Engaged, Responsible Ownership

Matt Fifield

Since 2016 Matt has led Pacific Road using a concentrated value investment style, focusing on active ownership, and forging an expansive vision of responsible investment in natural resources.

Matt developed his investment philosophy over 20 years by working in natural resources as company founder, private capital investor, corporate executive, and mining financier. During his career, Matt has participated in over $7.5 billion of mergers, acquisitions and capital raisings in mining.

Grandson of a metallurgist, Matt got his start in mining as a geology field hand exploring for precious metals in Idaho.

Investment Team

David Strine

Portfolio Manager

David is the Portfolio Manager for Pacific Road’s liquid assets. Prior to Pacific Road, David served as a Portfolio Manager for Millennium Management and Impala Asset Management where he managed long/short portfolios with a focus on cyclical equities. Before Impala, he was a Senior Managing Director in Equity Research at Bear Stearns, where he was a #1 ranked analyst by Institutional Investor. Earlier in his career, David practiced law with Wizeman, Hoffman & Walzer in New York.

Scot Sobey

Investment Director

Scot is responsible for evaluation and management of private equity and direct investments, and management of portfolio company positions. Scot is a mechanical engineer with over 20 years’ experience in natural resources, with particular expertise in operations and management of gold and base metals processing operations. Prior to joining Pacific Road Scot handled direct investments for a family office focused on Copper / Cobalt projects in Southern Africa, and also was the COO of First Uranium and Mine Waste Solutions, a TSX-listed mid-sized gold producer.

Scot is a Director of Base Resources, an ASX-listed mineral sands producer operating in Kenya and Madagascar, and Executive Director of Whitecap Minerals, an industrial minerals producer in Western Australia.

Pranav Nagaraj

Investment Manager and Senior Analyst

Pranav is focused on coverage of the lithium, copper, graphite, nickel and vanadium and gold sectors in Pacific Road’s listed and unlisted investments. Prior to joining Pacific Road he worked at Ironbridge Capital in fund accounting and operations.

Matthew Wideman

Research Associate

Matthew provides analytical and thematic research for Pacific Road’s liquid investment portfolio. Prior to joining Pacific Road, he worked at the US Forest Service as a smokejumper.

Julian Knights

Investment Committee Chair

Julian Knights is the Independent Chair of Pacific Road’s Fund II Investment Committee. He is a Founding Partner of Ironbridge Partners and has extensive experience in private equity and investment banking. Julian was formerly the Chairman of AVCAL (Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association) and in May 2013, was appointed as the Chair of the Major Performing Arts Board of the Australia Council.

Portfolio Executives

Ian Maxwell

Operating Partner

Ian brings executive leadership into the firm’s illiquid investment program. Ian previously led the global coal business at BHP, and also BHP’s exploration and business development group. Prior to BHP, Ian had substantial corporate mining strategy and business development experience with Rio Tinto and Anglo American and markets-facing experience as a ranking research analyst with Citigroup.

Ian is a Director of Firestone Diamonds plc, a private diamond producer in Lesotho.

Brian Hill

Operating Partner

Brian brings senior sustainability and operating perspective to Pacific Road’s private investments. Brian previously ran operations, sustainability and external relations and health and safety at Newmont Mining Corporation, one of the world’s largest gold producers. Prior to that, he held multiple CEO and Managing Director roles in both large and small-scale mining companies.

David Morgan, CPA

Operating Executive

David brings executive talent and operating experience to Pacific Road’s concentrated investments. Prior to working with Pacific Road, David previously held operating and financial reporting roles at Sibelco, Glencore/Xstrata, Greenstone Gold Mines, and KPMG.

Fund Operations

Adrian Martin, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Adrian is responsible for financial control, risk management, compliance and fund administration for Pacific Road’s funds. Adrian has over 15 years’ experience in fund management companies and ASX listed companies and has held multiple CFO roles in regulated entities.

Joe Austin

Investor Relations

Joe oversees Investor Relations for Pacific Road, a position that he has held previously with both traditional and alternative asset managers. Joe began his career on Wall Street as a securities analyst and later moved into marketing and business development.

Peter Moran

Operations and Compliance

Peter oversees all aspects of technology at Pacific Road, supporting the investment, trading, operations, and compliance functions of the firm. Peter has worked in the investment industry for 25 years and previously worked at Caledonia Investments, where he was a General Manger in Caledonia’s operations group.

Marc Baum


Marc is an Advisor to Pacific Road on the formation of private investment funds and their related regulatory and compliance matters. Prior to his work with Pacific Road, Marc was the General Counsel, CCO and CAO at investment advisors and broker-dealers, including Serengeti Asset Management and Seaport Global

Nick Reeves

Legal Counsel

Nick is Pacific Road’s legal counsel, advising on all aspects of Pacific Road’s business including, M&A transactions, funds management and compliance. Nick has more than 20 years’ legal experience in both a top tier global law firm and in house. Prior to joining Pacific Road, Nick was General Counsel at a leading Australian hedge fund.

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