Team

Koby Jones

Group Managing Director

Michelle Tay

Group Executive Director

Jeff Feng

Associate Director, Capital Solutions

Kristen Hood

Manager, Fund Accounting and Administration

Liam Howley

Associate, Capital and Asset Solutions

Olivia Jones

Associate, Portfolio Solutions

Daryl Koch

Governance and Assurance Advisor

Linzie Lee

Senior Associate, Portfolio Solutions

Umair Mohammed

Lead Business Analyst

Philip Pezzi

Head of Property Solutions

Daniel Tamone

Associate Director, Investor Solutions

Jen Tan

Manager, Portfolio Solutions

Julian Tjiong

Software Engineer

Thao Vien

Manager, Portfolio Solutions

Jen Tan

Manager, Portfolio Solutions

Julian Tjiong

Software Engineer

Thao Vien

Manager, Portfolio Solutions
Advisory Board

Ben Cohen

Roland Matrenza

Bryan Waters

Team

Koby is the founder, AFSL Responsible Manager and Group Managing Director of The SILC Group. He is is responsible for driving the growth of the business, setting strategic direction, risk management and business development activities of The SILC Group alongside the leadership team.

Prior to establishing The SILC Group, Koby enjoyed a highly successful career in global financial markets and private wealth management with major financial institutions Westpac Banking Corporation, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group, National Australia Bank and Wilson HTM Investment Group.

He holds numerous qualifications including the Australian Institute of Company Directors (ACID) Course, Certified Practicing Accountants (CPA) Program, a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting, Commercial Law, Finance) through Deakin University, Diploma in Financial Advising from the Securities Institute of Australia (now Kaplan Professional), and Advanced Certificate in Management Skills from RMIT; as well as having various industry certifications which include the Margin Lending Accreditation Program, Accredited Derivatives Adviser (Level 1), and Diploma of Financial Services from the Australian Financial Markets Association (AFMA).

Koby is an active investor in alternative assets including venture capital, private equity, private credit and property development. He is also on the Board of Directors at the Northern Health Foundation, is a Director of the SILC Philanthropic Foundation, and is a member of Family Business Australia (FBA), the AICD and CPA Australia.

Michelle Tay is the Group Executive Director, AFSL Responsible Manager and Head of Group Services at The SILC Group. Her key responsibilities encompasses oversight of the company’s financial management, taxation and regulatory compliance, and operational risk management as well as investor relations and communication.

 

Michelle is an experienced banking and finance executive, with particular experience in syndicated corporate and structured financing, agency services and corporate management. During her tenure at the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group, she managed a portfolio of large complex syndicated corporate and structured finance transactions across multiple industries and geographies. She also has extensive experience in business and corporate banking, property development financing and corporate management across all areas of business operations, financial management and taxation and regulatory compliance.

She holds various qualifications including the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) course, Certified Practicing Accountants (CPA) Program, Masters of Applied Finance through the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (now KAPLAN Professional) and Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance) through Monash University.

She is Chairwoman of the SILC Philanthropic Foundation and is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), CPA Australia and Family Business Australia (FBA).

Jeff Feng is an Associate Director at The SILC Group with a particular focus on the Chinese market. His main activities include transaction services support on corporate advisory transactions, as well as developing and fostering relationships with key Chinese partners and clients for ventures and investments into businesses, vendors, projects and assets globally.

Jeff started his career at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) before moving to Shenwan Hongyuan Securities Company, one of the largest listed securities companies in China. As a manager in their investment banking division, Jeff was involved in a variety of activities including corporate advisory, mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings (Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges), and private placements. His main responsibilities involve strategic business planning, project development and management, stakeholder communications and development, and to provide strategic oversight of operational and financial functions, conducting due diligence and analysis to multiple projects as well as dealing with various regulatory bodies including the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) and National Equities Exchange and Quotations (NEEQ).

Jeff holds various qualifications including a Bachelor of Commerce through the University of Melbourne and Master of Applied Finance through Monash University.

Kristen Hood is Manager, Fund Accounting and Administration at The SILC Group. Her main responsibilities include the preparation of fund management accounts for all funds managed by The SILC Group and fund administrative support.

