Our Team

Victor Rodriguez, Head of Fixed Income

Victor joined CIPAM in April 2017 as Head of Fixed Income. Prior to his appointment, he was Head of Asia Pacific Fixed Income at Aberdeen Asset Management based in Singapore from 2014 to 2017. There he led a team of more than 30 investment professionals across the region including Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and Australia. Before locating to Singapore, Victor led the Aberdeen Fixed Income business in Australia. Prior to this, Victor worked for over 13 years at Credit Suisse Asset Management in Australia, where he was the Deputy Head of Fixed Income for three years up to 2009. Victor holds a Bachelor of Economics from Sydney University and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from FINSIA.

Pete Robinson, Head of Investment Strategy, Fixed Income

Pete is Head of Investment Strategy for Fixed Income, including responsibility for Fixed Income’s multi strategy credit portfolios, and oversight of investment grade corporate credit and domestic asset backed security investments. From 2007 through 2010, Pete was based in London as a Portfolio Manager at WyeTree Asset Management, a specialist asset manager focused on credit opportunities in residential real estate markets. Prior to joining WyeTree, Pete worked at Challenger Life Company in Sydney with responsibility for their Alternative credit portfolio. Pete graduated with a combined Bachelor of Commerce/Science degree with First Class Honours in Finance from the University of New South Wales and is a CFA Charterholder. Pete has 14 years of investment experience.

David Hoskins

David Hoskins, Head of Acquisition Finance, Fixed Income

David is responsible for Fixed Income’s acquisition finance portfolios. David has over 20 years industry experience in both Australian and European credit markets. David joined CIPAM in June 2008.  Prior to this, he worked for nine years at the National Australia Bank including five years within NAB’s Credit Restructuring team in Melbourne focusing on the management and rehabilitation of distressed assets; three years in nabCapital’s London Credit Risk Management team responsible for leverage finance and other higher risk transactions; and a further one year for nabCapital Sydney in a relationship management role covering a portfolio of Australian institutional clients across the transportation and industrial sectors. David holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from FINSIA.

Gerard Hargraves

Gerard Hargraves, Head of Real Estate Lending, Fixed Income

Gerard is responsible for Fixed Income’s Institutional Real Estate lending portfolios. Gerard has 25 years’ experience spanning real estate investment and lending. Gerard joined CIPAM in 2010 and has overseen the origination and management of ~$3 billion of commercial real estate loans. Prior to joining CIPAM, Gerard spent four years at Fortress Investment Group, after property banking roles at NM Rothschild & Sons (Australia) Limited and Commonwealth Bank of Australia. He also spent eight years in property development, most of this time with Bovis Lend Lease. Gerard holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) from University of Queensland and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from FINSIA.

Leila Refass

Leila Donnachy, Head of Global ABS & Senior Portfolio Manager, Fixed Income

Leila is a Senior Portfolio Manager with responsibility for Fixed Income’s Global Asset-Backed Securities portfolio, as well as lead client portfolio manager for Challenger Life. Leila joined CIPAM in January 2012 focusing on securitised credit. Prior to joining CIPAM, she was an Associate in Structured Products at Barclays Capital in Sydney and previously at Merrill Lynch in New York. Leila holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from University College London, a Master in Financial Engineering from Columbia University and an MBA from Melbourne Business School.

Stephen Martin, Head of Domestic ABS, Fixed Income

Steve is a Senior Portfolio Manager with responsibility for the Australian and New Zealand Asset Backed Securities portfolio. He joined CIPAM in 2008 as an Analyst in the asset and liquidity management team. Since 2011, he has been a member of the Fixed Income team focused on asset backed structuring and investing. Steve holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) degree from the University of Sydney. He has over 10 years of investment experience.

David Bothof, Senior Portfolio Manager, Fixed Income

David is a Senior Portfolio Manager with responsibility for managing investment grade corporate credit investments and cash portfolios. David has over 12 years investment experience. He joined CIPAM in 2007, assisting with management of cash portfolios and analysis of higher yielding opportunities for CIPAM. From 2005 through to 2007, David was a financial Analyst at Macquarie Bank focusing on debt markets research and asset revaluations across financial asset classes. David holds a Bachelor of Business degree from Queensland University of Technology and a Master of Applied Finance from Macquarie University.

