OUR TEAM

A passionate team of talented, diverse and experienced professionals.

Our team

Meet our team of talented professionals with deep experience working with and investing in market leading businesses.

Brad Lancken

“I’m a believer in the entrepreneurial spirit that drives great Australian companies. I love meeting founders and entrepreneurs and learning about their businesses and enjoy helping managers to drive strategy and growth. I am particularly passionate about helping family-owned businesses during the different phases of their journey.”

Brad is a Managing Partner of Liverpool Partners. Previously he spent c.10 years as a senior investment professional at Archer Capital, a leading mid-market Australian Private Equity Fund where he was responsible for transaction identification, deal execution and portfolio management and led or co-led transactions with collective enterprise value in excess of A$1bn. In prior roles, Brad was a Group Executive Director at Seven Group Holdings (SVW.ASX), an ASX 200 listed conglomerate with responsibilities including the Chair of AllightSykes and the advisory Board of CMC Capital (a Chinese based technology/media PE fund). Brad was also the Managing Director and head of Australia/NZ for Coast2Coast Capital, a global mid-market private equity fund based in South Africa.

Brad holds a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) with majors in Finance and Government from the University of Sydney where was the President of the University of Sydney Student Union. Brad is also a NSW Government appointed director on the Board of the NSW Institute of Sport.

Brad Lancken

Managing Partner

Craig A. Tocknell

“From day one of starting Liverpool Partners, we have invested in a culture that tenaciously goes above and beyond, from living and breathing the businesses we partner with, developing deep relationships with our investors and advisors, cultivating our talented people, to educating ever more disadvantaged children through our Foundation.”

Craig is the Chief Financial Officer and Co-Founder of Liverpool Partners. He has accumulated experience across the UK, Australia and NZ, working across private equity, mergers and acquisitions advisory and funds management. Craig brings a broad range of expertise across healthcare, transport & logistics, infrastructure, real estate and professional services on transactions totalling ~$1bn.

Craig is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), a Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA), completed the CFA UK Certificate in Investment Management (IMC), and holds a BSc (Hons) in Applied Accounting.

Craig A. Tocknell

Chief Financial Officer

Emelie Svensson

“I feel extremely lucky to support such a passionate team, who not only invest in companies with purpose but also support disadvantaged children through The Generations Foundation”

Emelie Svensson is the Team Assistant at Liverpool Partners and has over five years’ experience in client facing roles. She is passionate about providing excellent customer service and support.

Emelie holds a diploma in Advanced Management and Marketing at Australian College of Business Intelligence.

Emelie Svensson

Personal Assistant

James Darwell

“I love what I do. I get to work every day with a group that I admire, and collaborate with founders and management to generate significant value”

James is an Investment Manager at Liverpool Partners and has over five years’ experience advising on Corporate Finance, Taxation and Business Advisory matters. Prior to joining Liverpool Partners, James held a Senior Analyst role with Crowe Horwath.

James holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales.

James Darwell

Investment Manager

Jonathan Lim

“I am passionate about allocating capital to create inter-generational impact. The people who know us well love partnering with us. We’ve worked multiple times with the same people and always invite business owners to simply talk with people we’ve been in business with and make up their own minds.”

Jonathan is the Managing Partner and Founder of Liverpool Partners. He has extensive experience as both an investor and adviser across sectors in private equity, corporate advisory, equity capital markets and operational management. He previously worked at Arowana, a specialist mid-market investment group. He has over 15 years of senior experience in the corporate mid-market across both public and unlisted markets in industry sectors such as mining services, media, publishing, software, retail and infrastructure services.

Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Business with Double Majors in Accounting and Finance (with Distinction) from the University of Technology Sydney, post graduate qualifications in Corporate and Applied Finance (FINSIA) as well as the CAIA qualification.

Jonathan Lim

Managing Partner

Justyna Rychlik

“It’s exciting to be part of a passionate team who are continually striving to make a positive impact, not only in business but also through The Generations Foundation.”

