OUR PEOPLE: BIOGRAPHIES
CPE Capital maintains one of the largest investment groups in the region. Supported by our functional and corporate teams, we have created an integrated team structure that allows us to achieve speed and flexibility on deals and an active partnership approach with our portfolio companies.
Chief Executive Officer & Chief Investment Officer
John has been integrally involved in CPE Capital's (CPEC's) investment program since joining the firm in 2002. He assumed overall responsibility for the business in 2014, when he was appointed CEO and CIO.
John’s direct operational experience has seen him perform interim management roles in portfolio companies, with a specific focus on effecting business improvement initiatives. He has also been responsible for a number of CPEC’s investments, including Accolade Wines (2018), Alleasing (now Maia Financial) (2016) and United Malt Holdings (2010), all of which won AVCAL Deal of the Year awards. Currently, John serves as a Director of Dutton Group and Jaybro.
Prior to joining CPEC, he worked in the M&A and Equity Capital Markets divisions of Credit Suisse and the Structured Debt Division of Westpac Institutional Bank.
He is an Associate of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, an active member of Bronte Surf Life Saving Club and a board member of Lifestart, a leading provider of intervention and support services for young children with disabilities.
John holds a Bachelor of Economics (Economics and Finance) with Merit and a Master of Commerce (Advanced Finance) with Merit from the University of New South Wales.
Managing Director, Investments
With more than twenty years’ experience in private equity, Graham has worked on numerous transactions across multiple markets. He joined CPE Capital (CPEC) in 2015 and is responsible for all aspects of the investment process, from deal origination and the assessment of potential investee companies, to deal execution, implementation, monitoring and exit management.
Currently, Graham serves as a Director of ASDAM (Marand).
Prior to joining CPEC, he worked in the London and Sydney offices of global private equity firm, CVC Capital Partners. Earlier in his career, Graham qualified as a Chartered Accountant in the corporate finance and advisory practice of Arthur Andersen in the United Kingdom.
Graham holds a Degree in Classics from Oxford University (MA Hons Oxon).
Managing Director, Investments
Cameron has been a member of the CPE Capital (CPEC) investment team for close to two decades. In his role as Managing Director, he is responsible for all aspects of the investment process, from deal origination through to exit management, Cameron is also a member of the Investment Committee.
Currently, he serves as a Director of StraitNZ and Panthera Finance, both CPEC 8 investments. Previously he managed investments in Gourmet Food Holdings Manassen Foods, LCR Group, Golding, Australian Pacific Paper Products and New Price Retail.
Prior to joining CPEC, Cameron had experience in corporate and project finance, valuations, capital raising and M&A with Citigroup and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
He holds a Bachelor of Business and a Masters in Applied Finance from the Queensland University of Technology (Dean's award for Excellence).
Managing Director, Investments
For more than a decade Adam has been part of the CPE Capital (CPEC) investment team, having joined the business in 2009. He currently serves as a Director of Dutton Group, and Civilmart, as well as being responsible for deals from origination through to exit.
Prior to their realisation, Adam was involved in Jaybro, Study Group, Accolade Wines, Pepperstone, Centric Wealth, Gerard Lighting and Bluestar Print Group. In 2014/2015, Adam worked in New York at CPEC affiliate, Castle Harlan Inc, across a range of investments.
Before joining CPEC, he worked in the investment banking division of UBS, where he was involved in a number of transactions in the financial and general industrial sectors.
Adam holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from the University of New South Wales. He is also a Director of a not-for-profit, Youth Law Australia.
Managing Director, Capital Solutions
Kevin has more than twenty years’ experience in global capital markets and corporate advisory, encompassing all aspects of capital raising, associated structuring and risk management in public and private markets.
Kevin joined CPE Capital (CPEC) in 2018, where his responsibilities include the sourcing and execution of financing and capital solutions for CPEC’s portfolio companies and new transactions, as well as the broader fund raising and co-investment activities of CPEC.
