The Board of Eight Investment Partners Pty Limited is composed of senior executives from Eight Investment Partners:

Kerry Series

As Chief Investment Officer, Kerry is responsible for 8IP`s investment management activity. His primary focus is on delivering investment returns through the active management of 8IP`s funds.

Kerry`s investment experience includes a number of senior roles. In 1999 he co-founded Perennial Investment Partners which achieved strong investment performance and reached $20 billion in assets within eight years. The Asian equity fund managed by Kerry at Perennial was consistently ranked highly.

Prior to founding 8IP he was the Head of Asia Pacific Equities at AMP Capital where he was responsible for three investment teams which managed approximately $5 billion of assets. Kerry also spent time in Hong Kong where he was an Investment Director for HSBC Asset Management.

Kerry is a significant shareholder in 8IP and investor in 8IP funds. He has a Bachelor of Science (Economics) from Birkbeck College, University of London; is a Certified Investment Manager; and holds a UK Securities Industry Diploma.

Stephen Walsh

As Senior Portfolio Manager, Stephen is the co-portfolio manager of the 8IP Australian Small Companies Fund. Stephen has a long record of Australian equity market research.

Previously, Stephen was Head of Equities at Wilson HTM (a Deutsche Bank affiliate). There he was responsible for strategy and management of research, institutional sales and corporate finance. Earlier, Stephen was banks analyst and team leader at Macquarie Equities after a period in Singapore where he was lead Asia consumer analyst for CA Indosuez WI Carr Securities.

Stephen has a Master of Arts (History) from Cambridge University, UK and an MBA from INSEAD on a Louis Franck Scholarship.

Rick Steele

Drawing on more than 30 years in funds management and government, Rick is responsible for the business management of 8IP.

After a successful career in the Australian Treasury, Rick entered the financial markets as the Chief Economist at Prudential Assurance (Prudential). He then moved into investment management as a portfolio manager at Prudential, specialising in fixed income and foreign exchange. Rick went on to hold similar positions at BT Funds Management (BT) and Morgan Grenfell Australia.

Most recently, Rick has focused on the management of funds management businesses serving as the CEO of TechInvest, a specialist global equity manager. Prior to that he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the institutional asset management business at BT.

Rick holds a Bachelor of Economics with Honours from the University of Tasmania; a Master of Economics from the Australian National University; and is a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.