Justyna is an Executive Assistant at Liverpool Partners and has over six years’ experience in supporting leaders. Prior to joining Liverpool Partners, Justyna held an Executive Assistant role at Archer Capital.

Justyna holds a Bachelor of Marketing from the University of Finance and Management in Warsaw.

Justyna Rychlik

Executive Assistant

Katharine Walters

I strongly believe that with the right strategy, businesses and investors can solve societal problems to the benefit of all

Katharine is an experienced corporate responsibility, sustainability and social impact practitioner, working with organisations across multiple industries to plan, deliver and measure improved social and environmental outcomes for almost twenty years. With a background in financial markets, she has worked in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Russia and also in West Africa as a volunteer school teacher.

Katharine has a Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Development from Macquarie University and has been recognised as a Certified Shared Value Consultant and a Certified Sustainability Assurance Practitioner.

Katharine Walters

Chief Impact Officer

Michael McCormack

“To be able to interact with founders and management teams of successful companies, understand their stories of growth and how we can create value is an incredibly rewarding experience”

Michael is an Investment Associate at Liverpool Partners and has over four years of experience advising private equity and strategic clients on transactions across Australia and North America. Prior to joining Liverpool Partners, Michael held a Manager role within Ernst & Young’s M&A Strategy and Transactions team in Sydney and New York.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws from Deakin University and is a certified Chartered Accountant (CA).

Michael McCormack

Investment Associate

Nathan Joeng

“The team constantly push me to be the best that I can be, I enjoy learning about industries and working with companies as well as their talented management teams.”

Nathan is an Analyst at Liverpool Partners and has over two years of experience working on tax and accounting matters. Prior to joining Liverpool Partners, Nathan held roles at Deloitte and EY.

Nathan holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance and Accounting) from the University of New South Wales.

Nathan Joeng

Investment Analyst

Rob Chretien

”I love being part of a fantastic team who continuously strives to build value and appreciate the strong relationships with founders and management teams.”

Rob is an Investment Associate at Liverpool Partners and has 3 years’ experience working in investment banking. Prior to joining Liverpool Partners, Rob held roles at Gresham Partners and Merrill Lynch.

Rob holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance and Economics) from the University of Sydney.

Rob Chretien

Investment Associate

Sameer Choudhari

“I am deeply stimulated by my role, as it allows me to continue to learn more about interesting Australian businesses and the industries they operate in. It is incredibly rewarding to collaboratively engage with the founders and management of a business across its life cycle and create value along the journey.”

Sameer is an Investment Associate at Liverpool Partners and has over five years of experience in advising private equity and strategic clients on M&A transactions. Prior to joining Liverpool Partners, Sameer held an Associate role within Gresham’s corporate advisory team in Sydney.

Sameer holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws degree from Sydney University.

Sameer Choudhari

Investment Associate

Tim Cheng

“To be part of a passionate team that inspires me each day as I get to do what I love and build meaningful connections with founders and management teams.”

Tim is an Investment Manager at Liverpool Partners and has over ten years’ experience working in investment services. Prior to joining Liverpool Partners, Tim held a role as Portfolio Optimisation Manager at Seven Group Holdings.

Tim holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance and Accounting) from the University of Sydney.

Tim Cheng

Investment Manager

Toral Chokshi

”Working in a passionate team with great ambition and social responsibility benefits me a lot.”

Toral is Assistant Accountant at Liverpool Partners. She has 15 years’ accounting experience in management, financial, operational and fund accounting and tax compliance and reporting.

Toral holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Auditing. She also holds a Master of Commerce in Banking and Finance from the University of Technology Sydney and a diploma in Australian Corporations Law from Macquarie University.

Toral Chokshi

Assistant Accountant

Yanie Lee

“I feel privileged to work with the team to ensure robust control systems that improve decision support information throughout the organisation”.

