Our Team

Leadership Group

Magnus Hildingsson

Managing Director

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B.Sc (Hons) London School of Economics
Magnus has over twenty years private equity experience in originating, executing and managing investments. During this time he has completed transactions with a combined value in excess of $5 billion. Magnus has also held board directorships in a range of companies which together employ over 15,000 people.

Magnus joined Pemba Capital Partners from Cinven, a leading European private equity fund, where he was based in London and responsible for the Nordic region. At Cinven he completed investments in the business services, healthcare and industrials sectors.

Prior to Cinven, Magnus was at Intermediate Capital Group, a global alternative asset manager. At ICG he established the Stockholm office and ran the Nordic investment business. During this time Magnus completed transactions in a variety of sectors including consumer, healthcare, media and telecommunications.

Magnus started his career at Nomura with the investment banking team and then moved into private equity focusing on investments in emerging markets. Part of his time at Nomura was spent on secondment to one of the investee companies.

Magnus is a Director of Marque Group, NDA, Bepoz and Ampion.

Mark Summerhayes

Managing Director

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BA, MA (Econ) Cambridge
After graduating from Cambridge University in 1987, Mark spent seven years at Bain & Company advising corporates on a mix of strategy, M&A, and operational improvement projects. He was based in London and Munich. Mark led assignments for leading European players in the FMCG, financial services, telecoms healthcare and industrial sectors.

In 1996 Mark co-founded SB Capital Partners, a private equity partnership, which was backed by Bain Capital, one of the leading US private equity firms. On the back of the success of this venture Bain Capital subsequently launched its first dedicated European buy-out fund.

In parallel to this activity, Mark assisted a wealthy Norwegian family build its own portfolio of private equity investments in both early and late stage situations and private equity funds. In 2001 Mark joined Smedvig Capital full time and as a Managing Director was one of the senior executives responsible for investing, managing and reporting on a diversified A$350m private equity portfolio.

Mark moved to Sydney in 2005 to join Pemba Capital Partners and co-led the spin out of the captive fund from Pemba in 2009 and then more recent $650m fundraising (backed by HarbourVest and a group of other global and local LPs) which established the firm as one of the leaders in its segment in Australia and NZ.

Mark is a Director of Ausreo, Instant Access, InteriorCo, ONCALL and ReadyTech.

Tom Matthews

Partner

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B.Sc (Hons) London School of Economics, MAppFin, CFA
Tom has over 17 years of experience in private equity, principal investment, investment banking and middle market advisory and valuations.

Tom joined Pemba in 2015 and has led a large number of transactions across Pemba’s areas of sector focus. These include HR3, JobReady, Vital Software, VETTrack, Esher House, EmployGroup, Smart Loyalty, THREE60, Aura, Autoplay, Open Office, Mcgirr Technologies, ONCALL and the IPO of ReadyTech. Tom represents Pemba on the boards of ReadyTech, Marque Group, Open Office and ONCALL.

Tom joined Pemba from Sovereign Capital, the UK ‘Buy & Build’ specialist private equity fund, where he was based in London and focused on investing in mid-market consolidators in the healthcare, education and business services sectors. During his time at Sovereign, Tom successfully completed over 50 buy and build transactions.

Before Sovereign Capital, Tom was with the Investment Banking Group at Macquarie Bank Limited, which focused on principal investment opportunities across a variety of sectors. Prior to Macquarie, Tom gained substantial transaction experience at Deloitte Corporate Finance both in Sydney and London.

Tom is a Director of ReadyTech, Marque Group, Open Office and ONCALL.

Tom is a CFA charter holder, has a Masters of Applied Finance and Investment from FINSIA and a BSc (Honours) degree in Management Sciences from the London School of Economics.

Mark Bryan

Director

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BA (Hons) UEA in Economics, GAICD
Mark has over 20 years capital markets experience at leading investment banks and a wealth advisory business. These roles have provided expertise in equity valuation, IPO processes, strategic & financial planning, investor communication and fundraises among others.

