The Funding Strategies Team

Dr Mark Rainbird

Managing Director

Dr. Mark Rainbird has more than 15 years’ experience in senior executive roles, including Chairman and at board level in private equity, ASX-listed, both government and non-government and unlisted organizations.

Dr. Mark Rainbird has extensive experience in capital raising and mergers and acquisitions. In 1995, he founded Ramscove (a predecessor to Funding Strategies and its sister company BlueMount Capital), a Brisbane-based corporate advisory and capital raising company. He has specialized in small-scale offerings ($1-5 million) as well as special private placements ($5-50 million). He has a proven track record in the mining and resources, technology and start-up sectors, providing capital advisory and introduction services to companies seeking capital in the unlisted, pre-IPO and listed capital markets. With an extensive business network, he has been able to help companies to develop their funding strategies, raise capital and provide an exit for the company and their investors. Dr. Mark Rainbird is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a PhD and a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours.

Ken Freer

Chief Operations Officer

Ken Freer has over 25 years’ experience in fast moving consumer goods with senior roles in general management, sales and marketing having worked for Wellcome Australia, Reckitt & Colman, PepsiCo Foods International (Frito-Lay) and Lion Co. as Managing Director of Castlemaine Perkins.

From 2006 through 2010 Ken applied his skills and experience in the field of sports administration. Ken was General Manager for the Lexmark Indy 300 and Director of Motorsport for IMG and the CEO for Queensland Rugby and the Reds.

He has a strong track record of delivering results, growing EBIT performance through revenue growth, cost control and through re-engineering key processes to improve effectiveness and efficiency. Ken has a natural ability to inspire and lead cultural change through manufacturing and sales and marketing organizations. He also enjoys working with customers and other key stakeholders to build effective alliances.

He has established a broad network of contacts in Government, Banking, Property Development and the Hospitality sectors, and with the major sporting organizations in Queensland.

Ken is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds an MBA from INSEAD (France) and a Bachelor of Pharmacy (Melbourne).

Flora Mok

Director M&A

Flora Mok has more than 20 years of professional M&A, tax and accounting experience in Hong Kong, China and Australia. She is a qualified accountant and has proven track record of successfully and efficiently advising on complicated global M&A deals. Flora is a Fellow Member of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (UK) and a Member of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (HK) and CPA Australia.

Brett Perkins

Senior Associate

Brett has worked across a range of industries from start-ups to multi-national organisations and through this, has developed strong personal and business networks across the Asia Pacific region.

Spending the earlier part of his career in ICT-focused leadership and delivery roles, Brett developed a natural capability to understand technology and its implications from a governance, strategic and detailed execution level. Accordingly, he identifies and translates technology as a business enabler to address and overcome real business problems and drive genuine competitive advantage in a language that boards and executive teams can understand.

Finishing in late 2019 as the Group Chief Operations Officer of an ASX listed business with revenues in excess of $110m, Brett now provides extensive governance and executive leadership that reflects his experience for 30 years at the strategic and executive level.

Brett is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), a Fellow with the Governance Institute of Australia (FGIA), a Fellow with the Australasian Interim Executive Association (FAIEA) and holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Technology Management with the Macquarie Graduate School of Management (PDTechMgmt). He also holds his RG-146 Tier 1 (General Advice) certificates in Managed Investments and Securities, Foreign Exchange and Derivatives.

Alessandro Costa

Senior Associate

Alessandro Costa has more than 15 years’ experience in financial analysis and consulting working in investment banking, private equity and real estate. During his years working at Morgan Stanley’s investment banking division in London, he worked on deals in the metals and mining sector. He also covered the retail and telecom sectors as part of his work in leveraging finance and private equity. Alessandro successfully raised and managed a residential real estate fund based in the UK and operating through Europe. Since then, he has focused on advising clients on M&A and business optimisation. His expertise includes M&A and corporate advisory, deal origination and closing, due diligence, structuring, financial modelling and reviewing legal documentation.

Alessandro has a Bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance from Babson College in Boston, and is due to complete a Master’s degree in applied finance at The University of Queensland in Brisbane.

Eugenia Arrarte

Investor Relations

Before joining Funding Strategies, Eugenia was a Government Relations Coordinator for a multinational company in Venezuela for almost ten years, acquiring experience in international trade, customs, trademark registrations, and import/export. In addition, she gained experience teaching at University and has completed the Small Scale Offerings Board Sponsor training. Eugenia has completed her RG146.

Stephen Varty

Client Manager

Stephen has an economics background with strong financial industry focus. He specialises in equity and financial securities markets as well as other financial instruments. Since joining our team in 2017, Stephen has developed a strong track record by working closely with our clients and investors. In his capacity as Client Manager, Stephen actively engages with our clients along each step of working with Funding Strategies; from sales to delivery as well as assisting clients in their discussions with potential investors. He also actively engages with our investors to provide relevant information on potential investment opportunities for their review and consideration. Stephen has completed his RG146 and is the Authorised Representative Number 001274759 for AFSL 230680.

Birgit Rainbird

Office Manager

Birgit has over 30 years customer sales, service, project management, operational and scheduling experience in the airline, campervan and tourist industries. She has studied Business Administration and has completed the Small Scale Offerings Board Sponsor training.

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