CVC is led by an experienced management team with a proven track record.

Investment Team

The Investment Team comprises Christian Jensen, Jonathan Pearce and Joseph Lee. The Investment Team take a process driven investment approach when considering expansion stage and pre-IPO opportunities, established over a long period of assessing, selecting and managing this type of investment both as portfolio managers for CVC Limited and as members of the Investment Team of CVC Emerging Companies Funds I and II. TheTeam are invested alongside our unitholders and have material personal investment across the funds.

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Director, Portfolio Manager

Christian is an investment professional with over 20 years’ experience across a broad range of asset classes. After completing degrees in commerce and law at the University of Queensland he commenced his career with Ernst & Young in 1997 and completed his qualification as a chartered accountant in 2000. He joined CVC Limited as an analyst in 2001 and worked primarily with private, expansion stage companies. In 2007, he joined Macquarie Bank, and later co-founded a boutique global listed equities fund manager - Nanuk Asset Management - before returning to CVC in 2014 to refocus on private expansion stage investments. Christian has experience across both public and private company investing and is a director of a number of private and public companies.

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Director, Portfolio Manager

Jonathan has worked in the finance industry for almost 20 years, focused primarily on growth and expansion stage companies. He has a background in investment and corporate advisory for small and mid-cap companies both listed on the ASX and in the private space. Jonathan joined CVC in 2018 and together with Christian Jensen put together the CVC Emerging Companies Fund I which sourced external capital for the unlisted investment strategy. Prior to joining CVC, Jonathan held senior roles at Blue Ocean Equities, Canaccord Genuity and Patersons Securities and is a director of a number of private and public companies.

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B.Com, LLB
Investment Manager

Joseph has over 5 years investment banking experience, having worked on various mergers and acquisitions and public capital markets transactions. Joseph began his career in the investment banking division at Nomura Australia, working on transactions predominantly across the industrials, consumer retail, financial services, and natural resources sectors. Prior to joining CVC ECF, Joseph was an Associate within Bank of America’s Australian investment banking division, advising a broad spectrum of private and listed companies across the financial institutions sector. Joseph graduated from the University of Sydney with a double degree in commerce and law.

Investor Relations & Marketing

Anneke has worked in the financial services industry, both in Australia and the UK, for more than 15 years and has held roles BT Financial Group, Mercer, Legg Mason, and NAOS Asset Management. Prior to joining CVC Emerging Companies, Anneke provided marketing services to asset management and wealth advisory businesses as a consultant at The Continuum Partners.

Advisory Board


Andrew has over 25 years’ experience in the finance industry. He has served as both a corporate adviser to large Australian corporates and as a senior executive of Pepperstone Group, the high growth financial services business. Andrew most recently was Chief Financial Officer of Pepperstone for 5 years. Pepperstone is a privately owned financial services business, specialising in retail trading in FX, commodities and other financial instruments. Andrew had overall responsibility for the global finance function and supported the founders and CEO in implementing the Group’s strategy. Andrew successfully managed Pepperstone during a period of significant growth, management change, offshore expansion and corporate activity (including private equity ownership). During his tenure as CFO, Pepperstone grew earnings (EBITDA) from approximately $20m to $150m and received various awards, including Australian Growth Company of the Year.Prior to this, Andrew held senior roles at leading global investment banks where he had over 20 years’ experience advising Australian companies on equity capital raisings (in particular IPOs) and M&A. His latest role was as Managing Director, Co-Head of Equity Capital Markets in Australia / NZ for UBS Investment Bank, where he advised on over 100 equity and equity-linked capital raisings across every industry sector with a total value of more than A$50 billion.Andrew is currently an investor in and consultant to a number of private companies.


Nikki has over 25 years’ experience in Senior Executive roles with a strong track record of delivering tangible business results across a range of industries from automotive, advertising to subscription TV. Nikki was most recently CCMO at Audi and is currently a Board Director of the GWS Giants and Executive Patron on the Taronga Zoo Foundation. Nikki was at AUDI for 3 years as the Chief Customer and Marketing Officer responsible for Marketing, Product, Digital, Corporate Communications and the Customer Operations Centre. In this time she built a high performing team who have collectively contributed to delivering strong brand health results and business growth in challenging times. She also led digital transformation for Audi and launched ecommerce capability including an online sales channel for the business. In her 11 years at AUSTAR she was part of the Executive team that took AUSTAR from a challenged business to a brand and business worth over $2B. This included building the customer base to over 750,000 customers. Whilst in this role her team was awarded with 8 ASTRA awards for most effective and outstanding consumer campaigns to drive sales, retention and community connection. In addition to her achievements the most important attribute of Nikki’s success is that the roles have been growth based with a direct correlation between strategy, execution and sales. In each role, Nikki has been instrumental in defining and building brands, digital transformation, designing a customer centric product or service, managing customer and advertising communication and shaping culture. Nikki is extremely passionate about building high performance teams and developing talent and is involved in a number of key mentoring programs.


Matt Brown has over 20 years’ experience as a senior executive, board member, advisor and investor. Matt is the Founder and Managing Director of Alluvion Capital, an independent investment and advisory firm focused on scale-up technology businesses. He is a director of four high-growth technology companies: Wisr Limited (an ASX-listed digital non-bank lender); EncompaaS Software Limited (an enterprise SaaS business); Thinxtra Limited (Internet-of-Things telco); and Upwire Pty Ltd (customer communications platform). Matt was formerly Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director of Livetiles (a high-growth, ASX-listed global SaaS business) and Divisional Director with Macquarie Capital in Sydney and New York. His experience spans across venture capital, private equity, mergers and acquisitions and capital raising transactions.


Dr Daryl Holmes is the founder and former Managing Director of 1300SMILES, the first ASX-listed dental group in Australia which he grew to a network of more than 30 facilities across Queensland, Sydney and Adelaide. Daryl qualified as a dentist in 1987 at the University of Queensland and practised as a Dental Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force. Following these years, he operated multiple dental surgeries in the Townsville region before establishing the Townsville Family Dental brand and business model in 1991. For the next 12 years Dr Holmes pioneered and perfected a range of innovative marketing techniques for his dentistry business 1300SMILES before listing the business on the ASX in 2005. 1300SMILES was successfully sold to private equity-backed Abano Healthcare in 2021. Dr Holmes has extensive experience in operating dental practices and an intimate knowledge of the management, administrative and other support services required in a dental practice. Dr Holmes has been a Director, and Deputy Chairman, of the Cowboys Leagues Club and in June 2014 he was appointed Chairman. Dr Holmes also tirelessly volunteers on the YWAM (Youth with a Mission) Medical Ships providing much needed dental services, and training, in remote and rural Papua New Guinea. In 2018 Dr Holmes received an OBE at an investiture held at Buckingham Palace for services in P.N.G. with YWAM Ships.

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