Kristen started her career at Ernst & Young in the Audit division providing audit and assurance services to clients in the Financial Services industry, before moving into the Financial Services industry as Fund Accountant for Colonial First State. At Colonial First State, Kristen was responsible for the administration and accounting for the company’s various Managed Funds.

Kristen has also held a number of positions at JBWere Limited including Capital Markets Accountant and Group Accountant. As the Capital Markets Accountant, Kristen undertook the preparation of the company accounts for JBWere Capital Markets and its six subsidiaries. Kristen was then promoted to the role of Group Accountant, reporting directly to the CFO and Head of the Treasury. In her capacity as Group Accountant, Kristen was responsible for the preparation of company accounts of Were Stockbroking and the full consolidated accounts for the JBWere Group at financial year end.

Kristen holds various qualifications including a Bachelor of Commerce through the University of Melbourne and the Certified Practicing Accountants (CPA) Program.

Liam Howley is an Associate, Capital and Asset Solutions at The SILC Group with a focus on investment product development. He is responsible for providing initial product assessment, undertaking asset sponsor communications, and supporting product distribution initiatives.

Liam joined The SILC Group in 2019 through an internship where he spent time working with members of the operations team to develop his knowledge and skills in various aspects of the overall business. Following the completion of his university studies, Liam joined the Capital Solutions team where he supports investor relations activities, engages with asset sponsors, undertake business process improvement, and builds client relationships across various deals, projects and assets. He is also involved with the Digital Solutions business unit and development of the silc.co platform.

Liam holds a Bachelor of Economics and Finance (Business) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He is currently undertaking the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association – Fundamentals of Alternative Investments program.

Olivia Jones is an Associate, Portfolio Solutions at The SILC Group focusing on the fund and investment administration functions. Her main responsibilities involve investor onboarding, payment preparation, distribution processing and marketing.

Olivia joined The SILC Group in 2021 as an intern where she developed knowledge and skills across various functions within the Portfolio Solutions team. Olivia’s experience gave her valuable understanding of the business and allowed her to progress within The SILC Group, becoming an Associate under the Portfolio Solutions team.

She also provides administrative support in relation to the SILC Philanthropic Foundation.

Olivia is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Property and Real Estate/bachelor of Construction Management (Honours) at Deakin University.

Daryl Koch is the Governance and Assurance Advisor at The SILC Group providing guidance with respect to risk and compliance, and managing the assurance program across the group’s business units.

He has a varied background in Risk Management for over 30 years, with his previous roles including Foreign Exchange Trading and Advisory, Interest Rate Risk Management, Derivative Structuring and Synthetic Debt Structuring which included advisory to Institutional, Corporate and Commercial clients. Daryl’s most recent role was Head of Assurance (Australia) for the Markets Operations Unit of a major Australian Trading Bank which involved Operational Risk and Regulatory Compliance for that business.

Daryl is also experienced in the Not-for-Profit (NFP) sector which includes being past Chair of the Victorian Chapter of the Finance and Treasury Association, past Board Member of a Melbourne Private Member’s Club, past Deputy Chair of the Disciplinary Tribunal of the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA), immediate past President of the Victorian Divisional Council of the IPA and current member of its Accounting Faculty.

He is also currently Board Director of the Australian SME Alliance Ltd, a Fellow of the IPA, Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia, a Fellow of the Finance and Treasury Association, and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Linzie Lee is a Senior Associate at The SILC Group focusing primarily on fund operations and investor management. Her responsibilities also include development of marketing strategies and internal project management, with her main activities including unit registry, unit holder compliance, investor relations management and marketing support for the company’s business activities.

Linzie has over 10 years of experience in financial services previously working with major superannuation funds such as Guild Super and Sunsuper focusing on client management. She also worked as a Program Director at Pharmacy Alliance where she expanded the business in pharmaceutical industry and Asia markets.

Linzie holds a MBA and a Master of Marketing from The University of Melbourne (Melbourne Business School). She also holds a diploma of Financial Services (Financial Planning, a Bachelor of Business (specialising in Financial management) and Bachelor of Health Science (major in Public Health Policy).