Prior to Pemba in 2020, Mark was Head of Research at Wilsons, a leading wealth advisory business with a strong niche in small-to-mid caps. Additionally, Mark led the technology research franchise specialising in cloud platforms and was instrumental in the IPO’s of ELMO, ReadyTech and Whispir.

Before Wilsons, Mark spent 6 years with Bank of America Merrill Lynch as a Director in Sydney leading the small-to-mid-cap research team and also covered the gaming sector. During his tenure, the gaming team was ranked No.1 in the All-Asia Institutional Investor survey and he was individually voted No.1 in the StarMine 2012 awards. Mark also completed the IPO of MYOB in 2015.

Previously, Mark was a Director at Deutsche Bank in London where he led the European Technology Research team. Mark also spent 6 years with ABN AMRO as Head of European Software & IT Services research coverage.

Mark is a Graduate of the Institute of Company Directors in Australia.

Mark is a currently a Director of Open Office and Bepoz.

Investment Team

Nic Badings

Investment Team

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B.Econ (Finance, Economics)
Prior to joining Pemba, Nic worked for a global Prime Broker and was also was selected by the Sydney University Business school as an analyst within their Managed Investment Fund. During his time, Nic was responsible for the coverage of companies within the IT and Telecommunication sector. The mandate of the fund was to outperform the ASX200 in the effort to help fund future scholarships for disadvantaged students. Nic earned High Distinction honours for his analysis and selection of high-quality businesses into the portfolio of the fund.

Nic is responsible for strategically assisting with proprietary origination efforts, the screening of new investment opportunities, and helping to analyse and transact on live deals.

Gareth Brown

Investment Team

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B.CST
Since joining Pemba in 2017 Gareth’s focus is proprietary origination and screening of investment opportunities, primarily software and technology enabled business services.

Gareth assists with end-to-end investment execution and is actively involved in Pemba's investments in Marque Group and Shelde, working closely with their management teams in value creation.

Katrina Engelbert

Investment Team

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B.Laws, B. Bus.(Finance)
Katrina joined Pemba Capital Partners in 2020.

Prior to joining Pemba, Katrina spent 2 years with RBC Capital Markets as an Investment Banking Analyst in the Industrials and Technology Group where she provided support on mergers and acquisitions, equity offerings and other financial advisory services.

Katrina holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Business (Finance) from the University of Technology Sydney.

George Georgiadis

Investment Team

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B.Com, LLB (Hons), MAppFin, CA
George joined Pemba Capital Partners in 2010. He has over fourteen years of experience in private equity, investment banking and middle market advisory. At Pemba, George was a member of the deal teams for Coverforce and Placard and has supported several investees with acquisitions and growth.

Prior to joining Pemba George worked as an Executive in Macquarie Capital Advisers’ Industrials group across principal and corporate advisory transactions, and with Deloitte Corporate Finance Advisory.

George is currently a Director of InteriorCo.

Robert Haybittel

Investment Team

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B.Com, CFA
Robert has over 6 years of investment banking experience in mergers & acquisitions, restructuring and equity capital markets.

Robert joined Pemba Capital Partners from global investment bank Morgan Stanley where he advised private equity and corporate clients on deal mandates across a broad range of sectors including general industrials, healthcare, infrastructure & utilities and natural resources. Over a six year period Robert advised on deals worth in excess of A$20Bn.

Prior to Morgan Stanley Robert spent two years at stockbroking firm Ballieu Holst. Robert also spent several years competing on the professional tennis circuit.

Robert is a Director of NDA and ONCALL.

Jonathan Holding

Investment Team

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B.Com, B.InfoSys Melbourne University, MBA London Business School
Jonathan joined Pemba in 2021. He has over 12 years of experience in private equity, venture capital and investment banking.

Jonathan joined Pemba from Limerston Capital, a UK based mid-market private equity fund, where he was part of the founding investment team in London and spent 5 years investing across the business services, education and healthcare sectors.

