Australian Unity appoints Darren Dawson as General Manager, Social Infrastructure Funds

20 May 2024

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Australian Unity has appointed experienced sustainable finance and ethical investment executive, Darren Dawson, as its General Manager, Social Infrastructure Funds.
In the role, Mr Dawson will be responsible for managing Australian Unity’s social infrastructure real asset funds, including seniors living, purpose-built student accommodation, specialist disability accommodation and childcare property. Mr Dawson will also lead the execution of each fund’s capital raising and corporate strategies, grow fund revenue streams and oversee capital deployment.

Mr Dawson, a chartered accountant, has more than 20 years’ experience in the banking and financial services sector. Mr Dawson’s experience includes more than 12 years with ANZ in its Global Markets division, and five years at Bank Australia as Head of Impact Finance and Treasurer.

He joins Australian Unity from impact investor Sentient Impact Group, where he was Chief Financial Officer.

Ryan Banting, Executive General Manager Social Infrastructure, said Mr Dawson will play a critical role in building awareness of Australian Unity’s specialist social infrastructure funds.

“This appointment affirms Australian Unity’s continued focus on getting more social infrastructure into Australian’s investment portfolios, and directing capital to the social infrastructure positioned to capitalise on demographic and macro-economic tailwinds, including seniors living, healthcare property, purpose-built student accommodation, specialist disability accommodation and childcare,” said Mr Banting.

“Darren’s financial acumen and commitment to delivering positive social impact will support us as we continue to build scale for our funds and give more investors the opportunity to participate in the delivery of nation-building social infrastructure while benefiting from consistent and stable returns.”

Mr Dawson said he is delighted to join an organisation that is committed to providing Australians with better social and financial wellbeing outcomes.

“I’m proud to be joining Australian Unity, a leader in social infrastructure investment, and an organisation committed to making a difference in the lives of Australians. I’m excited to play a part in building awareness and growing our specialist social infrastructure funds.”

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About Australian Unity
Established in 1840, Australian Unity is a member-owned wellbeing company with more than 385,000 members and more than 700,000 customers. Our range of health, wealth and care products and services provides member, customer and community value that is supportive of personal and community wellbeing.

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