The GCI Team
We think like business owners, not bankers to provide our borrower clients with more than just funding. Our team brings local and international financial and entrepreneurial expertise at the highest levels to provide our clients with innovative and flexible funding structures.
GCI Leadership Team
Co-Founder & Managing Director
Steven is an experienced investor and executive who spent 17 years at Goldman Sachs.
During his time at Goldman Sachs, Steven was responsible for finding, leading due diligence, investing in, monitoring and exiting equity, mezzanine, senior debt and distressed investments.
He was on the board and investment committees of all the bank’s Australian mezzanine and equity funds, and he was a director of major European companies, including Ahlsell, Endemol, ISS and Rhiag.
Steven qualified as a chartered accountant in the UK, and he holds a Commerce and Post Graduate Accounting degree from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa.
Co-Founder & Managing Director
Gavin is an experienced CEO, director and investor, having co-founded and built significant businesses in the professional services/outsourcing (Portland Group) and health sectors (Healthshare). Portland Group served clients that included Woolworths, Westpac, Telstra and Rio Tinto and had over 200 staff. Both businesses combined high-performing teams and technology to create value for their customers, employees and shareholders.
In 2012 Gavin sold Portland Group to Infosys, a multinational technology and outsourcing company. Following the sale, Gavin began investing his own capital in non-bank lending businesses and co-founded GCI with Steven Sher in 2015. Before starting his own companies, Gavin was a consultant at Bain & Co in the US and Australia and also worked for a major Australian law firm.
Gavin completed his Commerce and Law degrees at the University of NSW, both with distinction.
Managing Director, Melbourne Office Head
Joel joined GCI in January 2022 and has over 20 years’ experience in corporate and leveraged finance.
Prior to joining GCI, he was a Managing Director at RBC Group’s corporate and sponsor finance division in San Francisco. While at RBC, he led the build out of a $2.0 billion + direct loan portfolio consisting of senior, uni-tranche and mezzanine debt financings.
He was a Senior Vice President with GE Capital’s corporate and leveraged finance group in San Francisco and a Vice President with Lloyds Bank corporate finance group in New York, London and Sydney.
Joel received an MBA majoring in Finance from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor Degree in Finance from Griffith University.
Asset Backed Finance
Henry joined GCI in January 2018 and has since then structured 25 asset backed transactions lending both directly to corporates and with a specific focus of supporting emerging non-bank finance companies.
He started his career at FIIG Securities as a structured finance analyst and moved to become a Director in their Debt Capital Markets team with responsibility for originating wholesale debt facilities for mid-market non-bank financial institutions, including Australia’s first public warehouse mezzanine facility.
Henry studied Economics and Political Science at the University of Melbourne.
Ben joined GCI in August 2020 as an Investment Manager. He plays a key role in deal origination, structuring and risk management across all of GCI’s Asset Backed Finance solutions.
He started his career in 2015 with National Australia Bank through their graduate programme. After three years working across their Financial Institutions Group department, he took on a role at Westpac as an Associate Director.
In 2019, he joined FIIG Securities and worked across their Private Debt Originations division.
Ben holds degrees in Commerce (Economics) and Science (Psychology) from the University of NSW.
Byron joined GCI in March 2021 to develop GCI’s resources lending capabilities across various commodities. GCI’s resource offering, provided through GCI’s Asset Backed Finance and Strategic Capital solutions, has been designed to meet the rapidly changing needs of borrowers in the resources sector.
He has over two decades of experience in structured lending and capital markets solutions in the global resources sector. Before joining GCI, Byron worked for Investec for 14 years (11 years in Sydney), focusing on complex lending and structuring, including construction, project & acquisition financing and distressed lending.
Byron is Chartered Accountant and holds a PLDA from Harvard Business School.
Pascal joined GCI in July 2022 as an Investment Director with a focus on the Resources sector.
He started his career at Macquarie Group in 2007 and over a ten-year period worked in advisory and principal equity and credit investment across infrastructure, mining and commodities in New York and London.
In 2018 he took a role at Amsterdam Trade Bank as Director (Commodity Finance) before moving back to Australia in 2021. He joined ED&F Man where he was responsible for the group’s global debt facilities.
Pascal holds a Bachelor’s degree, majoring in Commerce and Law from The University of Queensland and also completed a postgraduate Honours in Finance (1st Class).
Scale Up Finance
Guy has been launching, investing in and supporting early stage digital businesses for the past 14 years. In his previous role, he spent 4 years as Group Director, Digital Ventures at Fairfax where he was responsible for managing Fairfax’s investments in a portfolio of digital businesses including Stan, Stayz, Weatherzone, Allure Media and the Huffington Post. Prior to that, he was Business Development Director at netus, a venture capital business focused on early stage technology investments in Australia, and Business Development Director at News Digital Media.
Prior to that, Guy held various roles in strategy consulting and private equity.
Guy has an honours degree in modern history from Oxford University and an MBA from AGSM in Sydney.
Alexander joined GCI in June 2022 as an Investment Director and plays a key role in deal origination, structuring, and risk management for GCI’s Scale Up Finance strategy (Leap Capital Fund).
