The King Tide Team


Mark Houghton

Mark is the co-founder, shareholder and director of King Tide Asset Management.  Mark also owns Saxe-Coburg Limited, which manages private client portfolios for NZ investors.  Mark has more than 27 years experience in this role and has been allocating capital to absolute return managers since 1991.  Mark has always believed that financial products are generally created with the issuers interests in mind rather than the investors, and so, when putting King Tide together, Mark has ensured that investor interests are first and foremost.




Rob Campbell


Rob  Campbell  has over 30 years’ experience in investment management and corporate governance.

Currently Chair of Tourism Holdings, Summerset Group Holdings Ltd, WEL Energy/UltraFast Fibre, SKY City Entertainment, and a director of Precinct Properties NZ Ltd and .

Rob is also a director of or advisor to a number of hedge and private equity funds in a number of countries including Silverfern Co-Investment Partners (US) and Board Member, Serica Balanced Credit Fund (HK).

Rob holds the degrees of Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours in Economic History and Political Science and of Master of Philosophy in Economics.


Geoff Nixon


Geoff  moved  back to New Zealand in 2013 after 25 years in USA.  He mentored full-time at the Lightning Lab accelerator soon after arriving back and then joined LearnKo as a co-founder and Chairman.  He has since joined several advisory boards and mentor several start-ups and joined the Morgan Foundation think tank in September 2014 to investigate the area of education in New Zealand.

Born in Timaru, New Zealand, educated at Timaru Boys High with Masters of Commerce hons from University of Canterbury. Geoff spent 5 years travelling, including a year with the Old Mutual in South Africa where he discovered the stock-market. Returned to NZ in 1982 spending 4 years in equity analysis before opening the New York office for Chase Corporation, a public NZ entrepreneurial and investment firm.

After a stint at Brierleys, another NZ investment firm, Geoff started a hedge fund management firm, MCM Associates in 1992. Timing was good and he ran MCM for 14 years in a generally up market (for a 17% annual return) deciding, due to bearish outlook, to return cash to investors at the end of 2005.

Then in 2006 started an online learning business, providing intensive clinical treatments at home with supervision, called Gemm Learning.




Alistair Sutherland

Alistair sits on King Tide’s Investment committee along with Mark and Rob.  Alistair has significant experience as both CEO and Director in a variety of industries. He was CEO of Morgan & Banks and then TMP eResourcing Australasia from March 1997 to June 2002, and before that Chairman and Managing Director of Philips New Zealand Limited.
Since 2002, Alistair has been a highly successful investor and co-investor in a number of small to medium businesses with a strategy of grow to sell. He has also managed his own investment portfolio directly and semi-actively through seeking out talented local and global absolute return managers, in association with Saxe-Coburg Limited.




Sam Brindle

Sam joined King Tide as a Senior Associate in June 2016. He has more than 10 years’ experience in the financial services industry, predominately in investment research and analysis.

Originally hailing from the Wairarapa, Sam graduated with a Bachelor of Science and Post Graduate Diploma in Engineering Geology from Canterbury University in 2000 before embarking on a career as a professional geologist in Australia and New Zealand. In 2002 he moved to the United Kingdom on his OE where he joined WS Atkins as a consulting engineering geologist.

After gaining a Graduate Diploma in Business Studies (Finance) in 2006 from Massey University, Sam joined State Street Global Advisors in London, initially as an investment analyst before later moving into credit analysis. This led to roles with The Royal Bank of Scotland as a credit analyst and XCAP Securities as an equity analyst before moving to Melbourne in 2013 where he joined Pitcher Partners’ financial advisory business as a research analyst.

Portfolio Managers

A very important part of the King Tide team is the underlying managers.  King Tide believes people matter, and we look for outstanding managers rather than outstanding ‘funds’.  We believe managing other peoples money is a huge responsibility, and we only invest with managers who have well-known third party administrators and a strong focus on risk management.


Other Advisers

Administration Manager
Guardian Trust
Minter Ellison Rudd Watts