Our people

Board of Directors

Murray Gribben

Murray Gribben

Chairman

Murray Gribben's professional background is in corporate finance and investment management. A former investment banker, he has broad knowledge of, and experience in, both the public and private investment markets. He is currently chief executive of Crown Irrigation Investments Limited and was previously executive director at Willis Bond & Co, a property development and investment business. Prior to that, he was the Managing Director at AMP Capital Investors. Murray holds several governance positions.

Richard Hughes

Richard Hughes

Director

Richard Hughes has spent much of his career in the private equity industry in the UK, China, Australia and New Zealand, and has also held roles in emerging market venture capital funds in Africa, Central America, and Asia. He is a Chartered Accountant and graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge where he read Engineering.

Debbie Birch

Debbie Birch

Director

Debbie Birch has significant financial, commercial and strategic investment experience gained in Asia, Australia and New Zealand with more than 30 years working in global capital markets. She is currently Chair of Crown Irrigation Investments Limited, and Taupo Moana Investments Limited and holds directorships on Tourism Holdings; RAL; Ngati Awa Group Holdings and subsidiaries; LGNZ Independent Assessment Board; Portfolio Management Services and is a Trustee of Wellington Free Ambulance and Raukawa ki te Tonga Trust.

Emma Loisel

Emma Loisel

Director

Emma Loisel has been a C-Suite business leader and Board member of blue chips, start-ups and high growth tech companies. Much of her career was spent in the UK where she built and sold three digital media and ad-tech companies. As an angel investor she invested a number of companies and remains Chair of her lead investment which she co-foundered, Volcano Coffee Works. She holds a Masters in Criminology.

Team

Richard Dellabarca

Richard Dellabarca

Chief Executive

Richard is NZGCP'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, Harmoney and the Blues. He has an MBA from Cambridge University and is qualified as a barrister and solicitor, and chartered accountant. Richard is a member of the Institute of Directors New Zealand.

James Pinner

James Pinner

Investment Director

James is an Investment Director providing support for both the Aspire NZ Seed Fund and the Elevate NZ Venture Fund. James has over 15 years of corporate finance across private investments and equity capital markets. James’ experience includes investment banking in London, working across North America, Europe, Africa and South-East Asia and more recently mergers and acquisitions across Australasia. James is a Fellow of Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, holds a BSc from Leeds University and is a member of the NZ Institute of Directors.

Jacques Richter

Jacques Richter

Associate Investment Director

Jacques is an Associate Investment Director supporting both the Aspire NZ Seed Fund and the Elevate NZ Venture Fund. Jacques obtained experience in consulting engineering in the UK and South Africa before joining a development finance institution. He spent five years in venture capital and industry development roles, pursuing the economic growth and industrial development objectives of the bank. Jacques holds a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Pretoria, an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town and is a CFA charterholder.

Molly Yang

Molly Yang

Investment Manager

Molly Yang is an Investment Manager assisting with key market and analytical information relevant to the Aspire NZ Seed Fund activity. Molly has over 10 years investment and portfolio management experience. She previously worked for US and Chinese venture capital funds in Shanghai, and for Cure Kids Ventures after moving to New Zealand. Molly has a Master of Applied Finance degree from Macquaire University in Sydney.

Jason Roche

Jason Roche

Investment Manager

Jason is an Investment Manager supporting both the Aspire NZ Seed Fund and Elevate NZ Venture Fund.. Prior to joining NZGCP, Jason spent six years working in the M&A team at Todd Corporation where he was involved in transactions spanning Energy, Minerals, Property, Agriculture and Technology. Most recently Jason led the acquisition of a Fiji based solar generation company and completed a secondment to Todd Corporation’s Sydney office, where he advised on project finance. Prior to working at Todd, Jason worked as an Energy Market Analyst at NZX Limited and in Corporate Finance at Summerset Group. Jason holds a BCA (HONS) in Finance and Economics from Victoria University in Wellington and is a CFA Charterholder.

James Palmer

James Palmer

Investment Manager

James is an Investment Manager supporting both the Aspire NZ Seed Fund and Elevate NZ Venture Fund. Prior to joining NZGCP James worked in the mergers and acquisitions team at Todd Corporation. He has a Masters in Applied Finance and a Bachelor of Commerce from Victoria University, Wellington.

Hursh Shah

Hursh Shah

Investment Manager

Hursh is an Investment Manager looking after the Aspire Fund. Hursh joined NZGCP from the PwC Corporate Finance team in Auckland, having spent three years focussing on M&A and strategic advisory. Prior to this, he worked at PwC UK, mainly advising on distressed debt transactions across Europe. Hursh has also spent a number of years working with start-up and greenfield ventures in East Africa. He holds a BSc in Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics & Economics from the University of Warwick and is a Chartered Accountant.

Michelle Li

Michelle Li

Investment Analyst

Michelle is an Investment Analyst supporting investments made through the Aspire NZ Seed Fund. Prior to joining NZGCP, Michelle had worked in banking, corporate ventures, IT and policy research in the UK, China, US and New Zealand. She has an MBA from Cambridge University, a Master of Science in Environmental Policy and Regulation from London School of Economics and Political Science, and Bachelor degrees in Information Systems, Accounting and Marketing from the University of Auckland.

Ritaban Banerjee

Ritaban Banerjee

Investment Analyst

Ritaban is an Investment Analyst supporting investments made though the Aspire NZ Seed Fund. Prior to joining NZGCP, Ritaban worked in corporate finance, strategy consulting and economic policy. He has an undergraduate and a Masters degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Imperial College London. Ritaban has passed the Level III examination of the CFA programme.

Byron van Vugt

Byron van Vugt

Investment Analyst

Byron is an Investment Analyst supporting investments made though the Aspire NZ Seed Fund. After studying Mechanical Engineering, Finance and Marketing at The University of Auckland he then spent four years in a product development role supporting systems engineering, project management and process improvements before joining NZGCP.

Maria Jose Alvarez

Maria Jose Alvarez

Investment Analyst

Maria Jose is an Investment Analyst providing technical and operational support throughout the Aspire NZ Seed Fund portfolio. Prior to joining NZGCP, Maria Jose worked for three years as a Commercialisation Manager for the Inventors Fund at Auckland UniServices, investing in early-stage technology and start-up companies. She has also worked in venture capital in Auckland and was a founder of an Agritech start-up in Chile. Maria Jose is a Biotechnology Engineer from Universidad Andres Bello in Chile and holds a Masters in Bioscience Enterprise from the University of Auckland.

Sarah Hamilton

Sarah Hamilton

Financial Controller

Sarah 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. Sarah has a Bcom from Otago University and is a CA with the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Cameron McPherson

Cameron McPherson

Reporting & Compliance Officer

Cameron is a Reporting and Compliance Officer responsible for investment reporting and analysis. He previously worked for a pan-European private equity manager based in London. In New Zealand, Cameron worked in the Financial Assurance team for PwC with a focus on Investment Management and Banking industries. He has a Bachelor of Commerce and Post Graduate Diploma from the University of Auckland and is a CA with the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Ruth Malo

Ruth Malo

Operations Manager

Ruth is a senior operations manager with over 15 years’ experience in operations, IT management and project management. Ruth oversees the day to day operations for NZGCP including Board Secretary. Prior to NZGCP, Ruth has experience in public health workforce development, disability, tertiary education and research. Ruth has a PGDipBus(Admin) from Auckland University.

Sue Maher

Sue Maher

Accounts Manager

Sue's career spans a wide range of administrative roles, both in New Zealand and overseas. She manages the NZGCP accounts and supplier contracts, as well as sharing administrative duties with the Operations Manager.