Directors

David Lord

David Lord – Chairman

David has a distinguished executive career in Australian agribusiness, most recently as President and Chief Operating Officer of Saputo Dairy Division (Australia) and as CEO and Managing Director of Warrnambool Cheese & Butter Factory Company Limited from 2010 to 2014. Between the years 2002 and 2009, David was CEO and Managing Director of Parmalat Australia.He is a non-executive Director of Ridley Corporation Limited and until November 2021 was a director of Dairy Australia.David holds an MBA from Mt Eliza Business School and a Grad Dip Business from Monash University.

Andrew Paterson

Andrew Paterson – Executive Director

Andrew established ProviCo in 1999 and has grown the company to be one of Australia’s leading integrated dairy businesses active in domestic and international markets.Andrew is a deeply experienced and successful business owner with exceptional global industry relationships.He has over 25 years experience in agribusiness, manufacturing and marketing of dairy and animal nutrition products. Andrew has also established several other successful businesses in the food and agribusiness sector including extended shelf life dairy products, dry blending milk powder and animal nutrition.Andrew holds a Master of International Business and Bachelor of Commerce from Melbourne University.

Craig Evans

Craig Evans – Director

Craig has over 20 years of experience as a senior executive and corporate adviser, including as Managing Director at Moelis & Company, Royal Bank of Scotland and ABN AMRO.He has advised on over 40 strategic transactions for large global corporations and private domestic clients including acquisitions, trade sales, joint ventures and capital raisings.Craig is currently General Manager – Corporate at Alumina Limited and is a Chartered Accountant.Craig holds a B. Com from the University of Melbourne.

Steve Gledden

Steve Gledden – Director

Steve is the Managing Partner of Straight Bat Private Equity.He brings 25 years experience as a business owner, operator and investor in a broad range of sectors including industrial services, life sciences, manufacturing, media, software & technology, private equity and venture capital.Steve has extensive operating experience from small to large venture backed, private and public companies.He has been an investor or adviser in more than 50 transactions and capital raisings in excess of $10 billion.Steve started his career at McKinsey & Co and holds a B. Com and B. Sc from Melbourne University and an MBA from Oxford University.

Rob Nicholls

Rob Nicholls – Director

Rob is a Partner of Straight Bat Private Equity.He has operating and finance experience including a deep understanding of debt and equity transactions. Most recently Rob spent 10 years at Nationwide Group as Chairman and CEO where he lead the growth of the business across the country and then the sale to a leading automobile club.Prior to this he spent more than 20 years with Westpac as Head of Westpac’s Direct Equity Fund, Head of Institutional Bank Vic and Head of Private Bank Vic.Rob started his working life as an electrical tradesman.He holds a B. App Sc from the University of SA and an M. Com from the University of NSW.

David Lord
David Lord – Chairman

David has a distinguished executive career in Australian agribusiness, most recently as President and Chief Operating Officer of Saputo Dairy Division (Australia) and as CEO and Managing Director of Warrnambool Cheese & Butter Factory Company Limited from 2010 to 2014. Between the years 2002 and 2009, David was CEO and Managing Director of Parmalat Australia.He is a non-executive Director of Ridley Corporation Limited and until November 2021 was a director of Dairy Australia.David holds an MBA from Mt Eliza Business School and a Grad Dip Business from Monash University.

Andrew Paterson
Andrew Paterson – Executive Director

Andrew established ProviCo in 1999 and has grown the company to be one of Australia’s leading integrated dairy businesses active in domestic and international markets.Andrew is a deeply experienced and successful business owner with exceptional global industry relationships.He has over 25 years experience in agribusiness, manufacturing and marketing of dairy and animal nutrition products. Andrew has also established several other successful businesses in the food and agribusiness sector including extended shelf life dairy products, dry blending milk powder and animal nutrition.Andrew holds a Master of International Business and Bachelor of Commerce from Melbourne University.

Craig Evans
Craig Evans – Director

Craig has over 20 years of experience as a senior executive and corporate adviser, including as Managing Director at Moelis & Company, Royal Bank of Scotland and ABN AMRO.He has advised on over 40 strategic transactions for large global corporations and private domestic clients including acquisitions, trade sales, joint ventures and capital raisings.Craig is currently General Manager – Corporate at Alumina Limited and is a Chartered Accountant.Craig holds a B. Com from the University of Melbourne.

Steve Gledden
Steve Gledden – Director

Steve is the Managing Partner of Straight Bat Private Equity.He brings 25 years experience as a business owner, operator and investor in a broad range of sectors including industrial services, life sciences, manufacturing, media, software & technology, private equity and venture capital.Steve has extensive operating experience from small to large venture backed, private and public companies.He has been an investor or adviser in more than 50 transactions and capital raisings in excess of $10 billion.Steve started his career at McKinsey & Co and holds a B. Com and B. Sc from Melbourne University and an MBA from Oxford University.

Rob Nicholls
Rob Nicholls – Director

Rob is a Partner of Straight Bat Private Equity.He has operating and finance experience including a deep understanding of debt and equity transactions. Most recently Rob spent 10 years at Nationwide Group as Chairman and CEO where he lead the growth of the business across the country and then the sale to a leading automobile club.Prior to this he spent more than 20 years with Westpac as Head of Westpac’s Direct Equity Fund, Head of Institutional Bank Vic and Head of Private Bank Vic.Rob started his working life as an electrical tradesman.He holds a B. App Sc from the University of SA and an M. Com from the University of NSW.