Former Wallabies captain Stirling Mortlock has left NAB for robo-advisor startup Stockspot

Stirling Mortlock of the Wallabies scores a try during the first Bundaberg Rum Series test match between the Australian Wallabies and France at ANZ Stadium on June 28, 2008 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

A former captain of the Australian rugby union team has joined robo-advisor fintech Stockspot.

Stirling Mortlock, who played 80 test matches for the Wallabies, will lead Stockspot’s partnership program that targets accountants and human advisors.

He comes to the startup from NAB, where he held various wealth management and superannuation relationship roles since 2014.

“When I first heard about robo-advice and Stockspot I realised it is where the future of investing and portfolio management is heading. I very much want to be a part of that,” Mortlock said.

Stockspot is a fund manager that also provides automated investment advice, which was founded by chief executive Chris Brycki, a former UBS and BlueLake Partners portfolio manager.

The startup in May secured $3 million in a series B round led by ETF Securities founder Graham Tuckwell and Australian firm Alium Capital, with contributions also coming in from H2’s Toby and Ben Heap and “algorithmic trading” entrepreneur Danny Bhandari.

The company has started a marketing blitz, with advertisements appearing on Sydney buses in the past few weeks.

Brycki, who famously joined a hedge fund at the age of 19, said Mortlock’s leadership would allow Stockspot to explore a previously untapped channel for the startup.

“B2B partnerships is a new area for Stockspot and we expect a growing number of accountants and advisers to embrace robo-advice,” he said.

“Stirling’s experience in corporate wealth and superannuation gives him deep insight into the issues facing advisers and accountants around compliance and the provision of personal advice.”

Mortlock, an outside back, captained Australia in 29 tests and scored more than 1000 points in Super rugby for both the ACT Brumbies and Melbourne Rebels.