Umair Mohammed is a Lead Business Analyst at The SILC Group. His task is to act as a central reference and data source to bridge the gap between technology and finance within the business. He is responsible for requirement gathering, project management, quality assessment, optimisation of functionality and design of The SILC Group’s digital platforms.

Having had experience in retail e-commerce including at Amazon.com, Umair has a willingness to learn with a focus to deliver result-driven value. At Amazon, he was responsible for risk assessment and Intellectual Property audit of seller businesses and their products. He has also worked as an Intern Analyst as part of his graduate school program for an Energy Company bringing his expertise and skillset to transform its traditional process from traditional methods into digital solutions.

He holds a post-graduate degree in Information Technology from RMIT University and a graduate degree in Computer Engineering from Osmania University.

Philip Pezzi is Head of Property Solutions at The SILC Group providing advisory, structuring, arranging and management solutions to clients within the property sector.

Philip is an experienced banking and financial services executive with over 25 years experience in both Australian and international markets, having held senior executives roles with National Australia Bank, ANZ Bank and Citigroup largely focusing on driving business growth and profitability across Australian, Asian and US markets.

Until recently, Philip was also the Founder and Group Managing Director of Lachlan Partners which he developed and oversaw until it was sold to IOOF (as part of the Shadforth group) in August 2014. He has a very impressive history and extensive experience of building high growth and enduring businesses, in particular servicing private business owners, entrepreneurs, families and high net worth individuals.

Philip holds a Bachelor of Business majoring in Accounting and Tax, and has completed management and finance programs with the Macquarie Graduate School of Management and the Melbourne Business School, and is a member of Chartered Accountants – Australia & New Zealand.

Jen Tan is a Manager, within the Portfolio Solutions divisions at The SILC Group. She is responsible for managing a portfolio of investment manager relationships & works closely with clients to comprehensively structure and establish suitably tailored funds as well as overseeing and attending to ongoing administrative activities.

Jen joined The SILC Group in 2021 after 3 years with TAEL Partners, a South-east asia based growth private equity fund manager where she served as Associate in the investor relations team. Here, her responsibilities spanned capital fundraising and fund portfolio monitoring. Prior to TAEL, Jen was involved in community fundraising at the Dane County, Wisconsin chapter of United Way Worldwide where she conducted workplace campaigns and raised funds from Madison’s corporate community.

Jen graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Julian Tjiong is a Software Engineer at The SILC Group. His responsibilities include building application projects required by the company.

Julian joined The SILC Group in 2021 through an RMIT University project where he was tasked to build the silc.co digital platform with other members of the IT team. Throughout the time working for company, he has developed new skills including backend development frameworks (Laravel, Django), frontend frameworks (React.js) and DevOps (AWS).

 
Julian holds a Bachelor of Computer Science from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

Thao Vien is a Senior Associate at The SILC Group. She is responsible for the compliance functions of the funds management and trustee solution businesses, as well as assisting investment manager onboarding, fund establishment and ongoing supervision. She works closely with clients to ensure establishment of a suitably tailored, legal and tax compliant fund structure and the corresponding compliance requirements are understood. Her other responsibilities include fund-related document review, relationship management and support of fund operations.

With over ten years of combined experience, Thao has gained valuable knowledge across operations and compliance functions working in funds and investment management industry. She developed her client services skills at BlackRock Investment Management (Australia) Limited before moving into a custodial role at MLC Limited focusing on reconciliation and data integrity. She then diversified her skills as a Senior Operations Analyst at Praemium in separately managed accounts and utilised her consolidated experience at Copia Investments Partners as a Portfolio Administrator.

Thao holds a Bachelor of Business (Financial and Risk Management) from Victoria University.

Advisory Board

Ben Cohen is an Advisory Board Member of The SILC Group providing guidance, direction and oversight into the overall group strategy and development of the business.

Ben has extensive Board and Senior Executive experience in Financial Services, Manufacturing Corporations, Not-For-Profit, Education and Entrepreneurial organisations. His experience includes Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Finance, Banking, IT, Accounting & Manufacturing.

