Over 500 years of collective experience and skills.

Comprehensive industry experience, multiple geographies

The team is drawn from multiple geographic backgrounds with senior management experience in US, Europe, Africa and Asia. We are able to conduct business in more than 10 languages.

 

General management and operational experience

The PEP team has deep professional and operational experience. Individual members have more than 35 years of working with management to optimise the performance of companies, including strategy and operations, capital raising and deal structuring – both domestically and internationally.

Investment experience

PEP Fund I was the first LBO fund of its kind to be established and was a key part of establishing the supporting infrastructure and industry in Australia and New Zealand. Now with over 20 years experience in the sector, PEP has been the most active Australia/New Zealand player by a factor of two.

 

Enduring relationships with senior business professionals

Through many years of experience in the private equity industry and in senior advisory roles, our team have long-established relationships with boards, chief executives and senior management of most significant companies in Australia and New Zealand as well as many private entrepreneurs.

The PEP team
Cameron Blanks | Managing Director
Cameron Blanks
Managing Director - Buyout and Secure Assets, Gateway

Cameron joined Pacific Equity Partners in 2002. Prior to joining PEP, Cameron spent three years with Bain & Company in Australia and North America. Previously, Cameron worked for seven years in the mining and construction industry in Australia, Asia and North America. He received an MBA from MIT Sloan, and a MEng and BEng (First Class Honours) from the University of South Australia where he was a Graduate Society Scholar.

David Brown | Managing Director
David Brown
Managing Director - Buyout and Secure Assets

David joined Pacific Equity Partners at the start of 2004. Prior to joining PEP, he spent his analyst years in the Investment Banking Division of JP Morgan. David received a PLD from Harvard Business School and first class honours degrees (BCom and LLB) from the University of Queensland where he was awarded a University Medal.

Andrew Charlier | Managing Director
Andrew Charlier
Managing Director - Buyout and Secure Assets

Andrew joined Pacific Equity Partners in 2007. Prior to joining PEP, he was a Consultant with Bain & Company in the UK, Australia and New Zealand, specialising in utilities. He received a MBA from INSEAD and has a Bachelor of Engineering (First Class Honours) from the University of New South Wales and the Dean’s Medal.

Keith Cheng | Facility Coordinator
Keith Cheng
Facility Coordinator - IT

Keith joined Pacific Equity Partners in 2021. Before joining PEP, he was an IT Support Officer at Overseas Missionary Fellowship (OMF) Australia. Keith holds an MCom (Information Systems and Management) from University of New South Wales.

Frederique Curtis | Capital Solutions
Frederique Curtis
Capital Solutions - Capital Solutions

Frederique joined Pacific Equity Partners in 2021. Prior to joining the team, she was worked for MUFG as an Associate in Strategic and Acquisition Finance, and before that was a Senior Analyst, Corporate Investments at Wingate and an Executive, Debt Advisory Services at KPMG. Frederique holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) and Bachelor of Economics from Monash University.

Tony Duthie | Managing Director
Tony Duthie
Managing Director - Buyout and Secure Assets

Tony joined Pacific Equity Partners in 2006. Before joining PEP, Tony was a Partner of Bain & Company with over 12 years of consulting experience in Australia, Asia and Europe. Tony received an MBA from INSEAD (Dean’s List) and a BCom from the University of New South Wales.

David Emmanuel | Director
David Emmanuel
Director - Buyout and Secure Assets

David joined Pacific Equity Partners in 2013. Prior to joining PEP, David was an investment banker with Morgan Stanley. He received a Bachelor of Commerce & Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Sydney as a Dean’s List Scholar.

Paul Foster | Managing Director
Paul Foster
Managing Director - Buyout and Secure Assets

Paul joined Pacific Equity Partners in 2017. Prior to joining PEP Paul was Head of Infrastructure, Australia & New Zealand, at AMP Capital where he was responsible for leading the investment activities of the firm’s Australia and New Zealand infrastructure teams. Paul has 24 years of principal investment experience, spanning sectors including airports, toll roads, rail, energy utilities, water, health and education. Paul received a Master of Arts in International Relations from the University of New South Wales  and a Bachelor of Commerce (with merit) from the University of Wollongong.

