion goals whilst continuing to maintain our highly rated investment approaches and portfolio management style.

“We have already benefited from additional investment and business insights from our relationship with Nikko AM and their support is proving invaluable.

“We are also finding it useful to have access to other investment managers within the Nikko AM group which acts as an additional resource with a two-way flow of information,” Mr Hobart said.

Tyndall offers Australian equities and Australian and global fixed interest funds to retail and institutional investors in Australia.  It has over A$22 billion in funds under management (as at 30 September 2011).

Tyndall is a wholly owned subsidiary of Nikko Asset Management Co., Ltd., the largest regional asset manager headquartered in Asia with approximately A$165 billion in funds under management (as at 30 September 2011).

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 For further information please contact:

Craig Hobart – 02 8072 6301

11 October 2011