Matt is the Managing Partner of Pacific Road Capital and a member of the Investment Committee. Prior to joining Pacific Road, Matt worked with private investment firms Resource Capital Funds, AMCI Capital and The Cline Group where he was a founding shareholder of Foresight Energy, a substantial US coal company. Matt began his career as an investment banker in the mining sector with Dillion Read and UBS.
Matt is the Chairman-elect of the Natural Resource Investor Committee for AVCAL, Australia’s private equity industry association, an active participant in the Young President’s Organization, and a member of the Australian Davos Connection. Matt holds an MBA from Wharton and a Bachelors of Geology from Princeton.
Mike has 30 years commercial experience, mostly in mining finance. He was most recently Finance Director of Finders Resources Limited. Previously Mike was Joint Managing Director, RFC Group Limited, an Australian based natural resource advisory and investment boutique. Mike is an experienced company Director and Chief Financial Officer with extensive experience in the mining sector, corporate advisory, equity and debt raisings, valuation and investment.
Dan joined Pacific Road in 2013 and has over 20 years experience in mergers, acquisitions and corporate finance in the mining sector, having advised on nearly $10 billion of mergers and acquisitions and led more than $1 billion of financings. Prior to joining Pacific Road, Dan’s previous roles included Managing Director and Head of the Global Mining and Metals Group at National Bank Financial Inc., Managing Director of Business Development at General Electric based in London, England, and other senior positions at major financial institutions in Toronto and New York. He sits on the Board of Directors and is Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee for Providence Health Care in Vancouver, Canada. Dan holds a B.Comm (First Class Honours) from Queen’s University and an MBA (with Distinction) from INSEAD in France.
Paul Espie AO
Paul established Pacific Road Group (PRG), a corporate advisory house focusing on resources and infrastructure sectors, in 1986. He was Chairman of Oxiana Limited during the company making acquisition and development of the Sepon copper/gold deposit in Laos (2000 to 2003) and prior to that Chairman of Cobar Mines Pty Ltd following a management buy-out of the Cobar copper mine from Rio Tinto Group in 1993. Prior to establishing PRG, Paul was Managing Director of Bank of America Australia in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea focussed on resources projects. Paul was formerly Chairman of Australian Infrastructure Fund, the Australian Merchant Banking Association and Freight Rail Corporation and his other Boards have included Hastings Funds Management, Utilities Trust of Australia, Adelaide Brighton Limited and Aurelia Metals Limited. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, a director of the Menzies Research Centre and is also a member of the Australasian Committee of the Eisenhower Exchange Foundation.
Lee has over 40 years relevant experience in the mining and construction industries, including 23 years with Homestake Mining Company. As Vice President, responsible for Corporate Development, Lee initiated, managed and closed 55 major acquisition and divestment transactions totalling US$9.2 billion. Subsequent to Homestake, Lee was Managing Director, Mergers and Acquisitions for Endeavour Financial Ltd in Vancouver advising junior resource companies on financings, mergers and acquisitions and project development. Lee has served as a Director of numerous public and private junior mining companies.
Operating Partner (Founder)
Louis has degrees in Mining Engineering and Mineral Economics and over 35 years experience in the mining industry in Board, corporate executive, mine management, project development and operational roles in Australasia and Africa. He was previously Chief Executive Officer of private equity backed coal seam gas company CH4 Gas Limited (merged with Arrow Energy) where he led the company through feasibility and project development, into stable operations and public listing on the ASX. Prior to CH4 Louis was COO of ASX listed AurionGold and its predecessor Delta Gold; he was Chief Mining Engineer of ASX listed Pancontinental Mining and held a variety of roles at MIM Ltd. Louis is actively involved in various committees of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and has experience on numerous ASX and TSX listed company Boards.
Operating Partner (Founder)
Brian Hill is an Operating Partner at Pacific Road and the Executive Director of North Coal Limited. He has over thirty years of experience in the mining sector and was most recently at Newmont where he held several senior management positions including Executive Vice President, Operations and Executive Vice President of Sustainability and External Affairs. His prior experience also includes serving as Managing Director of Lionore Australia Pty Ltd, Managing Director and CEO of Equatorial Mining Pty Ltd and Managing Director of Falconbridge Australia Pty Limited. Brian has a BSc in Mining Engineering from Queen’s University, an MBA from the University of Western Ontario and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario.
Andrew joined Pacific Road Capital in 2008 after having worked as a metallurgist in Western Australia and Tasmania for numerous years. Andrew holds a Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering (First Class Honours) and Commerce from the University of Sydney and a Masters of Applied Finance from Macquarie University, Australia. Andrew is also a CFA charterholder.