Justin Voller, Senior Portfolio Manager, Fixed Income

Justin is a Senior Portfolio Manager responsible for the management of whole loan portfolios as well as the origination, structuring and on-going management of private and public market securitisation transactions. Prior to joining CIPAM in 2014 Justin had more than 13 years’ experience working in the securitisation industry, including roles at Citigroup Global Markets, Allco Finance Group and Perpetual Corporate Trust, as well as a consultant to originators and funders of securitised asset portfolios. In these roles, Justin gained broad credit and investment experience across a wide range of asset classes, as well as a deep understanding of the operational risks involved in the underlying lending businesses. Justin holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Law from Bond University and has a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from FINSIA.

Kieran Roane, Senior Portfolio Manager, Fixed Income

Kieran is a Senior Portfolio Manager based in London, with responsibility for Investment Grade Corporate Credit investments. Before joining CIPAM in February 2017, he was a Corporate Bond Portfolio Manager for 12 years at Investec Asset Management, investing in both Investment Grade and High Yield Bond markets. Prior to joining Investec, Kieran spent six months there working as an analyst on secondment from the FCA. Kieran worked for the FCA for over three years, starting as a graduate trainee and moving on to analyze financial markets and instruments, including CDS and Japanese Financial Institutions. Kieran holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) in Finance from The University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa). He also earned his Investment Management Certificate (IMC) and is a CFA Charterholder.

Martin Saunders, Senior Portfolio Manager, Fixed Income

Martin is Senior Portfolio Manager responsible for Asset Backed Securities including management of CIPAM’s residential mortgage portfolios and originating and structuring new ABS Investment opportunities. He has over 20 years’ banking and capital markets industry experience. In 2000 Martin was instrumental in the establishment of Pepper Home Loan’s initial funding program and by 2002, he had established a new business that was acquired by CIPAM. After joining CIPAM Martin was a key executive in CIPAM’s mortgage business, which by 2007 had grown to be Australia’s largest non-bank residential lender. When CIPAM sold its mortgage origination business in 2007 Martin took responsibility to oversee the A$14b of retained mortgages. Martin holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Sydney.

Michael Bors, Senior Portfolio Manager, Fixed Income

Michael is a Senior Portfolio Manager with responsibility for Investment Grade Corporate Credit portfolios, having joined the Fixed Income team in this position in 2012. For a decade prior to this, he was a sell-side Credit Research Analyst in the Commonwealth Bank’s fixed income business in both Sydney and London. The team was consistently rated number one in external surveys for the best research and analysis on the Australian corporate credit market. Michael holds a Bachelor of Business degree from the University of Technology Sydney.

Sid Kumar, Senior Portfolio Manager, Fixed Income

Sid is a Senior Portfolio Manager in the Fixed Income team with a focus on acquisition finance and high yield credit investments. He has 10 years of experience in this area. Sid joined CIPAM in January 2017 after a 6-year investment banking stint with Barclays Capital where he worked across Leveraged Finance Structuring & Underwriting, Debt Advisory and Corporate & Acquisition Financing in BarCap’s Mumbai and Sydney offices. Prior to BarCap, he spent 3 years with ICICI Bank working on acquisition financings, ABS structuring and origination. Sid holds a Bachelor of Computer Engineering degree from Anna University and an MBA from the IIFT School of International Business, New Delhi.

Simon James, Senior Portfolio Manager, Fixed Income

Simon is a Senior Portfolio Manager responsible for the management of a range of investments that have been originated under Challenger’s 255 Finance business where he was previously the Chief Risk Officer for 6 years. These investments include senior and mezzanine wholesale funding arrangements to non-bank financiers offering consumer and commercial finance in Australia and New Zealand. Prior 255 Finance, Simon was the Chief Risk Officer at GE Capital’s commercial business for Australia and New Zealand, and worked for GE in the UK, France, NZ and Australia in a number of credit, risk and management roles. Simon holds a Graduate Diploma in Business (Finance) from Auckland University.

Chris Whitcombe, Senior Portfolio Manager, Fixed Income

Chris joined the Fixed Income team in July 2021 and is a Senior Portfolio Manager with a focus on Fixed Income’s Global Asset-Backed Securities portfolio. Prior to joining CIPAM, Chris was a Director at 400 Capital Management (400CM) where he focused on European structured credit, having helped establish the European office of 400CM in January 2016. Before 400CM, Chris worked at Kinson Capital, a structured credit advisory firm specialising in risk management, structuring and complex valuations. Chris is a CFA Charterholder, CIPM Certificant and holds a MMath degree from the University of Bath.

