Our team

Richard Whiteoak

MB BCh MBA GAICD

Partner

Prior to founding the firm in 2016, Richard was a senior investor at Allan Gray, a leading Australian equities manager with over $5bn under management. Richard commenced his career as a medical doctor and went on to work as a Consultant with McKinsey & Company before leading the private buyout and development of an Australian healthcare business.

Richard holds a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Wales and an MBA with High Distinction from the University of Oxford. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Greg Garvin

AB MBA MAICD

Partner

Greg has extensive experience in building, advising and transforming businesses globally. Prior to Whiteoak he was Executive General Manager of People, Strategy & Stakeholders at Australia’s largest electricity transmission network, TransGrid. Greg was previously a senior Consultant with McKinsey & Company and Accenture, serving clients in Australia, the US, UK, Japan and South Africa. 

Greg holds an AB in Economics from Stanford University and an MBA from INSEAD. He is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Lorcan Barden

MAppFin MBA

Investment Director

Lorcan is an experienced corporate finance and strategy executive whose career has spanned roles in Europe, North America and Australasia. Prior to joining Whiteoak, Lorcan held senior roles with Deloitte, PwC and Accenture. He has also served as the CEO of two high-growth Australian businesses in both the listed and unlisted environments. 

Lorcan holds a Masters in Applied Finance and an MBA from Monash University, Melbourne.

Oliver Kirkland

BCom

Investment Manager

Oliver joined Whiteoak in 2017 to develop his career in evaluating investment opportunities and supporting portfolio companies. Oliver commenced his career as a Management Consultant at Port Jackson Partners, where he helped clients develop corporate and business unit strategies in a range of sectors including financial services, industrials, infrastructure, agriculture, and consumer goods.

Oliver holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Sydney, majoring in Economics and Finance.

Tim Le

BCom

Associate

Tim commenced his career at McKinsey & Company where he advised management teams and investor-owners across Asia-Pacific on growth strategy, transformation and operational improvements. He has experience working across a spectrum of sectors including banking, telecommunications, infrastructure and consumer retail.

Tim holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Sydney where he was awarded several academic prizes in Economics and was a New Colombo Plan Scholar.

Deepesh Banerji

BMath MBA

Portfolio Advisor

Deepesh has spent his career transforming and growing innovative digital businesses. In addition to acting as Portfolio Advisor for Whiteoak, he is Head of Product for Deputy, Australia's leading workforce management company. Previously, he was Vice President of Product at CBS Interactive and General Manager at Everyday Health, a digital health business which scaled to list on the NYSE.

Deepesh holds a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo in Canada, and an MBA from Fordham University in New York.

Shelley Peters

LLB (hons) BComm GDLP GAICD A Fin

Portfolio Advisor

Shelley acts as company secretary and general advisor to the Boards of the portfolio companies, with a particular focus on corporate governance and operational excellence. In addition to her role with Whiteoak, Shelley is a Partner in the Advisory and Governance practice of Azure Group, a professional services firm with offices in Sydney and Shanghai.

Shelley holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce from Macquarie University. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Our Advisory Board

Diane Smith-Gander

BEc MBA FAICD

Advisory Board Member

Diane is a Non-Executive Director of AGL Energy and Wesfarmers, and Chair of Safe Work Australia. She is also a Board Member of Keystart Loans and CEDA. Diane was formerly President of Chief Executive Women and held senior roles in banking, including head of Westpac's Business and Technology Solutions and Services Division. She was also a Partner at McKinsey & Company.

Diane holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Western Australia and an MBA from the University of Sydney. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

John Atkin

BA LLB FAICD

Advisory Board Member

John is a Director of IPH Limited and Integral Diagnostics Limited. He serves as Chairman of the Australian Outward Bound Foundation and is a Board member of the State Library of New South Wales Foundation. John's 25-year career as a Mergers & Acquisitions lawyer culminated in his appointment as Managing Partner of Blake Dawson (now Ashurst). He later served as CEO of The Trust Company.

John holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from The Australian National University and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of Sydney. He has completed the Advanced Management Program at INSEAD and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

Charles Sitch

BCom LLB MBA GAICD

Advisory Board Member

Charles is a Director of Spark New Zealand Limited and Apiam Animal Health Limited, and serves as Chairman of Trinity College Melbourne. Charles spent 24 years at McKinsey & Company in New York, London and Melbourne, where he was a leader of the Retail, Consumer and Marketing practices. He is also a recipient of the President's Medal for services to the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria.

Charles holds a Bachelor of Law & Commerce from the University of Melbourne and an MBA from Columbia Business School. He is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Greg Keys

BComm MBA FCA

Advisory Board Member

Greg is a Director of WINconnect and SEDA Group, and is the Chairman of SEDA College Limited. He was formerly a partner at PwC for nearly 20 years, where he co-founded and led PwC’s Mergers & Acquisitions team nationally in Australia. Greg also operates an independent consulting business adding value to clients via his strategic, commercial, financial and transactional skills.

Greg holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and an MBA from Melbourne Business School. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

David Bortolussi

BComm FFin FCA

Advisory Board Member

David is Group President and MD of Hanes International, part of Hanesbrands Inc. David has substantial experience in the consumer and retail sector, and functional expertise in strategy, finance, mergers and acquisitions and operational performance improvement. Prior to Hanes, David held CEO, executive and consulting roles at Pacific Brands, Foster’s Group, McKinsey & Company and PwC.

David holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne. He is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

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