You don’t need to be brave or to take risks in the equity market to be rewarded.
You need fund managers who keep a close eye on the equities market and know how to respond. Quickly.

Active fund managers who are forever vigilant.

Since inception, K2 has brought together a team of investment professionals with a depth of knowledge and experience in local and global equity markets. It’s the knowledge and insight of the K2 team that enables us to deliver such strong returns.

Our people

  • Campbell Neal, Managing Director

    Campbell Neal, Managing Director

    Campbell is a co-founder and Managing Director of K2 Asset Management. In conjunction with this role, Campbell is a Senior Portfolio Manager in the Australian and Asian investment strategies.

    Campbell was a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria before moving into financial services in 1986, when he became an Institutional Equities Dealer for Citicorp Scrimgeour Vickers. Prior to founding K2, Campbell was an Executive Vice President of Bankers Trust Australia Ltd, where he was Head of Australian Equities Distribution (Melbourne and Asia).

    Years in industry: 31 yrs 
    Years at firm: 17 yrs

  • Mark Newman, Joint Chief Investment Officer

    Mark Newman, Joint Chief Investment Officer

    Mark is a co-founder and Executive Director of K2 Asset Management, and is the joint-CIO for the K2 investment funds. In conjunction with his responsibilities as joint-CIO, Mark focuses on the portfolio management of the Asian equity strategy.

    Mark was previously a senior fund manager with the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, where he was responsible for Asia ex Japan equity investments. Prior to this Mark was a Director with HSBC Asset Management Hong Kong, where he also specialised in managing Asian portfolios, and an Investment Manager at Wardley Investment Services (Australia) Ltd.

    Years in industry: 31 yrs 
    Years at firm: 17 yrs

  • David Poppenbeek, Joint Chief Investment Officer

    David Poppenbeek, Joint Chief Investment Officer

    David is the joint-CIO for the K2 investment funds. In conjunction with his responsibilities as joint-CIO, David dedicates his time managing an allocation of the Australian and Asian equity strategies.

    David previously held senior roles as Division Director Institutional Equities Sales for Macquarie Bank, Vice President Institutional Equities Sales for Bankers Trust Australia Ltd and a Quantitative Analyst at Daiwa Securities Ltd. David holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Mathematics) from RMIT.

    Years in industry: 25 yrs 
    Years at firm: 13 yrs

  • James Soutter, Head of International

    James Soutter, Head of International

    James is a Senior Portfolio Manager for the K2 investment funds focusing on both the Asian and international strategies.

    James holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics and Finance) from Deakin University and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance from FINSIA (formerly the Securities Institute of Australia). He has completed the UK Investment Management Certificate with UKSIP and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

    James commenced his career in 1994 at JBWere and Son before shifting into asset management in 1998 with AXA. In 2000 James relocated to London working for Fidelity International before joining JP Morgan Asset Management.

    During his six year career at JP Morgan, as a member of the European Equity Group, James managed a number of retail and institutional equity mandates. In 2007, James returned to Australia and joined Perennial Investment Partners. As Head of Global Equities for Perennial, James was also a member of the Executive Leadership Group and member of the Asset Allocation Committee. In 2014 James was a finalist for Fund Manager of the year for Global Equities at the Australian Fund Managers Awards.

    Years in industry: 22 yrs 
    Years at firm: 1 yr

  • Josh Kitchen, Portfolio Manager

    Josh Kitchen, Portfolio Manager

    Since joining K2 at inception Josh has had responsibility for managing the dealing operations of the funds and now dedicates his time managing a portion of the Australian portfolio.

    During Josh's 17 years’ tenure he has gained extensive experience in institutional dealing in the Australian equity market. Prior to joining K2 Josh was an institutional dealer at BT Alex Brown.

    Josh holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Deakin University and also holds a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance from FINSIA (formerly the Securities Institute of Australia).

    Years in industry: 19 yrs 
    Years at firm: 17 yrs

  • Nick Leitl, Portfolio Manager

    Nick Leitl, Portfolio Manager

    Nick joined K2 in 2005 and has 19 years of investment and funds management experience.

    Nick dedicates his time as a Portfolio Manager on stock selection within both the Australian and Asian equity strategies. Prior to joining K2, Nick held roles within Macquarie Bank, BT Alex Brown and JM Financial Group.

    Nick holds a Bachelor of Economics and Finance from RMIT.