He started his career in 2015 at Investec where he spent three years in their Chartered Accountant Programme. He then spent three years working in the Investec Emerging Companies team where he was responsible for originating early-stage equity investments and presenting to the investment committee.
Alexander has a Bachelor of BusSci Finance and Accounting, as well as a Post Graduate diploma in Accounting with Distinction, from the University of Cape Town.
Talia joined GCI in November 2019 as an Investment Manager. She plays a key role in deal origination, structuring, and risk management for GCI’s Scale Up Finance strategy (Leap Capital Fund).
She started her career at PwC in 2014 in the Insolvency team, working on a variety of complex deals before moving into Transaction Services where she specialised in due diligence.
Talia completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree, majoring in accounting at UTS, where she graduated with distinction. She is also an Australian Chartered Accountant.
Hugh commenced his financial services career at KPMG Australia in 2004. He joined Macquarie Group Limited in 2008 where he spent 9 years working across a number of operating businesses in Sydney and New York. Most recently he belonged to the Credit Markets division which provided debt financing solutions to mid-sized corporates in the US, Europe and Australia.
Prior to joining GCI in 2020 to launch and lead GCI’s Strategic Capital strategy, Hugh spent 3.5 years as an Investment Director at a Sydney-based credit fund where he focused on structuring loan facilities to stressed, distressed and turnaround companies in Australia. He was also a member of the investment committee.
Hugh has bachelor degrees in commerce and information technology from the Australian National University and is a Chartered Accountant in Australia.
Daniel joined GCI in April 2021 to grow GCI’s Strategic Capital strategy and deliver innovative funding solutions for clients.
He has over eight years of experience in structuring and executing various investment strategies across special opportunities and private equity.
Prior to joining GCI, Daniel was an Investment Manager at a Sydney-based credit fund. Preceding that role, Daniel practised as a banking & restructuring lawyer at King & Wood Mallesons.
Daniel holds bachelor qualifications in commerce (with distinction) and law (1st class honours) in addition to a post-graduate qualification in restructuring and turnaround. He is a solicitor admitted to practise in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and High Court of Australia.
Kevin joined GCI in August 2022 as an Investment Analyst to help grow the Strategic Capital strategy and deliver innovative funding solutions for clients.
Prior to joining GCI, Kevin was a Senior Analyst in Deloitte’s Turnaround & Restructuring team. He also spent over four years working for Macquarie Group in Corporate Asset Finance undertaking client management and credit analyst roles.
Kevin holds a Bachelor of Commerce & Bachelor of Economics from University of New South Wales. In addition, he holds a master’s degree in Applied Finance from Macquarie University.
Investment and Risk
Chief Risk Officer
Jacob joined GCI in June 2015. As Chief Risk Officer he oversees fund investments and ongoing position monitoring.
Before joining GCI, Jacob worked for JP Morgan Chase, where he was responsible for the management of a distressed consumer debt purchasing business. He also spent several years on the fixed income trading desk.
Previously, Jacob had been a quantitative analyst in securitisation and structured finance at Threadneedle Asset Management in London, and Babcock and Brown in Sydney.
Jacob holds Bachelor of Commerce (Actuarial Studies)/Bachelor of Applied Finance degrees from Macquarie University, as well as a Master of Quantitative Finance from the University of Technology Sydney. Jacob has also previously qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia.
Investor Relations, Marketing and Media Enquiries
Head of Investor Relations
Adam joined GCI in May 2015. As Head of Investor Relations, he plays a key role in managing all relationships across the GCI investor community.
He started his career working as an Equity Sales trader with Investec UK covering South African and UK Equities. After eight years he moved to Renaissance Capital to undertake a similar role but with a Russian focus.
In 2012, he moved to Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he was entrusted with servicing and advising some of the largest long only institutions and hedge funds in Europe.
Adam holds a Commerce degree from the University of NSW.
Marketing & Communications
Maria joined GCI in May 2022 and is responsible for leading all marketing & communications activities for the business.
She spent 18 years in London working in the asset management industry, before returning to Sydney to take on a Head of Marketing role for BNP Paribas Securities Services.
During her career in London, she spent nine years with Investec Asset Management helping to build out the brand across the Americas and Continental Europe for the Wholesale and Institutional channel. Prior to that she worked in various marketing roles for First State Investments, Schroders and Gartmore Fund Managers.
Maria has a Bachelor of Business degree from the University of Technology Sydney.
Finance and Operations
Chief Financial Officer
Josephine joined GCI in February 2021. She has extensive prior experience in the funds management industry gained from senior roles at Optimal Fund Management, Challenger Ltd and PIMCO Australia.
She spent 15 years at Optimal Fund Management where as the CFO/COO she was responsible for the finance, operations, compliance and fund administration functions. Josephine began her career at KPMG Melbourne then transferred to the London office in audit and assurance, specialising in banking and financial services.
Josephine holds a Bachelor of Economics (Accounting Major) from Monash University, Melbourne and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand.
Daniela joined GCI in August 2022 as a Finance Manager.
She started her career at Crispin & Jefferey Charted Accountant where she spent 11 years working as a Tax Accountant. In 2018 she moved to MA Finance Group where she spent four years as a Finance Executive.
She holds a degree from the Romanian American University in Bucharest.