David Kirk

Co-Founder, Partner

David is the former CEO of Fairfax Media, where he led the successful investment into a number of internet businesses including Fairfax’s acquisition of Trade Me and Stayz. He has been a growth stage investor in technology-based businesses since 1999 and was an IPO investor in Xero.

David is Chairman of Kathmandu Holdings [ASX:KMD, NZE:KMD], made up of iconic brands Kathmandu, RipCurl and Oboz, and Chairman of Forsyth Barr, a privately-owned New Zealand investment firm.

David is Director of Bailador companies Instaclustr, Standard Media Index (SMI) and Rezdy. He was previously a Director for Bailador's now exited investments, DocsCorp and Viostream.

Prior to joining the corporate world, David enjoyed a highly successful rugby career. He captained the All Blacks to win the World Cup in 1987 and was awarded an MBE in 1988. He was also a policy advisor to the New Zealand Prime Minister.

David is a Rhodes Scholar with degrees in Medicine from Otago University, and Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University.

Paul Wilson

Co-Founder, Partner

Paul has had extensive private equity investment experience as a Director of CHAMP Private Equity in Sydney and New York, with MetLife in London, and as Executive Director at media focused investment group, Illyria Pty Ltd.

Paul is a Director of SiteMinder, Straker Translations, Stackla, the Rajasthan Royals IPL cricket franchise, and ASX listed Vita Group Limited. 

Paul has a B. Bus, Banking and Finance from QUT and is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia, a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

James Johnstone

Partner

James was made Partner in 2020 and leads Bailador’s new investment activity along with providing operational expertise to the fund’s portfolio companies. He was previously a founding Director and CFO of Mozo, an online financial comparison marketplace which was acquired by Future Plc (FUTR.LSE) in 2021.

James has more than 20 years’ experience in venture capital, strategy consulting and corporate development, previously working with Virgin Travel and Virgin Financial in Sydney and London.

He holds a Bachelor of Accounting from UTS Sydney, is a qualified Chartered Accountant, and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

James works closely with SiteMinder and Lendi. He led the sale process for Bailador’s recently exited investments in DocsCorp and Viostream, and was a Director for both companies.

Bevin Shields

Investment Director & Head of Investor Relations

Bevin has over 15 years’ M&A, Capital Markets and Corporate Development experience. The majority of his time has been focused on assisting early-stage businesses grow either organically or by acquisition.

Bevin was previously head of M&A, Capital Markets and Investor Relations at Catapult Group, an ASX-listed sports technology company specialising in athlete tracking for professional sporting leagues globally. During this time, Bevin led numerous cross-border acquisitions and raised over $170 million in funding across seven separate transactions.

Prior to Catapult, Bevin spent 11 years in Investment Banking and Advisory with the Royal Bank of Scotland, Helmsec Global Capital and Macquarie Group, securing over $1 billion in funding for early stage companies across advisory and principle investment capacities.

Bevin holds a Master of Commerce (Finance, Accounting and Economics) from the University of Sydney.

Bevin is Director for Bailador company Standard Media Index, and works closely with Rezdy and Straker Translations [ASX:STG]. 

Michael Hayes

Investment Director

Mike provides extensive operational support for the Bailador portfolio including business performance analysis, strategic planning, corporate development and capital raising support. He works closely with Bailador companies Instaclustr, DocsCorp, Stackla and Lendi.

Mike has more than six years experience evaluating investment opportunities across the media, technology and retail sectors in the US. He began his career in the Corporate Strategy group at The Walt Disney Company, the in-house M&A and strategic consulting team, where he was responsible for evaluating and executing M&A transactions for Disney.

Prior to joining Bailador, Mike was a Buy-Side Equity Analyst at Boulevard Capital Management, a US hedge fund based in Los Angeles.

Mike graduated with Honors (cum laude) from Harvard University, where he received an A.B. in Economics.

Mike is an Observer on the board of Instaclustr, and works closely with Bailador portfolio companies DocsCorp, Stackla and Brosa.

Alexander Lenartowicz​

Investment Associate

Alexander joined Bailador in 2021 and is responsible for evaluating new investment opportunities and providing operational support to existing portfolio companies. 

Prior to his role at Bailador Alexander was a Summer Analyst in the investment banking team at Bank of America, before moving to Europe as part of Santander’s investment banking team where he specialised in M&A for cross-border renewable energy infrastructure transactions. Most recently Alexander was at Monash Private Capital in Sydney where he developed his passion for growth-stage technology businesses. 

Alexander holds a Master of Commerce (Finance & International Business) from the University of Sydney.

Jonathan Herman​

Investment Analyst Intern

Jonathan joined Bailador in 2020 and provides investment and operational support for the Investment Team. He has most recently been involved in building an early stage VC fund and held a number of roles across technology businesses including Rocket Internet.  Jonathan is a current student at University of New South Wales studying a Bachelor of Commerce & Bachelor of Information Systems (Distinction).

Helen Plesek

Chief Financial Officer & Company Secretary

Helen has been with Bailador since 2011. She has previously held senior finance roles at Inchcape Motors Australia, Tubemakers of Australia and BRW Fast 100 winner and technology company LX Group. Helen has consulted on best practice finance systems and governance across a range of companies and government bodies.

Helen holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and a Masters in Politics and Public Policy. She is a Fellow of CPA Australia and a Justice of the Peace in NSW.

Andrew Bullock

Independent Non-Executive Director

Andrew is Managing Director at private equity firm Adamantem Capital, and was previously a partner at Australian law firm Gilbert + Tobin in the Corporate Advisory Group. He specialises in mergers and acquisitions, fundraisings and strategic joint ventures and media sectors. He was previously a partner of Minter Ellison and spent 3 years in the London office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

Andrew has a Bachelor of Arts from Sydney University and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales.

Chloe Cozens

Executive Assistant to the Managing Partners & Chief Financial Officer

Chloe joined Bailador in 2017 to assist the Investment Team. She previously worked in business support and as a local newspaper reporter .

She holds a BA in Multi-Media Journalism from Bournemouth University (UK). 

Jolanta Masojada

Independent Non-Executive Director

Jolanta Masojada is Principal of MasMedia Advisers, providing strategic investor relations and communications advice to listed companies. She has more than 25 years’ experience in financial markets and equity research in the media and technology sectors in Australia and the US.  Jolanta was formerly Director Equity Research at Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank, with previous roles at Macquarie Bank and Pierson Sal. Oppenheim in New York.

Jolanta is a graduate of the University of Natal and Cambridge University. She is a fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Brodie Arnhold

Independent Non-Executive Director

Brodie Arnhold is an experienced ASX listed board member with over 15 years domestic and international experience in private equity, investment banking and corporate finance.

Brodie is the CEO and Executive Director of iSelect (ASX:ISU) having joined the Board in September 2014 and stepping into the CEO role in April 2018. Prior to his current role with iSelect, Brodie was the CEO of Melbourne Racing Club. He has also worked for Investec Bank from 2010-2013 where he was responsible for building a high-net-worth private client business and for Westpac Banking Corporation where he was Investment Director at Westpac’s private equity fund.

During his career Brodie has also worked at leading accounting and investment firms including Deloitte (Australia), Nomura (UK) and Goldman Sachs (Hong Kong).

Brodie is also the Chairman and Non-Executive Director of Shaver Shop Group Ltd (ASX: SSG) and is Chairman of private companies Endota Spa Pty Ltd and Industry Beans Pty Ltd.

Brodie holds a Bachelor of Commerce and MBA from the University of Melbourne and is a member of the Institutes of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ).

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