Ben is currently a Board Member of the Swinburne University of Technology and is a Member of its Finance Committee and is Chair of the Campus Planning Committee; Chairman of The Uniting Church in Australia Synod of Victoria and Tasmania Finance Committee; Member of the Certification Council Bureau Veritas Quality International; and Managing Director of Quantum Change Consultants.

Some of his previous Directorships included being National Councillor and Victorian State President for CPA Australia; the Methodist Ladies College; cvMail; Elders Finance and Potter Warburg.

Senior Executive positions he held included being Chief Executive Officer of cvMail; Director of Finance and Administration at leading Australasian Investment Bank Potter Warburg (subsequently UBS); Director of Elders Finance Group (EFG) which was then the largest Merchant Bank in Australia; Director of the Australian Continuous Improvement Group (the Australian arm of Cap Gemini); and a Group Financial Controller at ICI Australia (now Orica Ltd).

Ben is a Fellow of CPA Australia (FCPA) and he holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the University of New South Wales.

Roland Matrenza is an Advisory Board Member of The SILC Group being involved at a strategic level into the business model and value proposition. Roland’s Banking and Financial services career spans more than 40 years having held a number of Senior Executive roles at the National Australia Bank Group. Roland’s responsibilities encompassed Group strategy development and strategic planning, Group capital policy and management and investment prioritisation, mergers , acquisitions and divestments, Group performance management , investor relations and government relations, Group corporate affairs and communications, Group program office and strategic portfolio analysis, economics and research, transformational change management and business development and sponsorship of new ventures. As a Group EGM and a member of the Group Executive Committee, Roland also sat on a number of group decision making and steering committees including Group Capital & Asset and Liability (ALCO), Group Risk Policy, Board and Management Lending Committee, Group Strategy Committee, People Assessment and Talent panel, Wealth Management, E-Commerce and Technology and the Strategic Projects’ Assessment Committee. Roland also served on several Banking Industry committees and was a past Chairman of the Australian Bankers Association Executive Committee. Roland has considerable directorship and governance experience as a Group Executive and an Executive Director/Chairman on numerous wholly owned NAB subsidiaries in Australia, UK, Ireland and New Zealand Operations comprising commercial banks, superannuation and trustee boards, insurance, credit card, leasing, nominee services, custodial services, funds administration services and health funds processing and administration and the Banking Ombudsman. Roland’s previous Executive roles included:
  • Executive General Manager, Group Strategic Development
  • Executive General Manager, CEO Strategic Projects, Office of the CEO
  • General Manager, Integrated Planning & Strategic Projects
  • General Manager, National Australia Group UK, Ireland & Europe
  • Chief Manager, Investments, Capital Markets and Planning
  • Chief Manager, Business and Technology Strategy
  • Senior Economist and various operational roles in Treasury, Retail and Business Banking
Roland holds an MBA from the Melbourne Business School, and Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne. He is a Fellow of the AICD and FINSIA and is a graduate of the Transformational Leadership course from the Darden Graduate School of Business, University of Virginia.

Bryan Waters is an Advisory Board Member of The SILC Group and includes involvement in the implementation of the vision and business development of the operations.

He has over 30 years’ experience at Senior Executive and board level in the financial services industry, followed by 15 years in Leadership and Management Consulting providing career direction, coaching and business support to many leading Melbourne based executives and managers. He commenced his career with the National Australia Bank serving in various senior roles in Australia, United States, UK and Asia which culminated into Senior Executive appointments within the bank’s Melbourne headquarters. Bryan then moved to the Bank of Melbourne following its conversion from a building society to a full banking licence where he was Executive Director and Chief General Manager for Banking.

Bryan has held several non-executive board positions which complements his extensive business experience, and included Chairman of a small Private Equity firm, taking a start up to IPO and merging that company with AAV Ltd (now Staging Connections Group Limited; an ASX Listed company). His current involvements include an Executive Director role in a beverage export industry, contracting consultant to Talent2 and Non Executive Director of Staging Connections Group Limited.

Bryan is Governor of the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia, is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, and Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; and he has an accreditation in MRG Leadership LEA and Personal Directors, Diploma of Business (RMIT) and Advanced Management Program from the University of NSW.