Meet the Team.

Robbie van Beurden

Robbie van Beurden

Partner

My fiancé 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.

ROBBIE’S 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

When I’m not at RoBne, my fiancé 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.

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Ben Coombs

Partner

This is an opportunity to create a legacy of meaningful work for everyone involved to look back on with fond memories across South East Queensland. What motivates us is a win, win, win. A win for our investors by way of returns, a win for the portfolio companies in delivering their business vision, and a win for the people who come along with us for the ride.

BEN'S EXPERIENCE

  • Deal sourcing, strategic improvement of portfolio companies and fund management
  • Over 15 years financial services experience with Elston, MLC, ING/Onepath
  • Consulting to founder-owned companies with MLC Advice Partnerships, including M&A
  • Concurrent role as National Strategic Sales Manager at HUB24
  • 2017-2019 President at University of Queensland Australian Rules Football Club
  • MBA, QUT

Outside of RoBne you’ll find me training for something, reading, watching UQ AFL and hanging out with my partner Alex and our young daughter Parker.

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Ben Coombs
Jennifer Tagney

Jennifer Tagney

Partner

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 than 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.

JENNIFER'S EXPERIENCE

  • Evaluation of investment opportunities, deal execution and financial modelling
  • 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
Outside of RoBne you can find me exploring the latest craft breweries, running around the river city or applying 50+ at the beach.
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Advisory Board

Peta Fielding

CEO and Founder, Burleigh Brewing
Burleigh Brewing Co

STRATEGY AND 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 RoBne 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. More >
In 2013 Burleigh Brewing Company was named the Queensland Telstra Business of the Year and in 2014 the company earned the title of Gold Coast Business of the Year. Peta is a Board member of Major Events Gold Coast, Placemakers Gold Coast (creators of Bleach Festival) and an advisory board member for RoBne Capital.
 
Peta served a seven-year term as a director of the Bond University Council, was previously Chair of the Bond University Alumni Advisory Board, served as Board Member of GOLDOC for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, was the former Chair of the Australian Craft Beer Industry Association (now the Independent Brewers Association) and served a four-year term on the Board of Destination Gold Coast.
 
Peta is an SEQ local, with an eye on sustainability and creating a culture where everyone wants to come to work every day.
Peta Fielding
George Bailey

George Bailey

Australian Cricket Team National Selector

BUILDER OF HIGH PERFORMANCE TEAMS

At RoBne, 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. More >
George brings a unique perspective from a team building point of view and hope to share the learnings of a career in sport and how they can be applied to business. This incredible experience has afforded him a hands-on opportunity to build high performing teams, with a particular focus on the getting the best out of individuals whilst remaining heavily invested in the best team outcome.
 
George’s connection to SEQ stems from his wife, who is originally from Noosa and her family remain on the Sunshine Coast. He can see the enormous opportunity that lies ahead for mid-market SE Queensland companies over the coming years.

Josh McEwan

Executive Director Makeup Cartel
Makeup Cartel

SYSTEMS AND 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. More >
The journey that Josh has been on in the consumer goods omni channel space has allowed him to earn hard-won pieces of information that could greatly benefit the outstanding founders that we choose to partner with.  The rapid growth scenario that Josh has presided over (4th AFR Fast 100 Companies) and the understanding of the PE courting and onboarding journey is sure to provoke interest with founders.  What he is most passionate about is optimising business for efficiency and scale through all manner of data and technology leverage.
 
Josh and his family are born and bred on the Gold Coast, beyond hitting business goals, his drivers now revolve around ventures that have purpose, that he believes in, with people that I believe in.

Join the RoBne Bench.

We believe in promoting people who show initiative within our networks and the portfolio companies that we work with. People make businesses. We are looking to build up a ‘bench’ of quality people, from the C-Suite to the front desk, in a wide variety of roles across business disciplines, leaders and followers, to slot into the appropriate roles when they arise. Whether you’re in accounting, marketing, HR, administration, IT, or if you’re a COO, CFO, CTO, CEO or any other O …

If you are interested in sitting on the RoBne Bench please submit your details and CV and we’ll arrange time to catch up to discuss your career aspirations.

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