Simon Gaites

Simon is a Senior Vice President and Head of Client Services for Northern Trust’s Global Fund Services division based in Melbourne, Australia. Simon leads a team of relationship management and client services professionals, and is ultimately responsible for the delivery of services to Northern Trust’s asset manager client base. He joined Northern Trust in 2010, initially based in their Dublin office before transferring to Melbourne in 2013. With over 15 years’ experience in the fund services industry, Simon has worked with many asset management firms and industry participants in multiple jurisdictions.

Outside of Simon’s business responsibilities, he chairs Northern Trust’s regional philanthropic programme, and most recently has taken the chair of the newly formed LGBTQI+ Business Resource Council in Australia.

Having grown up in the Isle of Man, lived in Ireland and now Australia, Simon has experienced significant changes in attitudes around inclusion of the LGBTQI+ community. Following the historic 2015 referendum on same sex marriage in Ireland, Simon returned home with his partner of 13 years to get married in 2018. This massive life event prompted Simon to get engaged with the Northern Trust diversity & inclusion programme, and in 2019 he led Northern Trust’s first ever participation in the Melbourne pride march.

Simon engages with local industry LGBTQI+ groups, represented Northern Trust at the 2018 Pride in Diversity conference in Melbourne and will work with the Business Resource Council team in advancing Northern Trust’s LGBTQI+ inclusion programme in Australia.