Mr Mike Hill – Executive Chairman
Mike is a former partner of Ernst & Young M&A Sydney, has been a senior member of the investment team at Ironbridge since 2004 and a Partner of the firm since 2009. Ironbridge is a leading domestic private equity firm with $1.5bn of funds under management.
Mike has experience across numerous industries where he has served on boards including retail (Barbeques Galore), healthcare (Healthbridge, Repromed and Monash IVF), media (Radioworks Ltd and TVWorks Ltd, waste services (Envirowaste NZ Ltd), tourism and hospitality (RTG Group) and manufacturing (Riviera Group).
Mike is currently the non-executive Chairman of Recreational Tourism Group trading as Base Backpackers, the Executive Chairman of Rhype Limited (previously FRR Corporation Limited). He is a member of the Institute of Charters Accountants Australia.
Mr Brett Chenoweth – Managing Director
Brett was most recently the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of APN News and Media Limited. He has more than 20 years of professional experience working exclusively in the areas of media, technology, telecommunications and online businesses, having also held senior executive roles at Telecom New Zealand (including Head of Group Strategy and Mergers & Acquisitions; Head of Australian Consumer Group; Director on a number of TCNZ group company Boards), the Publishing and Broadcasting Limited group (ecorp Ltd and ninemsn Pty Ltd: Head of Business Development) and Village Roadshow Pictures Pty Ltd (General Manager and Vice President).
Brett has been a director of a number of private and public companies over the past 15 years in the media, telecommunications, technology and entertainment sectors, both in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the United States. He is currently Chairman of Yellow Pages Group (NZ)..
Mr Michael Pollak – Non-executive Director
Mr Pollak holds a bachelor of Commerce, is a chartered accountant and has an MBA in strategy from the Australian Graduate School of Management. Michael commenced his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers over 15 years ago. Michael has gained valuable experience in both Sydney and London in general management, audit, insolvency, corporate advisory and strategy across a wide range of industries, including financial services, professional services, retail, mining and manufacturing. Michael is currently a director of ASX-listed Montech Holdings Limited, and was previously a director of Rhype Limited, Disruptive Investment Group Limited, Prospect Resources Limited and PLD Corporation Limited, being companies he previously recapitalised. In addition to these, Michael has been involved in the restructuring, recapitalisation and relisting of a number of other ASX listed entities.
Set out below is a summary of the background of the members of the HJB Advisory Committee:
Mr Julian Knights
Julian Knights is a Founding Partner of Ironbridge, an Australian private equity firm. Julian has 15 years of private equity experience with GPEL and Ironbridge and 17 years investment banking experience.
Julian was the Founding Managing Director of GPEL and was instrumental in building the GPEL investment team. Julian led the GPEL involvement in the A$500 million “public to private” of Norcros (a diversified international building products group), was heavily involved in the expansion capital investment in Cashcard Australia, Australia’s largest independent ATM deployer, and the A$125 million secondary MBO (Management by Objectives) of Eurogestion (pest control and hygiene services group). In 2003 Julian became one of the Founding Partners of Ironbridge and he is responsible for the strategic development of Ironbridge. Julian has sat on the Ironbridge Investment Committee since inception and has represented the Ironbridge Funds on the Boards of Mrs Crocket’s Kitchen, Stardex and EnviroWaste.
Julian qualified as a solicitor and holds BComm and LLB degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand. In 2008 Julian was the Chairman of AVCAL (Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association). In May 2013, Julian was appointed as the Chair of the Major Performing Arts Board of the Australia Council.
Mr Andrew Gray
Mr Gray is a professional investor with investment interests spanning technology, healthcare, HCIT and growth businesses globally.
Most recently he was the Managing Director of Archer Capital, an Australian based private equity firm with in excess of $3 billion in capital under management. At Archer, Mr Gray led that firm’s largest investment into software business MYOB and also realized Archer’s largest ever return to investors in the subsequent sale of MYOB to Bain Capital.
Prior to joining Archer, Mr Gray was a Partner with Francisco Partners, a private equity firm with US$5 billion in capital under management specializing in technology related buyouts, where he headed their efforts in Europe and led numerous transactions including Australian software firm Mincom Ltd, Aderant, CMAC, and Ex Libris amongst others. From 1999 to 2002, Mr Gray co-founded and was the COO of Abilizer Solutions, Inc., a software firm specializing in J2EE platform infrastructure technologies based in San Francisco. Prior to Abilizer, Mr. Gray spent several years as a private equity investor focused on generalist midmarket buyouts at Genstar Capital. During his career at Genstar Mr Gray executed numerous successful transactions including NEN Life Sciences.
Earlier in his career, Mr Gray was an investment banker with James D. Wolfensohn Inc. and a consultant with McKinsey & Co. Mr Gray currently serves on the board of directors of TIG and holds a B.Eng (Aeronautical) degree from The University of Sydney, with First Class Honors, and a Masters of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.
Mr Jonathan Pager
Mr Pager has over 20 years’ experience as a management consultant across a wide range of industries in Australia and overseas and is currently Managing Director of Pager Partners Business Consultants and Pager Partners Corporate Advisory. He has a Masters of Economics and qualified as a chartered accountant with Deloitte, where he commenced his career. Jonathan has recapitalised several ASX-listed companies across both the resources and industrial sectors. He is currently a director of INT Corporation Limited and Montech Holdings Limited and was previously a director of Rhype Limited, PLD Corporation Limited and Prospect Resources Limited.
Mr Charbel Nader
Charbel is founding Chairman of Metro Media Publishing. He is an investment banker with a background in finance, media and mergers and acquisitions.
He established and led the Melbourne office of Pitt Capital Partners Ltd, and has worked with News Corp’s venture capital vehicle e-Ventures and PBL/Nine Network where he was responsible for the Macquarie Nine Film raising, a joint venture between the Nine Network and Macquarie Bank. He is a Founder and Executive Vice President of Australia Acquisition Corporation, Deputy Chairman of ASX-listed b2b media and events company Aspermont Ltd.