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Meet Our Team

Lighthouse Infrastructure’s senior management team offers its clients deep infrastructure expertise, and significant transaction and asset management experience in infrastructure and alternative assets. These combine to bring fresh insight and investment opportunities tailored to its investors.

Investment Team

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James Hooper

Managing Director
B Comm (CFin), Dip Bus French
James joined Lighthouse Infrastructure in 2013. As a Managing Director of Lighthouse, James leads the origination and execution of investment opportunities by Lighthouse’s funds and is a member of Lighthouse’s Investment Committee.

James has led the investments made by Lighthouse funds across renewable energy and disability housing. Prior to joining Lighthouse, James worked at Macquarie Capital in Europe where his focus was on advising corporate and financial investors in renewable energy projects. He also worked on the development of and investment in public private partnerships in social and transport infrastructure. James also worked in France for 8 Advisory where his focus was on broad infrastructure corporate finance advisory.

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Peter Johnston

Managing Director
B.Ec, F Finsia, CPA
Peter joined Lighthouse in 2016 as a Managing Director, where he is responsible for the investment process and management of the business. Peter also has responsibility for portfolio management and growth initiatives and is a member of Lighthouse’s Investment Committee.

Peter has over 25 years’ experience in infrastructure investment and management across a variety of roles and has completed extensive investments and transactions in Australia, Europe and North America.

Prior to joining Lighthouse, Peter was a member of the leadership team at Hastings Funds Management with specific responsibility for growth of the business. Over five years, Peter oversaw considerable expansion in the Hastings business and was also involved in new investments in the energy, transport and water sectors in Europe and Australia. Prior to this Peter worked at Macquarie Group for over eight years across a number of roles in the infrastructure sector including Macquarie Infrastructure Group. Prior to Macquarie, Peter was the portfolio manager for what is now IFM Investors’ Australian Infrastructure Fund, adding significant investments in the transportation, telecommunications, water and utility sectors. Earlier in his career, Peter held senior roles at KPMG Corporate Finance and Multinet Gas.

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Nada Kalam

Associate Director
B.Eng(Hons), MIEAust, DipSustLiv
Nada joined Lighthouse Infrastructure in May 2021 as Associate Director. Nada is part of the Investment team and is responsible for managing Lighthouse Fund assets in addition to supporting the origination and transaction activities of the business.

Nada has over 10 years’ experience in engineering and asset management. With a background in electrical engineering, Nada has worked in a range of energy-intensive industries, including power utilities, oil and gas, and telecommunications. Prior to joining Lighthouse, Nada worked at KPMG as a Manager of their Engineering and Asset Management team where she worked with clients from a wide range of industries, including Health, Federal & State Governments and Power Utilities. Nada has prior experience working with the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) and AusNet Services, and has worked as a field engineer with WorleyParsons and Telstra Energy.

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Irene King

Finance Manager
Irene joined Lighthouse Infrastructure in 2010 as the Finance Manager, establishing the Finance and Corporate Accounting function. As Finance Manager Irene is responsible for Management, Corporate Accounting and the business management of the organisation.

Irene has over 20 years’ experience in senior finance roles managing teams and specialising in Corporate Accounting. Prior to joining Lighthouse, Irene worked at Foxtel, Fujitsu and Roche Brothers (Engineers and Mining Contractors) before the sale of the business to Downer EDI.

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Mitch King

Managing Director
B Bus (Acc), ACA, F Finsia
Mitch founded Lighthouse Infrastructure in 2007 as a specialist infrastructure fund manager to provide investors with access to high quality sustainable infrastructure assets. As a Managing Director of Lighthouse, Mitch is responsible for the investment process and management of the business. Mitch is also a member of Lighthouse’s Audit, Risk & Compliance and Investment Committees.

Mitch has over 30 years’ experience specialising in infrastructure asset management and finance and has acquired, managed and divested infrastructure assets through numerous market cycles and events.

