Richard is NZVIF's Chief Executive. He has held a variety of leadership roles in venture capital and private equity backed opportunities, capital markets and financial technology in Europe, Asia and North America. He has extensive investment banking experience, working in Australian and New Zealand in mergers and acquisitions and equity capital markets. He also serves on the boards of Kea NZ, the NZ Rugby Union, and NZ Post. He has an MBA from Cambridge University and is qualified as a barrister and solicitor, and chartered accountant.
Aaron Tregaskis has been with NZVIF since its inception as the Investment Director overseeing the Venture Capital Fund, including the pre-investment due diligence, post-investment monitoring and fund performance, and risk analysis. Prior to NZVIF, he worked in the international equities markets including managing a discretionary US$50 million listed international equity portfolio, and consulting for UK public and corporate pension funds on equity manager selection and portfolio construction. Aaron has a BCA (Econ) from Victoria University.
Bridget Unsworth is an Investment Director at NZVIF responsible for providing the management team with key market and analytical information relevant to NZVIF's fund of fund activity. She previously worked in private equity in the United Kingdom and was involved in deal co-ordination, logistics, industry research, deal execution. Bridget has a BPhysEd from Otago University and a BCom from Victoria University.
Stuart Christie is an Investment Manager for the Venture Capital and Seed Co-investment Funds. He joined NZVIF having previously co-founded and worked as a senior executive for tech start-up M-Com, which was bought in 2011 by Fiserv, a United States financial services company. Prior to that, he worked in finance, management and marketing roles with ANZ, Spark (Telecom), and a number of financial services companies. He is also an active investor. Stuart has an MBA from the Bradford School of Management in the UK and a B Hort. Sci. from Massey University.
Molly Yang is an Investment Manager assisting with key market and analytical information relevant to NZVIF's fund of fund activity. She previously worked for US and Chinese private equity and venture capital funds in Shanghai, and for Cure Kids Ventures after moving to New Zealand. She has experience in market research, financial analysis, due diligence, investment execution and post-investment management. Molly has a MAF from Macquaire University in Sydney.
Elaine West is responsible for all financial and statutory reporting for the company and the funds. She has extensive accounting experience with large fund management companies in New Zealand, Australia and the UK. Elaine has a BMS from Waikato University and is a CA with the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.
Ruth Malo is a senior administrator with over 12 years administrative and project support experience in the health (public health/disability), research and education sectors. She has been with NZVIF since 2006, managing the operations, administration, and special projects. Ruth has a PGDipBus(Admin) from Auckland University.
Sue Maher's career spans a wide range of administrative roles, both in New Zealand and overseas. She manages the NZVIF accounts and supplier contracts, as well as sharing administrative duties with the Administration Manager.