Prior to joining CPEC, Kevin worked in investment banking, holding senior roles in the Global Market Solutions Group at Credit Suisse in London, Goldman Sachs Financing Group in Sydney and most recently at Greenstone Partners.
Kevin holds a Bachelor of Economics (with Honours in Economics and Finance) from the University of New South Wales.
Managing Director, Legal & Risk
Jeremy joined CPE Capital (CPEC) in July 2016. He oversees legal affairs for the Group and its investee companies, with a focus on transactions, risk management and governance.
Previously, Jeremy was General Counsel and Company Secretary at Accolade Wines, one of the world’s largest global wine businesses and part of the CHAMP III portfolio. In this role, he managed the legal, compliance, company secretarial, external affairs and government relations functions globally.
Jeremy qualified as a lawyer in 1997 and is admitted to practice in New South Wales, South Australia and the United Kingdom. He has broad legal experience, gained in corporate environments across the wine and finance industries, and from leading law firms in Australia and the United Kingdom.
Jeremy has held directorships in the private and not for profit / industry association sector. He is also a board member of the Australian Investment Council and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Managing Director, Accounting & Finance
Steve joined the CPE Capital team in 2019, bringing with him more than twenty five years’ experience in accounting and finance. He has functional responsibility for deal-related finance and accounting activities, leading the financial due diligence on new deals and bolt on acquisitions. He also has oversight of the finance and accounting functions of portfolio companies.
Prior to CPEC, Steve spent 15 years as a Transaction Services Partner at Deloitte and was the leader of their national Private Equity Group. Through this role, Steve established a long-standing association with CPEC – he also gained significant experience in deal execution across Australian mid-market private equity firms.
Steve holds a Degree in Economics from Warwick University and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in London in 1995. He is also a Member of Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Director, Investments & Commercial
Shab has more than ten years experience across private equity and management consulting. He joined the CPE Capital (CPEC) investments team in 2014 and is responsible for the assessment of potential investment opportunities, transaction execution and the ongoing monitoring and management of investee companies. He is also responsible for leading commercial and operational due diligence on all transactions undertaken by CPEC.
Shab currently serves as a Director of Direct Group. Shab previously served as a Director of Gourmet Food Holdings, Axieo and ATF Services, and has been involved with investments in Containerchain and Bradken.
Prior to joining CPEC, Shab worked at Sydney-based private equity firm, Pacific Equity Partners and management consulting firm, Portland Group.
Shab holds a Bachelor of Science (with First Class Honours) in Business Information Technology from the University of New South Wales, where he was awarded the Co-Op scholarship.
Senior Legal Counsel , Investments
Nick joined CPE Capital in November 2022, and provides legal support to CPE Capital and its investee companies on transactions and other legal matters.
Prior to joining CPE Capital, Nick spent over 10 years as a lawyer at global law firms King & Wood Mallesons in Sydney and DWF LLP in the United Kingdom, and specialised in private equity, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, corporate restructures/ re-organisations and corporate governance.
Nick qualified as a lawyer in 2011 and is admitted to practice in both New South Wales and England & Wales. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Manchester and a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (with Distinction) from the College of Law.
Alice has more than ten years' experience in private equity and investment banking. She joined the CPE Capital (CPEC) investment team in 2014. Her responsibilities include the identification and assessment of potential investment opportunities, transaction execution and the ongoing monitoring and management of investee companies.
Alice currently serves as a director of Banksmeadow Recycling and as an alternate director of Panthera Finance. Alice was a Director of Accolade Wines prior to its realisation and received an AVCAL award in 2018. Alice was also involved in Alleasing (now Maia Financial), which received an AVCAL award in 2016.
Prior to joining CPEC, Alice worked in the investment banking divisions of Barclays and Macquarie Capital, where she was involved in a number of transactions across the infrastructure and telecommunications sectors.
