Our People

Pilgrim Private has a team of highly experienced professionals with vast experience and proven success in the funds management industry both in Australia and in international investment markets.

Stephen Sedgman
Managing Director & Chief Investment Officer

Stephen has over 45 years’ experience in investment management and has achieved an unsurpassed record of No 1 investment performance in each of the past four decades. Previous executive roles have included Group Investment Manager, Australian Eagle Insurance Co; Investment Manager/Founder of SPAL Management Ltd, Investors Life Insurance Co of Australia Ltd, Ralton Asset Management Ltd, Patriot Asset Management Ltd and Pilgrim Private Pty Ltd.

Hayley Fissenden
Chief Executive Officer

Hayley has over 30 years’ experience in financial services, including funds management, custody, investment administration, and superannuation. Hayley has a proven record in managing all aspects of client services, investment operations, finance, risk and compliance and business development.

Deborah Shea
Chief Operating Officer

Deb has over 20 years’ experience in funds management, incorporating all aspects of operations, finance, client service and compliance. Deb is highly skilled in supporting boutique fund managers requirements.

John Walker
Finance Director

John has been a chartered accountant for over 35 years. John has substantial experience in the provision of accountancy and secretarial services to a range of public and private companies specialising in investment management.

Isobel Smith
Manager Research Services

Isobel has held various roles in the financial services industry for over 40 years, covering global and domestic custody, stockbroking, fixed income and equity portfolio management. She has extensive experience in investment operations, trading, and client management.