Education+Thought Leadership Program

2017 has been a great year in hosting our Kelly+Partners Next Generation ‘Education+Thought Leadership Program’.

The Program is a series of speaking events hosted by Brett Kelly and the Sydney CBD office. It is held to provide business knowledge and education to our clients, allowing them to learn from some of the best business minds in Australia.

This year Next Generation ha hosted speaking events with Ashok Jacob, Director and as Chief Investment Officer of Ellerston on the 14 August speaking on the topic of ‘Leadership+Growth Disruption’. On 19 September Next Generation spoke with Jessica Roth, Director, Social Impact Hub on the subject of ‘How a business can create social change’.

On 27 October Next Generation hosted a lunch event with Michael Gonski of Herbert Smith Freehills who spoke about ’Employment law in 2017 and Beyond’. To end the year on 21 November John Murray, Founder and Managing Director, Perennial Value speaking on the topic of ‘Building an enduring Business’. 

Mr Ashok Jacob

Director and Chief Investment Officer | Ellerston Capital

Mr Ashok Jacob has over 32 years investment experience and has served as a Director and as Chief Investment Officer of Ellerston since inception. Ashok has held prominent positions including Chief Executive Officer of the Consolidated Press Holdings group and Managing Director of Thorney Holdings, then the investment arm for the Pratt Group. Ashok is an experienced board member and current appointments include: MRF Ltd, Thorney Opportunities Ltd, Ellerston Global Investments and Ellerston Asian 

Investments. Previous directorships include Crown Ltd,

Publishing and Broadcasting Ltd, Challenger Financial Group Ltd, Fleetwood Holdings Ltd, Ecorp Ltd, CPH Investment Group Ltd, Folkestone Ltd and Snack Foods Ltd. Ashok was also the Chairman of Hoyts Cinemas from 1999 until 2004. Ashok holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Ms Jessica Roth

Director, Social Impact Hub

Jessica is the Founder and Director of the Social Impact Hub. She credits her experience at Harvard as the inspiration for the Social Impact Hub. Harvard Law School (HLS) has the largest clinical programs offering of any law school in the United States.

At HLS, Jessica worked on the launch of a new business and human rights non-profit organisation, MSI Integrity. She studied social entrepreneurship at HLS and philanthropy, social enterprise and impact investing at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Jessica has researched and written about clinical legal education, and served as a member of the Clinical Programs Student Advisory Committee at HLS. She is also an Adjunct Lecturer at UNSW Law School.

Jessica is also the Impact Strategist for Blue River Group, an independent impact investment services firm. She opened the Sydney office of Impact Investment Group and then served as a member of the Investment Committee. Previously, Jessica was a Solicitor at King & Wood Mallesons in Sydney. She has also worked at the Public Interest Advocacy Centre and the Australian Human Rights Commission. She has served as a Director of a number of not-for-profit organisations. She holds a B.A. and LL.B. (with First Class Honours) from UNSW and an LL.M. from HLS, and was the recipient of the R.G. Menzies Scholarship to Harvard. 

Mr Michael Gonski

Herbert Smith Freehills

Mr Michael Gonski prides himself on being an innovative and entrepreneurial lawyer, focusing on what a client needs on an overall basis, and not just as an employment lawyer. Given his previous background as an M&A lawyer, he has a niche in advising companies on issues relating to senior executives, which traverse employment laws as well as ASX Listing Rules and the Corporations Act. Michael also sits on a number of boards and uses this experience when advising clients.

Michael is listed as a leading lawyer in Doyle’s guide, as well as being listed in Australia’s Best Lawyers. 

Michael’s social conscience is also key to his practice as an employment lawyer and he develops this through his chairmanship of the not-for-profit creative writing centre, the Sydney Story Factory, as well as being a director of Australia’s peak body for philanthropy, Philanthropy Australia. 

Mr John Murray

Founder and Managing Director, Perennial Value 

John Murray established Perennial Value in January 2000 and has some 30 years industry experience. He is one of Australia’s most respected value investors, and has built a stable team of investment professionals who have delivered consistently strong results for investors. Under John’s leadership, funds under management have grown from $40 million in 2000 to over $5 billion, and Perennial Value has won a number of prestigious industry awards and accolades.

Prior to establishing Perennial Value, John was the Investment Director, Australian Shares at Westpac Investment Management, a Senior Portfolio Manager at Maple-Brown Abbott, and Head of Australian Equities at Perpetual Investments. John commenced his career with Price Waterhouse Coopers, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from the University of Canberra.

In October 2014, John was inducted into the Australian Funds Management Hall of Fame.