Paragon Funds Management


Investment Management

John Deniz - Fund Manager & Managing Director

John has 20 years of relevant industry specific experience, including 12 years in financial markets, most recently with Eye Management. Prior to entering the finance industry, John held senior positions as an Engineer within leading global organisations for over 8 years, including Jacobs Engineering and AMEC, where John designed and project managed various large-scale, greenfield capital projects across Asia Pacific and the EU.

Prior to establishing Paragon, John spent 4 years at Eye Management, a global resources absolute return fund. John was a key member of the Investment Management team, focusing on Australian Long-Short Equities.

John holds an MBA from the Melbourne Business School, and a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) (Hons), with first class honours in Applied Mathematics from the University of Melbourne. John has also completed CFA Level 1.

Nick Reddaway - Fund Manager & Managing Director

Nick has 14 years of equity market experience gained in the UK and most recently in Australia with K2 Asset Management. Prior to this, Nick spent 7.5 years in London, culminating in his role as an Industrials Analyst for the BlueCrest Capital global equity fund, after holding analyst roles at Lazard and Schroders.

Prior to establishing Paragon, Nick spent 3.5 years at K2 Asset Management, where he held the position of Portfolio Manager for the global equity fund, where he was a generalist focusing on the industrials, technology, and consumer sectors. During this tenure Nick was also a founding member of the K2 Asset Allocation team which determined the tactical and strategic outlook for K2's funds.

Nick has a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Finance from FINSIA, and a Bachelor of Business (International Trade) from Monash University. Nick has also completed CFA Level 1.

Distribution & Marketing

David Livera - Head of Distribution

David joined Paragon in March 2017 and is responsible for developing and delivering the distribution and marketing strategy of the Paragon Australian Long Short Fund.

Prior to joining Paragon, David held the position of Senior Business Development Manager with Fidante Partners, a division of Challenger Limited, for almost a decade. In his role David was the primary distribution business partner to a number of highly successful boutique equities funds. Prior to Fidante Partners, David was National Key Account Manager for 3.5 years with APN Funds Management.

David’s extensive experience has covered the full client spectrum including retail, Ultra High Net Worth, family offices and institutional.

David has a Graduate Diploma in Financial Services and a Bachelor of Arts.


Hillier Deniz - CFO

Hillier is responsible for overseeing and/or execution of all matters pertaining to finance, operations and compliance (including governance) and is also a director of the company.

Hillier has 20+ years' accounting and finance experience. Hillier developed strong financial fundamentals early in her career with her chartered experience (Deloitte, McDonald Carter), before moving into Industry, culminating into senior finance roles in industrial and manufacturing organisations including Simply Energy, Atlas Steels and McCormick Foods.

Hillier is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne.