Kevin McAvey
Kevin McAvey Co-Head
As Co-Head of US REIT, Kevin is responsible for the strategy and execution of US operations. Prior to filling this role, Kevin served as Joint Chief Financial Officer for four years, overseeing capital markets activity, financial modeling, and forecasting for the US Masters Residential Property Fund. Kevin started with the business working within the Fund’s Acquisition Division, identifying and analyzing prospective investments throughout Hudson County, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens. He has also previously served in the role of Associate Director, Finance and Operations, helping the Fund to secure debt financing, as well as working to improve the day-to-day operations of the business. Before joining Dixon Advisory USA, Kevin worked in Baseball Operations for the New York Yankees organization. Kevin graduated from Suffolk University in Boston, MA with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance. He also played baseball at Suffolk, serving as a pitcher for the Rams’ Division III baseball team.
Brian Disler
Brian DislerCo-Head
Brian is the Co-Head of US REIT and is responsible for the strategic and operational direction of all US operations. Brian was previously General Counsel, and had the responsibility of managing the day-to-day legal affairs of the company. Prior to working for the Fund, Brian practiced law at a large New York metropolitan law firm in their Real Estate Practice Group, where he represented large corporations in various real estate-related matters. Brian received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated cum laude, and a Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School, where he was a Richardson Scholar. Brian is admitted to practice law in both the Federal and State Courts in New York and New Jersey.

 

The Audit Committee consists of two external members and one internal member. The primary function of the Audit Committee is to assist the Board in discharging its responsibility to exercise due care, diligence and skill in relation to accounting policies and reporting, integrity of financial information, corporate conduct and business ethics, audit processes, and corporate governance policies.
Barry Sechos
Barry SechosChairperson and Independent Member
Barry is one of two external members of the Compliance Committee. Barry is a member of the Compliance Committee for the New Energy Solar Fund, the Australian Governance & Ethical Index Fund, the Evans & Partners Global Disruption Fund, the Evans & Partners Australian Flagship Fund, the Evans & Partners Asia Fund, the Evans & Partners Global Flagship Fund, the Cordish Dixon Private Equity Fund Series, the Venture Capital Opportunities Fund, the Fort Street Real Estate Capital Fund Series and the US Masters Residential Property Fund. Barry is a Director of Sherman Group Pty Limited, a privately owned investment company, and is responsible for managing the legal, financial and operational affairs of Sherman Group of companies. Barry has 30 years experience in corporate law and finance having spent seven years as a banking and finance lawyer at Allen Allen & Hemsley (Sydney, Singapore and London), and eight years as a Director of EquitiLink Funds Management and Aberdeen Asset Management Australia. Barry is also a Director of Paddington St Finance Pty Ltd, a specialist structured finance company, See Saw Films, a film production and finance group and winner of the 2011 Academy Award for Best Picture, Concentrated Leaders Fund Limited, an investment company listed on the ASX, Regeneus Limited, an ASX listed biotech company and a Director of the Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas, a charitable cultural organisation.
Claire Wivell Plater
Claire Wivell PlaterIndependent Member
Claire Wivell Plater LLB. is Chairman and majority owner of The Fold Legal which provides specialist regulatory, legal and commercial advice to financial services businesses. Claire is honorary Counsel to Fintech Australia Limited and the Institute of Managed Account Professionals. She is a member of the Business Advisory Committee to ASIC’s Licensing Division and the Australian Government’s Fintech Advisory Group. In addition, Claire is a Director of Athena Mortgage Pty Ltd and a member of the Advisory Boards of fintech startups, HashChing Pty Ltd, Ignition Wealth Pty Ltd, Snug Technologies Pty Ltd and Emotional Fitness.
Warwick Keneally
Warwick KeneallyDirector of Responsible Entity
Warwick is currently a Director of the Responsible Entity for US Select Private Opportunities Fund I, II & III, Emerging Markets Masters Fund, Fort Street Real Estate Capital Fund I, II & III, US Masters Residential Property Fund, Evans & Partners Global Disruption Fund and New Energy Solar Fund. Warwick is also a Director of Australian Masters Yield Fund No 4 Limited and Australian Masters Yield Fund No 5 Limited. Warwick is Head of Finance at Walsh & Company. Before joining Walsh & Company, Warwick worked in chartered accounting firms specialising in turnaround and restructuring. Warwick started his career with KPMG, working in their Canberra, Sydney and London offices – and has undertaken a range of complex restructuring and insolvency engagements across Europe, UK and Australia, for a range of Australian, UK, European and USA banks. Warwick has worked with companies and lenders to develop and implement strategic business options, provide advice in relation to continuous disclosure requirements, develop cash forecasting training for national firms, and lectured on cash management. Among his former roles, Warwick worked on the initial stages of the HIH insolvency – as part of the key management group tasked with the wind-down of the global estate. Warwick has a Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Commerce from Australian National University and is a Chartered Accountant.

