Our Team

At Growth Story Capital, we strongly value diversity of thoughts and backgrounds. Our core team is designed to provide the hands-on support that our portfolio companies need during their next stage of growth.

Further, we have assembled a highly engaged advisory board that can add significant value in various areas such as strategy development, leadership, value creation, and network expansion. Let us introduce you to the Growth Story team.

Partner

Robbie van Beurden

My wife and I moved to Queensland as unbiased outsiders in 2018. The first thing we learnt here was the exceptional quality of life, arguably one of the best places globally. However, this is not translated in representative local availability of private capital to promising mid-market companies, and that made no sense to me.

We want to be part of that change and help great SEQ companies achieve their full potential. When I'm not at Growth Story Capital, my wife and I continue our exploration of Australia, or enjoy some downtime with our dog Bella within our 'golden triangle' of Burleigh, North Stradbroke Island and Noosa.

Experience
  • Deal sourcing, deal execution and fund management
  • Over eight years' experience in M&A and Corporate Finance at KPMG the Netherlands and Australia
  • Extensive experience in mid-market and private equity transactions primarily in TMT and Consumer
  • Master of Finance, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Partner

Jennifer Tagney

I thrive off building relationships with people. As a very social person I knew I always wanted to work in a hybrid business environment where I was able to combine my technical knowledge and people skills. If I can make an impact along the way then that's an added bonus. I am excited to have this opportunity to work with businesses within my home state, and look forward to helping SEQ businesses thrive and succeed on a national and global stage.

Outside of Growth Story Capital you can find me exploring the latest craft breweries, running around the river city or applying 50+ at the beach.

Experience
  • Portfolio growth, optimisation and deal execution.
  • Over seven years experience in M&A, financial reporting and external audit in Australia and the UK.
  • Internal transaction consultant at IQ Student Accommodation during its £4.7B sale to Blackstone.
  • Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Economics,
    Member of the institute of Chartered Accountants.
Associate

James Christie

Born and raised on the Gold Coast, I have been lucky enough to experience the many lifestyle and commercial benefits that South East Queensland offers. Throughout my time in consulting and M&A specifically, I have had the opportunity to work with and discover an abundance of high-quality local businesses seeking not just capital, but also external expertise and support from a trusted source. With my passion for promoting efficiencies and working with people to grow, I am excited to partner with great organisations to achieve outstanding outcomes.

Outside of Growth Story Capital, you can find me looking for the best spots to grab a bite to eat or an afternoon refreshment along South East Queensland’s pristine coastline.

EXPERIENCE
  • Deal execution, financial modelling, data and systems analysis
  • Over four years' experience in M&A, consulting and Data & Analytics with mid-market companies.
  • Bachelor of Actuarial Science, Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder.

ADVISORY BOARD

CEO & Founder, Burleigh Brewing

Peta Fielding

Strategy & Governance Specialist

Peta Fielding is much more than the founder of the Gold Coast's first ever craft Brewery, Burleigh Brewing. As the CEO, she plays an instrumental role in developing, implementing and measuring a clearly formulated strategy for the business, which has been pivotal for Burleigh Brewing's successes to date.

In addition, Peta's external board experiences and background as a corporate lawyer, bring a strong governance element to the Growth Story Capital table. Since 2006 Peta has successfully steered Burleigh Brewing Company's fortunes through a variety of economic cycles and significant market challenges and evolution, building the business from a two-person start-up to a team of 65+ and growing, with revenue having well exceeded $20M.

CEO & Founder, Capital J Investments

Jordan Grives

ADVISOR TO PORTFOLIO COMPANIES

Jordan is a Brisbane based serial entrepreneur and active investor. After his latest venture Fone Dynamics was acquired by Uniti Group Ltd. Jordan joined the Executive Leadership team. Uniti became one of Australia’s fastest-growing listed companies and was acquired in late 2022 by Morrison-Brookfield Group for $3.6bn.

Jordan set up his family office Capital J Investments, which invests in a wide range of traditional and alternative assets, including venture capital and private equity. Jordan primarily seeks investments where he can take an active role, through mentorship and industry connections.

His role in the Growth Story team is to act as an advisor to portfolio companies, specifically in the areas of sales and strategy.

National Selector, Australian Cricket Team

George Bailey

Builder Of High Performance Teams

At Growth Story Capital, we think that sport does leadership and culture better than business in many ways and nobody epitomises humble leadership better than 'Bails'.

George has spent over 18 years as a professional athlete, including 10 as a captain across the Australian Cricket Team, Tasmanian Cricket Team and Hampshire County Cricket Club and various T20 franchises around the world. Specific achievements include being part of the 2015 World Cup winning Australian team, member of the unconquered 2013 Ashes winning Test side and leading Kings XI Punjab to its only IPL final in 2014

Executive Director, Makeup Cartel

Josh McEwan

Systems & Operational Expert

Josh and his wife Evette set up Makeup Cartel, an award-winning e-commerce business from scratch. Josh is obsessed with analysing opportunities, efficiency and operational excellence.

Josh has been through the 'back the entrepreneur' scenario himself, so he understands the other side of a deal and what's important to founders in what can be a stressful process. Josh has always harboured aspirations of involvement in Private Equity due to a love of assisting passionate founders and teams to grow world class businesses.

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