About Us

The team at John Bridgeman Limited comprises a number of experienced investment professionals made up of derivatives and equities specialists with expertise in Australian and global markets.

Our People

Ross Patane was appointed as a Director in March 2015.

Ross is a chartered accountant with in excess of 25 years experience in providing business reconstruction, asset securitisation, corporate advisory, property advisory and wealth management services.

Ross is presently the Queensland Managing Principal of Crowe Horwath, a leading accounting and financial services business.

Ross is the non-executive Chairman of Qbiotics, a leading Queensland biotechnology company, and was appointed by the Queensland Government to be a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGAMO) and is the chair of the QAGOMA Audit and Risk Committee. He has held a number of positions as director or non-executive director of AFSL licensees and responsible entities and as a member of compliance committees pursuant to the Corporations Act. Ross brings a strong commercial and strategic focus to complex transactions, drawing on years of experience as the lead advisor in mergers and acquisitions, valuations, due diligence, structured finance deals, investment management, equity raising and debt and equity capital markets transactions, with details knowledge and understanding of corporate governance, corporate finance and financial markets.

Ross's qualifications include:

  • Bachelor of Business (Accounting);
  • Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia;
  • Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia; and
  • Associate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Vince Gordon is the Managing Partner of Reed Smith LLP's Middle East offices. Reed Smith LLP is one of the world's leading global law firms. He has substantial experience in all types of capital markets work, including banking and finance, debt capital markets, structuring and joint ventures, corporate finance and acquisitions, funds, trade finance, regulatory and project finance work.

He has advised on many significant transactions in Australia, the Middle East and Africa, particularly in respect of finance, infrastructure and projects transactions.

Vince is the Chair of the African and Australian business teams for Reed Smith, and previously Vice-Chair of the firm's business and finance department and on the management committee of the Global Financial Industry Group.

Vince has previously worked in top-tier Australian firms and spent 3 years in Reed Smith's London office.

He is rated as a leading lawyer in the field of Middle East banking and finance by independent legal directories, Chambers Global, Legal 500, IFLR, and PLC.

Simon Richardson was appointed as a non-executive director in February 2017.

Simon has had over 20 years of diverse national and international business experience across a range of industries including hotels, property and media. He commenced his career in Brisbane with KPMG Chartered Accountants where he successfully attained membership into the Institute of Chartered Accountants and also completed a secondment to KPMG's operations in the United Kingdom.

Simon continued his career overseas where he joined a major international investment and education group listed on the London Stock Exchange. He served in a broad range of commercial and financial roles gaining experience in most major European and Asian markets while spending time living in London and Hong Kong. Upon returning to Australia he served in roles with Lend Lease Australia as well as a leading structured finance & investment firm.

In 2006, Simon was a founding partner in establishing the Sydney based Aliom group, which became one of the leading proprietary futures trading business in Australia. The Aliom group consisted of broking and funds management operations providing 24 hour global access for traders and clients. Simon had overall responsibility for business operations and strategy, compliance and risk management functions across the Aliom group and extensive experience with regulatory requirements of the ASX, ASIC and other regulatory authorities.

Simon is a director of Benjamin Hornigold Limited and John Bridgeman Limited. His current roles include:

  • Director and founding shareholder of Genesis Proprietary Trading Pty Ltd, one of Australia's largest futures trading operations;

  • Principal of Certa Hospitality Group, a diversified hotel management business;

  • Director of Gravityfit Pty Ltd, an international physiotherapy and sports product / training business.

John McAuliffe was appointed as Chairman of the Board in March 2015.

John was awarded the Order of Australia in June 2007 for service to the community particularly through executive roles in the areas of health care and public housing management, and to the property valuation industry.

John has a strong relationship with both Federal and State Governments and Secretaries and Directors General. He was a senior bureaucrat in the Federal Government until 2000 and was also called upon to provide advice on a range of issues. As Chairman of the Brisbane Housing Company he regularly meets with both Federal and State Ministers on housing issues and has provided advice to Andrew Fraser when he was the Treasurer, on stock transfer of the Government's Housing portfolio. John is also working on a range of other confidential matters with the Government.

