Team

Led by David Thomas, our team is passionate and committed to the cause of promoting greater Australian engagement in Asia, as well as working with Asian investment groups in Australia. Our approach is professional, transparent and focused on achieving results.

Australia Team

DAVID THOMAS

DAVID THOMAS

CO-FOUNDER AND MANAGING DIRECTOR

With over two decades of experience in the wealth management sector in the UK, Hong Kong and Australia, David Thomas has established himself as a prominent figure in the Australian financial services industry.

After running a successful wealth management firm in Hong Kong from 1988 to 1995, he moved to Australia and worked with financial planning group, Godfrey Pembroke (1996-8) and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (1999-2000) and has since been at the forefront of numerous missions, study tours, and business delegations to Hong Kong, China and the other BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China).

His experience, networks and success have enabled David to stay abreast of the latest trends and developments within the wealth management sector in China, India, Australia and the rest of Asia, further solidifying his reputation, influence and connections within the APAC region

DR ANTHONY VIRTUE

DR ANTHONY VIRTUE

CO-FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN

Tony Virtue has over 32 years experience as a practising financial advisor in Australia, delivering quality investment, finance and insurance advice to a rapidly expanding client base in Sydney and around the world, with over A$500 million in funds under advice and a reputation for quality, consistency and reliability. For the past 14 years, he has operated under his own Australian Financial Services Licence (AFSL) under the name of Virtue and Partners www.virtueandpartners.com.au

Tony has taught finance at Flinders University in Adelaide, has mentored over 200 of his former students in their future careers, is published on Amazon for his work in Microfinance in the Philippines, and has travelled extensively throughout his long professional career. He has served on committees and boards of many organisations, including the Boutique Financial Planners Board, the Workplace Superannuation Specialist Alliance and the NSW Ministers Council for Ageing and is active in the Financial Planning Association, the Australian Financial Advisers Association and as a Fellow of the Australian Institute Of Directors. He is highly regarded as a senior and respected member of the Australian investment community.

JOSEPH TSE

JOSEPH TSE

PROJECT MANAGER

Joseph Tse is an IT professional, business development and advisor with over 35 years’ experience in Information Technology, Project Management, Marketing, Consulting and Investment services.

He has worked in different types of organisations in Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, Korea and Australia (including publicly traded companies, semi-government entities, private companies, non-profit making entities and startups). He worked on the Airport Authority Hong Kong (1992-2000), with responsibility for building and establishing information systems in the new Hong Kong International Airport.

Based in Melbourne, Joseph speaks fluent Cantonese and Mandarin and plays a critical role in facilitating communication between Chinese and Australian investors.

JUDITH BENCE

JUDITH BENCE

HEAD OF MARKETING AND PUBLIC RELATIONS

Judith is an international marketing, public relations and communications professional with a background working with local and international asset managers. Working across multiple geographies including Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, China, Australia and New Zealand, she has significant experience leading teams and advising businesses across the Asia Pacific region.

Throughout her career, she has held senior roles at global PR agencies where she led teams responsible for key clients in Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore. Judith has devised and implemented successful brand building, media relations, thought leadership, stakeholder relations, change communications, and issues and crisis management programs for a broad range of clients.

Judith holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from ANU and a Master of Commerce degree from UNSW.

MAE-VEL CATCHO

MAE-VEL CATCHO

MARKETING MANAGER

Mae-Vel Catcho is Marketing Manager for APAC Financial Services based in Dumaguete City in the Philippines. She is a Financial Management specialist, holding a Business Administration degree from Silliman University, Philippines. With over 4 years of professional experience (Nov 2019 – Oct 2023), she excels in marketing support, e-commerce management, social media and market analysis. Her expertise extends to consulting, document enhancement and project management, and she recently completed the prestigious GOLD Program at Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation.

Hong Kong Team

THOMAS WONG

THOMAS WONG

Mr. Thomas Wong is a co-founding partner of CW CPA, an international mid-sized professional accounting and advisory firm headquartered in Hong Kong with offices across Mainland China and liaison offices globally. With a focus on business development, he established the Latin Department to exclusively serve Spanish and Portuguese-speaking clients, a unique service model in the region. Mr. Wong actively promotes Hong Kong and Mainland China through collaborations with overseas consulates and trade promotion agencies, while also fostering innovation and entrepreneurship by cooperating with various institutional partners and technology partners. His strategic leadership drives CW CPA’s success in navigating global markets and embracing digital transformation.

ANTHONY WONG

ANTHONY WONG

Anthony boasts over 20 years of experience in corporate banking and finance. Specializing in aiding companies with reorganization and growth initiatives in Hong Kong and China, he meticulously analyzes financial data to enhance performance and ensure long-term success. Renowned for his straightforward and effective approach, he is dedicated to providing invaluable strategies for corporate finance and strategy.

BERNADETTE WONG

BERNADETTE WONG

Wong Ying Hung, Bernadette, has over 15 years’ experience in the financial industry. Her experience covers asset management in HSBC, supervision work in the Markets Division for Securities and Futures Commission Of Hong Kong, as well as business development in Gulf Fund Management in UAE and Hamon Asset Management in Asia. She is specializing in health care and medical technology investment advisory.

She is also the Founder of Empathy Foundation and Honorary Secretary of Society For Innovative Healthcare Hong Kong.