Investment Committee

The Investment Committee, chaired by David Wright, meets quarterly to review the portfolio and to ensure HM1 delivers on its stated investment objectives and strategy.

 David Wright


  David  Wright


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).

 Lorraine Berends

  Lorraine  Berends

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.

 Chris Cuffe AO

  Chris  Cuffe AO

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.

Brett Paton

 Brett Paton

Brett Paton

  Brett  Paton

Brett is currently Chairman of Escala Partners and Chairman of PLC Asset Management.
He has worked in a range of senior positions including Vice Chairman at UBS Australia where he spent 23 years. Brett also spent 5 years at Citi serving as Vice Chairman Australia, Institutional Clients Group. Brett has served as a Non-Executive Director of Tabcorp and Chair of Audit and Risk for its demerged entity, Echo Entertainment, giving him valuable insights into the functions expected of ASX 100 boards. He was a Council Member at RMIT University and Chair of the Risk and Audit Committee. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Paul Rayson

 Paul Rayson

Paul Rayson

  Paul  Rayson

Paul has worked in the financial services industry for over 20 years and has extensive experience in investment markets, technology, retail banking, risk management and insurance. 

Paul is the former Managing Director of CommSec, Australia’s leading online broker and former Managing Director of Colonial Mutual Life Assurance Society Ltd. Paul has also held a number of CFO and governance positions across large financial services businesses. Prior to financial services, Paul held senior roles in Chartered Accounting and Consulting firms specialising in corporate advisory and strategy.  

Paul holds a Commerce degree and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 Michael Traill AM

  Michael  Traill AM

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

  Gary  Weiss

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

  Geoff  Wilson AO

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.