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John Poynton AO



John is Co-Founder and Chair of Poynton Stavrianou.

John brings more than 40 years’ advisory and capital markets experience having established and led some of Western Australia’s leading corporate financial advisors and brokers. 

John is a Director of Australia’s Future Fund Board of Guardians. He is also the Chair of Strike Energy Limited and Deputy Chair of Sapien Cyber. John has previously served on the boards of a number of Australian listed companies, Federal Government boards and not-for profit institutions, including ten years on the Reserve Bank of Australia’s Payments System Board and five years on the board of the Australian Government’s export credit agency. 

John was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for services to the community and business through his leadership and support of the not-for-profit sector and is a past recipient of a Western Australian Citizen of the Year award in the Industry and Commerce category.

Chris Stavrianou

Managing Partner


Chris is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Poynton Stavrianou. 

Chris brings over a decade of experience in mergers and acquisitions with Macquarie Capital in London and UBS in Sydney where he advised on more than $50bn of completed transactions with a focus on the energy, utilities, infrastructure and industrials sectors.

As a member of the Australian Treasury senior executive, Chris established and led Treasury’s Western Australian office, which advises the Australian Government on Western Australian trade and investment and the domestic economy. Chris also advised Australia’s Foreign Investment Review Board on sensitive foreign direct investment into Australia.

Chris received his BSc from the University of Western Australia, his MBA with Distinction from INSEAD, and his MPA from Harvard University where he was a fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government. Chris is an Adjunct Professor at the Business School of the University of Western Australia and sits on the board of the Foundation of Christ Church Grammar School.