B.COM, A.FIN, FAICD
Mr Grist has extensive experience in the capital markets. He has been involved in the management of publicly listed companies across a range of industries both in Australia and overseas.
Mr Grist is a former Head of Corporate Finance at an Australian stockbroking company. In 1990 he founded what became Albion Capital Partners. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia, is an Associate of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mr Grist was co-founder and Chairman of ASX listed Amcom Telecommunications Ltd. He led the recent merger with Vocus Communications helping create a major Trans-Tasman fibre optic carrier business and served as Deputy Chairman of the merged business.
Until the in specie distribution of its iiNet shareholding to Amcom shareholders, and ultimate takeover of iiNet by TPG, Amcom was the largest shareholder of iiNet Ltd, Australia’s 2nd largest DSL internet service provider.
Mr Grist is a director of the PLC Foundation and a director of The Minderoo Foundation, the umbrella organisation for the philanthropic programmes of Andrew and Nicola Forrest. He has also held directorships in Canada, United Kingdom and Australia in the healthcare, mining and energy industries.
Mr Grist has been Chair of Judging for the western region of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year program, as well as serving on the national judging panel. Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. It is the first and only truly global award of its kind with regional, national and global awards programs in more than 135 cities in 50 countries.
Through Vocus, Mr Grist has been a major sponsor of UWA’s University Football Club for approximately 15 years. He is a founding partner of Vocus Upstart, one of Australia’s most generous startup accelerator programs which supports a culture of innovation and intelligent risk-taking.