Prior to Lighthouse, Mitch was a Director of Hastings Funds Management and was active in expanding the Infrastructure equity, debt and private equity businesses of Hastings in the early years. He is recognised for his role as Chief Operating Officer of the formerly ASX-listed, Australian Infrastructure Fund (AIX), where he built AIX into a specialist transport infrastructure Fund, which was ultimately acquired by the Future Fund in 2013. As part of its Corporate Finance team, Mitch led debt and equity capital investments for Commonwealth Bank’s Institutional Bank for many of the early Australian infrastructure transport and energy privatisations. Early on in his career, Mitch worked in the Corporate Finance division of Ernst & Young after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant.

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Mark Murray

Chief Operating Officer
Dip. Ind., B.Sc (Hons), FCCA
Mark joined Lighthouse Infrastructure in October 2020 as the Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary. Reporting directly to the Board, Mark leads the finance function and also has responsibility for all corporate operational activities.

Mark has over 25 years’ experience as a finance professional working in funds management, financial services and energy industries, across a variety of roles in Europe, the Americas and Australasia.

Prior to Lighthouse, Mark was the Financial Controller at Tilt Renewables Limited, an Australasian renewable energy generation company dual listed on the New Zealand and Australian stock exchanges. Prior to this, Mark held a variety of senior finance roles within the energy industry based in Australasia as well as the fund management industry based in the Americas. Early in his career, Mark worked in the Audit & Assurance division of Deloitte in the UK where he qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant.

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Penelope Laletas

Associate Director
BComm (Fin)(with Distinction), BLaw (Hons), CA
Penelope joined Lighthouse Infrastructure in September 2022 as an Associate Director. Penelope is part of the Investment team, focusing on origination and execution of investment opportunities.

Penelope has over 5 years’ experience in infrastructure advisory, having joined Lighthouse from KPMG where Penelope worked as a Manager in their Commercial Advisory & Transactions team within the Infrastructure, Assets and Places division. Penelope has experience working across a wide range of major infrastructure projects providing strategic, financial and commercial advice to public and private sector clients, more recently, in the transport and social infrastructure sectors.

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Alexandra O'Dea

Investment Director
B.Bus, GradDipAppFin, GAIST
Alexandra joined Lighthouse in April 2020 as Investment Director. Alexandra is part of the investment team, focusing on portfolio management, investment strategy and product development. She also has responsibility for client engagement and external communications.

Alexandra has close to 20 years’ experience in asset consulting to institutional investors. Prior to Lighthouse, Alexandra was a Senior Consultant at Willis Towers Watson’s Investment practice, where she spent over 16 years’ primarily consulting to a range of superannuation funds and other institutional investors on investment governance, investment strategy and risk budgeting, portfolio construction, manager selection, investment implementation and monitoring. Alexandra commenced her asset consulting career as an Investment Analyst at Frontier Advisors.

Alexandra currently serves as an Independent Investment Committee member for the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation.

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Jeremy Rutherford

Manager - Compliance, Sustainability and Fund Reporting
BCom(Acc), CA
Jeremy joined Lighthouse in March 2018. As Manager of Compliance, Sustainability and Fund Reporting, Jeremy is responsible for the monitoring of Lighthouse’s compliance, risk and governance framework, in addition to the management of key internal and external reporting requirements and initiatives, including reporting on our sustainability-related activities.

Jeremy has spent over eight years working in various forms of accountancy across New Zealand, London and more recently, in Melbourne. In New Zealand, Jeremy worked for EY in the Audit and Assurance team where he had exposure to a number of large operational environments and complex structures, with a strong focus toward Financial Services and Insurance. Jeremy moved to London in 2014 and worked as a Fund Accountant for Royal London Asset Management. The role required a strong background in IT and systems, rolling out fund management software across the UK based offices. Prior to returning to Australia, Jeremy worked as a Finance Manager for the 3i Infrastructure business where his role focused on yield tracking and forecasting, production of internal reporting and cash management.

