Frontier continues hiring spree

James Damicoucas
Frontier Advisors Pty Ltd - Senior Consutant
Frontier Advisors Pty Ltd
Date: 28 March 2024
Position: Senior Consutant
By Elizabeth Fry

Frontier Advisors continues to build up its team by adding a senior consultant from Zenith Investment Partners to work with clients in the not-for-profit sector.

James Damicoucas joins as a senior consultant working with investors in the university, charity and foundation sectors, along with wealth managers hungry for institutional-grade asset consulting support.

At Zenith, he built diversified portfolios for adviser groups and carried out manager research as part of the asset manager's fixed-income business.

Also arriving are Charlie Hurst and Liam Chiodi as the inaugural members of Frontier's entry-level analyst pool .

Building on the success of its PhD intern program, the firm sees this as an opportunity to introduce asset consulting as a career option while also elevating the work undertaken by associates.

Frontier's investment governance team will also gain a boost from the appointment of Anchy Kaur to support the growing demand for advice on regulatory compliance and governance frameworks.

Kaur has worked with the Australian Financial Complaints Authority, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the ATO.

Frontier chief executive Andrew Polson said the non-for-profit and private wealth segments of the business are the fastest growing.

"Adding more experience .... will help deliver great service to the new clients we have in this area and help us further grow this part of our business. James will be a real boon to this endeavour," he said.

"The other area of increasing demand is investment governance, so we're excited to add further support for our clients in this space with Anchy's appointment.

Polson stated that the analyst pool will relieve some burden around completing important data and admin tasks from more junior consulting and research staff.

"It will add a further professional dimension for them while offering a pathway into our industry for high-calibre entry-level candidates who may not otherwise have considered asset consulting as a career," he added.

In recent years, Frontier has been collaborating with several universities to offer internships to PhD students.

This has resulted in permanent appointments bolstering the quantitative and econometric capability of the Frontier team.

"This innovative academic/industry collaboration is seen as a positive way to build the numbers working in a sector where there is a significant and increasing demand for candidates thanks to the growth of major super funds and institutional grade investment organisations more broadly."

The recruits will be based in Frontier's Melbourne office.