Admir Husovic, Portfolio Manager, Fixed Income

Admir joined the Fixed Income team as a Portfolio Manager in January 2021 managing a wholesale lending portfolio to non-bank financiers in the consumer and commercial finance sector. Admir transitioned from Challenger’s 255 Finance business from a credit risk role which he had held since 2017. Admir has spent over 20 years’ in the finance industry, having also held various senior commercial focused credit risk roles at Rabobank, GE Capital and Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Admir holds a Bachelor of Business from Charles Sturt University and is a qualified CPA member.

Victoria Gao, Portfolio Manager, Fixed Income

Victoria joined Challenger in June 2020 and is a Portfolio Manager with a focus on Domestic Asset Backed Securities. Prior to joining Challenger, Victoria was an Associate Director at the Commonwealth Bank for 5 years where she worked in the Debt Markets Securitisation division structuring RMBS and ABS term transactions and warehouses. Before CBA, Victoria worked at Macquarie Bank in their Capital and Asset Finance division. Victoria holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Actuarial Studies and Finance) from the University of New South Wales and is a Chartered Enterprise Risk Actuary.

Paulina Ting, Portfolio Manager, Fixed Income

Paulina joined the Fixed Income team in February 2021 and is a Portfolio Manager with a focus on Domestic Asset Backed Securities. Prior to joining CIPAM, Paulina was an Associate Director at Westpac Institutional Bank for 3 years in the Structure Finance division where she originated and structured securitisation warehouse facilities and term transactions across multiple asset classes. Before Westpac, Paulina worked at Commonwealth Bank of Australia in the Debt Capital Markets and Securitisation teams. Paulina holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Actuarial Studies) and a Bachelor of Applied Finance from Macquarie University and is a CFA Charterholder.

Matthew Moore, Portfolio Manager, Fixed Income

Matthew joined the Fixed Income team in October 2019 as a Portfolio Manager responsible for the management of CIPAM’s residential mortgage portfolios. Prior to joining CIPAM, Matthew held senior management positions spanning 11 years with Pepper Group, RSA Insurance Ireland and GE Capital Australia. While in Ireland, Matthew undertook analysis, onboarding and assumed primary servicing responsibilities for a large number of whole loan portfolio trades across both Residential and Commercial assets. Matthew is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Business Management and Digital Innovation from the University of London.

John Jamali, Portfolio Manager, Fixed Income

John joined CIPAM in February 2021 as a Portfolio Manager with a focus on CIPAM’s Institutional Real Estate Lending portfolios. Before joining CIPAM, John was a Real Estate Finance Originator at Gatehouse Bank Plc in London for 3 years where he was responsible for the origination, execution and close of new real estate debt investment opportunities focusing on the UK market. Prior to this John spent 8 years in real estate finance and investment roles at Westmont Management, GE Capital, RBS and Commonwealth Bank focusing on the Australian and European real estate markets. John completed his Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Property and Construction (Masters) from the University of Melbourne.

Marthinus Strauss, Senior Analyst, Fixed Income

Marthinus is a Senior Analyst in the Fixed Income team, responsible for providing technical and analytical support to the portfolio managers. He has 18 years of investment experience. Marthinus joined Challenger in 2016 and the CIPAM team in September, 2017. Prior to this, he worked as a Fixed Income Analyst at Momentum  Asset Management and Ashburton Investments in South Africa. Marthinus holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) from the North-West University (South Africa) and is a CFA Charter holder.

Berkeley Liu, Senior Analyst, Fixed income

Berkeley joined the Fixed Income team in September 2019 as an Analyst with a focus on high yield credit investments, acquisition finance and real estate. Prior to joining CIPAM, Berkeley was an Associate Analyst at Moody’s Investors Service where he completed in-depth fundamental credit analysis of speculative and investment grade issuers. Berkeley also spent two years as a Senior Associate within Macquarie Group Limited, deploying capital across bespoke secured debt and asset finance products. Berkeley completed his Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Finance from the University of New South Wales.

Sybil Tong, Senior Analyst, Fixed Income

Sybil is a Senior Analyst in the Fixed Income team, responsible for providing technical and analytical support to acquisition finance and real estate lending teams. She joined CIPAM in December 2017 as a summer Intern, worked in both Challenger Life and CIPAM. Prior to that, she worked in various roles at Australia International Trade Association, ANZ and Grant Thornton Australia. Sybil holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Commerce from the University of Sydney.

Jeff Che, Senior Analyst, Fixed Income

Jeff is an Senior Analyst having joined the Fixed Income team in November 2018 with a focus on Global Asset-Backed Securities investments. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Commerce Finance and Civil Engineering (Honours) from University of Sydney.