Bio: Yanie is a Financial Controller at Liverpool Partners and has over 25 years’ of experience in various financial roles across a wide range of industries.

She holds an MBA and Bachelor of Accounting and is a CPA.

Yanie Lee

Financial Controller

Operational AdvisorS

Bill Best

“Liverpool Partners represents Australia’s next generation of private equity managers. It is an absolute pleasure to be involved, and at times, hard to keep up with the pace at which the team operates!”

Bill is an Operational Advisor to Liverpool Partners. He has been involved in Investment Banking and Stockbroking for over 30 years.

Bill was previously a long-time Hill Samuel, Macquarie Bank executive retiring in 2010 after over 27 years with the Investment Bank. During this time, he held a variety of senior management positions including the first Sydney Branch Manager of the retail bank, Managing Director of Macquarie Equities and joint head of Macquarie Underwriting Limited.

Bill Best

Operational Advisor

Heith Mackay-Cruise

Operational Advisor

“Growth is at the heart of our society – creating jobs, expanding geographically, solving problems with technology solutions, meeting customers’ needs and economic returns for all stakeholders – helping management teams and Liverpool Partners grow their businesses is a real privilege.”

Heith is an Operational Advisor to Liverpool Partners. Heith has been involved in the media, education and technology sectors over the past 25 years. Heith is currently the non-executive Chair of UP Education Limited in New Zealand, non-executive director of Liverpool Partners’ portfolio company Orro Holdings Limited and a non-executive director of Southern Cross Media Group Limited (ASX:SXL). Heith is a previous non-executive Chair of hipages Group Limited, LiteracyPlanet and the Vision Australia Foundation as well as a previous non-executive Director of ASX listed LifeHealthcare and Bailador Technology Investments. In Heith’s prior executive career, he was the founding CEO of Sterling Early Education, the Global CEO and Managing Director of Study Group and CEO for PBL Media New Zealand. Heith also held senior executive positions with Australian Consolidated Press and worked in sales and marketing roles for PepsiCo around Australia.

Heith Mackay-Cruise

Operational Advisor

James Scott

Operational Advisor

“I have a passion and expertise in leveraging emerging technologies to provoke business change, building valued business relationships and in leading and managing business transformation. Helping organisations reinvent their business models based on emerging and innovative solutions and services is genuinely exciting and I feel very privileged to work with a broad range of businesses across industries as they navigate digital transformation”.

James is an Operational Advisor to Liverpool Partners. James has over 25 years’ experience working in the media and technology sector and has held industry and advisory roles at a local and international level. James is currently the Chairman of Impulse Screen Media and was a previous non-executive Chairman of ASX listed data & analytics business, Skyfii. In James’ prior executive career he was the Managing Director of Accenture Digital, Group Chief Operating Officer of Seven Group Holdings and was a Partner in KPMG’s Advisory practice. James was one of the founders and directors of Imagine broadband Ltd and was a director of WesTrac and Coates Hire during his time at Seven Group.

James holds Bachelor of Electronic & Electrical Engineering (Hons) from Loughborough University, UK and is a Fellow of Engineers Australia, FIEAust CPEng and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

James Scott

Operational Advisor

John Hickey

“We get to partner with our region’s brightest management teams, building companies that are leading their industries. It is humbling, awe-inspiring and incredibly motivating. I love every minute of it.”

John is an Operational Advisor to Liverpool Partners. He has over 25 years’ experience in the health care sector throughout Australia, Asia and Europe. Prior to joining Liverpool Partners, John held both senior financial and management roles at a business unit level together with group executive roles with responsibility over multiple business units.

John has direct experience in the management of private hospitals, medical centres, pathology, radiology, nutraceutical manufacturing and pharmacy distribution businesses, and has held Executive Director roles in private and publicly listed healthcare companies with turnover of up to in excess of $3 billion.

John Hickey

Operational Advisor
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