Board Members

Dr John Hewson
Dr John Hewson
  • Dr Hewson has had several careers in academia, bureaucracy, business, politics, and the media.
  • He is currently a Professor in the Crawford School of Public Policy at ANU, and an Adjunct Professor at Curtin, UTS, Canberra and Griffith Universities, having been Professor and Head of the School of Economics at UNSW, and Professor of Management and Dean Macquarie Graduate School of Management at Macquarie University.
  • He has worked for The Australian Treasury (Census and Statistics), the IMF, the Reserve Bank, the UN (UNESCAP), and the ADB, and often advises senior public servants.
  • In Business, he was a Founder of Macquarie Bank, Chairman ABN Amro Australia, and Chair/Director of a host of public and private companies, with current positions in renewable energy, and funds management and investment banking. He is Chair, Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia and The Ocean Nourishment Foundation & Patron of the Smart Energy Council and Overseas Bankers Association.
  • In Politics he has served as Advisor/Chief of Staff to two Federal Treasurers and Prime Minister, as Shadow Finance Minister, Shadow Treasurer, Shadow Minister for Industry and Commerce, and Leader of the Liberal Party, and of the Federal Coalition in Opposition.
  • In the media, he has been a regular Columnist since the early 80s for a range of domestic and international newspapers (presently Saturday Paper) and comments widely on economics and politics on TV, radio, in print, and on line, here and overseas.
Ross McDowall
Ross McDowall
  • Ross is a Director of BlueMount Capital and Director of Sydney Funds Management, with 25 years commercial and management experience.
  • Ross has extensive experience in project management, fund management, eCommerce, fintech, information technology and specialises in assisting companies in seeking public listing and capital raising in both domestic and international capital markets.
  • Ross holds a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology, a Graduate Diploma of Business & Technology from the University of New South Wales and a Graduate Certificate in Information Technology from the University of Technology Sydney.
Craig Mowll
Craig Mowll
  • Craig has 30 years global Asset and Wealth Management experience specialising in growing businesses in Private Debt, Private Equity, Infrastructure, Property (Real Assets), Credit and Equities.
  • Craig was General Manager, Asset and Wealth Management of MyState Limited for three years, and CEO of TPT Wealth Limited, a Non-ADI Lender with $2B in assets focusing Private Debt. He was also Chairman of the TPT Asset and Liabilities Committee, Investment Committee and Divisional Risk Committee.
  • Craig developed his career by growing the companies he worked for. He advanced through St.George Bank managing several divisions and subsidiaries including; General Manager: Asset Management, Margin Lending and its Online Trading business tripling the assets to $24B over 5 years. He later moved to Credit Asset Management as a Director to lead the Distribution, Product and Marketing teams growing assets from $11B to $34B during his tenure focusing on Alternative and Private Market assets to Institutional, Wholesale and Retail Third Party markets.
  • Craig joined Certitude Global Investments as Chief Executive Officer for 5 years leading one of Australia’s largest Hedge Funds managers later becoming the Managing Director of Asset and Wealth Management for Aura Group focusing on Private Equity, Venture Capital, Property and Private Debt.
  • Craig has held several Key Responsible Manager roles for Australian Financial Services Licenses (‘AFSL’) and Australian Credit Licenses.

Independent Advisors

James Hua
James Hua
  • James is an active market participant in Fund Advisory, Credit Advisory, Development Finance, Project Management, Loan Book Management & Audit and is the MD and Principal of Compass Property Advisory.
  • James is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and an Associate Member of Institute of Actuary Australia.
  • He is an experienced financial analyst and commercial property credit advisor.
  • James left major financial institution where he previously managed portfolios of High-Net-Worth Individual Clients and Corporate & Commercial Property Clients.
  • James is passionate about assisting commercial property investors and developers with asset acquisition and seeking the most suitable finance option; developing financial models to correctly price the risk exposure whilst meeting investors’ return hurdle and overseeing the facility management till completion.
  • Richard has decades of experience at CFO level with large listed corporates, principally in the infrastructure, construction, engineering and resources sectors. He has extensive experience in the valuation, financing, acquisition and divestment of large projects and complex businesses.
  • Richard established Mandanex Group in 2014, an corporate advisory business with operations across the region. He has successfully assisted a wide range of clients meet their capital requirements and delivered transaction based advisory work.
  • Richard is a Chartered Accountant, Registered Business Valuer and experienced company director. He has lived and worked throughout Asia, Australia and New Zealand.