Our People
Our passion for creating infinite value is our purpose

Without our dedicated staff, Board and volunteers, Cufa wouldn’t be able to deliver our inspiring and effective projects that create infinite value alleviating poverty across the Asia-Pacific region.

Here’s what Cufa’s CEO says about Cufa’s staff who work directly in and with the poor communities,

“I deeply acknowledge our field staff, all of whom are indigenous to the countries they work in, and who know the communities they work in intimately. This effectively translates to our field staff having profound cultural insight and sensitivity, in turn earning the trust of the community.”

Dr Peter Mason, CEO, Cufa

: GPO Box 1016, Sydney NSW 2060.
: (+61) 1300 490 467
: Cufa Training Centre #33, St. 420, Sangkat Beong Trobek, Phnom Penh.
: (+855) 23 210 264
: No.(2/4), 5-B, 5th floor, Shin Saw Pu Pagoda Street, Shin Saw Pu Ward, Sanchaung Township, Yangon Region.
: (+95) 99 5852 0598
: (+95) 9 253 261 914
: Rural Office No.125, Pyay Road, Tarkwa Village, Taik Kyi Township, Yangon, Myanmar.
Cufa’s board is responsible for the strategic direction and performance of the organisation.
Margot Sweeny OAM
Margot was appointed as Chair of Cufa on 14 September 2010.
She has worked extensively in both the commercial and public sectors, in a variety of fields including construction, computing, accounting, financial management and taxation. In July 2019 Margot resigned as CEO of Summerland Credit Union, a position she held for 20 years. Margot is an active corporate citizen in the Northern Rivers of NSW and has participated in various regional development organisations and advisory groups over the past two decades.
Peter Dowling AM
Peter was appointed a Director of Cufa on 26 April 2013.
Peter is a former Ernst & Young Tax and Business Advisory Partner. He was awarded The Centenary of Federation Medal in the General List by the Governor-General in 2001 for contribution to accounting and made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the General Division on Australia Day 2007 for service to accountancy and the community. He is currently also a Director of Metro South Health and Hospital Service, TAFE Queensland, Healthdirect, Lexon Insurance and is Chair or Member of a number of state and local government audit and risk committees. Peter is also the Queensland Honorary Consul for Botswana.
David Chapman
David joined Cufa as a Director on 7th of December 2017.
David is the Chief Information Officer of G&C Mutual Bank. Prior to joining G&C Mutual Bank in early 2019, David was CIO at Teachers Mutual Bank for 6 years and prior to that had held several senior positions at large corporates including Program Director roles within both Operations and Risk Divisions for the Westpac Group and Asia/Pacific oversight and accountabilities as Head of Consumer Technologies APA at American Express.
Colette McInerney
Colette joined Cufa’s board in August 2018.
With over 20 years’ experience in leading NGO’s both in Australia and Internationally, Colette brings a unique synthesis of effective and respectful leadership skills and practical experience gained through roles as the Laos-based Country Director for a global NGO, CEO of an Indigenous financial inclusion foundation, and strategic public-private partnership manager. Colette has extensive knowledge and expertise in female-centred economic development programs, microfinance and financial inclusion and is a highly skilled fundraiser and strategic stakeholder management advisor.
DIRECTOR/ BBus(Acc), AssocDip (Elec Eng) , FAICD, FCPA
Andrew joined the Cufa Board in December 2018 with significant experience in NFP Boards.
Andrew has held Non-Executive Director positions in public and private companies, been Chair and member of Advisory Boards and Joint Venture Committees and brings with him 25+ years of experience across many industries in the public, private and not for profit sectors across a diverse number of industries. He actively promotes diversity, cultural awareness and provides practical and commercial business insights and advice. In his Executive career, he has held positions of CEO, COO, and CFO in large public and private companies including ASX 100.
Dr Peter Mason, CEO
Peter joined the CUFA board on the 23 August 2018.
Peter has been the CEO of CUFA Ltd for the last twelve years and in that time has redefined and developed its international program portfolio across the Asia Pacific region. Peter has worked in Cambodia, Timor Leste, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, India, Fiji, Solomon Island, Tonga, Samoa, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and the Federated Stated of Micronesia as well as having had extensive experience working in the domestic community sector.
Ted Marchant
Ted Marchant B.Com, LL.B. FAICD, FCPA, FFin, Solicitor
Ted Marchant joined the board in August 2019 following the acquisition of Foresters Community Finance Limited where he has been a non-executive director for a number of years.
Besides that experience in micro-finance and social enterprise fund management, he has worked as a commercial and investment banker in mergers and acquisitions, capital raising and credit and lending for over thirty years.