CA, BaCom (Accounting and Finance)
Bernard has experience in the private equity, investment banking and audit professional services industry. He started his career at KPMG in Sydney where he initially qualified as a Chartered Accountant.
He then spent several years working for Catalyst Investment, a private equity manager in Sydney, before moving to London and working for the UK based private equity firm BC Partners.
Upon returning to Sydney he spent some time at Macquarie Investment Management in a financial control function.
Bernard has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of New South Wales and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand.
Maria Baas is the Investment Relations Manager at OneVentures. She is responsible for developing, managing investor relationships and implementing Investor Relations strategy and helping to build out the firm’s Investor Relations capability in the Australian market.
Maria joined the team from Macquarie Group where she was developing strategic relationships with external stakeholders in the Corporate and Asset Finance division. Prior to that Maria worked at UBS Asset Management where she was responsible for key client relationship management and institutional business development across industry super funds, insurance firms, large corporates and consultants. Maria also held various roles in financial planning and funds management with AMP Capital and AMP Limited more broadly. She started her career in HNW boutique wealth management firm as the Client Relationship Manager.
Maria holds a Bachelors Degree in HR and Industrial Relations from the University of Sydney. Additionally, she has completed a Graduate Certificate of Finance at Macquarie University and a Diploma of Financial Planning.
eMBA / GAICD
Carolyn is a highly experienced marketer who is passionate about investing and the promotion of innovative companies.
With over 20+ years of experience in marketing, she’s also a regular panellist on the highly popular ABC Television Program ‘Gruen’, where industry experts review and discuss marketing creative concepts and strategies.
Carolyn founded her own communications consultancy The Honeycomb Effect, and has had extensive experience across a broad range of clients. Prior to this she also worked as a strategist at a variety of award winning agencies, as well as being promoted to Head of Vertuo during her tenure at Nespresso.
Carolyn is an engaging storyteller who loves public speaking and is regularly in demand as a marketing expert for conferences and events. She’s also much taller in real life than what she appears on the telly (so she’s been told… at 6’2”+ heels).
Carolyn brings her entrepreneurial spirit to the OneVentures team, delivering the strategic marketing plan and ensuring timely execution. She is responsible for communications, PR, social media, digital and events.
Carolyn is passionate about Women’s health and was a Non-Executive Director of the Board at Family Planning NSW from 2012 to 2018. She was elected as Vice President in 2015, working with the Executive Leadership team to ensure women from all backgrounds have access to reliable and affordable healthcare services, particularly in area of reproductive health.
Carolyn also serves as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Tourism Tasmania, and is committed to the ecological development of tourism in the apple isle.
Prior to joining OneVentures she had already taken an interest in private equity investing, focused on bio-tech innovation and emerging asset classes.
CA / BEc
Jill started her career in corporate tax, ultimately having decided to transition into commercial accounting. She is essential for critical business functions and provides financial controlling as part of the F&O team.
She is an experienced and dedicated finance professional, also providing leadership and administrative support to keep the office running smoothly.
Jill is passionate about her 3 kids and enjoys keeping active and fit. She also likes cooking, art and hopes to one day start horse riding again… literally getting back on the horse.
Jill looks after the finance function for the OneVentures corporate entities, including financial accounting, taxation, management accounting and corporate secretarial.
She also supports Risk Management in the firm, looking after many internal controls, insurances for the business and provides assistance to the Risk Management Committee.
She oversees the outsourced IT support function and assists with HR administration (onboarding, offboarding, employment contracts).
Jill also brings her entrepreneurial spirit to OneVentures – she used to run an accounting business in a past life. During that time, she managed the successful merger with another practice to create a profitable, efficient business – and says she learnt a LOT along that journey!!