Karl Siegling has over 20 years investment experience in the financial sector both in Australia and overseas. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Law degree from the University of Melbourne and an MBA specialising in Finance and Entrepreneurial Endeavours from INSEAD in France. Karl has also completed the Post Graduate Diploma in Finance with the Securities Institute of Australia.
He commenced work in the Financial Services sector in Australia with Deutsche Morgan Grenfell, trading overnight currencies, bonds and bond options on the Sydney Futures Exchange. Then he worked within the Equities Research Division of Deutsche Morgan Grenfell before moving to the Equities Division of Goldman Sachs in London. Upon returning to Australia, Karl was the Managing Director of eFinancial Capital Limited (a subsidiary of Challenger International Limited), which was a private equity fund with Pooled Development Fund status, focused on investing early stage and expansion capital. The fund invested in financial services and Australian internet based technology companies. For two and a half years Karl worked as a consultant for Wilson Asset Management (International) Pty Limited researching stocks for the Wilson group of funds. He is also the managing director of the manager, Cadence Asset Management Pty Limited. Karl has been a Director of the Company for the past 12.5 years.
Wayne Davies has over 15 years funds management experience in Equity Long/Short Funds both in Australia and overseas. He is both a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. Wayne Davies is a founding member of the Cadence Asset Management team and has been the Chief Operating Officer of Cadence Asset Management for the past 10 years. Wayne Davies previously worked with Theorema Asset Management in London and was a director of Theorema Europe Fund and Theorema Europe Fund Plus. Wayne has been a Director of the Company for the past 3.5 years.
Ronald Hancock is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia with extensive experience in the financial services industry. He was the Managing Director of Wide Bay Australia Limited, which has moved to a full banking license and now trades as Auswide Bank Ltd, and retired in February 2013. He was a foundation Director and Manager of the Burnett Permanent Building Society formed in 1966, which subsequently merged with other Queensland societies to form Wide Bay Capricorn Building Society Ltd, subsequently Wide Bay Australia Ltd.
Ronald Hancock was a practising Chartered Accountant and continued to practise during the establishment period of the Society. He retired from accountancy in 1994 after 32 years and is also a Director of several private companies. In 2009 he was appointed a member of the Order of Australia for service to the finance sector and to the community of Bundaberg. Ronald has been a Director of the Company for the past 4.3 years.
James Chirnside has worked in financial markets for 32 years mostly as an equities fund manager across a broad range of markets and sectors. As a fund manager, he was mainly focused in emerging and frontier markets. In addition, he has also been a proprietary metals trader, derivatives broker, and fund promoter in Sydney, Hong Kong, London, and Melbourne.
James studied for a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Edith Cowan University in Perth. James is also a director of Dart Mining NL (DTM), WAM Capital Limited (WAM), Mercantile Investment Company Ltd (MVT), and Ask Funding Ltd (ASK). James has been a Director of the Company for the past 12.5 years.