Carolyn Fox | Director
Carolyn Fox
Director - Investor Relations

Carolyn joined Pacific Equity Partners in 2006. Prior to joining PEP Carolyn was the COO of Zenith Media, the Media Agency within The Communications Group (formerly a PEP portfolio company), after starting her career at  Coopers and Lybrand in Australia and the UK. Carolyn has a Bachelor of Economics from Sydney University and a Graduate Diploma from the AGSM at the University of New South Wales.

Rickard Gardell | Managing Director
Rickard Gardell
Managing Director - Buyout and Secure Assets, Capital Solutions, Gateway, Founding Partner

Rickard is a founder of Pacific Equity Partners and a member of the firm’s Operating Committee. Prior to founding PEP, Rickard was a Director of Bain & Company and had 14 years of consulting experience in Europe, Asia and Australasia. Rickard received a Bachelor of Science from the Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) (1981-84) where he was awarded Carl Liljevalchs Scholar and IMP Scholar. As IMP scholar, he attended the MBA program at McGill University for half of his last year.

Jake Haines | Managing Director
Jake Haines
Managing Director - Capital Solutions

Jake originally joined Pacific Equity Partners in 2002, and rejoined the firm in 2008 having spent the previous three years in the United States. While based in New York, he was involved in establishing the US private equity group for Babcock & Brown. Prior to 2002, Jake was a consultant with Bain & Company based in Toronto. He received an HBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business.

Lucy Harris | Associate
Lucy Harris
Associate - Buyout and Secure Assets

Lucy joined Pacific Equity Partners in 2021. Prior to joining PEP, she was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company. Lucy holds a BA (Law) from the University of Cambridge.

Evan Hattersley | Managing Director
Evan Hattersley
Managing Director - Buyout and Secure Assets

Evan joined Pacific Equity Partners in 2007. Prior to joining PEP, Evan was a Consultant with Bain & Company in the UK, United States, Singapore and Australia. He received a Bachelor of Commerce & Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Queensland where he was a Valedictorian.

Isabela Harvey | Investor Relations Executive
Isabela Harvey
Investor Relations Executive - Investor Relations

Isabela joined Pacific Equity Partners in 2022. Prior to joining the team, Isabela worked for Crescent Capital in Sydney, Weston Capital Services and UCL in London and Provident Financial in Romania. Isabela holds a master’s degree in finance, a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) and a Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology) from West University in Romania.

Kelly Ho | Finance Associate
Kelly Ho
Finance Associate - Finance

Kelly joined Pacific Equity Partners in 2019. Prior to joining PEP, she was an Intermediate Accountant at Champion’s Business Growth Advisers. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology Sydney.

Rosie Johnson | Director
Rosie Johnson
Director - Buyout and Secure Assets, ESG

Rosie joined Pacific Equity Partners in 2021. Before joining PEP, Rosie was a Senior Associate at Brookfield Asset Management where she was heavily involved in their Property Group’s ESG initiatives both as a founding member of the ESG Steering Committee and as a contact for their portfolio companies to  build sustainable businesses and to integrate ESG initiatives into their investment theses. Prior to that, Rosie was an associate at MinterEllison’s Sydney Corporate M&A Group. Rosie received a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce from Monash University, completing a number finance and marketing subjects at Babson College, Massachusetts.

Sam Kong | Managing Director, CFO
Sam Kong
Managing Director, CFO - Finance

Prior to joining Pacific Equity Partners in 1998, Sam was a senior accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he advised clients in the financial services, retail, shipping and manufacturing industries. Also, he was involved in several mergers and acquisitions in the Greater China region. Sam received a BEc from the University of Sydney and an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management, University of New South Wales. He is a Certified Practising Accountant.

