Board Of Directors

About Ray Kellerman

Ray Kellerman

Independent Non-Executive Chair

  • BEc, LLB, MBA
  • Chair of CountPlus Board
  • Member of Remuneration & Nominations Committee

Ray has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry including in the funds management, financial advisory, life insurance and corporate and structured finance industries. Previous appointments include Independent Chairman of ClearView Wealth, an ASX listed life insurance and financial services company, and Independent Chairman of Credit Suisse Asset Management Australia. Prior to this he was with Perpetual Trustees Australia for 10 years before establishing his own financial services and compliance advisory business in 2001.

Ray is an owner and Executive Director of Quentin Ayers, an implemented asset advisor specialising in alternative private market investments. He holds qualifications in law, economics, investment securities and management.

Ray currently acts as a director for Goodman Funds Management Australia, Foundation Life New Zealand and Ryder Capital. He is also active in a number of governance related roles for some major fund managers operating in Australia.

Ray was appointed a Director of CountPlus in January 2017 and Chairman in April 2017.

About Matthew Rowe

Matthew Rowe

Managing Director and CEO

  • FCA, FCPA, CFP (Life), GMP (Harvard Business School), GAICD, BEc, Grad Dip FP, Grad Dip Accounting
  • Member of CountPlus Board
  • Member of Acquisitions Committee
  • Member of Technology & Innovation Committee

Matthew Rowe joined the CountPlus Board in October 2016 and was appointed CEO and Managing Director in February 2017. He has led CountPlus through its turnaround strategy and guided the successful acquisition and integration of Count Financial in October 2019.

Mr Rowe holds a Bachelor of Economics, Graduate Diploma in Accounting, Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning and is a graduate of Harvard Business School. His professional designations include CFP(Life), FCA, FCPA and GAICD.

Mr Rowe is a recognised change agent in financial services with a track record in leading high-performing teams. He embodies a genuine values-based leadership with a particular focus on people and culture, and drives commercial results based on strong commercial and regulatory experience.

In 2017, Matthew was appointed by the Minister for Revenue and Financial Services to the Board of the Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority and served in this capacity until late 2019.

Prior to this Matthew was Chairman of the Financial Planning Association of Australia and represented Australia on the Global Standards Body. He is the former Managing Director of Hood Sweeney, a CountPlus member firm, and the 30th largest accounting firm in Australia and twice a BRW top 10 fastest growing firm.

About Alison Ledger

Alison Ledger

Independent Non-Executive Director

  • BA, MBA, GAICD
  • Member of CountPlus Board
  • Chair of Remuneration & Nominations Committee
  • Member of Audit & Risk Committee

Alison has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. She has held senior operational and strategic roles in banking, funds management and insurance with Chase, Bankers Trust and IAG. As a Partner with McKinsey & Company, Alison advised leading global and Australian banks on strategy, performance improvement and organisational change. Alison’s more recent experience has been in digital transformation and customer experience (CX). As Executive General Manager of Product, Pricing and eBusiness, Alison ran IAG’s digital business and CX for the consumer brands including NRMA, SGIO and SGIC.

Alison is Chair of CountPlus’ Remuneration and Nominations Committee and a member of the Audit and Risk Committee. She is also a Non-Executive Director of Audinate Group Limited (ASX:AD8) and Latitude Group Holdings Limited (ASX: LFS) as well as Hallmark Insurance, a Latitude subsidiary.

Alison holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Economics from Boston College and an MBA from Harvard University. She is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

About Kate Hill

Kate Hill

Independent Non-Executive Director

  • CA, GAICD, BSc (Hons)
  • Member of CountPlus Board
  • Chair of Audit & Risk Committee
  • Member of Acquisitions Committee

Kate has over 20 years’ experience as an audit partner with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, working with ASX listed and privately-owned clients. She has worked extensively in regulated environments including assisting with Initial Public Offerings, capital raising and general compliance, as well as operating in an audit environment. She held a variety of leadership and executive roles in Deloitte and served for a period on the Board of Partners of the Australian firm.

Kate Hill is an independent Non-Executive Director, chair of the Audit and Risk Committee and member of the Acquisitions Committee. She is also an Independent Non-Executive Director of Elmo Software Limited (ASX: ELO) where she serves as Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee, and is a member of the Remuneration and Nominations Committee. She is the Chair of Seeing Machines Limited (AIM: SEE) as well as being a member of the Finance and Risk Committee, and the People and Culture Committee.

Kate holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) from Bristol University, is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand, and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

About Andrew McGill

Andrew McGill

Independent Non-Executive Director

  • BCom/LLB, F Fin (Grad Dip App Fin)
  • Member of CountPlus Board
  • Chair of Acquisitions Committee
  • Member of Remuneration & Nominations Committee
  • Member of Technology & Innovation Committee

Andrew has more than 29 years’ financial markets experience, including investment and management experience within the alternative asset sector and the funds management industry generally. He was previously Managing Director and CEO of ASX-listed Pacific Current Group Limited and in this capacity also served on the Board of a number of affiliated companies. Prior to joining Pacific Current Group, he was a founding partner of Crescent Capital Partners, an independent mid-market private equity firm where he worked from 2000 to 2010. Earlier in his career, Andrew held executive roles within Macquarie Bank’s Corporate Finance and Direct Investment teams. He was also a consultant with The LEK Partnership, an international firm of business strategy consultants.

Andrew is currently Chairman of the advisory board of Besen Pty Ltd, and Chairman of PM Capital Asian Opportunities Fund Limited (ASX:PAF). 

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance (FINSIA). 

About Carolyn Colley

Carolyn Colley

Independent Non-Executive Director

  • Bachelor of Economics, Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance, Institute of Company Directors Directors Course, Stanford University school of Business - Customer focused Innovation.
  • Member of CountPlus Board
  • Member of Audit & Risk Committee
  • Member of Technology & Innovation Committee

Carolyn has more than 30 years leadership experience spanning financial services, product development and innovation. Carolyn was most recently a co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Faethm Pty Ltd, a global Software-as-a-Service augmented analytics platform which enables companies, governments and educators to understand the impact of emerging technologies on the Future of Work. She was the Chief Operating Officer of Asgard Wealth Solutions and St. George’s Wealth Management business and was the Head of Strategy for Macquarie Advisor Services and the Head of Personal Banking at Macquarie Bank. Carolyn was also the CEO of formerly listed software business, Decimal Software Limited.

Carolyn is an Independent Non-Executive Director of the subsidiary settlement and clearing boards of the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX:ASX). An Independent Non-Executive Director, Member of the Audit and Risk Committees and Remuneration and Nominations Committee and Chair of the Claims Review Committee of OnePath Custodians, Oasis Fund Management and IOOF Investment Management , IOOF’s Superannuation businesses. An Independent Non- Executive Director and a Member of the Information Technology committee and Remuneration and Nominations Committee of ASX listed salary packaging and leasing business Smartgroup (ASX: SIQ). An independent Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Digital Committee of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Carolyn is also a Director and Deputy Chair of Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections, a community based (NFP).