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George Vlahos

George joined Lighthouse Infrastructure in August 2022 as a Senior Investment Analyst. George is part of the Investment team and primarily supports the team with asset management, origination and execution of investment opportunities, financial modelling, and financing activities.

George has several years’ experience in investment analysis, financial modelling, and debt financing. Prior to joining Lighthouse, George worked at MaxCap Group as an Investment Analyst where he supported investment analysis, transaction due diligence, portfolio analysis, and developed complex financial models. George also has prior experience at Pitcher Partners Consulting across financial modelling, commercial analysis, and IT strategy. This included developing financial models for several renewable energy assets. These experiences have exposed George to a range of industries including commercial real estate, infrastructure, water utilities, mining, and telecommunications.

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Dr Allan Wain

Director, Research and Strategy
Dip.E, BE (Hons), MEc, PhD, PD (Econ), MBA
Allan joined Lighthouse in 2017. Allan is Director, Research and Strategy, to Lighthouse and is responsible for the strategy and research activities of Lighthouse. Allan is also an Investment Committee member for the Lighthouse Infrastructure Fund Trust.

Allan has more than 20 years’ experience in infrastructure, funds management, and economics. Allan has previously worked at CP2, Hastings Funds Management, KPMG, and BHP. Allan is a LWP Fellow, Harvard Law School, Harvard University, and has authored and co-authored several papers on economics, infrastructure, fiduciary duty, and Islamic finance.

Allan has studied at the University of Melbourne, Stanford University, Harvard University, and Imperial College and is a Member of the American Economic Association, of the American Society of International Law, of the Royal Economic Society, and of the Academy of International Business. He is a member of the Leadership Team of the Australian Chapter of Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs.


Daryl Browning has over 35 years’ experience in the property and funds management sectors. His most recent appointment was 17 years as CEO of industry fund owned and backed Industry Superannuation Property Trust (ISPT). During his tenure the funds grew from $2.8bn and 30 staff to $21bn and about 200 staff across the core property sectors. He has had exposure to a wide range of investment and development sectors across domestic and international markets. A registered valuer and licenced real estate agent, he is a Life Member of the Property Council, a Fellow of the Green Building Council and former Director of the Property Council and Property Industry Foundation.

Adrian has more than 30 years’ experience in funds management, real estate, government and the not for profit sectors and is a leader in developing solutions for Australia’s housing affordability challenge.   Adrian is the former Chair of the Federal Government’s National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC) and former Chair of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI).  Adrian is currently a Non-Executive Director of Summer Housing and a member of the University of Canberra’s Planning & Development Committee. He has held senior positions at Charter Hall, Mirvac, James Fielding, Deutsche Asset Management and the Property Council of Australia.

Murray Jones is the Independent Chair of the Lighthouse Infrastructure Management Limited Audit and Compliance Committee. Murray has over 30 years’ service as a risk and compliance specialist. His expertise encompasses investment management, superannuation and insurance. He is the managing director of Compliance & Risk Services Pty Ltd, a company he founded in 2002 which provides services to financial institutions including funds managers, superannuation trustees, financial advisers and private equity. He has acted as an independent expert under ASIC enforceable undertakings, chaired institutional compliance committees and acted as a responsible manager for AFS licences. He previously held senior roles with National Mutual/AXA Group and worked for the Australian Securities Commission.
Dr Ashby Monk is the Executive and Research Director of the Stanford Global Projects Center at Stanford University, a Senior Research Associate at the University of Oxford, and a Senior Advisor to the Chief Investment Officer of the University of California.
Dr Monk’s extensive research and writing on institutional investment, asset management, and financial innovation, has featured in many prominent publications. Dr Monk has created several companies and platforms to activate innovative investments and research, including the Aligned Intermediary, Long Game Savings Inc, and the Institutional Investors Roundtable.
He received his Doctorate in Economic Geography at Oxford University and holds a Master’s in International Economics from the Universite de Paris I – Pantheon Sorbonne and a Bachelor’s in Economics from Princeton University.