Ian Allman manages New Forests’ finance and corporate functions, focusing on financial and management reporting, emerging issues, and finance systems. Since joining New Forests in 2012, Ian has successfully launched new internal systems to improve financial processes and accounting. He provides advice and support to property managers and portfolio companies for financial accounting systems in support of investment programs. Ian also works directly with external audit teams. Ian has over ten years of experience in commercial and chartered accounting in the UK and Australia. He is a Chartered Accountant (ICAEW) and has a Master of Physics (1st Class Honours) degree from the University of Kent at Canterbury in the UK.
Elena Cardnell is part of New Forests’ finance team with a primary focus on the corporate accounting function. Elena is a qualified Accountant (Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) along with a BSc Hons in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of York. Prior to New Forests she worked in the National Audit Office in the UK for eight years.
Ian Cross is responsible for all fund accounting reports and related analysis. In this role, Ian works closely with the Investor Services team to assist in reporting to New Forests’ investors. Ian is also responsible for continual improvement in financial reporting, including standardising reports and improving reporting procedures to ensure they are completed efficiently and accurately. Ian has more than 10 years’ experience in fund and trust accounting. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of South Australia and he is currently completing his CPA.
Simba Ndemera is responsible for the accounting and finance functions of New Forests’ US business, including oversight of funds accounting, financial reporting, and regulatory compliance. Simba works closely with the US operational and corporate teams to improve financial processes and systems with a view toward scalability for future growth. Simba also manages the relationships with New Forests’ vendors who provide banking, audit, tax, and SEC advisory support. Simba has over 20 years of experience leading international corporate finance and accounting functions in the US, Europe, Oceania, and Africa. He has a Bachelor of Accounting Science degree from the University of South Africa.
Gavin Le Roux is CFO for the New Forests group of companies. He oversees New Forests’ finance and fund administration functions, including fund and client reporting, corporate financial reporting, and financial administration. Since 2006, he has successfully grown New Forests’ corporate and funds financial systems, as the company has taken on more clients and offered a greater number of fund products in multiple jurisdictions. Gavin has over 15 years of experience in commercial and chartered accounting in South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia. He is a Chartered Accountant (South Africa) and has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the University of Natal in South Africa and a Master of Environmental Studies from Macquarie University in Sydney. Gavin is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Gregory Schtyk supports New Forests’ finance team with a primary focus on Accounts Payable. Gregory joined New Forests in the Sydney office in 2018 after three years in retail and B2B retail industry where he was in charge of Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, and Inventory Management. Previously Gregory worked in a fund investment company providing support services to daily funds operations and performance reporting, working with both investment managers and the director of funds. He holds a Diploma in Accounting and a Bachelor degree in Business from Southern Cross University, Sydney.
Mike Witkiewicz is responsible for the accounting and finance functions of New Forests’ US operations including fund accounting, financial reporting, and accounting and financial process improvement to support the growth of New Forests’ US business. He also manages relationships with New Forests’ advisors in the US that provide banking, audit, tax, and SEC advisory support. Michael has over four years of industry experience with a background in external auditing, ERP consulting, and fund accounting and financial reporting. He is an active California CPA and holds a Masters of Accounting from the University of Connecticut and a Bachelor of Accounting from Villanova University.
Vania Zatti is New Forests’ payroll officer and a member of the finance team. Prior to New Forests, she worked for an online retail company where she was responsible for all aspects of the payroll for more than 300 employees in Australia and New Zealand. For the past six years, Vania has been specialising in payroll regulations and processes. Vania holds a Diploma in Accounts and a bachelor degree in Business/Personal Assistant Services from Caxias do Sul University, Brazil.