David Kirk

Co-Founder, Partner

David is the former Chief
 Executive of ASX-listed Fairfax
Media Ltd., where he led the 
successful investment into a
 number of internet businesses
 including Fairfax’s acquisition of
 Trade Me and Stayz. David has been a growth stage investor in technology-based businesses since 1999. He is Chairman of ASX-listed Trade Me Group Limited and Kathmandu Holdings Limited, Chairman of Forsyth Barr Limited, a privately-owned New Zealand investment firm, and a Director of each of DocsCorp, SMI, Viostream and Rezdy.

Prior to entering the corporate world, David enjoyed a highly successful rugby career, captaining the All Blacks to win the World Cup in 1987. He was awarded an MBE in 1988.

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

Investment Director

James provides operational expertise for Bailador portfolio companies, drawing on his experience scaling a fast growth technology company. He was a founding Director and CFO of Mozo, an online marketplace and winner of Deloitte Fast 50 and BRW Fast Starter Awards.

James has more than 15 years’ experience in 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 is Director for Bailador companies DocsCorp and Viostream, and works closely with Straker Translations [ASX:STG] and Lendi.

Michael Hayes

Investment Manager

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.

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 Certified Practicing Accountant.

Carmelina Portelli

Executive Assistant to the Managing Partners

Carmelina joined Bailador in 2019 and is the Executive Assistant to the Managing Partners.

Prior to joining Bailador, she worked in executive search for Egon Zehnder and Maritana Partners. She has over 15 years of administration experience and has held Executive Assistant roles at John Holland, Hastie Group, Babcock & Brown, MLC and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals.

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 Investment Team

Chloe joined Bailador in 2017 to assist the Investment Team. She previously worked in business support (Curve Securities), and as a journalist (Lymington Times).

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

Sankar Narayan

Independent Non-Executive Director

Sankar is currently CEO and Executive Director at SiteMinder, the world leader in hotel channel management and distribution solutions for online accommodation bookings. Sankar joined the team in 2019.

He was previously the Chief Financial Officer of Xero, Virgin Australia Holdings Limited, Fairfax Media and Foxtel.

Sankar has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and is an FCPA (Australia). He also holds a masters degree in electrical engineering from the State University of New York.

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.

Adam Goldschmidt

Investment Analyst Intern

Adam joined Baildaor in 2019 and provides investment and operational support for the investment team. He has had prior experience in Funds management in New York (Catalyst Funds) working in Equity Research.

Adam is a current student at the University of New south Wales studying a Bachelor of Commerce (Distinction).

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