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First Australians Capital Hires New Lead
Thu, 29th Jun 2023

Brian Wyborn, a distinguished Torres Strait Islander and PNG man with a wealth of investment expertise, has taken the reins as Managing Partner of First Australians Capital (FAC). With over a decade of experience in investment, portfolio, and strategic advisory, Wyborn is well-equipped to steer FAC’s investment and funds management activities. Prior to joining FAC, Wyborn notably served as Director and Senior Wealth Advisor at JBWere.

Based in Meanjin (Brisbane), Wyborn expressed enthusiasm for his new role at a critical juncture for the organization. He says, “It is an exciting time to be joining First Australians Capital as we scale our fund and impact for Indigenous businesses. Our Catalytic Capital Impact Fund is just one example of the enthusiasm and drive the team and our investors have in supporting Indigenous-led businesses and entrepreneurs.”

Reflecting on his past work with Indigenous communities, Wyborn highlighted the transformative power of robust financial counsel. “Having worked with Indigenous communities and organisations for the last decade, I have seen first-hand the impact that strong financial advice and support can have on an organisation and its entire community. I am thrilled to be able to apply my skills to FAC as they expand their reach to more Indigenous-led businesses through this fund and other upcoming initiatives,” he explained.

In his remarks, Wyborn also paid tribute to FAC’s founders Leah Armstrong, Adrian Appo, Jocelyn King, and Jane Pound. He commended them for their instrumental roles in shaping FAC and for their longstanding dedication to the Indigenous community. He acknowledges, “I’d like to take this opportunity to acknowledge First Australians Capital’s founders, Leah Armstrong, Adrian Appo, Jocelyn King and Jane Pound, for their incredible work leading First Australians Capital to where it is today, and their decades long contribution to supporting Indigenous businesses and our communities. I have very big shoes to fill and am excited to begin working with the team to continue bringing innovative Indigenous-led businesses to market in financially sustainable ways.”

As First Australians Capital charts a course for the future under Wyborn’s leadership, it stands poised to make a meaningful difference for Indigenous businesses and communities across Australia.