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.
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 ISS and Endemol. Before Goldman Sachs, 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.
Lending to Lenders & Asset Backed Finance
After studying Economics and Political Science at the University of Melbourne, Henry 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 joined GCI in 2018 to develop GCI’s non-bank lending capabilities including designing solutions to the problems faced by GCI borrowers.
Ben joined GCI in 2020 and plays a key role in deal origination, structuring and risk management across GCI’s Lending to Lenders and Asset Backed Finance solutions.
Managing Director Resources
Byron 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 joined GCI in 2021 to develop GCI’s resources lending capabilities across various commodities. GCI’s resource offering, provided through GCI’s Asset Backed Finance and Special Opportunities Funding solutions, has been designed to meet the rapidly changing needs of borrowers in the resources sector.
Byron is Chartered Accountant and holds a PLDA from Harvard Business School.
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.
James has spent his working career in finance between Australia and the United States. Prior to joining GCI in 2021, James has held key roles in large institutions, stockbroking firms, corporate advisory companies and investment groups. In his previous role at the San Francisco based Venture Capital firm Ridgeline Venture Group, James was a Partner focussing on international emerging companies with a concentration on the United States and Department of Defence procurement thematics.
James joined GCI in 2021 to grow the GCI’s Scale Up Finance offering and drive deal origination with the best high growth businesses in Australia and New Zealand.
James is an adviser and member of many Australian accelerators, incubators and pre-eminent venture backed companies. James completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree, majoring in International Business at the University of Sydney. James also holds a Graduate Certificate in applied finance from Macquarie University and studied in Private Equity and Venture Capital at the Harvard Business School.
Talia joined GCI in November 2019 as an Investment Manager for GCI’s High Growth Funding strategy (Leap Capital). Talia plays a key role in deal origination, structuring, and risk management.
Talia has worked on a variety of complex deals, across multiple industries. She started her career at PwC in 2014 in the Insolvency team 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. Talia is an Australian Chartered Accountant.
Special Opportunities Funding
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 Special Opportunities strategy, Hugh spent 3.5 years as an Investment Director at Remagen Capital 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 has over seven years of experience in structuring and executing various investment strategies across special opportunities and private equity. Daniel joined GCI in 2021 to grow the Special Opportunities strategy and deliver innovative funding solutions for clients.
Prior to joining GCI, Daniel was an Investment Manager at Remagen Capital. 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.
Investment and Risk
Jacob holds over a decade of experience in front-office funds management and investment banking. 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 a number of years on the fixed income trading desk, where he was involved in market-making across a spectrum of securitised and Australian government/semi-government bonds.
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 Masters of Quantitative Finance from the University of Technology, Sydney. Jacob has also previously qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia.
Director Investor Relations
Adam joined GCI in 2015 after returning to Sydney where he was looking for a chance to do something in finance with an entrepreneurial flavour and with the free-flowing team dynamic of a smaller team.
Finance and Operations
Chief Financial Officer
Josephine joined GCI in 2021 with 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.
Alice joined GCI in October 2016 as a Financial Controller and has broad experience in accounting, finance, taxation, operations and compliance.
Alice started her career with Deloitte as an Auditor in Malaysia before completing her Masters of Business Administration from the University of Technology Sydney. Alice is also a Fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).
Prior to joining GCI, Alice held key positions working across a diverse range of financial products at Pengana Capital and other financial institutions.