Between 2001 and 2014 Les was CEO and subsequently the chairman of Principle Advisory Services Pty Ltd, a leading arranger of capital for Australian and international private equity and infrastructure funds. Prior to establishing Principle in 2001, Les was a director of the investment bank Gresham Partners, a director of Gresham Private Equity, special advisor to the Managing Director of AMP Asset Management, and a director of Legal & General Asset Management (Australia). Over his career, Les has been a non-executive director of over 20 companies ranging across funds management, renewable energy, logistics, publishing, technology and insurance. Over the last 5 years Les has devoted significant time to directorships in the not for profit sector and he is currently the Chairman of the Fred Hollows Foundation.
Les holds an MA (Hons) from Edinburgh University, a MLitt in Economics from Aberdeen University and he is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.