In 1989 John was awarded the Kenneth Campbell Memorial Award for professional excellence and outstanding service to The Australian Institute of Valuers and Land Economists.

Since 1966 John has been a senior lecturer (part-time) at the Queensland University of Technology for Land Valuation, Investment Theory and Land Studies in the Built Environment and the Surveying School. Those lectures involve students in the degree courses in Building, Quantity Surveying and Land Surveying. John has also lectured for 15 years at the University of Queensland on Property Valuation and during this period also lectured to valuation students in the degree course at the Gatton Agricultural College and to Diploma students in Brisbane. John wrote the correspondence papers for the final year valuation students.

John was previously the Chairman of the board of the Holy Spirit Hospital, Brisbane and Mater Health Services, Brisbane. He is a former member of the board of the Mount Olivet Hospital and is chairman of Brisbane Housing Company, Multicap, Catholic Property, Brisbane and Freedom Aged Care and a director of Holy Cross Laundry and Lady Bowen Trust.

John's other qualifications include:

  • Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Valuers and Land Economists;
  • Fellow of the Australian Institute of Building - Chartered Builder;
  • Associate Papua New Guinea Institute of Valuers and Land Administrators;
  • Registered Valuer, Queensland and New South Wales;
  • Registered Valuer, Papua New Guinea;
  • Associate Central Technical College Brisbane - Diploma in Building and Diploma in Quantity Surveying; and
  • Member Real Estate Institute of Queensland.

Stuart McAuliffe was appointed as Managing Director in January 2015.

Stuart has over 25 years experience investing in global equity, bond, currency and commodity markets, capital venture and strategic management. He has pioneered innovative research into the correlation and causation between different global equity and currency markets over short, medium and long term time periods. As the senior executive responsible for investments, he uses a 'layered' approach combining multiple time frame fundamental analysis in markets and diversification through asset ownership and ventures.

In 2012, Stuart was the founding investment manager for the Aliom Managed Futures Fund No 1, a wholesale investor fund, targeting absolute returns above average equity returns. He has since averaged 148% average annual return before fees (107.49% after fees, with average fees 2% of capital and 23% of performance).

Stuart is of the belief that great investment decisions are derived from an in depth understanding of historical forces. Stuart's Bachelor Degree was a Bachelor of Arts from University of Queensland earning a double major in Modern History and a Major in Ancient History. Courses focused on military strategy including the campaigns of Julius Caesar, Napoleon and General George Patton and he credits this early training as the basis for his innovative future strategies and tactics in investment markets and opportunity identification. As an Associate Professor at Bond University, Stuart has lectured nationally and internationally in the fields of economic forecasting, valuation modelling, financial structures and risk management. His specializations included the short to long-term effects of central bank policy and the pricing of extreme valuations at market peaks and troughs. He has designed and developed proprietary indices measuring economic leading indicators and their probable effects on equity and real estate markets.

Jody Wright was appointed as Company Secretary on 14 July 2016.

She was admitted to practice as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in January 2001 and is a member of the Queensland Law Society.

Jody has an extensive background in corporate governance, compliance, risk management, board advisory and commercial litigation.

She has significant experience as in-house counsel and compliance manager across different industry spheres including financial services, insurance and investigative services.

Kevin Mischewski is a Chartered Account and member of the Governance Institute of Australia. He has held Company Secretary and Chief Financial Officer roles for ASX-listed and unlisted public companies. Kevin brings a wealth of experience as a finance and company administration executive. Kevin previously held the role as Company Secretary and Chief Financial Officer for ASX listed Australian Pacific Coal Limited.

Kevin holds the following qualifications:
 • BBus
 • Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia CA
 • Members of the Governance Institute of Australia AGIA
 • Registered Tax Agent