Our Team

Managing Directors

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, Rev IT and Shelde.

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, Munich and Sydney. 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 Chairman of the Board at Coverforce and a Director of Ausreo, Instant Access, InteriorCo, ReadyTech and Open Office.

Investment Team

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.

Mark Bryan

Investment Team

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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.

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. George is currently a Director of InteriorCo.

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.

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.

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.

Joanna LeFevre

Investment Team

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B.Sc.
Jo has over 5 years of investment banking and private equity experience and moved to Sydney in 2019 to join Pemba Capital Partners.

Jo joined Pemba Capital Partners from Concentric Equity Partners’ private equity team; a US$1.5 billion family office based in Chicago. She was responsible for originating new investment opportunities, executing new investments and working with portfolio companies.

Prior to joining Concentric, Jo was with Robert W. Baird, an investment banking firm, and was a member of the Global Consumer Group. While at Baird, she provided support on mergers and acquisitions, equity offerings and other financial advisory services.

Jo received a B.S. in Finance and Accounting from Indiana University Kelley School of Business. She is a Certified Public Accountant.

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.

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, working across some of the world’s most renowned institutions such as Brookfield Asset Management and Strategy& (formerly Booz & Co). Prior to joining Pemba, he spent 2 years as an Analyst in Brookfield Asset Management, where he was part of the private equity team.

Vlad holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Actuarial Science and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales. He also holds an Master of Business Administration 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.

Andrew Melville

Origination Team

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B.Econ (Hons), B.Com
Origination Team
Andrew joined Pemba Capital Partners in 2020. He has over 7 years of experience in the financial services industry, working across independent corporate advisory and S&P 500 listed businesses. Prior to joining Pemba, Andrew spent 4.5 years as an Associate Director with S&P Global in the data and analytics business. During his time he worked across new business opportunities as well as fostering existing relationships within capital markets clients, specifically investment banks & private equity firms. He has a proven track record of delivering on growth targets for the firm and his clients. He is responsible for direct origination, this includes both new investments and opportunities for existing portfolio partners.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Western Australia

Tom Simpson

Origination Team

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B.Com, Grad Dip CA
Tom joined Pemba Capital Partners in 2020. Tom has over 5 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 in Accounting from University of Sunshine Coast and a Graduate Diploma of Chartered Accounting.

Support Team

Susi Murphy

Support Team

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Cert IV Human Resources, DipMktg
Susi Murphy joined Pemba Capital Partners in 2005. Susi has over 25 years of experience working with CEOs, Managing Directors and Senior Management. She has worked in various fields including investment banking, funds management, healthcare and venture capital.

Susi’s previous employers include Macquarie Bank, The Boston Consulting Group, UBS Asset Management and the Sydney Futures Exchange.

Shannon Potts

Support Team

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B.Media Comm (Marketing & Public Relations), GCertMktg
Shannon Potts joined Pemba Capital Partners in 2007. Shannon’s experience includes Project Management at ABN AMRO and a managerial background in hospitality and information technology.

Previous employers include KPMG, Telstra Enterprise Services, and Australian Business Technologies.

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.

Associates

Mike Courtnall

Associate

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Mike Courtnall  has over 40 years’ experience in the global steel industry working in UK, New Zealand, Australia, USA & Asia . He spent 21 years of his career holding senior leadership roles in BHP Steel & Bluescope.
 
Mike's last role was President of the Asian region of listed Bluescope Steel 2002-2006 with responsibilities for $1.0BN in turnover and over 4000 employees.
 
Since returning from Bluescope in addition to his role as Chairman of Ausreo, Mike has chaired the Australian Thailand Institute and sat on the advisory board at the Australian Thailand Business Council and undertaken a wide variety of consultancies.

David Martin

Associate

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David Martin started his career in the air-conditioning industry in 1957 with Bernard Hastie Co Ltd in the UK, progressing to London Manager before arriving in Australia to found Hastie Australia in 1970.

David was formerly the Executive Chairman of Hastie Australia and Non Executive Director of various other Hastie Group Companies.

As of August 2004, David resigned from all executive positions held with Hastie.

David has continued his involvement with Pemba in his capacity as the Chairman of Instant Access Holdings and as a Non- Executive Director of Ausreo Holdings.

Chris Nunis

Associate

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Chris Nunis has over 25 years’ experience working across numerous industries including Plastics, Automotive, Food, Mining Services and Payments.

After starting his career as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG, Chris spent 6 years at Orica Ltd in a variety of financial and operational roles culminating in his involvement in the consolidation of the PVC market in the region. In the last 18 years he has enjoyed considerable success with senior leadership roles within several Private Equity sponsored companies.

He is currently the CEO of Placard, a Pemba Capital sponsored investment where together with Pemba, the company has grown its geographic footprint and established itself into the market leading position across all its sectors – Finance, Government, Transit and Retail.

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