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our team

Luke CumminGs  
Chief Investment Officer & Managing Director

Luke has more than 20 years of financial markets experience and is a co-founder and the Managing Director of Harvest Lane Asset Management.

In 2006, Luke co-founded and was Managing Director of private client broking and advisory firm HC Securities. He previously worked at ANZ subsidiary ETRADE Australia and Platinum Asset Management.

Luke has a Bachelor of Commerce from Macquarie University.

Nicholas Sproats 

Senior Advisor

Nic has been operating in investment management and advisory for over 25 years.

Nic has a long history in merger and acquisition investing and advisory from previously held roles at BT Funds Fund Management and as Head of US Clients for ABN AMRO in New York and London. Nic has advised some of the world’s biggest funds and investors on Australian merger and acquisition investments.

Nic also successfully grew Fortius Funds Management to a $2bn AUM business; servicing domestic, international, institutional and private investors.

Nic is a CPA and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Sydney.

ben bailey  

Portfolio Manager

Ben joined the Harvest Lane Asset Management team in 2016, specialising in position analysis and fundamental valuation. Ben was was appointed Portfolio Manager in 2021.

Ben has a strong understanding of financial analysis and capital markets, and has honed his skills in recent years to supplement and refine the existing strategies employed by the company.

Ben holds a Bachelor of Business (Economics and Marketing) from University of Technology, Sydney.

Chad burgess  

Head of Operations and Trading Execution

Chad is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Harvest Lane Asset Management as well as managing the firms trade execution. Chad has over 17 years experience in both Australian and international financial markets. 

Chad previously worked at HC Securities as a Private Client Advisor and was instrumental in creating a night desk where he provided trade execution for various trading strategies targeted at the US Equity, FX and Futures markets. Chad joined the Harvest Lane team in 2014.  

As a former Designated Trading Representative, Chad holds a number of industry qualifications as well as a Bachelor of Finance from Newcastle University.

Melissa nguyen  

Operations and Full Stack Engineer

Melissa joined the Harvest Lane Asset Management team in early 2021, assisting in the management of daily operational activities and specialising in business process automation. She has five years of experience in the financial markets industry, managing investor relations and conducting small-cap research.

She is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts (Financial Economics) and a Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Software Development) at the University of Sydney.


Investment Operations Associate

Ben joined the Harvest Lane Asset Management team in February 2023, providing investment research support and helping with daily operational activities. Ben previously worked for Westpac Group and has over three years of financial markets experience.

Ben holds a Bachelor of Business (Finance and Management) from the University of Technology, Sydney.