Before Limerston, Jonathan worked with UK Growth Equity investor Kennet Partners and PFM Cornerstone, a Sydney based healthcare focused venture capital firm. He started his career in the Mergers & Acquisitions team at Deutsche Bank in Sydney.

Jonathan holds a Master of Business Administration (Distinction) from London Business School, a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Information Systems from Melbourne University.

Jordan Kuhnemann

Investment Team

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B.Com
Since joining Pemba in 2018, Jordan’s focus has been proprietary origination, screening of investment opportunities and assisting with end-to-end investment execution.

Jordan is actively involved in Pemba’s investment in Open Office, working closely with the management team on value creation initiatives.

Vlad Vukic

Investment Team

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B.Com, MBA
Vlad joined Pemba Capital Partners in 2020. Vlad has over 8 years of experience in private equity, strategy consulting and investment banking, including most recently at Brookfield Asset Management in London and previously Strategy& (formerly Booz & Co) in Sydney.

Vlad holds a Bachelor of Commerce (with Distinction) and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours Class 1) from the University of New South Wales. He also holds an MBA from the London Business School.

Origination Team

Egor Sidelska

Origination Team

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B.Sc. (Computer Science)
Origination Team
Egor has spent over 10-years working in technology, financial services, consulting and funds management.

Prior to joining Pemba, Egor spent 2-years building a licensed alternative investment fund from the ground up, a first of its kind in Australia. He has a proven track record of growing software businesses via direct contribution or through sales teams.

Egor works with our partnered businesses on growth opportunities through direct acquisition.

Tom Simpson

Origination Team

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B.Com, Grad Dip CA
Tom joined Pemba Capital Partners in January 2020. Tom has five years of top-tier accounting experience providing tax, accounting, succession planning and growth advisory services to a suite of private clients ranging from start-ups to large family businesses and the families behind them. Most recently, Tom was a Senior Analyst in the Deloitte Private Sydney office. Tom works on new portfolio business acquisitions as well as with our partnered businesses on growth opportunities through direct acquisition.

Tom holds a Bachelor of Commerce and is a Chartered Accountant (CA).

Lincoln Stollery

Origination Team

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B.Com
Lincoln joined Pemba Capital Partners in 2021. Lincoln has over 5 years’ experience in the financial services industry, beginning his career with ROC Partners, before transitioning into equity-sales focused roles at Wilsons Advisory and FinClear. Most recently, Lincoln was Head of Investor Relations at iPartners, working with family office, institutional and direct wholesale investors on sourcing investments and managing client engagement across the iPartners platform. Lincoln is responsible for direct origination of new portfolio company acquisitions, as well as working closely with our partnered businesses to identify growth opportunities through direct acquisition.

Lincoln holds a Bachelor of Commerce, and is currently completing the CFA.

Support Team

Susi Murphy

Support Team

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Cert IV Human Resources, DipMktg
Susi joined Pemba Capital Partners in 2005. Susi has over 30 years of experience in various industries including investment banking, funds management, healthcare and venture capital. Susi is responsible for financial management, investor reporting, compliance and HR.

Earlier in her career, Susi worked at renowned institutions such as Macquarie Bank, The Boston Consulting Group, UBS Asset Management and Sydney Futures Exchange.

Shannon Potts

Support Team

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B.Media Comm (Marketing & Public Relations), GCertMktg
Shannon joined Pemba Capital Partners in 2007 and is responsible for marketing, public relations, investor relations and responsible investment.

Shannon’s experience includes managerial positions in hospitality, information technology and project management. Previous employers include ACP, KPMG and Australian Business Technologies.

Shannon holds a Associate Diploma in Hotel Management, a Bachelor of Media Communications (Deans Award) from Charles Sturt University and a Graduate Certificate of Marketing from Deakin University.

Shannon is currently studying Foundations in Responsible Investment at PRI Academy.

Renee Quarrie

Support Team

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B.Bus (Marketing & Advertising)
Renee has previously worked in marketing and customer experience roles. After completing her degree at Auckland University of Technology, Renee moved to London and after, Sydney. She has experience in a wide range of sectors including Law, Technology and Property.

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