She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (with Honours) and Bachelor of Laws (Honours), both from the University of Sydney.
Tyson has more than ten years’ experience across private equity and investment banking, having joined CPE Capital (CPEC) in 2014.
He currently serves as a Director of ASDAM (Marand), and Dutton Group. Tyson is also a member of the Capital Solutions team, which is responsible for the execution of acquisition financing and managing portfolio company capital requirements.
Tyson is responsible for the assessment of potential investment opportunities, transaction execution and the ongoing monitoring and management of investee companies. He has also worked on realised investments, including Cell Care, oOh!media, Shelf Drilling, Gerard Lighting and Miclyn Express Offshore.
Prior to joining CPEC, Tyson worked in the investment banking division of Morgan Stanley, where he was involved in a number of M&A and capital markets transactions in the financial, general industrials, media and infrastructure sectors.
He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) and Bachelor of Laws (with Honours), both from the University of Sydney.
Associate Director, Investments
Nicole joined the CPE Capital (CPEC) investment team in 2019, following more than six years in investment banking in Sydney and Paris. Her responsibilities at CPEC include evaluation of potential investments, transaction implementation and ongoing management of investee companies. Nicole currently works with Adventure Online (Pushys and Bikebug), Direct Group, Banksmeadow Recycling and Panthera Finance.
Prior to joining CPEC, Nicole worked in investment banking at Lazard, where she was involved in transactions across a range of industries including energy, healthcare and general industrials.
She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies) from the University of Sydney.
Associate Director, Investments
Fred joined CPE Capital (CPEC) in 2018 and is responsible for identifying, analysing and executing investment opportunities. He is also involved in the ongoing monitoring and management of investee companies.
Fred was involved in Gourmet Food Holdings, a CPEC 8 investment.
Prior to joining CPEC, Fred worked in the Leveraged & Acquisition Finance team at ANZ in New Zealand, where he was involved in several public market and private equity M&A transactions.
Fred holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Otago.
Associate Director, Research & Data Science
Aja has been a member of the CPE Capital (CPEC) team for more than twelve years. He leads the company’s data analytics and research function, which includes assisting with the assessment of potential investment opportunities and the management of CPEC's investee companies.
Prior to joining CPEC, Aja worked at BIS Shrapnel, where he was involved in macroeconomic research and forecasting. He also worked as an Associate Lecturer in the Economics Faculty at the University of Sydney.
He holds a Bachelor of Economics (with First Class Honours) from the University of Sydney.
Associate Director, Investments
Will has more than ten years’ experience across private equity and mergers and acquisitions. He joined CPE Capital (CPEC) in 2014 and is responsible for the assessment of potential investment opportunities, transaction execution and the ongoing monitoring and management of investee companies.
He is currently a director of Adventure Online and has worked on realised investments including Pepperstone, StraitNZ, Jaybro and CHAMP Ventures’ investments in Macpac and BMT.
Prior to joining the CPEC team, Will worked in the investment banking division of Nomura, where he supported several public market and private equity M&A transactions, predominantly in the consumer, retail and financial sectors. Earlier in his career, he worked at Ernst & Young Transaction Advisory Services across the Mergers & Acquisitions, Valuations & Business Modelling and Transaction Support teams.
Will holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Adelaide.
Associate Director, Accounting & Finance
Denis has more than 17 years’ experience in accounting and finance across audit, financial due diligence and SPA accounting advice. He joined the CPE Capital (CPEC) team in February 2022 and his responsibilities include providing transactional accounting and finance support on new investments, bolt-on acquisitions, divestments and other material corporate transactions, as well as accounting and finance support to portfolio companies.
Prior to CPEC, Denis was a Principal in the Transaction Services team at Deloitte in Sydney and was the leader of the national SPA Services team.
He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance) from the University of New South Wales. He is also a member of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand.
Ana joined the CPE Capital (CPEC) investment team in 2021. Her responsibilities include identifying, analysing and executing investment opportunities as well as the ongoing monitoring and management of investee companies, including ASDAM (Marand).
