Influential women in private equity

As private equity enjoys some of its best years, women are moving into some of the most influential roles in the sector in Australia.

The five years to 2018 were some of the strongest years for the industry with $2.5 trillion in disclosed buyout deal value, some of the highest levels of capital raised and deployed, the most exits and decent returns, according to private equity advisory firm Bain and Capital.

Alicia Gregory, head of private equity, Future Fund

The $147 billion sovereign wealth fund's private markets team has solid female representation across its lineup.

In 2018, Wendy Norris moved into the role of deputy chief investment officer, private markets after Future Fund shuffled its organisational structure.

This week, the private markets team brought in Alicia Gregory as its head of private equity, reporting to Norris. Prior to this she spent 14 years with MLC's private equity team.

Gregory is a CFA charterholder and has worked in research and investment roles in a career spanning two decades.

Jenny Newmarch, portfolio manager, First State Super

Jenny Newmarch is portfolio manager, growth assets at the $70 billion industry fund.

She is responsible for its private equity program that invests in global private equity funds (buyout, venture capital and growth equity investments).

Joining the super fund in 2016, Newmarch is also co-founder of 10x10 Philanthropy. 10x10 is a live crowdfunding "for purpose organisation" that is empowering the next generation of giving.

She has also worked with Macquarie Group's private equity advisory business and with Mercer Consulting as an investment analyst.

Anna Morrison and Bora Han, investment directors, IFM Investors

Morrison and Han are both investment directors on IFM Investors' seven-person lineup for private equity.

Morrison joined the firm as an analyst in 2001, made associate in 2005, and investment director in 2010.

She is now involved in the management of new and existing private equity products, scouring for investment and divestment opportunities.

Han joined the team in 2019 with responsibility for researching, identifying and executing private equity opportunities.

She has previously worked with Deloitte in Sydney and London as a recovery and transformation director.

During her time at Arowana International, she served as chief financial officer and chief operating officer while on secondment to portfolio companies.

Crystal Russell, QIC

Russell sits on QIC investment and management committees for global private capital and is the GAICD - principal, global private capital.

She joined QIC in 2007 and now looks after the team's investment focus in Asia Pacific across all strategies.

She has spent ten years in private equity and is a qualified chartered accountant. Prior to QIC, she was a senior analyst at Ernst &Young in the transaction advisory services and corporate tax division.

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