“Integrity and respect always come into play in
the long run,” says the physicist turned-venture capitalist.
“They are essential in nurturing the relationships that turn a
talented individual into a successful leader.”
These same qualities are necessary for a
successful coaching experience. “In coaching it’s important to
provide the assistance that you would benefit from if you were
in their situation (even if it’s difficult),” says Gareth. “I
love creating new solutions to problems that defy traditional
methods. I also love debating these things with others,
and the buzz that comes from improving your own ideas as a
Smart, analytical, and a strong
conceptual thinker, Gareth has an MBA from INSEAD and degrees in
physics and mathematics from Oxford University and the
University of Melbourne, respectively, all achieved at a very
high level of distinction.
He is the co-founder of Southern Cross Venture
Partners, a unique venture capital firm for early-stage
Australian technology companies, linking them to Silicon Valley
to build global businesses. Previously CEO of Uniseed, he also
has a background in corporate strategy consulting across a
variety of fields from consumer goods to telecommunications, as
well as early experience in information system architecture
design and implementation.
His international experience in large and small
company environments brings to the coaching relationship
strength in entrepreneurship as well as strategy and finance.
“Entrepreneurship has traditionally been less often thought of
as an essential skill in large organizations,” he says, “but in
this climate, the need to create and seize new opportunities is
just as critical as managing existing ones.”
Married with two daughters, Gareth enjoys
snowboarding, running and bushwalking. He maintains an active
interest in theoretical physics, and enjoys reading French.