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Meet the Team

Direct FX has built a reputation as one of the leading providers of currency transfers and payments in Australasia. We are also the only Spot Foreign Exchange voice broker used by banks in Australasia. Our market leading position would not be possible without the huge experience of our client advisers. 
Please meet the members of our dealing team:

Steve_Chester_1.jpgSteve Chester - Manager
Interbank Markets            
Steve joined Direct FX in 2006 as Manager of its Wholesale Interbank Foreign Exchange desk in Sydney. Steve  has over 25 years experience working for large international foreign exchange brokerage companies in Wellington, Sydney, Johannesburg, Hong Kong and Tokyo. During his career Steve has been part of some of the most successful interbank desks globally. Along with his enormous level of financial market experience, Steve’s communication and management skills are a huge asset to both clients and fellow staff.

When not at work Steve enjoys the relaxed life style of Manly Beach and following his beloved
Middlesbrough FC.
Market Experience: Foreign exchange, 25 years, Japan, Hong Kong, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand
Qualifications:  Steve has AFMA  Accreditation and is a past member of the New Zealand Financial Markets Association.

Ian Dobbs  
Retail Markets     +64 4 381 3284
Ian joined Direct FX in 2013, having spent 18 years in the financial markets actively trading foreign exchange, interest rate products, and financial futures. His career started in 1995 at Trust Bank NZ before moving to ASB Treasury where he spent eight years. Stints in London and South Africa followed where he traded European futures for a number of derivative houses. Now back in NZ, Ian’s passion for the markets is as strong as ever. His understanding of technical and fundamental forces affecting the markets leave’s him well placed to advise clients, which is something he enjoys doing.
Ian has one child and another on the way. He is based in the Bay of Plenty and when not working enjoys kayak fishing, kite surfing, and spending as much time as possible at the beach.
Market Experience: Foreign exchange, interest rates, futures, 18 years, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa.
Qualifications: Ian has a BBS in Finance from Massey University and is a past member of the NZFMA. 

Grahame_Kelsey_1.jpgGrahame Kelsey
Interbank and Retail Markets      
Grahame’s introduction to the financial markets was during the turbulent years that followed the floating of the New Zealand dollar. Grahame has facilitated currency transactions in the interbank market, in all major currency pairs, in all time zones. A well earned year off to manage the family dairy farm was taken in 1996. Whilst Grahame continues to facilitate currency transactions for both retail and interbank clients, his primarily focus is the development of Direct FX’s proprietary risk management and settlement systems. Grahame has been a member of the Direct FX team since 2002.

Outside work Grahame enjoys programming, walking his dog and following his son's hockey career.
Market Experience: Foreign exchange, 24 years, New Zealand.
Qualifications: Grahame has AFMA Accreditation and is a past member of the NZFMA.

Ian_Strong_1.jpgIan Strong
Interbank and Retail Markets     
Ian joined the Direct FX team in 2007 and has 25 years experience facilitating foreign exchange transactions in the interbank and retail financial markets. A stint away from the broking side of the market was divided between extensive overseas travel, work in London and Kuwait, five years as a Custodian trader for NAB and two years in Margin Lending with Bankers Trust. Ian’s length of time in the market and varied roles have equipped him with an extensive understanding of the fundamentals driving foreign exchange, interest rate, and equity markets globally.
Ian has three children and another on the way. When not at work he divides his time between family, tending to his tropical fish, and tinkering with his old Triumph Stag, on the sunny Northern Beaches of Sydney
Market experience: Foreign exchange, interest rate and equity markets, 25 years, Australia, United Kingdom, America.
Qualifications:  Ian studied in London gaining a Higher National Diploma in Business Studies. He is Australian Regulatory Guide 146 Compliant, is a past member of the NZFMA, and is currently studying for a Degree in Financial Planning

Dennis_Pavlovich_1.jpgDenis Pavlovich
Interbank and Retail Markets   
Denis joined Direct FX in 2008, having spent six years in various treasury roles with BankWest Perth, W.A. Prior to 2002 Denis spent time working on the major interbank foreign exchange desks in Sydney, Wellington and Hong Kong. Denis initially entered the market as an interbank interest rate swaps broker in 1993. With a strong background in both banking and interbank broking, Denis is well placed to advice both retail and interbank clients in foreign exchange products. 
Outside work Denis is a devoted family man who loves a beer, a pizza, and a punt on the horses.
Market Experience: Foreign exchange and interest rate markets, 13 years, Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand.
Qualifications:Denis is Australian Regulatory Guide 146 Compliant and a past member of the NZFMA.