 

URF has a compliance plan that has been lodged with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). The compliance plan is reviewed comprehensively every year to ensure that the way in which the Group operates protects the rights and interests of unitholders and that major compliance risks are identified and properly managed. The Compliance Committee is structured with three members, the majority of which are external.
Claire Wivell Plater
Claire Wivell PlaterChairperson and Independent Member
Claire Wivell Plater LLB. is Chairman and majority owner of The Fold Legal which provides specialist regulatory, legal and commercial advice to financial services businesses. Claire is honorary Counsel to Fintech Australia Limited and the Institute of Managed Account Professionals. She is a member of the Business Advisory Committee to ASIC’s Licensing Division and the Australian Government’s Fintech Advisory Group. In addition, Claire is a Director of Athena Mortgage Pty Ltd and a member of the Advisory Boards of fintech startups, HashChing Pty Ltd, Ignition Wealth Pty Ltd, Snug Technologies Pty Ltd and Emotional Fitness.
Barry Sechos
Barry SechosIndependent Member
Barry is one of two external members of the Compliance Committee. Barry is a member of the Compliance Committee for the New Energy Solar Fund, the Australian Governance & Ethical Index Fund, the Evans & Partners Global Disruption Fund, the Evans & Partners Australian Flagship Fund, the Evans & Partners Asia Fund, the Evans & Partners Global Flagship Fund, the Cordish Dixon Private Equity Fund Series, the Venture Capital Opportunities Fund, the Fort Street Real Estate Capital Fund Series and the US Masters Residential Property Fund. Barry is a Director of Sherman Group Pty Limited, a privately owned investment company, and is responsible for managing the legal, financial and operational affairs of Sherman Group of companies. Barry has 30 years experience in corporate law and finance having spent seven years as a banking and finance lawyer at Allen Allen & Hemsley (Sydney, Singapore and London), and eight years as a Director of EquitiLink Funds Management and Aberdeen Asset Management Australia. Barry is also a Director of Paddington St Finance Pty Ltd, a specialist structured finance company, See Saw Films, a film production and finance group and winner of the 2011 Academy Award for Best Picture, Concentrated Leaders Fund Limited, an investment company listed on the ASX, Regeneus Limited, an ASX listed biotech company and a Director of the Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas, a charitable cultural organisation.
Mike Adams
Mike AdamsDirector of Responsible Entity
Mike has extensive experience across a broad range of corporate, commercial and private client sectors. His core practice areas involve the provision of advice and transactional expertise in relation to new and existing retail financial products and the regulatory framework within which they operate, as well as debt and equity financing, intellectual property, and film and television media law among others., Mike has previously worked in private practice, public sector and in-house roles in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, acting across multiple industries for a variety of clients, including high-net-worth individuals, banks and financial institutions, as well as numerous listed and unlisted corporate entities. Mike is also a director with Barnett Law, a Sydney-based financial services law firm, and is admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW. He has a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Otago.
 

Directors of the Responsible Entity

The Responsible Entity is responsible for the overall operation of the Fund including the determination of its strategic direction with the aim of increasing Unitholder wealth through the performance of the Fund. Walsh & Company Investments Limited is the Responsible Entity of the Fund and is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Evans Dixon Group.
Stuart Nisbett
Stuart NisbettIndependent Chairman
Stuart joined the board of the Responsible Entity as the independent Chairman in December 2019. Stuart has more than 30 years’ experience in property development, project finance, funds management, equity and debt raising and real estate corporate advisory in Australia and Asia and is the founder and principal of independent corporate advisory firm, Archerfield Partners. Prior to founding Archerfield, Stuart held senior banking and investment banking roles with ANZ, NM Rothschild & Sons (Australia) and Macquarie Bank and as a senior finance and development executive with the Lend Lease group. Stuart is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce with Merit and a Master of Commerce from the University of NSW, and in 2005 was appointed a Fellow of the Australian Property Institute.
Peter Shear
Peter ShearIndependent Director
Peter joined the board of the Responsible Entity as an independent Director in December 2019. Peter has significant expertise in funds management, financial advisory and complex lending arrangements including leveraged finance, property development and debt workout situations. Peter was most recently Co-Managing Partner of Opportunistic Lending and Special Situations at LIM Advisors. Prior to this role, Peter held the positions of Chief Risk Officer and Managing Director & Head of Corporate and Structured Finance at Lloyds Banking Group (and its predecessor HBOS plc) in Australia. Peter was also previously a Partner in Corporate Finance & Restructuring at Ernst & Young. He has had various advisory and non-executive director roles for global credit funds and was the NRL’s Board representative on Newcastle Knights Rugby League. Peter has a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology Sydney, an Executive MBA from AGSM, is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, a Fellow of FINSIA and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Warwick Keneally
Warwick KeneallyDirector
Warwick is currently a Director of the Responsible Entity for US Select Private Opportunities Fund I, II & III, Emerging Markets Masters Fund, Fort Street Real Estate Capital Fund I, II & III, US Masters Residential Property Fund, Evans & Partners Global Disruption Fund and New Energy Solar Fund. Warwick is also a Director of Australian Masters Yield Fund No 4 Limited and Australian Masters Yield Fund No 5 Limited. Warwick is Head of Finance at Walsh & Company. Before joining Walsh & Company, Warwick worked in chartered accounting firms specialising in turnaround and restructuring. Warwick started his career with KPMG, working in their Canberra, Sydney and London offices – and has undertaken a range of complex restructuring and insolvency engagements across Europe, UK and Australia, for a range of Australian, UK, European and USA banks. Warwick has worked with companies and lenders to develop and implement strategic business options, provide advice in relation to continuous disclosure requirements, develop cash forecasting training for national firms, and lectured on cash management. Among his former roles, Warwick worked on the initial stages of the HIH insolvency – as part of the key management group tasked with the wind-down of the global estate. Warwick has a Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Commerce from Australian National University and is a Chartered Accountant.
Mike Adams
Mike AdamsDirector
Mike has extensive experience across a broad range of corporate, commercial and private client sectors. His core practice areas involve the provision of advice and transactional expertise in relation to new and existing retail financial products and the regulatory framework within which they operate, as well as debt and equity financing, intellectual property, and film and television media law among others., Mike has previously worked in private practice, public sector and in-house roles in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, acting across multiple industries for a variety of clients, including high-net-worth individuals, banks and financial institutions, as well as numerous listed and unlisted corporate entities. Mike is also a director with Barnett Law, a Sydney-based financial services law firm, and is admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW. He has a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Otago.