B.E., Civil Engineering (1st class honours), University of Western Australia
M.B.A., Australian Graduate School of Management
Symon Parish is the Australasian chief investment officer and a portfolio manager for Russell Investments, based in Sydney. Symon has primary responsibility for managing a number of Russell Investments' Australian and Pacific Basin equity funds. He oversees all aspects of fund management, including design strategy, manager selection and fund construction. Symon heads the investment team for the Australasian region, with investment professionals based in Sydney, Singapore, Tokyo and Melbourne. He is a director of Russell Investment Management Ltd.
Symon joined Russell Investments' Sydney office in 1992 to provide investment strategy advice to pension funds and insurance companies in Australia and New Zealand. In 1994 he moved to Russell Investments' Auckland office to help provide an autonomous operation for serving and expanding client services. In Auckland Symon also researched investment managers and conducted a number of capital markets research projects.
From 1995 to 2000, Symon was based in Russell Investments' London office, initially joining the multi-manager funds group as a client executive. In 1996, he moved into the investment management group as an associate portfolio manager, concentrating on Japanese, Pacific Basin and emerging markets equities. He was appointed portfolio manager in 1999.
On repatriating to Sydney in 2000, Symon assumed management responsibilities for Australian equities funds. Prior to joining Russell Investments, Symon was a civil engineer with the Clough Engineering Group, a multinational engineering and contracting firm based in Western Australia. Symon was involved in various aspects of the firm’s Perth operations, including design, estimating and tendering, and on-site construction management.