Ana holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons I) from the University of Technology Sydney and a GradCert (Finance) from Macquarie University.
Chief Financial Officer
Malcolm has more than twenty five years’ experience in due diligence, financial and management accounting, taxation, corporate governance and reporting across a wide range of industries. He joined the CPE Capital (CPEC) team in 2017 and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the finance function. This includes monitoring of investee companies with a focus on their accounting, reporting and governance. He has also serves on the audit committees of the portfolio companies and oversees investor reporting.
Previously, Malcolm was the Group Finance Manager for Consolidated Press Holdings, a role in which he was responsible for managing the finance and reporting functions for a diverse portfolio of investments, including Perisher Ski Resort and Pretty Girl Fashion Group. Earlier in his career, he was Chief Financial Officer of Hoyts Cinemas and Val Morgan Cinema Advertising.
He holds a Bachelor of Economics from Macquarie University and is a member of both CPA Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Chief Operating Officer
Danielle joined CPE Capital (CPEC) in 2019, to support the business in delivering best-practice enterprise-wide services, including marketing, human resources, IT, procurement and office administration.
Prior to joining CPEC, Danielle held business services and marketing roles at Maia Financial and was the Director of Marketing & Corporate Affairs at Dun & Bradstreet (now Illion). Her responsibilities were varied and included strategic communications, brand and marketing, e-commerce, industry relations, sales support, client documentation and on-boarding, as well as human resources.
Earlier in her career, she worked with the Commonwealth Bank and global communications agency, Hill & Knowlton.
Danielle holds a Master’s Degree in International Business, a Bachelor’s Degree in Media & Communication and a Graduate Diploma in Organisational Communication.
Senior Legal Counsel, Funds & Compliance
Ben joined CPE Capital (CPEC) in 2019 and provides legal, compliance and company secretarial support for the CPEC group of companies and CPEC Funds. He is also involved in the acquisition and divestment of investee companies. Ben qualified as a lawyer in 2004 and has over 15 years’ experience in financial services and corporate law.
Early in his career, he worked at JPMorgan Chase Bank followed by a role as Senior Legal Counsel within the ASX Compliance Executive Office for over six years. Most recently, he was the Legal & Compliance Manager at the ASX-listed Moelis Australia Group, a role in which he was responsible for legal, compliance and company secretarial support across its funds management, corporate advisory, and principal businesses.
Ben holds an LLM, LLB and BA (Media) from the University of New South Wales.
For the past twelve years, Richard has supported private equity, corporate advisory and investment firms with fundraising and investment management activities. In 2014, he joined CPE Capital where he is responsible for Investor Relations, with a primary focus on the management of existing and prospective global limited partner relationships.
Prior to that, Richard worked at Sydney-based private equity firm, Ironbridge Capital, where he managed the organisation’s investor relationships. He was also involved in the establishment of an internal fund raising capability at Alceon, a boutique corporate advisory business, and managed fundraisings for infrastructure, private equity and real estate strategies across the United States, Europe and Asia for Babcock & Brown.
Richard holds a Master of Finance (with Distinction) from the University of Sydney, together with a Bachelor of Economics and Politics (with Honours) from University College, Dublin.
Fund Accounting Manager
Rory has more than 25 years’ experience in financial services, including audit, accounting, hedge fund administration and fund accounting/unit pricing. He joined CPE Capital in 2021 and is responsible for fund accounting and investor reporting for the CPEC funds.
Previously Rory held roles as a fund accounting manager with JP Morgan, State Street and Goldman Sachs and has worked in financial services in Sydney, Toronto, Panama and the British Virgin Islands. He also worked in the Audit team at KPMG in Australia and the Caribbean and as acting project financial controller for an NGO based in London and Kenya.
Rory holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting major) from Charles Darwin University and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand as well holding being a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder.