Our investment team are experts in growth investing and business building. Bailador was founded by seasoned investors with an excellent track record and they have built an experienced team of technology investment specialists.

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


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.

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).

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Finance & Administration

The Finance & Administration team has been actively involved with Bailador since its establishment, playing a crucial role in the IPO of the fund in November 2014, having held prior senior roles in large publicly listed companies.

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Board of Directors

Bailador's Board of Directors are longstanding leaders of their industries, bringing a wealth of capability to BTI and extending their networks to portfolio companies to actively support growth initiatives.

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