Andrew joined Direct Capital in January 2010 after five years employed as Group Finance Manager for Auckland private equity expansion investor Zeus Capital & Emerald Capital. Andrew is responsible for all aspects of Direct Capital financial reporting and investor relations. In addition to the Direct Capital funds, Andrew also oversees the financial reporting and management of BioPacific Ventures.
Ross George (LLB)
Ross has been in the private equity industry since 1985. He established Direct Capital in 1994 following his return from Hong Kong where he had been a director and shareholder of the BKW Group, a Hong Kong based private equity firm. Ross has primary responsibility for developing and managing the firm's relationships and he currently holds directorships with Bayleys Real Estate, Fishpond Limited and Complectus Limited.
Freddy Greenslade (BCom, CFA)
Freddy joined Direct Capital in 2017, following over three years at PwC working across Corporate Finance and Corporate Treasury advisory. He has experience in M&A, valuation, financial modelling, business strategy, and financial markets. His principal roles at Direct Capital include assisting with investment opportunities, transaction execution, research and supporting investee companies.
Office Manager Ann joined Direct Capital in 2001 as office manager. She is often the person you will speak with first when making contact with our office, and is the only indispensable person in the organisation.
Chris Hickey (BCom, LLB, CA, CFA)
Chris joined Direct Capital in 2017 and his role includes the assessment of investment opportunities, transaction execution and providing support to investee companies. Prior to joining Direct Capital, Chris was a Manager in Corporate Finance at Deloitte providing a range of services including financial advisory, valuation, M&A and transaction services. Chris holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Auckland. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst, a Chartered Accountant of Australia and New Zealand and admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.
Mark Hutton (BCom)
A founding director of Direct Capital, Mark is on the investment committees of Direct Capital and Pohutukawa Funds. He specialises in mergers, acquisitions and funding structures for portfolio companies. Mark is currently a director of NZX listed Scales Corporation, Stratex, New Zealand King Salmon and George H Investments.
Kirsty Keen (BCOM)
Kirsty joined Direct Capital in November 2006 to assist with Direct Capital’s internal financial, organisational and compliance requirements. She previously worked in financial accounting roles for Merrill Lynch and Credit Suisse in London, and as a Financial Controller for a Trust Company in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Heath Kerr (BMS, CA)
Heath has 20 years experience in corporate finance, investment banking and private equity in Australia and New Zealand and first joined Direct Capital in late 2013 as its Australian representative. In 2017 Heath relocated to Auckland to be part of the executive team for Direct Capital Fund V. Heath’s primary focus will be to source, evaluate and execute new investments and is currently a director of Hiway Group.
Gavin Lonergan (BBus, CA)
Gavin has been with Direct Capital for 20 years. A past chairman of the New Zealand Private Equity and Venture Capital Association, Gavin served on the council for five years, including through its establishment phase. In addition to investment responsibilities, Gavin manages the firm's institutional fund raising programs, marketing and media communications. Gavin has represented Direct Capital on a number of boards. He is currently a director of portfolio companies including Stratex Group, Cavalier Wool Holdings and Complectus Limited.
Craig Prosser (BCom, NDip Internal Auditing)
Craig joined Direct Capital in March 2010 as Finance Executive to assist with Direct Capital’s operations and investor reporting processes. Prior to joining Direct Capital, Craig was a treasury accountant with the ASB, and has been an assistant accountant with PSDS and Owens Global Logistics.
Travis Sydney (BSBA)
Initially joining the firm in 2005, Travis’ role is to source and execute new investment opportunities. Prior to rejoining Direct Capital in 2009, Travis spent two years in the Investment Banking Division at First NZ Capital and before that he was an Investment Analyst at Direct Capital from 2005 to 2007. He sits on Direct Capital’s Investment Committee and is a Director of PF Olsen and AS Colour.
Chris Wills (BCom, LLB, CFA)
Chris' principal roles include assessing investment opportunities, transaction execution, research and supporting the strategic initiatives of portfolio companies. Prior to joining Direct Capital in 2013, Chris spent three years with the M&A Tax team at KPMG, where he gained experience in transaction structuring, due diligence and financial modelling.
Jonathan Wong (BCom, LLB Hons)
Jonathan joined the firm in 2017, and his role is to source, evaluate and execute new investment opportunities. Prior to joining Direct Capital, Jonathan spent six years in the London office of Global Infrastructure Partners, a global private equity firm specialising in infrastructure investments.
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