Andrew Chapman

Managing Director

Investment Manager Andrew Chapman is known for his own successful funds management operation, Merchant Group which manages funds for a VIP client base across Australia.

Andrew has Graduate and Post Graduate qualifications in Business, Finance and Hospitality. He established Merchant Group in 2011, after spending 9 years with one of Perth’s leading private wealth managers.

During his financial career, he has traded through a number of market cycles, which have in turn shaped his views on active portfolio management and risk. Through Merchant Group he offers a specialised investment management service to a select group of high-net-worth clients, the unit holders within the Merchant Opportunities Fund and the soon to be launched, Merchant Biotech Fund.

Away from the markets, he is passionate about the hospitality industry and is an owner of several venues in Perth. In 2014, Andrew was an integral part of the establishment of the Western Australian branch of the food rescue organisation, Oz Harvest. He still holds the Australian record for the highest amount raised by one person at a single fundraiser event, the 2019 OzHarvest CEO Cookoff, where he raised $324,000.

Reece O’Connell Bbus, MBA

Portfolio Manager

Reece holds a Bachelor of Business and Finance from Murdoch University, an MBA from the University of Canberra, and a Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning with Kaplan. Reece worked as a Trader in the City of London and as a Stockbroker in Perth prior to joining Merchant. During his financial career he has managed and traded his way through economic and market cycles. His long-term investment approach and care for his client’s needs and objectives is critically important to him. Through Merchant Group he offers a specialised investment management service to unitholders.

Outside of financial markets, he is passionate about his family and his community. Being the inaugural Adam Gilchrist Cricket Scholar as a teenager he is passionate about helping and giving back to young sports people from rural WA.

Chris Mews

Chief Financial Officer

Chris holds a Bachelor of Business majoring in Accounting and is a Certified Practicing Accountant, a Chartered Secretary and a Member of the Governance Institute of Australia.

Chris has over 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry, having held senior positions in finance, corporate secretarial and compliance in both listed and unlisted companies.

Michelle Went

Fund Administrator

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Finance and International Business and has over 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry.

Michelle handles the administration for Merchant Funds Management.

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