Graeme Thomas

Graeme began his working career in Wellington in 1979 as an investment analyst at Govt Life Office as it was known then, evaluating investment proposals. In late 1982 he moved to Southpac Investment Management (a funds management business), initially as an analyst then a portfolio manager and finally as Chief Investment Officer. In 1995 Graeme moved to the National Bank NZ (the then owner of Southpac) as the GM of Financial Services managing the Bank’s managed funds and private banking businesses.  From 1998 for two years he worked for Mercer Consulting as an investment consultant and then accepted a position at ANZ Bank to assist in building a private banking proposition.  This role included re-locating to Auckland. Graeme had always had a goal of being in business hence the opportunity to be a co-founder of Milford in late 2003 was welcomed.  Graeme spent the following 11 years at Milford as a shareholder, employee and executive director until his retirement in late 2014.  Graeme and his wife Jane live in Pukekohe where they offer garden tours and operate a charity helping 5 year olds from financially struggling families, to start school.  Jane and Graeme have three children and five grandchildren.