Alphinity Sustainable Share Fund Compliance Committee

We have established a Committee which includes two independent sustainability experts.

The Committee’s role is to rigorously review the investable universe to ensure compliance with the Charter; adjudicate on “grey areas”; refine the Fund’s Charter and filters as the SDGs evolve; help identify areas of company engagement; and review the external service providers used.

Elaine Prior

Elaine recently retired from Citi Research Sydney where she was a Managing Director covering ESG and Sustainability research for Citi’s fund manager and superannuation fund clients. An award-winning “ESG pioneer”, she researched sustainability issues on ASX listed companies to help clients assess valuation impacts or risks, or to engage with companies to encourage risk mitigation or broader positive change.  With Elaine at the helm, Citi was awarded “Best Broking Firm” title by ESG Research Australia every year for eight years between 2009 and 2016.

Elaine held roles in investment research and funds management for 20 years prior to joining Citi in 2007, primarily focused on the resources sector, and was the top-rated BHP analyst in the Australian market for several years.

Elaine has degrees in Chemistry, Petroleum Engineering and Antarctic Studies and, before working in the markets, had been an oil industry engineer in the UK North Sea and Australia and worked on environmental projects for Antarctic and Arctic tourism.

Mark Lyster

Alphinity has retained the services of Mark Lyster, a Director at KPMG Banarra, to advise Alphinity on responsible investment governance, best practice, ESG thematics and integration. Mark serves as an observer on the Sustainable Share Fund Compliance Committee. Mark co-founded Action Sustainability Asia Pacific Ltd, a boutique sustainability advisory firm with offices in Sydney and London. Mark has been at the cutting edge of sustainability and business in Australia for the last two decades and specialises in areas such as Sustainability Strategy, Responsible Lending and Investing, Human Rights and Modern Slavery.

Mark is an expert on the finance sector and has advised a number of leading organizations such as CBA, ANZ, IAG, Telstra Super, Woolworths, NSW Office of Environment and Sustainability Victoria. Mark is the inaugural Chair of the Responsible Investment Association of Australasia Human Rights Working Group.

Mark previously held Director level positions at leading consulting firms including EY, Net Balance, Ecos Corp.

Stephane Andre

Stephane is a Principal of Alphinity Investment Management.  His focus is on the Energy, Materials and Utilities sectors, as well as portfolio management oversight.

Stephane was previously a Vice President and Research Analyst for AllianceBernstein’s Australian Equities Fund covering the same sectors from 2005 to 2010. Stephane’s prior background was primarily in management consulting, having worked with McKinsey & Company from 1997 to 2002 in South Africa and Australia, leaving the firm as an Associate Principal. Prior to this, Stephane held relationship management roles within JP Morgan (Belgium) and Standard Corporate & Merchant Bank (South Africa). Stephane was also employed by SABMiller as Commercial Director Asia Pacific, ultimately responsible for launching and building a premium non-alcoholic beverage portfolio across the region.

Stephane holds a Commercial Engineering degree (with high honors) from the top-rated Universite Catholique de Louvain in Belgium. Stephane is fluent in French as well as German.

Bruce Smith

Bruce is a Principal of Alphinity Investment Management. His focus is on the Consumer, Telecommunications and Property sectors, as well as portfolio management oversight.

Bruce was previously a Vice President and Research Analyst for AllianceBernstein’s Australian Equities Fund covering the consumer, media and telecommunications sectors, from 2004 to 2010. Prior to this, Bruce held equity analyst and portfolio management positions at both Zurich Scudder Investments and Suncorp Investment Management, focusing predominantly on the media and telecommunications sectors. Bruce was also Investment Manager for NZI Insurance Australia. He started his career in the markets at JB Were as a Money Market Dealer.

Bruce received a Bachelor of Business from the NSW Institute of Technology (now UTS), and holds a Graduate Diploma from the Securities Institute of Australia.