Board of Directors

The Board of Directors have a broad range of experience in investment management combined with financial and commercial expertise.  

The Board has been appointed Rory Lucas as the CEO. His responsibilities include, but are not limited to financial management of the Company together with management and administration of the Portfolio under the direction of the Investment Committee.

 Rory Lucas

CEO

  Rory  Lucas

CEO

Rory has worked in the Australian and global equity markets for nearly 30 years. Whilst having worked in a variety of roles, his specialty is in trade execution as well as portfolio construction and risk management.

Rory has had previous roles with Rothschild Australia Asset Management in managing a fund of funds. His specific responsibility was to source and vet potential managers as well as to determine the allocation of capital between them and manage the consolidated risk of the portfolio.

In 2006, Rory took up a senior Equity Facilitation role at UBS Australia. As part of this role, he oversaw the management of a high conviction portfolio of UBS Equity Research ideas known as Alpha Preferences. He was responsible for portfolio execution, re-weighting and all aspects of the portfolio trading strategy. More recently, Rory has held trading and execution roles at Commonwealth Bank of Australia, prior to their exit from the institutional equities business.

 Chris Cuffe

Chairman

  Chris  Cuffe

Chairman

Commencing his career as a chartered accountant, Chris Cuffe entered the funds management industry in 1985. In 1988 he joined Colonial First State where he was CEO from 1990 until 2003. In 2003 he became CEO of the listed Challenger Group.

Chris is now involved in a portfolio of activities in the investment and non-profit sectors which include:

  • member of the Investment Committee of UniSuper, which provides superannuation services to employees of Australia's higher education and research sector;
  • chairman of Australian Philanthropic Services and Atrium Investment Management;
  • director of various listed companies including Global Value Fund, Antipodes Global Investment Company, Argo Investments and Class; and
  • founder, directors and manager of Third Link Growth Fund.

Chris was previously a non-executive director of UniSuper from 2007 to 2017, of which the last six years was as Chairman.

In October 2007 Chris was inducted into the Australian Fund Manager’s RBS Hall of Fame for services to the investment industry. In 2017 he was appointed as an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales and a Diploma from the Securities Institute of Australia. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand, a Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors and an Associate of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.

 Lorraine Berends

Director

  Lorraine  Berends

Director

Ms Berends has worked in the financial services industry for over 35 years and possesses extensive experience in both investment management and superannuation. Before moving to a non-executive career in 2014 she worked for 15 years with US based investment manager Marvin & Palmer Associates. Ms Berends contributed extensively to industry associations throughout her executive career, serving on the boards of the Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA australia) for 13 years (7 as Chair) and the Association of Superannuation Funds Australia (ASFA) for 12 years (3 as Chair). Ms Berends has been awarded Life Membership of both IMCA Australia and ASFA. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Monash University, is a Fellow of the Actuaries Institute and a Fellow of ASFA.  

Ms Berends is an independent non-executive director of ASX listed Pinnacle Investment Management Group Limited and of listed investment companies Antipodes Global Investment Company Limited, Plato Income Maximiser Limited and Spheria Emerging Companies Limited. She is also an independent non-executive director of BT Funds Management Limited, BT Funds Management No. 2 Limited and Westpac Securities Administration Limited (collectively the BTFG Superannuation Board). She is a director of MDC Foundation Limited (a not for profit company) and a member of the QSuper Investment Committee.

 Guy Fowler

Director

  Guy  Fowler

Director

Guy is a co-founder of the Hearts and Minds Investment Conference. He has worked in a range of senior positions at UBS Australia for over 25 years including as the Head of Capital Markets and as the Head of the Corporate Advisory business. In these roles he has advised on many of the largest and most complex equity capital markets and corporate transactions completed in Australia. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

 Matthew Grounds

Director

  Matthew  Grounds

Director

Matthew is a co-founder of the Hearts and Minds Investment Conference. He is currently the CEO of UBS Australia a role he has held for over ten years. Over the past 24 years, Matthew has held a variety of other senior roles at UBS including Joint Global Head of the Investment Banking business, Head of Capital Markets and Head of the Corporate Advisory business. In these roles he has advised on many of the largest and most complex equity capital markets and corporate transactions completed in Australia. Matthew is also a Council Member of the University of NSW, Chairman of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute and a Director of the Financial Markets Foundation for Children.

