Wayne Graham – Founder / CEO / Portfolio Manager

Wayne has been involved in the investment industry for over 30 years. His strong background in fundamental equity research, coupled with experience in quantitative models, software development, hedge fund management, private equity, short term trading and his risk management mindset, have all positioned him to build the current StratBench low-latency arbitrage trading business and software. As one of the pioneers of hedge funds in South Africa, Wayne was CEO and CIO of various hedge fund operations for over 10 years. Prior to that he was a fund manager and analyst at Old Mutual Investments for 10 years. Throughout his career he has been actively involved in developing software to augment investment and trading decision making. StratBench is the culmination of all this experience, with the development of automated augmented intelligence strategies within the low-latency arbitrage space. He remains passionate about the industry and committed to using technology to take fund management to new levels. Critical to all of this though is his view that funds should be managed on an absolute return basis within a risk controlled process, and that returns should be engineered, not generated through luck.

 

 

Gary Hepplewhite – Portfolio Manager & Client Relationships

A seasoned trader with over 27 years of experience, Gary has navigated the ever-evolving financial markets with the finesse of a seasoned mariner. His journey began on the open outcry floor, where he honed his skills and built a reputation as a shrewd and insightful trader. From there, he embarked on a path of leadership, establishing and running dealing desks, wealth management divisions, and Prime broking teams across the globe. With a keen eye for emerging markets, Gary has consistently delivered exceptional results for his clients. His deep understanding of operations and distribution provides him with a unique perspective, allowing him to connect with his clients’ needs and tailor bespoke offerings that meet their specific requirements. His ability to translate complex market dynamics into clear and actionable strategies has earned him the trust and admiration of his peers and clients alike. Gary’s commitment to excellence and his unwavering dedication to his clients make him an invaluable asset to any team.

 

 

Marcel Urban – Quantitative Trader & Researcher

Marcel has dedicated over eight years to the financial services industry, combining his expertise in US equity analysis with advanced quantitative trading and portfolio management. Starting as an analyst, he quickly progressed to proprietary trading for a US company, and later to managing portfolios for family offices and high-net-worth individuals across Europe. Marcel’s role as a portfolio manager at a Scottish multi-manager platform further honed his skills in strategy assessment and integration. His academic journey began at Fernuniversität in Hagen, later complemented by certifications in Capital Markets & Securities Analysis and Financial Planning & Wealth Management from The Corporate Finance Institute. Marcel’s proficiency in Python and R has been crucial in developing quantitative trading models and risk management tools, showcasing his commitment to data-driven, analytical approaches in finance. He is now filling the role of Quantitative Trader & Researcher at StratBench, where he is responsible for performance monitoring, model development, as well as strategy optimization and backtesting.

 

 

Craig Mason – Portfolio Manager
With over 30 years of experience, Craig is a finance veteran who made significant contributions at JPMorgan and Citigroup. He excelled in equity arbitrage, facilitation, and managed equity trading teams, both agency and principal. He also led global institutions equity sales to fund managers and successfully established a stockbroker, negotiating prime broking agreements in the UK. Craig’s dynamic expertise and leadership have consistently driven exceptional results and positioned him as a standout professional in the finance industry.

 

Dylan Graham – Consulting Technical Advisor
Dylan is a Senior Software Engineer with a passion for learning through creating innovative solutions. He is an experienced Software Engineer with a demonstrated ability of working in the computer software industry, particularly: water utilities, carbon calculation, carbon optimization, large-scale payments solutions. Skilled in creation of full-stack web-application development from design phase through to live production in a variety of technologies (React, Typescript, Angular 7-11, Python (FastAPI, Flask), NodeJS, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, Docker). He is also experienced in app deployment on cloud platforms (Azure, Vercel, Heroku).