Conrad joined Pacific Road in 2017 and has over 5 years of experience in the mining finance sector. Conrad worked in corporate finance and mining equities research roles at an international boutique investment bank and broker, and prior to that in resources project finance at a major Australian bank. Conrad has a BSc in Geological Sciences from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and a MSc in Mineral Resources Management from University College London.
Investment Committee Chair
Julian serves independent chair of the Investment Committee and is a Founding Partner of Ironbridge. Julian has 15 years of private equity experience with GPEL and Ironbridge and 17 years investment banking experience. Julian qualified as a solicitor and holds BComm and LLB degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand. In 2008 Julian was the Chairman of AVCAL (Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association). In May 2013, Julian was appointed as the Chair of the Major Performing Arts Board of the Australia Council.
Investment Committee Member
Arnold serves as an independent member of the Investment Committee. He has 13 years of technical and commercial experience in the resources industry, followed by 25 years of experience as a resources investment banker. Based in Sydney, he was a founding director and retiring chief executive of RMB Resources, the global resources debt and equity financing business of Rand Merchant Bank of South Africa. Prior to RMB, he was a Vice President at Bankers Trust involved in resources finance and advisory. Prior industry roles included commodity marketing for Pancontinental Mining (Sydney), project development adviser to the government of Papua New Guinea (Port Moresby), refractory raw materials trading with Industrial Minerals Inc. (Philadelphia), ferroalloys and coal investment and trading with Phibro Corp (Pittsburgh and New York), and process plant operations with De Beers (Namibia and Botswana).
Arnold has a BS Metallurgical Engineering (University of Witwatersrand) and MS Mineral Economics (Pennsylvania State University).
Director of Operations
Paul joined Pacific Road in 2017 to lead its investor relations, finance and administration. Paul has 24 years of private equity experience with 3i in the UK and with AMP, Gresham and Ironbridge in Australia. After six years as a Director of AMP Private Equity, where he led several of Australia's leading management buyouts, Paul left to join Gresham in 2001 as a Director. There he led the A$252 million buyout of car parts group Repco. In 2003 Paul became one of the Founding Partners of Ironbridge and represented the Ironbridge Funds on the Boards of Mrs Crocket's Kitchen, Barbeques Galore, iNova Pharmaceuticals, BBQSAM and Recreational Tourism Group.
Paul obtained a First-Class Honours degree in Modern Languages from Cambridge University. Paul is a former Treasurer and Council Member of AVCAL (Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association).
Chief Financial Officer
Adrian is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) who joined Pacific Road’s Sydney office in 2018. Adrian has over 15 years’ experience in ASX listed financial services and funds management businesses with most recent roles at Marshall Investments and Keybridge Capital Limited, where he was the Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary. Adrian holds an MBA as well as a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting).
Senior Financial Controller and Company Secretary
Gemma is a Chartered Accountant with 13 years’ experience in funds management. Prior to joining Pacific Road Capital in 2011, she held roles at various investment managers both locally and overseas. Gemma holds a Bachelor of Business (Finance and Accounting) and Bachelor of Arts (International Studies).
Elena is a Chartered Accountant who joined Pacific Road Capital after eight years with Pacific Road Corporate Finance. Prior to Pacific Road, Elena held roles with Deloitte Corporate Finance specialising in valuations and Deloitte’s Assurance and Advisory division. She holds a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment (FINSIA) and Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from Monash University.
Oliver is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) who joined Pacific Road’s Sydney office in 2017 with experience in company accounting and fund operations in private equity and infrastructure investments. Prior to joining Pacific road, he worked in various accounting roles in the private equity and hospitality industries. Oliver holds a Bachelor of Commerce – Professional Accounting from Macquarie University.
Suzanne joined the Pacific Road Capital Sydney office in 2008. She has many years of experience in office management, administration and executive support. She has worked in a variety of industries and has held positions in both large multi-national companies and small, private firms. Prior to joining Pacific Road, Suzanne was with Consolidated Press Holdings, the Australian office of SGS (the world's leading inspection, testing and certification company) a film and television production and distribution company and a direct marketing company.
Annica joined Pacific Road Capital Sydney office in 2017. Prior to Pacific Road Capital she worked as an EA to the CEO and Executive team at SAI Global and Morgan Advertising Consultants, gaining experience in both private and publicly listed companies. Annica has a Bachelor of Natural Science Animal Science and has worked as a Vet Nurse and successfully managed equine breeding and training facilities prior to entering the corporate sector.