Vantage is focused on providing investors transparency, strong governance and risk management and has put in place a robust framework to ensure investor interests are at the core of everything we do.

Institutional Grade Governance

Vantage has established an institutional grade governance framework responsible for guiding the firm’s decision-making process, policies and broader responsibilities affecting Vantage’s investors, stakeholders and investment partners.

Independent Investment Committee

Unanimous approval by the Investment Committee is required for all investments by Vantage. The Investment Committee meets between six to eight times per year to review, consider and make recommendations regarding the operations of Vantage and the firm’s investment funds.

Independent Ownership Structure

Vantage is owned and controlled by its investment executives. The independent ownership allows its investment professionals to maintain their focus on selecting private equity investments that offer the most attractive risk-adjusted returns without any conflicts of interest.

Transperency and an investor first mindset is at the core of everything we do at vantage

Vantage systematically follows an underlying fund selection and investment process. For each fund, Vantage evaluates a considerable number of investment opportunities that ultimately result in investments into a limited number of private equity funds and direct co-investments. The Investment Committee ensures consistency of the investment process and adherence to the investment guidelines.

The Vantage Investment Committee provides a strong balance of corporate governance, compliance and commercial skills required to make appropriate investment decisions and to subsequently monitor and support the performance of all Vantage Private Equity Growth funds.

Michael Tobin

Managing Director, Investment Committee Member

Michael is the Managing Director of Vantage and is responsible for the development and management of all private equity fund investment activity at Vantage and its authorised representatives. He has managed Vantage’s funds share of investment into over $7 billion of Australian Private Equity funds resulting in more than $8 billion of equity funding across 169 underlying portfolio companies. Michael is also responsible for the operational and compliance management of all Vantage managed funds and investment vehicles.

Michael has over 30 years’ experience in private equity management, advisory and investment as well as in management operations. Michael was formerly Head of Development Capital and Private Equity at St George Bank where he was responsible for the management and ultimate sale of the bank’s Commitments and investments in $140m worth of St George branded private equity funds. Michael also established the bank’s private equity advisory business, which structured and raised private equity for corporate customers of the bank. Michael holds a BE (UNSW), an MBA (AGSM) and a Diploma of Financial Services (AFMA) and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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David Pullini

Director, Investment Committee Member

David is a Director of Vantage and has more than 25 years of general management, business development, investment, advisory, acquisitions and divestment experience. In 2005 David was a founding partner of O’Sullivan Pullini, a firm that became recognised as a leading investment bank in Australia. O’Sullivan Pullini completed M&A transactions worth over A$10 billion in value across multiple industry sectors and to a broad cross-section of clients.

The firm was particularly active in advising in the Private Equity space, including successful advisory mandates for Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) on the acquisition of the Australian businesses of Cleanaway and Brambles Industrial Services from Brambles Industries, the establishment of a A$4 billion joint venture with the Seven Network and the later divestment of Cleanaway.

Prior to co-founding O’Sullivan Pullini, David managed international corporate businesses for fifteen years in Australia and Europe. For the eight years David was based in Europe, he managed a portfolio of Brambles European based businesses.

David is Chair of Ardea Investment Management, Chair of Humanforce and Chair of Phocas. David is also a Director of Ansarada and Folklore Ventures. David has deep experience and understanding of the key drivers of profitable business growth and the levers of value creation.

David holds a BE Hons. (UTS), an MBA (IMD) and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance (SIA).

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Rod McGeoch AO

Investment Committee Chairman (Independent)

Rod is the immediate past Chairman Emeritus of Corrs Chambers Westgarth, a leading Australian law firm and has significant board and advisory experience. His current board positions include; Chairman of Chubb Insurance Australia Limited, Chairman of BGP Holdings PLC, Director of Destination NSW, a Director of Corporation Airports America Inc, Chairman of Shaw Vision Pty Limited and Australia Media Corp Pty Limited.

Rod was also the Chief Executive Officer of Sydney’s successful Olympic bid and a Director of the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games. Rod was awarded membership of the Order of Australia for services to Law and the Community in 1990. In 2013 Rod was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to the community through contributions to a range of organisations and to sport, particularly through leadership.

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James Dunning

Investment Committee Member (Independent)

James has over 35 years of management, assurance and advisory experience and was a partner for 21 years in PricewaterhouseCoopers financial services practice. He worked principally with ASX200 investment management and real estate clients, as well as consumer, industrial, pharmaceutical and mining businesses.

He has experience in ASX listings, equity and debt raisings, M&A transactions, due diligence and assurance engagements. He was a member of PricewaterhouseCoopers global real estate management team.

He is currently a Director of Pymble Golf Club and a Principal of FinStream P/L, an online education provider to the financial services sector.

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