 Michael Traill AM

Director

  Michael  Traill AM

Director

Michael founded Social Ventures Australia in 2002, after 15 years as a co-founder and Executive Director of Macquarie Group’s private equity arm, Macquarie Direct Investment. Having stepped down as CEO of Social Ventures in 2014, Michael currently has a range of primarily social purpose Chair and board roles including Chair of Goodstart Early Learning; Executive Director of For Purpose Investments, a Director of M H Carnegie & Co, Sunsuper and a member of the Council of the National Museum of Australia.

Michael is the author of ‘Jumping Ship – From the world of corporate Australia to the heart of social investment’ which won the prestigious Ashurst Business Literature Prize. The book reflects on his personal and professional journey and has been a widely acclaimed manifesto for change and action in the social purpose sector. In 2010 Michael was made a member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his services to non-profit organisations.

Michael holds a BA (Hons) from the University of Melbourne and an MBA from Harvard University.

 Gary Weiss

Director

  Gary  Weiss

Director

Dr Weiss is currently the Executive Director of Ariadne Australia Limited. Dr Weiss is Chairman of Ardent Leisure Group, Ridley Corporation Ltd and Estia Health Ltd, and a Non-Executive Director of Thorney Opportunities Ltd and The Straits Trading Company Limited.

Dr Weiss is also a Commissioner of the Australian Rugby League Commission.

Dr Weiss was formerly Chairman of Clearview Wealth Limited and Coats Plc, is a former Non-Executive Director of Premier Investments Ltd and Pro-Pac Packaging Ltd, a former Executive Director of Whitlam, Turnbull & Co and Guinness Peat Group plc and sat on the board of Westfield Holdings Limited and a number of other public companies. Dr Weiss has also been involved in overseeing large businesses with operations in many regions including Europe, China and India and is familiar with investments across a wide range of industries, corporate finance and private equity type deals.

Dr Weiss is a Co-founder of the Sohn Hearts & Minds Investment Leaders Conference.

Dr Weiss holds an LLB (Hons) and LLM from Victoria University of Wellington and a Doctor of the Science of Law (JSD) from Cornell University. Dr Weiss was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New Zealand, a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

 Geoff Wilson AO

Director

  Geoff  Wilson AO

Director

Geoff has over 38 years' direct experience in investment markets having held a variety of senior investment roles in Australia, the UK and the US. Geoff founded Wilson Asset Management in 1997. Geoff created Australia's first listed philanthropic wealth creation vehicles, the Future Generation companies.

Geoff holds a Bachelor of Science, a Graduate Management Qualification and is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Geoff is currently Chairman of WAM Capital Limited, WAM Leaders Limited, WAM Research Limited, WAM Active Limited, WAM Microcap Limited, WAM Global Limited and the Australian Stockbrokers Foundation. He is the Founder and a Director of Future Generation Global Investment Company Limited and Future Generation Investment Company Limited and a Director of Australian Leaders Fund Limited, Global Value Fund Limited, 8IP Emerging Companies Limited, Century Australia Investments Limited, Incubator Capital Limited, Sporting Chance Cancer Foundation, the Australian Fund Managers Foundation, the Australian Children's Music Foundation and he is a Member of the Second Bite NSW Advisory Committee.

 David Wright

Director

  David  Wright

Director

David Wright is a Managing Partner and joint founder of Zenith Investment Partners (Zenith).

David established Zenith in October 2002 and has extensive investment industry experience. David’s role includes overall responsibility of the business and remains closely involved in servicing the Firm’s investment consulting clients with portfolio construction, management and monitoring advice.

Prior to establishing Zenith, David held senior positions within the financial services industry including IWL Ltd (Head of Research), an ASX listed company in which he was also a significant equity holder. David was instrumental in building and further developing IWL's managed investment research methodology and process and expanding the group's distribution of research to financial advisers. Other roles included Associate Director and Head of Managed Funds research at Lonsdale Limited and an analyst with the Advisor Group, a national financial planning group.

David has extensive experience researching, assessing and rating many forms of managed investments including, unlisted managed funds, listed managed investments including LIC’s, ETF’s, ETMF’s and property syndicates.

David is also a former practitioner lecturer of the Securities Institute of Australia (now FINSIA).