Who are we?

Cuffelinks is an independent publisher providing content written by financial market professionals with experience in wealth management, superannuation, banking, academia and financial advice.

Cuffelinks is a community sharing both the knowledge and the battle scars of experience from an informed and impartial point of view, without pushing products or promoting services.

Cuffelinks Pty Ltd ACN 161 167 451 was founded in 2012. Graham Hand is Managing Editor and owner of Cuffelinks.

Graham Hand

Graham has 42 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 Advisory Committee of OpenInvest.

Original founders 

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.  He was Chairman of UniSuper

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

David Bell

Until December 2018, David was Chief Investment Officer at Mine Super. Previously, David ran his own finance consultancy business for five years and 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.

David 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. He has a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, a Master of Applied Finance and is a Visiting Fellow of Macquarie University.

Ashley Owen

Ashley has filled a variety of senior executive roles, including with Citibank, HSBC/Midland and ANZ. He ran various divisions and departments that included lending, financial control, branch networks, direct marketing, M&A and strategy. Along the way he picked up degrees in economic history, law, finance, and a CFA® charter.

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.

Other 

Leisa Bell, Assistant Editor

Leisa has spent most of her career in the banking and finance industry, from specialising as a credit analyst to financial publishing. For 15 years, she worked across multiple levels of banking (retail, business, treasury, corporate and investment banking), both domestic and international. After a career break to raise children, she spent five years managing a small finance consultancy before joining a fledging Cuffelinks in 2013, assisting with editing, publishing and business administration.

 

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