The Manager

ASCO, a wholly owned subsidiary of Argo, will be the manager of the Company. The Argo Group management team has considerable experience in managing LICs. Key members of the Argo Group's management team are:

Jason Beddow

Managing Director (not independent) BEng, GdipAppFin(SecInst)

Jason Beddow has been Managing Director of the Company since it was incorporated in 2015.

He is also Managing Director of Argo Investments Ltd. He has over 20 years’ experience in the investment industry, including 18 years with Argo.

After completing an engineering degree whilst working in the mining industry, Jason became a research analyst in the resources sector with Hartley Poynton and Deutsche Bank. He then moved to funds management in 2001 when he joined Argo as an investment analyst. He was appointed Chief Investment Officer of Argo in 2008, Chief Executive Officer in 2010 and Managing Director in 2014.

Jason is also a member of the investment committees of Charles Sturt University and Royal Far West (a non-government organisation providing health services to children living in rural and remote NSW).

Timothy Binks

Company Secretary BEc, CA, AGIA, GAICD

Tim joined Argo in 2007, has been Company Secretary since 2010 and was appointed Chief Operating Officer in 2015. He is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Company Secretary, with an extensive background in a variety of roles within the funds management, stockbroking and accounting sectors.

His experience in Australia includes audit and insolvency roles with Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers), institutional stockbroking with ABN Amro and retail stockbroking with Goldman Sachs JB Were. He also spent 10 years in London, working in management accounting, stock lending and equity trading roles across UK and European share markets with AMP Asset Management (now Henderson) and Capital Group.

Andrew Hill

Chief Financial Officer BBus, SA Fin

Andrew joined Argo as an accountant in 1993 and was appointed Chief Financial Officer in 2010.

He has over 30 years’ experience in financial and investment accounting and has extensive experience in the management and application of the Hiportfolio investment and fund accounting software application.

Previously, Andrew was with the State Government Insurance Commission (SGIC) managing an investment team responsible for accounting, taxation and reporting for equity, cash and cash equivalents, and property investments.