Who we are.

Our mission is to help fund managers and listed companies better engage with members, shareholders and advisers through a variety of channels. From these channels, we provide game changing analysis to managers that measures the quality of their investor communication.

We also strive to improve transparency by providing a neutral meeting place. Simple to navigate, convenient for meetings, easy to call on advice and a better transition to investment or change in service providers.

Forum 360 is a wholly owned subsidiary of Forum Care Ltd (ACN: 619578951)

Our Team

Rowland Hirst – Co-Founder, CEO and Chief Architect

Rowland has over 20 years experience in equity, equity derivative and investor relations advice.

Over the last twelve months, his team has designed and developed the world’s first online meeting place for investors, advisers and the managers of their money. Rowland and his team are determined to improve engagement and transparency in wealth management and believe that the industry needs to modernise the wholesale distribution model in order to adapt to rapid change in consumer preferences and structural regulatory change.

  • Prior to this Rowland lived for twelve years in the US. There he launched a business for CBA before joining Macquarie where he built relationships with key decision makers from over 100 fund managers in the USA and Canada
  • He delivered best practice marketing roadshows on behalf of Australia’s largest listed companies and his team was awarded 2015 Best Overall Offshore Australian Equities Sales Presence from Australian Investor Relations Association (AIRA)
  • Prior to this he was part of the start-up team that established AOT Securities. AOT was bought by Commsec after the development of a successful institutional and retail straight through processing interface.

Alan Darwin – Co-Founder, Legal Affairs

Alan has over 25 years experience in financial services in the Asia Pacific in investment banking, derivatives, asset management, financial product development, investment platform management, corporate strategy, governance and legal regulatory compliance.

His experience includes the issuance of structured products, managed investment schemes and superannuation products. Some of his key roles include:

  • Director and Responsible Manager and CEO at Linear Asset Management;
  • Executive Director in Equity Derivatives at J.P. Morgan;
  • Head of Asia Equities Compliance and Head of Australia Equities Compliance at J.P. Morgan;
  • Regulatory Policy Lawyer at Australian Securities and Investments Commission.

Vineeta Kumar – Advisor, USA and Canada

Vineeta Kumar is a senior executive in the Advisory industry with a focus on Financial Services. Over a career spanning 24 years, Vineeta has worked with and supported clients in their most strategic technology and operations initiatives. She is recognized for her customer-centric approach, excellent relationship management skills and delivering results through a consultative, mutual-value based approach.

  • Vineeta was the Global Head of Business Development for the Securities & Capital Markets division of Wipro where she led the strategic client acquisition function. Before that (at Headstrong) Vineeta started then scaled and managed the Buyside Capital Markets Unit for the firm - working with leading Asset & Wealth Management companies.
  • Vineeta is responsible for leading the North American market development and operations for Forum 360. She will leverage her experience in the Wealth & Asset Management vertical to work with clients in helping them achieve their goals using the Forum 360 communications network and help shape the product for the North America market.
Michael

Michael Langley – Product Architect

Michael is responsible for Forum 360’s product design and strategy.

Michael has a consulting background with over 10 years experience across a broad range of industries, in particular financial services (retail banking, insurance, business lending, wealth and institutional banking).

Michael has in the past helped businesses to launch innovative products or services, operate more efficiently and scale into successful and sustainable businesses. With a focus on optimising the customer experience and building resilience and security, he advises on and designs solutions spanning web & mobile applications, enterprise platforms, data and emerging technology.

Phuong Hoang – Chief Technology Officer

Phuong leads Forum 360’s software engineering delivery and strategic technology roadmap.

A Computer Systems engineer by qualification, Phuong’s career spans IT Management Consulting, CRM, CMS, ERP, enterprise Loyalty programmes, web & mobile apps development.

Phuong is an experienced technology leader with a proven track record in delivering enterprise IT solutions. Extensive experience working in multiple industry verticals including real estate, banking & finance, software, retail, insurance and health. Phuong has successfully led teams of highly skilled developers, project managers, business analysts and support analysts to deliver enterprise-scale projects that spans APAC, Europe and North America. Phuong’s passion for technology dates back to 1995 when he first hand coded HTML and launched his own website.

Nam Hoang – Infrastructure and Security Architect

Nam is responsible for building out the cloud infrastructure and cyber security capability for the Forum 360 platform. A passionate technologist who is always up for a challenge, Nam brings with him a wealth of expertise and experience having worked across a variety of technology solutions and industry verticals.