    Years in industry: 19 yrs 
    Years at firm: 12 yrs

  • Tony Sutton, Portfolio Manager

    Tony Sutton, Portfolio Manager

    Tony graduated from Melbourne University with a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) in 1999. He commenced his career at Goldman Sachs/ JB Were within the sell-side equities research team as a quantitative analyst. In 2006, Tony joined Global Wealth Allocation Ltd (GWA), A UK based funds management company, initially as head of research and then managing director Asia Pacific. He was jointly responsible for AUM growth from start-up to US$6bn. In 2010, his responsibilities at GWA were expanded to include lead portfolio manager for the global equity high conviction fund within affiliate company API Capital.

    Tony dedicates his time managing stock selection within the Asian and international equity strategies.

    Years in industry: 16 yrs 
    Years at firm: 1 yr

  • James Byrne, Portfolio Manager

    James Byrne, Portfolio Manager

    James joined K2 Asset Management in 2014 and has over 13 years of investment and funds management experience.

    James dedicates his time as a Portfolio Manager to the Australian equity strategy. Prior to joining K2, James held investment advisory roles at Macquarie Bank, ABN AMRO Morgans and Ord Minnett Ltd.

    James holds a Master of Business Administration from Victoria University.

    Years in industry: 12 yrs 
    Years at firm: 3 yrs

  • Tim Callan, Dealer / Portfolio Manager

    Tim Callan, Dealer / Portfolio Manager

    Tim joined the K2 team in 2011 after spending time in institutional sales and equity research at Goldman Sachs. Tim divides his time between managing a portion of the Australian equity strategy and being responsible for all dealing operations of the K2 funds.

    Tim’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Commerce from Deakin University and a Masters in Applied Finance and Investment from Kaplan Professional.

    Years in industry: 7 yrs 
    Years at firm: 6 yrs

  • Alistair Dunne, Head of Wholesale Distribution

    Alistair Dunne, Head of Wholesale Distribution

    Alistair joined K2 Asset Management in February 2017 as Head of Wholesale Distribution. Prior to joining K2, Alistair was Head of Wholesale for Australia and New Zealand at UBS Global Asset Management. Alistair was also a National Sales Manager at BT Investment Management for a period of 5 years.

    Alistair holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Deakin University.

    Finance Industry Experience: 15 yrs

  • Damian Craven, Head of Retail Distribution

    Damian Craven, Head of Retail Distribution

    Damian joined K2 Asset Management in January 2017 as Head of Retail Distribution. Prior to joining K2, Damian spent 7 years as Key Account Manager for Magellan Asset Management focusing on advisor relationships. Damian also managed with great success the growth in the Macquarie Cash Management Trust and Macquarie Wrap Platform for a period of 10 years.

    Finance Industry Experience: 20 yrs

  • Hollie Wight, Chief Financial Officer

    Hollie Wight, Chief Financial Officer

    Hollie is Chief Financial Officer and an Executive Director of K2, responsible for all financial accounting and report preparation for both the operating company and the investment funds.

    Hollie was previously an accountant/auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Hollie is a CPA and has a Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) from RMIT.

  • James Corbett, Finance Manager

    James Corbett, Finance Manager

    James joined K2 in December 2009 as Finance Manager to oversee fund valuation and the financial accounting of the operating company.

    Before joining K2, James worked as an accountant at Crown Melbourne Limited and as an auditor with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

    James holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Melbourne University, and is a registered Chartered Accountant.

  • Matthew Higgins, Legal Counsel

    Matthew Higgins, Legal Counsel

    Matthew joined K2 in September 2014 as legal counsel. Matthew is responsible for providing legal advice to the company on relevant corporate and financial services requirements.

    Before joining K2, Matthew worked as a corporate lawyer at GM Holden Ltd and also in private practice at Ashurst and Maddocks. Matthew has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Engineering from The University of Melbourne. 

  • Andrew Poppenbeek, Head of IT and System Development

    Andrew Poppenbeek, Head of IT and System Development

    Andrew joined the K2 team in 2010 as the Head of IT and System Development. He has spent his whole career developing equity portfolio software and databases.

    Andrew started his career at Daiwa Securities in 1992 and then moved to GMO Australia in 1995. In 1997 Andrew joined the Commonwealth Bank before commencing at MIR Investment Management in 2006. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Science and a Graduate Diploma of Economic Studies (Econometrics) from Monash University.