Our Principals

Cuffelinks Pty Ltd, ACN 161 167 451, was founded in 2012, and its Principals are:

Chris Cuffe

Chris has many years of experience in building successful wealth management practices. Joining Colonial First State in 1988 and becoming CEO two years later, Chris took the company from a start up operation to Australia’s largest investment manager.

Chris joined Challenger Financial Services Group Limited in 2003 as Chief Executive Officer and subsequently became Chief Executive of Challenger’s Wealth Management business.

In 2006, he joined non-profit organisation Social Ventures Australia (SVA) as an Executive Director, a position he held until May 2009, when he became Chairman of the SVA Future Trust. He was Chairman of UniSuper, the superannuation scheme servicing the staff of universities and related institutions across Australia, until 2017.

Chris is now involved in a portfolio of activities including a number of directorships, managing public and private investments and in various roles assisting the non-profit sector. In particular, he is:

  • Chairman of Fitzpatrick Private Wealth, a national wealth advisory firm
  • Chairman of Atrium Investment Management, an investment management firm
  • Non Executive Director of Global Value Fund, Antipodes Global Investment Company and Argo Investments, each of which are listed investment companies
  • Chairman and Founder of Australian Philanthropic Services, a not for profit organisation which inspires, facilitates and educates Australia’s high net worth community and the professional advisers that support them about effective philanthropy
  • Founder, Director and Portfolio Manager of Third Link Growth Fund (thirdlink.com.au), a managed investment scheme (investing in Australian shares) and available to the public whereby all management fees received are donated to charity, and
  • Director of Cuffelinks Pty Ltd.

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

In October 2007 Chris was inducted into the Australian Fund Manager’s RBS Hall of Fame for services to the investment industry.

Graham Hand

Graham has 40 years’ experience in financial markets, starting at the Commonwealth Bank in 1976 where he headed New Issues before becoming General Manager, Capital Markets. From 1988, he was Deputy Treasurer at the State Bank of New South Wales, and from 1995, he was Managing Director, Treasury at NatWest Markets Australia.

Graham then embarked on full-time writing and consulting roles, where his clients included AMP, Westpac, Commonwealth Bank, Colonial First State, CUSCAL, Travelex and Arab Bank. He consulted to Colonial First State from 2001 and was appointed General Manager, Funding & Alliances in 2007, managing the funding for the largest geared share funds in the country, peaking at $10 billion, and establishing seven boutique asset management businesses across all asset classes.

In 2001, Graham’s first book, Naked Among Cannibals, an analysis of the evolution of Australian banking, featured in the Top 10 Business Books in Australia for several months. His first novel, Beyond Lucas Heights, was published in 2005. He wrote a monthly column on banking and funds management for CFO Magazine, and his articles have appeared in Euromoney, International Financing Review and Money Management magazines, as well as websites Crikey and Banking Day.

Graham has an honours degree in economics from the University of NSW and a Diploma from the Securities Institute of Australia (now the Financial Services Institute of Australasia).

Graham holds several directorships including a Director of the Listed Investment Company, Absolute Equity Performance Fund (ASX:AEG, the listed version of the Bennelong Long Short Equity Fund). He is also a member of the Compliance Committee of Lazard Asset Management Pacific Co and the Investment Committee of Balance Impact, an online ethical investment service. Graham is Managing Editor of Cuffelinks and cuffelinks.com.au.

David Bell

David is Chief Investment Officer at Mine Wealth + Wellbeing where he is responsible for their investment activities and retirement outcomes modelling, and is involved in the design of their accumulation and post-retirement strategies.

Previously David ran his own business, St Davids Rd Advisory, for five years. During this time he undertook over 50 varied assignments for 30 firms.

Prior to that David spent 12 years at Colonial First State, mainly managing the Fund of Hedge Funds business. He led a global team with the mandate to identify and invest with the best hedge fund managers from around the world. David worked part of this time in Zurich, Switzerland and he has visited hundreds of asset managers around the world. His other roles included risk management, fixed income and corporate finance roles.

David has been a part-time lecturer at Macquarie University for 11 years, across Sydney, Melbourne, Beijing, Singapore and Tokyo. He is currently completing his PhD at the University of New South Wales, with thesis work on the design and assessment of retirement schemes such as superannuation and pension vehicles.

David has a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, a Master of Applied Finance and is a Visiting Fellow of Macquarie University, where he coordinates and lectures a Hedge Fund elective for the Masters of Applied Finance Program.

Ashley Owen

Ashley was born in Singapore, educated in Australia and the United States, and now lives in Sydney. Around half of the past 30 years was spent in a variety of senior executive roles in major international banking and finance groups, including Citibank, HSBC/Midland and ANZ. He ran various divisions and departments that included lending, financial control, branch networks, direct marketing, M&A and strategy. The other half of the time was spent providing corporate finance assistance from early stage VC through to IPO.

Along the way he picked up degrees in economic history, law, finance, and a CFA® charter. He has also lectured for the Securities Institute of Australia (now FINSIA) and for the CFA Sydney Society.

Ashley is Chief Investment Officer at independent advisory firm Stanford Brown and The Lunar Group. He is also a Director of Third Link Investment Managers, a fund that supports Australian charities.


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