Over 30 years of success
Advent is proud of its independence, heritage and successful track record.
Having invested in more than 90 companies over 30 years, our insight and experience distinguishes us from our peers. Our partners respect us for our ability to manage complexity and deliver results.
Realising potential and great performance is what drives us to build market leaders and consistently reward shareholders.
Advent. Shared value. Shared success. Helping companies lead, build and thrive long into the future.
Robert Radcliffe-SmithManaging Partner
Robert joined Advent in 2002. He was previously with National Australia Investment Capital, NAB’s mid-market private equity division, for five years and prior to that he spent eight years with KPMG in corporate services, corporate recovery and corporate finance, where he was involved in numerous mergers and acquisitions (M&A), valuation and due diligence assignments for mid-market businesses.
Robert has successfully led all aspects of the investment cycle including origination, due diligence, structuring, investment management and divestment. At Advent, he has been a director of businesses undergoing MBOs, expansion and generational change. Robert is currently a director of SILK Laser, Frosty Boy and Trivantage. He has also been involved in Advent’s investments; Tesa, UGM, Integral Diagnostics, Gourmet Garden and SCADAgroup (the winner of the 2010 AVCAL best mid-market buyout award).
Robert holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Deakin University, is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a Fellow of FINSIA and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mark joined Advent in early 2009 and has led deal origination, due diligence, execution, structuring and investment management across a number of investments.
Mark is currently a director of Tribe Breweries and Wellness and Lifestyles. His other investment experience at Advent includes Gourmet Garden, JAG, Integral Diagnostics and GenesisCare (won 2013 AVCAL Michael Hirshorn Award). Mark previously held senior positions at ANZ Private Equity. His primary role was Portfolio Director focused on supporting the Victorian and South Australian portfolio and investments.
Mark also spent 10 years at Bain & Co and Unilever. His experience includes performance improvement, strategy development and operational management across various corporates and countries including Australia, Korea and South Africa. Mark holds a First Class Honours degree in Engineering/Commerce from Monash University.
Symon joined Advent in 2007. Since then he has been involved in all aspects of investments including origination, execution, management and realisation. He is currently a director of Frosty Boy and previously, he was a director of Orionstone, Integrated Packaging Group and Shape Group.
Symon worked at KPMG in M&A and restructuring services, advising corporate and private equity clients on a range of assignments and transactions across a broad range of sectors.
He holds a Master of Applied Finance from Macquarie University and a Bachelor of Commerce from Melbourne University. He is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Senior Associate of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia. He is also a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Brad joined Advent in 2013 having previously held senior positions at The Riverside Company, ANZ Banking Group and Ernst & Young. He has over 10 years principal investing experience across the Asia Pacific region with sector expertise in software, healthcare, education and training, specialised manufacturing and services.
Brad is currently a director of SILK Laser, Junior Adventures Group, Wellness and Lifestyles and Trivantage. His other investment experience includes investments in Simcro, Learning Seat, Sigma Coachair Group, Gentrack, Neller Payroll Services, Valuation Exchange and Homyped.
Brad holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance from FINSIA. He is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and has completed graduate programs with the Insolvency Practitioners Association of Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Rob joined Advent in January 2013 and since then has been part of the investment teams in Tribe Breweries, Frosty Boy, Gourmet Garden, Integral Diagnostics, Tech Rentals and Junior Adventures Group. His role encompasses all elements of the investment cycle including origination, deal execution, portfolio management and realisation. Rob is currently a director of Tribe Breweries and Frosty Boy, and was previously a director of of Junior Adventures Group.
Rob has over 10 years’ experience in mid-market private businesses in investment, advisory and senior management capacities. He was previously CFO/COO at a national privately owned FMCG business, and prior to that in the M&A, transaction services and private client divisions at PwC where he advised on various corporate and private equity engagements. Rob holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Electrical & Electronic Engineering (Hons) from The University of Melbourne, is a qualified Chartered Accountant and graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Rupert has been a senior executive in Private Equity since 1987, and all but two of those years have been spent at Advent. His extensive experience includes fund raising, portfolio development, and managing and selling investments. He has been a director of over 20 of Advent’s investees’ companies operating in manufacturing, services, health, technology and more, and covering all investment opportunities including expansion, MBO/MBI and generational change.
