Q&A with Colchester's new Head of Distribution Australia March 2016
Angela MacPherson grew up in the country but, a city girl at heart, she’s since carved out a financial services career in Sydney. In her newest role at Colchester Global Investors, she tells Industry Moves that she is looking forward to introducing the firm's 'quality offering' to the intermediary market. She also shares her personal motto and the importance of being a strong role model for her daughters.
- What are you most looking forward to in the new role?
I’m looking forward to rolling out our distribution strategy to the market. Colchester is committed to the intermediary space and has a quality offering. Several of the portfolio managers from London and Singapore are already lining up to visit here for meetings and presentations, and I really love that commitment.
- What are your biggest goals for the first 12 months?
My goal is to broaden the profile of Colchester Global Investors in Australia’s intermediary market and to convert that awareness into support for our investment capability. Colchester is a very successful global sovereign bond manager with a long record of outperformance, and so far it’s only been the institutional investors that have that awareness and access.
- …and your greatest challenge/s?
Our challenge initially will be securing our place in a very competitive market.
- Who do you most admire and how have they influenced your life/work?
I’ve been lucky to work with some fantastic people throughout my career who I look up to and admire. My daughters however, have had the greatest influence on my career as I’m conscious of providing them a strong role model. I want to impart on them the importance of women pursuing their life goals, being financially independent and taking control of their financial future, and I think I’ve demonstrated that pretty well so far.
- What is the best advice you've been given?
I was always taught to treat people the way you wanted to be treated. I also use the motto ‘never give up’.
- Where did you grow up?
I grew up on a property in the Hunter Valley.
- What was your very first job?
As kids we were always expected to work on the farm on weekends and during holidays. I decided that wasn’t for me, so during university holidays I headed to Sydney to work as a live-in nanny.
- Do you have a secret skill/hidden talent?
I’m quite a good gardener which isn’t that interesting however most people wouldn’t know that I have driven a 50 carriage fully laden coal train through the Hunter (needless to say it was a very slow trip).
- Is there a particular cause or charity that you support?
Dress for Success Sydney empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
This is a very worthy cause which has grown significantly and helped many women in their quest to find employment.