New appointments to boost AMP Capital’s Community Infrastructure Fund
AMP Capital has announced three new appointments to the Community Infrastructure Fund (CommIF) with Odette Linnett as Investment Director, Carolyn van Leuven as Senior Advisor and Mathew Pirotta as Associate.
AMP Capital Infrastructure Equity Co-Head for Australia and New Zealand Michael Bessell said the new appointments would bolster the AMP Capital team managing CommIF.
“These three new additions to CommIF will further enhance the strong and experienced AMP Capital team managing the fund. I’m delighted to welcome Odette and Carolyn to CommIF and congratulate Mathew on his promotion and move into CommIF.
“We now have 18 professionals dedicated to CommIF, supported by a number of other team members across the business, and the fund continues to perform strongly for our investors. The new appointments demonstrate that AMP Capital continues to attract highly-experienced and talented people,” Mr Bessell said.
Odette Linnett has been appointed into a new role of Investment Director for CommIF and will take on asset management responsibilities for a number of CommIF assets including Victorian Schools, Darwin Convention Centre and NSW Schools II. Ms Linnett will be based in Sydney.
Ms Linnett started her career at the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance and has more than 13 years’ corporate finance experience. She was an Investments Director at Deloitte Asia Pacific before joining CommIF.
Carolyn van Leuven joins CommIF as Senior Advisor and will be appointed to two of the Fund’s New Zealand boards. Ms van Leuven is an experienced senior executive and board director/trustee, a former major commercial law firm Partner and has previously been a Deputy Chief Executive for the Ministry of Justice and the Department of Corrections in New Zealand.
Ms van Leuven will join the boards of Auckland South Corrections Facility and New Zealand Hospital Car Parks. Her experience in justice and in working with and for Māori will bring additional depth and a strong client focus across our growing portfolio of justice assets. These include Auckland South Corrections Facility, Eastern Goldfields Regional Prison, and our recently acquired Hopkins Correctional Centre.
Mathew Pirotta has also been promoted within AMP Capital to an Associate with CommIF. Mr Pirotta has been with AMP Capital for more than six years, most recently in AMP Capital’s Finance Team, and brings extensive experience in providing financial and commercial analysis to decision makers. He has spent the majority of his career working on infrastructure and real estate within the funds management industry.
Mathew Pirotta has already commenced with the team and Carolyn van Leuven will start this month. Odette Linnett will commence with the team in late August.
CommIF invests in high-yield, brownfield, social infrastructure PPP assets in Australia and New Zealand in sectors such as education, health, justice, water, transport, community housing and recreational facilities. The fund now has 18 assets worth more than A$5.8 billion (on a pro-rata ownership basis).
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Carolyn van Leuven (B Mus LLB) – Senior Advisor
Carolyn van Leuven is an experienced senior executive and board director. Carolyn is a former law firm Partner and former Deputy Chief Executive for the Ministry of Justice and the Department of Corrections in New Zealand. Carolyn has led reviews of the New Zealand energy sector including its commercial and regulatory settings, as well as undertaking reviews of the energy market in Victoria. She has a strong background in the energy & infrastructure, justice and border sectors and regularly carries out reviews of major government programmes.
Carolyn was instrumental in the development of Maori Strategy and Partnerships at the Department of Corrections and developed the department’s overarching strategy of Hokai Rangi1. Carolyn has been a guest lecturer on energy law, contributing author on Company and Securities Law, and is an internationally recognised leading lawyer by Asia Pacific Legal 500 and Chambers Legal.
She has Māori whakapapa (heritage) and has worked hard to improve outcomes for Māori, particularly during her time as Deputy Chief Executive at the Department of Corrections. She is currently Chair of the Advisory Board for her own iwi.
Carolyn holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Music from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, qualifications in Management from Darden Business School at the University of Virginia, and a performance diploma with distinction from the Royal Schools of Music in the UK. Carolyn is admitted to the bar as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and is a registered iwi member.
Carolyn will join the boards of Auckland South Correctional Facility and NZ Hospital Car Parks.
Odette Linnett (BCom, MAppFin) – Investment Director
Prior to joining AMP Capital, Odette was a Director at Deloitte, spending over 13 years with the firm. Odette has over 15 years of corporate finance experience. In her most recent role as an Investments Director with Deloitte Asia Pacific, she was responsible for supporting the Asia Pacific COO/Deputy CEO with the management of investment budgeting decisions across the Asia Pacific Region.
Prior to this, she was a Corporate Finance Director, primarily focussing on large, complex valuations including infrastructure experience across energy, aviation, forestry and agriculture sectors. She started her career at the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance.
Odette has formerly worked for Adara Partners, a business for purpose that donates its fees to Adara Development, a charity supporting women and children in developing countries. Odette is also the Chair of Artarmon Guides and was a former nominee for the Deloitte Businesswoman of the Year.
Odette’s strong and diverse infrastructure, valuations and corporate finance background makes her an excellent addition to our team as an Investment Director in the asset management team. Odette holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and Master of Applied Finance from FINSIA.
Odette will take on asset management responsibilities for a number of CommIF assets including Victorian Schools, Darwin Convention Centre and NSW Schools II.
Mathew Pirotta (BCom, CA) – Associate
Mathew has been with AMP Capital for over six years and brings extensive experience in providing financial and commercial analysis to decision makers. Mathew has spent the majority of his career working on infrastructure and real estate within the fund management industry.
Prior to joining our team, Mathew held numerous roles across AMP Capital’s finance team, most recently as Financial Planning and Analysis Manager, where Mathew was responsible for review and analysis of the various business divisions across AMP Capital. Prior to joining AMP Capital, Mathew held finance roles at Dexus Property Group and Korda Mentha.
Mathew holds a Bachelor of Accounting from the University of Technology, Sydney and a Graduate Diploma of Chartered Accounting.
1 Hōkai Rangi represents a new strategic direction for the NZ Department of Corrections: one that builds on the good things that are already happening, learns from doing, and, most importantly, innovates to find new and alternative ways of doing things to achieve better outcomes with Māori and their whanau.
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