About Gardior

Gardior Pty Ltd (ABN 71076835955, AFSL 320173) is an Australian trustee company with a Board of Directors that consists of representatives from our investor base.

Gardior is the Trustee of The Infrastructure Fund (TIF), a $2.5bn infrastructure fund.

At Gardior, we pride ourselves on our ability to add value to each investor through structuring and ultimate alignment of interests.

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Our role

As Trustee of Gardior Funds, Gardior:

  • Is the legal owner of the assets of Gardior funds
  • Establishes and oversees the framework of governance, risk management, internal control and compliance
  • Considers potential investment proposals
  • Provides feedback to the Investment Manager regarding the management of the assets
  • Prepares notices and reports to be issued to Gardior investors
  • Fosters strong working partnerships with all service providers to Gardior Funds.

 

What we do

  • Deliver superior returns to investors over the long term.
  • Act with integrity, transparency and in the best interest of our investors.
  • Ensure Investment Managers understand the values and expectations of our investors  and are accountable their actions.
  • Apply proper diligence in the investment process.
  • Communicate regularly and openly with our investors.
  • Safeguard investor funds through a responsible approach to processes of governance, internal control and risk management.

Gardior Board of Directors

Annabelle Bennett

Chairman & Director

Appointed 9 November 2020

Independent Chairman and Director

  • Member of the Remuneration & Outsourcing Committee
  • Member of the Risk, Audit and Compliance Committee 

 

The Honourable Dr Annabelle Bennett AC SC is a retired Judge of the Federal Court of Australia and was an additional judge of the Supreme Court of the ACT, and a Deputy President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, having previously practised as a Senior Counsel specialising in intellectual property. She is currently Chancellor of Bond University; the Chair of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), an Arbitrator of the Court of Arbitration for Sport; President (part time) of the Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW; Member of the Board of Directors of the Garvan Institute; Member and past President of Chief Executive Women; Chair of the Advisory Group of Judges to the World Intellectual Property Organisation; and Member of the Advisory Board of the Faculty of Law at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She has also served as a Commissioner with the NSW Law Reform Commission and as a Royal Commissioner into National Natural Disaster Arrangements.  She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.

Dr Bennett is a Member of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes Panel of Arbitrators (ICSID), a Member of the WIPO Mediation and Arbitration List of Neutrals and a Member of the indicative List of Government and Non-Governmental Panellists for the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Disputes Settlement Process. She also practises as a Barrister, in an advisory role, and as a mediator and arbitrator.

 

Erin Flaherty

Director

Gardior Director since 1 March 2021

Independent Director

  • Chair of the Remuneration & Outsourcing Committee 

 

Erin’s career spans over 30 years in both private and Government sectors, with extensive experience in corporate governance, finance, infrastructure and law. Most recently she was jointly appointed by the Commonwealth Minister for Finance and the Minister for Cities and Urban Infrastructure as Chair of Moorebank Intermodal Company Limited, the company, together with Qube Holdings Limited, responsible for the construction of the Moorebank Intermodal Logistics Park, the largest multi-modal freight terminal in Australia.

She is a Guardian of the Commonwealth Future Fund and is also a Non-executive Director and Chair of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee for Primewest Group Limited, one of Australia’s leading real estate fund management businesses.

She is a Board Member of Venues NSW and also sits on the Boards of the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the NSW Police & Citizens Youth Clubs.

Erin was Deputy CEO and Commercial Manager for the Waratah train project from 2008 to 2012, delivered by the Reliance Rail Public Private Partnership, Australia’s largest public private partnership at the time.  In 2012, she joined the newly formed Advisory Body, Infrastructure NSW, with responsibility for developing strategic directions and key objectives for the transport, social and cultural sectors. She was involved in the development of NSW’s first 20-year State Infrastructure Strategy, ‘First Things First, 2012-2032’ and subsequently, the ‘State Infrastructure Strategy Update 2014’.

Erin was appointed to the Advisory Board for the Sydney Metro Rail project in 2015, and in 2018 became a founding Board Member for the newly created statutory authority, Sydney Metro Authority. She was also a member of the Advisory Board for the Sydney Light Rail.

Erin holds a master’s degree in Law from the University of Western Australia and is a member of Chief Executive Women (CEW) and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Investor Advisory Committee (IAC)

In mid-2020, Gardior established an Investor Advisory Committee (IAC).  The purpose of the IAC is to facilitate an effective and interactive relationship between Unitholders, the Board of Gardior and the Investment Manager to ensure that Unitholder perspectives are effectively communicated to decision-makers of The Infrastructure Fund (“TIF” or the “Fund”) on a timely basis.

The IAC operates in accordance with a Charter that is reviewed and approved by the Gardior Board. 

In summary, the scope of the IAC is to assist the Board and the Investment Manager, through consultation, on the following matters:

  • The current portfolio strategy (and any changes proposed) and how the Board expect the Investment Manager to deliver on the strategy;
  • Capital raising activities for TIF;
  • TIF’s valuation policy;
  • Material changes to TIF that include changes to risk framework, fees, Investment Manager;
  • Any related party transactions approved by the Board; and
  • Unitholder matters including any Unitholder meeting and reporting.

 

Following a process where nominations were called from eligible large and smaller investors, a ballot was conducted, and in accordance with the IAC Charter, we are pleased to confirm the following members comprise the Gardior IAC:

  • Chris Artis (2 year term)
  • Nicole Connolly (3 year term)
  • Hamish McKellar (2 year term)
  • John Phokos (1 year term)
  • Andrew Robinson (3 year term)

 

The first IAC meeting will be called in the December 2020 quarter following the completion of the TIF Investment Strategy review process.

Investor Advisory Committee members