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Directors

Mr Greg Ruddock, Non-Executive Chairman

Greg is the Joint Chief Executive Officer of Ironbridge and co-leads Investment and Portfolio Management activities with Neil Broekhuizen. Greg has 13 years of private equity experience with GPEL and Ironbridge.

Prior to joining GPEL in 1999, Greg had twelve years operational experience at leading Australian industrial group Wesfarmers and with diversified listed company Avatar, where he was Managing Director of one of its major subsidiaries.

Within the GPEL portfolio Greg led the successful development of Electronic Banking Solutions/Cashcard ("EBS/Cashcard"). In 2003 Greg became one of the Founding Partners of Ironbridge and has led its successful financial and outsourced services investment programme across both Ironbridge Funds.

Greg has sat on the Ironbridge Investment Committee since inception and has represented the Ironbridge Funds on the Boards of Stardex, Super A-mart, EnviroWaste, Easternwell, FleetPartners, ISGM and AOS.

Greg qualified as an accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Western Australia.

 

Mr Glen Dobbie, Managing Director

Glen is the Managing Partner of Auxano LLP, an investment firm that seeks to provide mid-market businesses with whatever they need to grow. Prior to this role, Glen was formerly the Group Commercial Director at Arowana & Co, where he was primarily responsible for the investment operations of the ASX listed, Arowana International Limited. During his 8 years at Arowana & Co, the firm recorded returns of over 30% per annum and Arowana International Limited’s share price rose to $1.00 from a listing price of $0.35.

Glen has particular experience in “hands on” operational management across a variety of industries including education, media, infrastructure, engineering, waste management and technology businesses.

Glen has been involved in various capital raising activities and held directorships across a range of sectors for listed and unlisted companies as well as private equity funds.

Glen holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the University of New South Wales where he was a University Co-Op Scholar with the School of Accounting. Glen also has a Graduate Diploma of Chartered Accounting from ICAA and is a certified Gazelles business coach.

 

Mr Joshua McKean, Non-Executive Director

Josh joined the private equity industry in the early 2000’s at JPMorgan where helped establish their Small Caps M&A and Financial Sponsors practice in Sydney. Having advised on the merger of Gresham Private Equity’s EBS with Cashcard, Josh joined Cashcard as Business Development Manager. From there Josh joined the leading global private equity manager in Sydney, CVC Capital Partners.

Whilst at Cashcard Josh led due diligence on a number of acquisitions, including the successful acquisition of Direct Cash, a Melbourne based ATM deployer and assisted Gresham Private Equity in preparing the business for exit via a dual-track process.

Josh joined CVC Capital Partners in 2003 and worked on a number of successful transactions including the A$1.2 billion IPO of Pacific Brands, the sale of Tech Pacific to Ingram Micro for A$700 million, and the acquisition and subsequent divestment of Affinity Health to Ramsay Healthcare for A$1.4 billion.

Josh joined Ironbridge in October 2005 and has played a lead role in the Ironbridge Fund’s investment in Super A-Mart, the turnaround of Barbeques Galore Australia which has tripled EBITDA as well as the subsequent merger of Super A-Mart and Barbeques Galore Australia to form BBQSAM.

Within the Ironbridge Fund II portfolio Josh has led the successful investments into Easternwell, a buy and build of a specialist mining services business that successfully exited to Transfield and its investment in Infrastructure Services Group (ISGM), a leading provider of advisory and outsourcing services in the Australian market that has quadrupled EBITDA in the last 4 years and ranked 9th in the 2014 BRW Fast 100.

Josh holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with Honours (First Class) from the University of Melbourne.

 

Mr Malcolm Keefe, Non-Executive Director

Malcolm has over 30 years of general management experience in a variety of businesses including education, information technology, print, and office products.

Malcolm served as the Non-Executive Independent Chairman and Director of Arowana International Limited from November 2011 to March 2015.

Malcolm has served as Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer at Corporate Express Australia Ltd (also known as Staples Australia Pty Limited) until February 2010 and during his tenure the Company was one of the best performing on the ASX with controlled and sustained growth.

Malcolm also served as Chief Executive Officer of Kalamazoo (Aust) Pty Limited. He held senior management positions with the Swire Group in Hong Kong and with Kalamazoo PLC in the United Kingdom. 

Malcolm has a B.Sc. (Hons) from University of London.