James Debs

Senior Associate, Direct Sales – Capital Markets

Markets I Corporate & Institutional Banking I National Australia Bank

James is a Senior Associate on the Direct Sales Desk – Capital Markets – at NAB Markets (formally FICC), Corporate & Institutional Banking at National Australia Bank. James’ responsibility is offering and transacting on primary and secondary trades to wholesale investors across fixed income and debt securities (listed & OTC), cash and deposits and ASX primary issuance. Prior to this role, James worked as an Associate in NAB Asset Management (NABAM), working alongside the Investment Distribution team within Strategic Accounts. During his time in NABAM James has also spent several months seconding in NAB Capital Markets Origination in Corporate Finance gaining exposure to the Debt Capital Markets desk and Hybrid & Structured Capital Origination desk.

James commenced his career at NAB Wealth in 2015 whilst part of a program studying his Undergraduate Degree in Economics and Applied Finance full-time.

James is recognised as an emerging leader and has over 5 years of industry experience in banking, investment sales and financial markets. James is also the National Chair of the FSC Under 35s Circuit Committee and is working towards his CFA designation.

Demetria Chelepy

Senior Manager – Customer Complaints Governance, Customer Solutions

Westpac Group

Demetria is a Senior Manager, Customer Complaints Governance, Customer Solutions at the Westpac Group. With a background in law, Demetria has always been passionate about helping others and this shines through in her work, and in her roles as National Co-Chair of The Youth Network and committee member of the FSC Circuit. In her spare time, Demetria is studying a Masters of Development Studies and is training for a triathlon. She enjoys writing, keeping active through touch, futsal and running, and challenging her culinary capabilities. She loves a good podcast and can find an inspiring quote for any occasion.

Emily Wu

Head of New Fund Partnerships

MLC Life Insurance

Emily is currently the Head of New Fund Partnerships at MLC Life Insurance. Emily has previous technical experience having been involved in industry working groups responding to regulatory change and managing products for large industry fund clients. Prior to working in financial services, Emily was a practicing lawyer.

Ieesha Maybury-Picatoste

Membership Associate

Financial Services Council

Ieesha joined the FSC team in August 2017 as the Membership Associate.

Ieesha works closely with the Membership Manager and is the first point of contact for members. She organises member activities such as policy briefings and CEO breakfasts, is responsible for The Circuit Under 35s Program and works to maintain high customer service standards and member satisfaction.

Previously, Ieesha held roles of Receptionist/Event Coordinator and Production Manager. She holds a Diploma in Event Management and has extensive experience volunteering and co-ordinating events.

James Fleiter, CFA

Business Development Manager


James is Business Development Manager at BNP Asset Management here in Sydney where he is responsible for representing BNP to institutional investors across the superannuation, insurance and pension fund industries.

Prior to joining BNP Paribas Asset Management, James spent several years as an Associate Director at Aberdeen Standard Investments’ Australia & New Zealand business, supporting their various distribution channels and working with both financial advisers and professional investors. James also spent 6 years working for the MLC Asset Management business, including the investment analysis, consulting, strategy and sales functions.

James has a Bachelor of Applied Finance and a Bachelor of Economics from Macquarie University and is a CFA charter holder. In his spare time, James is a volunteer lifesaver at the Palm Beach Surf Life Saving Club located in Sydney’s Northern Beaches and has just started studying mandarin.

Max Nicholson

Senior Product Manager

AMP Capital

Max is a Senior Product Manager in AMP Capital’s Public Markets team. Prior to this he spent 7 years at BT Financial Group in senior positions in the Corporate Strategy team as well as roles managing Super and Investment products. His passion lies in driving change in the wealth management industry especially around technology and improving investor outcomes. Outside of work he loves bushwalking, surfing and his Golden Retriever, Mowgli.

Prue Roberts

Marketing Communications Manager

Financial Services Council

Prue joined the FSC team in October 2018 as the Marketing Communications Manager.

Prior to joining the FSC, Prue was the Senior Client Services Manager for a full-service marketing and public relations agency in Sydney, working with a number of financial services organisations – as well as a range of fintech, regtech and insurtech businesses, both locally and internationally.

Prior to this, she held roles in the marketing, advertising and media spheres, where she honed her content creation and digital media skills. With exposure to member services activities and involvement in a broad range of industry events in the past, her professional experience extends across a wide range of communications aspects.