Our Team

Our Team

At CommSec Adviser Services, we believe a business is only as good as the people who work for it. That’s why we are fortunate to have some of the most experienced people in the industry.

Here's a short introduction to just a few of them.

Eric Blewitt - General Manager

Eric Blewitt

Eric Blewitt is an energetic and internationally experienced executive, with 20 years’ experience spanning banking, wealth management and financial markets. An effective, results focused business leader who has most recently held successful roles as Chief Operating Officer with Investment Trends, seven years at Bendigo & Adelaide Bank, a majority of the time spent as General Manager of Leveraged Equities, and Head of Distribution for AMP. Eric is driving the CommSec Adviser Services business to constantly evolve the customer experience, functionality and product offering to remain a leader in the industry.

Sam Simmonds - Head of Wholesale Solutions

Sam Simmonds

Sam joined CommSec in 2008 shortly after its acquisition of IWL. He has a long association with our wholesale business and its clients having originally worked for the pioneer online broker JDV that evolved into IWL and was ultimately purchased by CommSec. Sam looks after the financial institutions that use CommSec’s broking and equities administration services under whitelabel or B2B distribution models. He combines his extensive industry experience with a consultative business development approach to define innovative solutions for our wholesale partners. He has delivered equities trading capabilities to a number of CommSec’s larger clients and also helped develop a share trading platform during a 3 year spell at Asgard. Sam holds a Master Stockbroker qualification from the Stockbrokers Association of Australia.

Andrew Stewart - Head of Advised Distribution

Andrew Stewart

Andrew Stewart is the Head of Advised Distribution for CommSec Adviser Services. In his role Andrew is responsible for the sales and service of the full range of products across the CommSec Adviser Services range including Cash, Investment Lending, Trading and Portfolio Service. Andrew has over 18 years of experience in financial services with groups including Asgard, Colonial First State and IOOF.

Blair Hawthorne - Head of Adviser Services

Blair Hawthorne

Blair Hawthorne leads the Adviser Services team. He joined the Commonwealth Bank in 2010 having previously worked for AMP Capital Investors and Deloitte Consulting. His broad financial services experience includes periods of time supporting the bank's Institutional, Business Banking and Operational teams as well as working on global programs based out of the UK. He brings the ability to drive and embed customer and operational performance improvements which enhance the experience of advisers and clients.

Belinda Jackson – Head of Customer Experience & Marketing

Belinda Jackson

Belinda Jackson leads the Customer Experience & Marketing team who are responsible for our strategic brand, marketing, adviser communications and most importantly our customer experience proposition. Belinda joined Commonwealth Bank in 2014 in our Adviser Services team from Bendigo & Adelaide Bank. Belinda has an extensive background in financial and professional services and has held roles both domestically and globally for organisations such as Ernst & Young. Belinda and her team are passionate and committed to continuing to enhance how we communicate and engage with our advisers and their customers to ensure we deliver a seamless experience. In addition to our communication and strategic brand management, Belinda is also responsible for cross business strategic initiatives and innovation of our offering.

Mat Tilley – Head of Trading and Client Service

Mat Tiley

Mat Tilley leads the Trading team responsible for trade execution services across our institutional, advised and direct segments under the AUSIEX banner. Mat is also responsible for leading the service team managing our direct investor relationships of our whitelabel partners. Mat joined CommSec in 2007 and has held various roles in customer engagement and trading, most recently leading CommSec’s international and derivatives markets trading desk. Mat and his team are passionate about delivering exceptional customer experiences through the use of technology and relationships.

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