OUR PEOPLE: ADVISERS
BILL FERRIS AC
Bill Ferris, together with Joseph Skrzynski, are co-founders of the group now known as CPE Capital. He is a 48-year veteran of private equity in Australasia, having founded Australia's first venture capital firm in 1970.
In November 2015, Bill was appointed by the Australian Government as Chair of the Innovation and Science Australia Board. He is also currently a member of the Harvard Business School Asia Pacific Advisory Council. Some of his former recent directorships include Chair of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and Chair of the of the Federal Government’s Health and Hospitals Fund Advisory Board.
Bill was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1990 for services to the export industry. In 2008, he was made Companion in the Order of Australia for his philanthropic activities as a leader in support of medical research and his role in the establishment of the private equity sector in Australia.
Awards honouring Bill's contribution to the private equity sector include Private Equity International 2013 "Leader of the Year, Asia-Pacific", the Asian Venture Capital Journal Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008 and an AVCAL Lifetime Contribution Award in 2008.
He holds an honours degree in Economics from the University of Sydney and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, where he graduated as a Baker Scholar in 1970.
Bill is the author of three books: “Really Making a Difference” published December 1993, “Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained” published March 2000, and “Inside Private Equity”, published January 2013.
JOSEPH SKRZYNSKI, AO
Joseph Skrzynski, together with Bill Ferris, are co-founders of the group now known as CPE Capital. Joe first became involved with private equity in 1970 when he was appointed to manage a pool of private investments for a wealthy industrialist. This pool included successful investments across all stages of private equity, including seed capital, expansion capital and a management buy-in privatisation of a public company.
He has held numerous portfolio company directorships since 1987, including publicly listed company directorships in Australia and Asia, on behalf of both the AMIL and CHAMP Funds.
Joe has been active in the Australian industry association AVCAL, including time as its President. His contribution to the industry has been honoured with the AVCJ Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008 and the AVCAL Lifetime Contribution Award in 2008, both awards being shared jointly with Bill Ferris as the managerial recipient of those awards.
He has also been active in community affairs for more than 40 years. He has held several governmental senior appointments, including Chairmanships of The National Capital Development Authority, the Sydney Opera House Trust and broadcaster SBS.
Joe is currently a member of the international boards of Human Rights Watch and The Conversation Media Group and is a director of Philanthropy Australia and The Observership Program.
He graduated with honours from the Faculty of Economics, University of Sydney in 1969, was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1993, and in 2008 became an Officer in the Order of Australia for services to the industry and philanthropy.
THE HON NICK GREINER, AC
Nick Greiner is a Director of the CPE Capital Group.
He was Premier and Treasurer of New South Wales from 1988-1992. Since his retirement from politics he has been heavily involved in the corporate world.
He is currently a Director of SGSP (Australia) Assets Pty Ltd, as well as Chairman of QBE Asia Pacific. He is also Chairman, Council of Advisors, Rothschild Australia Limited; Chairman of Advisory Board, Crosby Textor; Consultant to Transurban Limited and Director, Roberts Pizzarotti Advisory Board.
Nick is Federal President of the Liberal Party, Chairman of the European Australian Business Council (EABC) and a Member of the Board of Governors, Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA). He is also a member of the Advisory Board for the John Grill Centre for Project Leadership.
In the Queen’s Birthday Honours List of 1994 he was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia for public sector reform and management and services to the community and in 2001 the Centenary Medal.
Nick holds an Honours Degree in Economics from Sydney University and a Master of Business Administration with High Distinction from Harvard Business School.
He is a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, an Honorary Fellow of CPA Australia and a Life Member of the South Sydney Rugby League Club and of the NSW Division of the Liberal Party. He was President of Squash Australia from 1996 – 1999 and of Soccer Australia from 2001 - 2002.