Cindy Kwong | Finance Director
Cindy Kwong
Finance Director - Finance

Cindy joined Pacific Equity Partners in 2004 as a Graduate Accountant. She holds a MComm (Finance) from the University of New South Wales and a BComm (with Distinction) from the University of New South Wales. Cindy is a Certified Practising Accountant.

Sarina Lam | Finance Associate
Sarina Lam
Finance Associate - Finance

Sarina first joined Pacific Equity Partners in 2019. Prior to rejoining PEP in 2022, she was a Graduate Officer at the Australian Taxation Office. Sarina holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting, Information Systems) and Bachelor of Economics (Econometrics) from the University of New South Wales.

Olga Langridge | Senior Finance Manager
Olga Langridge
Senior Finance Manager - Finance

Olga joined Pacific Equity Partners in 2010 as a Graduate Accountant. She holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and Bachelor of Laws from University of Technology, Sydney and is a Certified Practising Accountant.

Angus Larcombe | Capital Solutions
Angus Larcombe
Capital Solutions - Capital Solutions

Angus joined Pacific Equity Partners in 2021. Prior to joining PEP, he held roles in leveraged and structured finance, most recently with RBC and Investec. Angus received a Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies) at the University of Sydney, and is a CFA Charterholder.

Ronald Lee | Fund Accounting Manager
Ronald Lee
Fund Accounting Manager - Finance

Ronald joined Pacific Equity Partners in 2020. Prior to joining PEP, he was a Manager at Macquarie Assets Management (Operations), and Finance Manager at M.H. Carnegie & Co. Ronald is a Member of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand, and he holds a Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Commerce from University of Sydney.

Lexi Lei | Fund Accounting Manager
Lexi Lei
Fund Accounting Manager - Finance

Lexi first joined Pacific Equity Partners in 2015, and rejoined the team in 2021. Lexi’s prior roles include Senior Fund Accountant at AMP Capital, Senior Finance Associate at PEP, and Finance Officer at Mizuho Bank – Sydney. She holds a Master of Finance (Investment Banking) from the University of New South Wales, and a Bachelor of Applied Finance with a Bachelor of Professional Accounting from Macquarie University.

Kathryn Lim | Senior Finance Associate
Kathryn Lim
Senior Finance Associate - Finance

Kathryn first joined Pacific Equity Partners in 2009, and re-joined the team in 2016 and 2021. Kathryn’s prior roles include Citco Fund Services (Account Manager), Westpac Institutional Bank (various including Analyst, Senior Accountant, Senior Analyst), Ernst & Young (Senior Auditor). She holds a B. Commerce from the University of New South Wales and is a Certified Practising Accountant.

Matthew Lyle | Associate Director
Matthew Lyle
Associate Director - Buyout and Secure Assets

Matthew joined Pacific Equity Partners in 2017. Prior to joining PEP, he was a Consultant with Bain & Company. He holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge and a BSc (Hons) from the University of Sydney.

Paul McCullagh | Senior Adviser
Paul McCullagh
Senior Adviser - Senior Adviser

Paul is a founder of Pacific Equity Partners and is a member of the firm’s Operating Committee. Prior to founding PEP, Paul was a Managing Director of Salomon Brothers Australia. He has twenty years of investment banking experience in the US, Asia, and Australasia. Paul was also previously head of Australasia for Prudential Securities. Paul received a BCom and MBS from the University of Dublin and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Scott McKnight | Director
Scott McKnight
Director - Buyout and Secure Assets

Scott joined Pacific Equity Partners in 2015.  Prior to joining PEP, he was an investment banker with Goldman Sachs in New Zealand.  Scott received a Master of Business with distinction and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Otago and is a CFA charter holder.