Rupert holds a Bachelor of Technology degree and a Masters of Business Management from Bradford University, along with a Certified Diploma in Accounting and Finance from Manchester University.
Hesh DantanarayanaInvestment Manager
Hesh joined Advent in 2018. Hesh assists the team with due diligence and plays an active role in supporting portfolio companies to identify and execute on key projects.
Hesh previously worked at L.E.K. Consulting on a number of M&A transactions and at Coles in their corporate strategy team. His experience includes strategy development, performance improvement and project management across a number of industry verticals. Hesh holds an MBA from Melbourne Business School and a First Class Honours degree in Engineering from the University of Canterbury.
Melissa joined Advent Partners in 2014 as an Analyst. Melissa is involved in all aspects of the investment cycle, including origination, due diligence, and deal execution. She is also actively involved with our portfolio companies. Melissa has worked on a variety of deals since joining Advent – recent deals include Tribe Breweries and SILK Laser.
Prior to Advent, Melissa had three years of corporate advisory experience working on a variety of M&A and capital raising transactions in the software, retail, manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries, with positions at Tauro Capital and KPMG. Melissa holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Melbourne.
Alex joined Advent in 2018 as an Investment Analyst. Alex assists the team in assessing and researching opportunities in Advent’s core investment verticals and provides portfolio management support.
Prior to joining the Advent team, Alex had two years of corporate finance experience at KPMG.
Alex holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws from Monash University.
Roland StadlyFinance Director and Company Secretary
Roland joined Advent in 2005 as CFO and Company Secretary. He is responsible for Group and Fund company secretarial matters, financial statements and annual reports and coordinating our compliance, tax and other regulatory requirements. He is also a director of several Advent Group companies.
Roland has had an extensive career in financial, operational and client management. He was finance director and company secretary for Bunge Industrial Pty Ltd and its group of companies, a director and company secretary of the Locker Group Pty Ltd in Australia, chief financial officer and company secretary for Super Alloy Technologies Pty Ltd and a senior operations manager and client manager for Computershare Investor Services Pty Ltd and BT Registries Pty Ltd.
Roland holds a Diploma of Business Studies (Accounting) from Victoria College and is a Certified Practicing Accountant.
Christine WestFinancial Controller
Christine joined Advent Partners as the Financial Controller in January 2017. Christine is responsible for all aspects of Advent Partners’ financial reporting and compliance for the management company and the Funds. In addition, Christine provides operational support to the CFO.
Christine has over nine years of experience in the private equity industry. Prior to joining Advent Partners, Christine started her career in private equity as the Investment Accountant at GBS Ventures Partners before becoming the Chief Financial Officer.
Christine holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance & Accounting) from Deakin University and is a Certified Practicing Accountant.
Melissa CataldoBusiness Support
Melissa joined Advent Partners in 2016. Her role encompasses all aspects of office management and administration.
Melissa has ten years of business support and account management experience within the media industry and holds a Bachelor of Communications from Edith Cowan University.
Very Special Kids
Advent Partners is a Very Special Supporter of VERY SPECIAL KIDS.
Established in 1985, Very Special Kids cares for children with life-threatening conditions by providing a hospice and professional support services free-of-charge to families.
Very Special Kids helps more than 900 families across Victoria, who have a child with a life-threatening condition, with ongoing support from diagnosis all the way through bereavement. Sadly, almost all of the children we care for will not reach adulthood.
The free-of-charge family support services include counselling, advocacy, sibling support, bereavement support, networking and peer activities, trained family volunteers and specialist care at Very Special Kids Hospice.
Very Special Kids Hospice is the only children’s hospice in Victoria and families are offered access to planned and emergency respite, as well as end-of-life care. The hospice provides 24-hour medical and nursing care in a warm and welcoming environment.
Our ESG Policy
Advent recognises the importance of its responsibilities to the wider community, the private equity industry and our direct stakeholders through our robust environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) policies. We comply with AVCAL’s Code of Private Equity Governance and ensure ESG forms part of all pre-investment negotiations and ongoing investee management.
Our ESG policies are designed to ensure the highest standard of management and compliance. As each investee may confront a different range of issues, Advent drafts its policies to address the broad range of ESG issues, with specific initiatives developed within this framework on an ongoing basis.