Asia Pacific

Dan Bowden | Partner, Stafford Private Markets | Sydney, Australia

Dan Bowden | Partner, Stafford Private Markets | Sydney, Australia

Dan makes primary commitments to private equity funds in Australia and New Zealand (over $500m since joining in 2007). He sits on Investment Advisory Boards of a range of private equity funds. He also makes co-investments alongside the private equity funds, and acquires secondary private equity fund interests. Prior to joining Stafford, Dan spent three years in Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs, where he advised companies on mergers, acquisitions and capital raisings.

Danyelle Guyatt | Independent Chair, Stafford ESG Committee |

Danyelle Guyatt | Independent Chair, Stafford ESG Committee |

Danyelle is the independent Chair of Stafford’s ESG Committee. She is the Managing Director of Collaborare Advisory, an independent research and advisory company.

Danyelle has extensive experience of working with investors and collaborative investor groups, specialising in ESG integration and climate-related investment issues across investment portfolios. Previously she was Global Head of Research for Mercer's Responsible Investment team in London, where she led a large-scale research project on the implications of climate change for asset allocation. Danyelle graduated with an MSc in Investment Management with distinction at the Cass Business School and completed a PhD in Economic Psychology at the University of Bath, researching the behavioural impediments to long-term responsible investing.

Duncan MacLeod | Investment Manager, Stafford Timberland | Sydney, Australia

Duncan MacLeod | Investment Manager, Stafford Timberland | Sydney, Australia

Duncan is an Investment Manager in Stafford’s Timberland business responsible for portfolio management, fund reporting and investment due diligence.

Duncan has extensive experience in the timberland sector having consulted to governments and private businesses over a number of years as a Senior Associate with URS in Melbourne. His sectoral knowledge spans forest product markets, sales and marketing processes, forestry valuation and strategic planning.

He is an Associate member of the Financial Services Institute of Australia and is currently working towards the completion of a Master of Applied Finance from Macquarie University.

Graeme MacLaren | Independent Chairman, Stafford Compliance Committee |

Graeme MacLaren | Independent Chairman, Stafford Compliance Committee |

Graeme is an experienced company director and executive with over thirty years' experience in banking and financial services.

Graeme has occupied numerous senior positions within the Commonwealth Bank of Australia involving audit, property investment, finance, operations and compliance. Graeme is a director of Solutions in Business Pty Ltd, a company that specialises in providing advice to the funds management industry. Graeme also currently acts as an independent director and executive director for a number of companies and as an external member on a number of compliance committees.

Graeme's qualifications include a Bachelor of Business, Postgraduate Diploma in Banking Management and a Masters of Business Administration from Macquarie Graduate School of Management. Graeme is a member of the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants, Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.

Jenny Nitschke | Finance Accountant | Sydney, Australia

Jenny Nitschke | Finance Accountant | Sydney, Australia

Jenny is responsible for the provision of financial and administrative assistance as required by the Operations Manager and the CFO/Compliance Manager of Stafford’s Operations service line.

Jenny is a member of CPA Australia (Certified Practising Accountant).

Jenny has worked as an Accountant for ten years in the finance industry including South Australian Government Financing Authority and AAA Mortgage Solutions in Adelaide. Her primary responsibilities included statutory reporting and financial performance management.

In addition, Jenny has worked as a Management Accountant at BHP Billiton for six years, supporting Global IT in Melbourne and Shared Services Centre Management Team in Adelaide (greenfield role).

Jenny holds a Bachelor of Business (Banking and Finance) from University of South Australia where she was awarded the ANZ Prize and Australian Institute of Bankers Prize for academic excellence.

Geoff Norman | Chairman and Co-founder | Sydney, Australia

Geoff Norman | Chairman and Co-founder | Sydney, Australia

Geoff is Chairman and co-founder of Stafford Capital Partners. Prior to this, he founded Pantheon Ventures’ Asia Pacific operations before it was acquired by Pantheon. Geoff is involved in relationship management, strategy formulation, and investment evaluation. He holds Bachelor degrees in law and finance, and earned a Masters degree in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan Fellow).

Rose Nguyen | Operations Assistant | Sydney, Australia

Rose Nguyen | Operations Assistant | Sydney, Australia

Rose is responsible for providing support to the Operation Manager for fund cash processing, notifications to investors, review reports, reconciliation of cash books and administrative tasks within Fund Operations team.

Her work experience includes 15 months as an unlisted unit trust officer at BNP Paribas Securities Services, providing support to Senior Financial Officers and Fund Accountants. Conducting a broad range of activities, such as: trade management, settlement processing, maintaining accounts and database, and ad-hoc back office activities.

She has handled multiple tasks on a daily basis, which included: reviewing, processing of application and redemption instructions for clients investing in unlisted unit trust’s and responsible for ensuring the settlement of trades both financially and in the accounting system.

Rose graduated from Macquarie University with Bachelor of Applied Finance in 2015.  

Daan Oranje | Managing Partner, Stafford Timberland | Sydney, Australia

Daan Oranje | Managing Partner, Stafford Timberland | Sydney, Australia

Daan is involved in relationship management, investment sourcing, due diligence, negotiation and research for investments in timber.

Daan was previously with URS as a senior consultant specialising in timberland appraisals and environmental audits.

He holds a Bachelor degree in forestry with honours from the University of Melbourne and a Graduate Diploma in applied finance (FINSIA).

Chris Packwood | Finance Manager | Sydney, Australia

Chris Packwood | Finance Manager | Sydney, Australia

Chris is responsible for the operation of Stafford Private Equity’s funds, including cash management, processing of corporate actions and performance monitoring of investments. Prior to joining Stafford, Chris worked at Computershare for six years where he was a project manager in the corporate actions division. He holds a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance from Kaplan.

Dominic Tayco | Chief Compliance Officer | Sydney, Australia

Dominic Tayco | Chief Compliance Officer | Sydney, Australia

Dominic is Stafford’s Chief Compliance Officer and is also Head of Fund Operations involved in monitoring of internal manager controls, reporting, regulatory compliance and structuring investments for funds and mandates managed by Stafford.

Dominic is an Australian legal practitioner and had worked as a tax advisor to the corporate and financial services sector at Deloitte. He has also worked at Principal Global Investors (Australia), where he had broad responsibilities for tax and legal compliance and fund operations including US limited partnership structures and REITS.

He is a Member of the Institute of Company Directors (Australia) and the National Society of Compliance Professionals (US).

Lincoln Wahl | Finance Manager | Sydney, Australia

Lincoln Wahl | Finance Manager | Sydney, Australia

Lincoln Wahl is a Finance Manager supporting Stafford’s Fund Operations team with accounting and reporting systems, procedures and internal controls, cash management, administration and assisting the Investment team.

Prior to joining Stafford, Lincoln worked as a Financial Controller with a Bermuda based (Re)insurance Investment Manager. Before this he worked in Audit Assurance with the Alternative Investments Team at Deloitte in Bermuda.

He is a qualified Chartered Accountant (South Africa) and holds a Bachelor degree in Accountancy from Rhodes University, South Africa.

Stephen White | Co-founder and Managing Partner, Stafford Private Markets | Sydney, Australia

Stephen White | Co-founder and Managing Partner, Stafford Private Markets | Sydney, Australia

Stephen is involved in relationship management, strategy formulation and investment sourcing and evaluation for Private Equity in Australia and New Zealand. He co-founded Stafford Capital Partners in 2000.

Prior to Stafford Capital Partners, Stephen spent over 10 years at Macquarie Bank’s Asset Management Division, where he established and invested its $220 million private equity program. Stephen joined Macquarie Bank when it acquired Risk Averse Money Managers, of which he was an owner and director.

John Zaknic | Investment Manager, Stafford Infrastructure | Sydney, Australia

John Zaknic | Investment Manager, Stafford Infrastructure | Sydney, Australia

John is an Investment Manager involved in investment research, due diligence, portfolio management and marketing.

Prior to joining Stafford, John was at Grant Thornton Australia managing a broad range of clients across various industries. He has over ten years of experience in providing taxation and advisory services to private and entrepreneurial clients.

He has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Sydney.