Terry Miu Neeland | Director
Terry Miu Neeland
Director - Buyout and Secure Assets

Terry joined Pacific Equity Partners in 2014. Prior to joining PEP, she spent over four years in the Investment Banking Division of Morgan Stanley in Sydney. Terry was a University of Sydney Scholarship holder where she received a Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics).

Henry O’Callaghan | Associate
Henry O’Callaghan
Associate - Buyout and Secure Assets

Henry joined Pacific Equity Partners in 2021. Prior to this, he was a management consultant with Bain & Company, where he worked predominantly in their private equity group. At university, he studied a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) and a Bachelor of Laws at the University of New South Wales.

Duncan Orr | Director
Duncan Orr
Director - Buyout and Secure Assets

Duncan joined Pacific Equity Partners in 2007. Prior to joining PEP, Duncan was a consultant with McKinsey & Company in New Zealand. In 2009, Duncan attended business school and spent the following four years with McKinsey & Company in the United States and Australia, before rejoining PEP in 2016. Duncan received an MBA with Honors from the Wharton School and a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the University of Auckland.

Alex Ovchar | Director
Alex Ovchar
Director - Buyout and Secure Assets, Gateway

Alex joined Pacific Equity Partners in 2011. Before joining PEP, Alex was an investment banker with Morgan Stanley in London.  Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Alex was a management consultant with The Boston Consulting Group in Sydney. Alex received a PLD from Harvard Business School, and Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce degrees from the University of Adelaide, where he was the Valedictorian.

Michael Pang | Finance Associate
Michael Pang
Finance Associate - Finance

Michael joined Pacific Equity Partners in 2021 as a Graduate Accountant. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (double major in finance and accounting) from the University of New South Wales.

Catherine Perry | Associate Director
Catherine Perry
Associate Director - Buyout and Secure Assets

Catherine joined Pacific Equity Partners in 2020. Prior to joining PEP, she was an Investment Banker at Citi. She holds a Master of Applied Finance from Australian National University and a Bachelor of Asian Studies, Australian National University.

Simon Pillar | Managing Director
Simon Pillar
Managing Director - Buyout and Secure Assets, Capital Solutions, Gateway, Founding Partner

Simon is a founder of Pacific Equity Partners and chairs the firm’s Operating Committee. Prior to founding PEP, Simon was a Partner with Bain & Company and worked as a strategy consultant in the US, Singapore and Sydney. He started his working life as an engineer with The Royal Dutch/Shell Group in The Netherlands. Simon received a first class degree (BSc (Eng) in Civil Engineering) from the University of Bristol where he received the Institution of Civil Engineers Award, and an MBA from the Wharton School where he was a Thouron Scholar.

Madelaine Promnitz | Investor Relations Executive
Madelaine Promnitz
Investor Relations Executive - Investor Relations

Madelaine joined Pacific Equity Partners in 2021. Prior to joining PEP, she was an Accountant at KPMG, and Finance Officer at the Institute of Managers and Leaders. Madelaine holds a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) from the University of Queensland, and a Graduate Diploma of Chartered Accounting (GradDipCA) from Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

James Randall | Associate Director
James Randall
Associate Director - Buyout and Secure Assets

James joined Pacific Equity Partners in 2017. Prior to joining PEP, he was a Consultant with L.E.K. Consulting in Australia and China. James holds a MBA (Hons) from The Wharton School where he was a Palmer Scholar; a MA in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania; and a BBus & LLB (Hons) from Bond University.

Jotham Young | Associate
Jotham Young
Associate - Buyout and Secure Assets

Jotham joined Pacific Equity Partners in 2022. Prior to joining PEP, he was an Analyst with Macquarie Capital in Sydney. Jotham received a BEng (Honours), BCom and Diploma of Language Studies from the University of New South Wales.

Matt Robinson | Managing Director
Matt Robinson
Managing Director - Buyout and Secure Assets

Matt joined Pacific Equity Partners in 2009. Prior to joining PEP, he was a consultant with Bain & Company in Australia. Matt was an Innovation Scholar at Macquarie University where he received a Bachelor of Commerce (Actuarial Studies) and was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Commendation for Academic Excellence.

