Our team

Our team

Paul Sanger

Managing Partner

Investment Banking Executive with over 30 years of experience focused on global capital markets. He is the former Managing Director and Head of Distribution and Corporate access (Asia) for Citi, where he managed and maintained a team of over 350 financial market professionals across 10 countries in public capital markets. Paul has a long background dealing with the senior management of listed and unlisted corporations on public market strategy and has extensive experience in the entire lifespan of a publicly listed entity, including IPOs, mergers and acquisitions, asset purchases and sales, restructures and capital raises. He is a proven leader and business strategist with an intimate knowledge of financial markets and corporate governance issues.

Tim McGowen

Managing Partner

Tim has 30 years of investment experience and was the Founder and CEO of Fortitude Capital, which won numerous industry awards, including the AIMA 2008 & 2009 Hedge Fund of the Year during the GFC. He has managed money for family offices, managed funds and investment banks with a core focus on Australian equities and derivatives. In more recent years his focus has been on creating a digital platform (informedinvestor.com.au) by bringing together fund managers and financial advisers into a content channel to promote adviser professional development and investor engagement. With that in mind, Tim orchestrated the purchase of sharecafe.com.au in 2018, with a similar objective of creating a digital platform for retail investors looking for content from listed companies.

Di Brookman


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Di is a geologist & energy finance professional with over 30 -years experience in energy markets, corporate advisory, finance & communications, Career experience spans renewables, mining, asset management & financial services.

During a long career in energy finance she held senior executive equity research & credit roles for international investment banks at Citi, Credit Lyonnais Securities Asia (CLSA), Barclays de Zoete Wedd (BZW) and Westpac Institutional Bank. She was also Head of Global Investor Relations for ASX listed Dart Energy.

With well-developed commercial acumen Di provides timely market and company leading ideas and brings unique perspectives and investment opportunities to her clients.

Di has a B.Sc (Honours) from Sydney University and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. More recently she has been a Non Executive Director and Chair of the Audit, Finance & Risk Committee at the Australasian Corrosion Association.

Stock experience

  • Woodside
  • Santos
  • Oil Search
  • AGL Energy
  • Origin Energy
  • Strike Energy
  • Armour Energy
  • Cooper Energy
  • Karoon Gas
  • LNG Ltd
  • Melbana
  • Otto
  • Horizon
  • Byron Energy
  • FAR Ltd
  • Arrow Energy
  • Dart Energy
  • QGC
  • Aurora
  • Drillsearch
  • AWE

Joh Snyman


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Joh is a Senior Investment Analyst with more than 20 years’ experience in investment management and sell side equities research.

Most recently he worked at UBS Asset Management where he had responsibility for coverage of the Transport, Retail, Food & Beverage and Telecommunications sectors in Australia.

This included building and maintenance of detailed financial models and company valuations, development and presentation of investment cases, and portfolio construction.

Prior experience includes roles at Allianz Global Investors, BNP Paribas and EY.

Joh is a Chartered Accountant and holds a B.Ec. (Hons.) from Sydney University and a Grad.Dip. in Applied Finance and Investment from FINSIA.

Stock experience

  • Brambles
  • Aurizon Holdings
  • Qantas
  • Qube Holdings
  • Cleanaway Waste
Consumer Discretionary
  • Wesfarmers
  • Domino’s Pizza
  • JB Hi-Fi,
  • Flight Centre
  • Super Retail Group
  • Caltex
  • Viva energy
  • TPG Telecom
  • Vocus group
  • Transurban
  • Sydney Airport
  • Tab Holdings
  • Lend lease

Marc Sinatra


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Marc has had a broad career across the life-science industry, having worked in it for over 25 years.

He began his career running a quasi-commercial/academic laboratory, where he was involved in the research, development, clinical trialling and regulatory approval of new medical devices. He then moved to a life-science start-up as Head of Product Development, ultimately obtaining FDA approval for the company’s flagship product (Quest Diagnostics acquired the company for ≈AUD66m). Post the start-up, Marc spent his time providing specialist consulting services to venture capital companies, listed and unlisted life-science companies, providing company analysis for various uses, and investing in the ASX-listed life-science sector.

For the last 10+ years, Marc has been the Senior Life-science Analyst at Lodge Partners, a boutique stockbroking firm, with an excellent record in the life-science sector. He believes that what gives him an advantage in the sector is that he has extensive experience in doing the activities he now analyses. Marc is intent on improving ASX-listed life-science companies and sees quality research and support as one key to ensuring the right companies get the backing needed to thrive.

Marc holds an honours degree in genetics from the University of Melbourne and an M.B.A. from Melbourne Business School.

Stock experience

Life sciences
  • Mesoblast
  • Cellestis (Qiagen N.V.)
  • Resmed
  • Bio-Gene Technology
  • Chemgenex Pharmaceuticals (Teva Pharmaceuticals Limited)
  • Pharmaxis
  • Peplin Limited (Leo Pharma N/V)
  • Benitec Biopharma
  • Sirtex Limited (CDH Investments)
  • Clinuvel
  • Starpharma
  • Genetic Signatures
  • Kazia Therapeutics
  • Paradigm Biopharmaceuticals
  • Medical Developments
  • Viralytics (Merk)

Lawrence Grech


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Lawrence Grech is a Private Research Consultant & Senior Equity Analyst. He has more than 30 years’ experience in investment management and analysis roles spanning listed securities analysis of Australian and overseas stocks, commodities and fund strategy. Investment roles included senior positions at State Super-Deutsche Asset Management and BT Australia’s funds. He has also held resource analyst and team leadership positions at stockbrokers Phillip Capital, PAC Partners and County NatWest (now Citi). He founded and is principal of LGrech Consulting Services – a private bespoke research consultancy to companies and professional investors. 

Portfolio experience

Materials / resources
  • BHP
  • Rio Tinto
  • Alumina Limited
  • Newcrest Mining
  • Iluka
Materials / industrials
  • Amcor
  • Orica
  • Incitec Pivot
  • Woodside Petroleum
  • Santos
  • Oil Search
  • Origin Energy
  • Ampol (Caltex)
  • Aurizon Holdings

Stock experience (*published / ^unpublished reports)

Industrials / recycling
  • Pearl Global*
Tourism & retailing
  • Mediland Pharma^
Tech, chemicals & financials
  • MOQ Ltd*
  • Incitec Pivot Ltd^
  • Credit Corporation^
Energy refining & retailing
  • Caltex Australia Ltd^
  • Viva Energy Ltd^
  • Viva Energy REIT^
Oil & gas
  • ADX Energy*
  • Beach Energy Ltd^
  • Brookside Energy^
  • Cooper Energy Ltd*^
  • Fremont Petroleum*
  • Galilee Energy Ltd^
  • Real Energy Ltd*
  • 3D Oil Ltd*
  • Sacgasco Ltd*
  • Senex Energy Ltd^
  • Strike Energy Ltd^
Mining & coal
  • Alumina Limited^
  • Coronado Global Resources^
  • Whitehaven Coal*
  • Yancoal*
  • Bounty Mining*
  • Cuesta Coal*
  • Carabella Resources*
  • Endocoal*
  • Nucoal*
  • Northern Minerals*
  • Bounty Mining*
International research for fund managers
  • Adecoagro
  • Apple Incorporated^
  • Anadarko Petroleum^
  • Cabot Oil & Gas^
  • ConocoPhillips^
  • EQT Corporation^
  • Johnson & Johnson^
  • Korea Electric Power Corp^
  • Oil company LUKOIL PJSC^
  • Occidental Petroleum^
  • Schlumberger NV^
  • Vermillion Energy^

Lara Smith


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Lara Smith has been an analyst for over fifteen years, starting her career as an equity analyst at Foord Asset Management and then as the lead analyst as for the Steinmetz Group, Group, where she was responsible for sourcing, analyzing and evaluating potential mining acquisitions in Africa and the Baltic regions.

In 2009, she independently authored three in-depth studies that formed the inception of Core Consultants: the first two provided outlooks for the lithium market and the third was on the global coking coal industry.

Lara has completed over 70 market studies for an array of commodities including base metals, bulk commodities, soft commodities, critical metals and rare earths.

Lara has a BSc in Chemistry, Statistics and Economics and a BComm Hons in Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management from the University of Cape Town.

Paresh Patel


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Paresh Patel is a finance and investment professional with over 25 years' international experience across investment management, equity research and finance. He has knowledge and commercial experience across several industries. 

Most recently he was a Senior Equity Analyst and Portfolio Manager at JBWere. There he was responsible for investment research across Consumer Discretionary/Staples, Information Technology, Industrial and Materials sectors. This along with Co-Portfolio management responsibilities. He has also held Senior Equity Research positions at stockbrokers, Ord Minnett, Bell Potter, Southern Cross Equities and CCZ Statton Equities.  

Previous operational and commercial experience includes senior finance roles in commercial strategy, and accounting in Australia, United Kingdom and New Zealand. 

Paresh has a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Auckland. He is also qualified as a Chartered Accountant (CA) and a Diploma of Financial Planning.  

Richard Close


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A highly regarded Funds Management and Investment Banking executive, Richard has over 25 years’ experience in capital markets spanning Asia-Pacific, Europe and the US – where he has held senior roles in equities research and institutional research sales.

He has extensive experience dealing with senior fund management professionals as well as  executives of listed companies in Australia, Asia and the US - advising on public market issues such as ECM transactions, corporate strategy and investor/stakeholder relations – in addition to running many successful corporate roadshow programmes.

Richard started his career as an exploration geologist for Freeport McMoran before moving to finance where he has held roles with Schroder Investment Management (Sydney/London), Deutsche Bank (UK), Citigroup (Aust), Credit Suisse (Aust) and Antares Equities/MLC Asset Management.

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