Paul Ryan | Portfolio Manager
Paul Ryan
Portfolio Manager - Gateway

Paul joined Pacific Equity Partners in 2013. Before joining PEP, he was at Deustche Bank and Dakota Capital. He holds a Bcom (Hons) from the University of Auckland.

Julia Schoenheimer | Associate
Julia Schoenheimer
Associate - Buyout and Secure Assets

Julia joined Pacific Equity Partners in 2020. Prior to joining PEP, she was a Strategy Consultant at Port Jackson Partners; Chief of Staff at Parcelpoint. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from the University of Sydney and a Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance from Macquarie University.

Adam Simpson | Associate
Adam Simpson
Associate - Buyout and Secure Assets

Adam joined Pacific Equity Partners in 2021. Prior to joining PEP, he was an Analyst in the Leveraged Finance and General Industrials teams at Credit Suisse in Sydney. Adam was a University of Sydney Scholarship holder, receiving a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws; and is a CFA Charterholder.

Tim Sims | Managing Director
Tim Sims
Managing Director - Buyout and Secure Assets, Capital Solutions, Gateway, Founding Partner

Tim is a founder of Pacific Equity Partners and is a member of the firm’s Operating Committee. Prior to founding PEP, Tim was the Chairman and Managing Director of Bain & Company’s Australasian and African operations and a member of Bain & Company’s Global Executive Committee. Tim has also served on a number of government committees and led national strategy projects. Tim received a BA/MA from Oxford University where he was a Mitsui European Scholar and an MPA from Harvard where he was a Kennedy Scholar. In 2019, Tim was made a member in the general division of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to the community through philanthropic initiatives.

Jen Vaneris | Investor Relations Executive
Jen Vaneris
Investor Relations Executive - Investor Relations

Jen joined Pacific Equity Partners in 2022. Prior to joining PEP, Jen worked in private equity and investment banking with Goldman Sachs in London and Sydney, The Carlyle Group and OneVentures.

Ben Webster | Capital Solutions
Ben Webster
Capital Solutions - Capital Solutions

Ben joined Pacific Equity Partners in 2019. Prior to joining PEP, he worked in the financial markets in London for BGC Partners. Ben holds a B. Comm (Finance) from the University of New South Wales.

Xander Wheen | Capital Solutions
Xander Wheen
Capital Solutions - Capital Solutions

Xander joined Pacific Equity Partners in 2019. Prior to PEP, Xander worked for credit and equity funds in the US and Australia, after beginning his career at JPMorgan in New York. He received an MBA from the University of Oxford and an AB from Harvard University.

Rohan Wolfers | Managing Director
Rohan Wolfers
Managing Director - Buyout and Secure Assets

Rohan joined Pacific Equity Partners in 2010. Before joining PEP, Rohan was with Navis Capital Partners and Merrill Lynch Global Private Equity in Australia, Asia and North America. Rohan received a PLD from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney.

Shannon Wolfers | Managing Director
Shannon Wolfers
Managing Director - Buyout and Secure Assets

Shannon joined Pacific Equity Partners in 2006. Prior to joining PEP, Shannon was with Bain & Company in Australia and SE Asia. Shannon was a University of Sydney Scholarship holder where he received a first class honours degree (BEcon) and the University Medal.

Jack Zhang | Associate Director
Jack Zhang
Associate Director - Buyout and Secure Assets

Jack joined Pacific Equity Partners in 2018. Prior to joining PEP, he worked in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs, and at Arowana in Private Equity and Private Credit. Jack holds a Bachelor of Commerce & Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney.

Monica Zhou | Finance Manager
Monica Zhou
Finance Manager - Finance

Monica joined Pacific Equity Partners in 2018. Before joining PEP, Monica was a Senior Analyst at Deloitte in the Audit and Assurance Division. Monica graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies).