OUR BOARD

Meet the Board of Directors, who bring years of experience and a variety of expertise to the Instaclustr team.
Carol Lilley

Carol Lilley

Chair of the Board

 

Carol is Chair of the Instaclustr Board.  She serves as director of the Australian Financial Security Authority and Icon Water. Carol holds numerous Audit Committee roles for both Commonwealth Government and ACT Government. Carol was a Partner in PWC and had 20 years experience providing financial statement and internal audit, accounting advice and risk management to private clients, ACT and Federal government.

Peter Nichol

Peter Nichol

Executive Director

 

Peter is Instaclustr’s CEO. He has over 25 years’ experience in software and service companies in the early stage start-up to $1B range. Peter has led entire businesses with responsibility for P&L and all aspects of the business which scaled up to $150M and with 800 employees. Peter was GM of Platform Computing, which was acquired by IBM in 2012.  He then managed the business for IBM until 2014.  He has also successfully managed companies though several business phases including IPO and acquisition by larger companies.

Andrea Kowalski

Andrea Kowalski

Non-Executive Director

 

Andrea is an investment director with Bailador. Andrea has 11 years of private equity and investment banking experience, working with HBOS in Australia and UBS in London. Prior to joining Bailador, Andrea was a Principal at BOOST&Co, a €200M pan-European venture capital fund, headquartered in London, focused on providing expansion capital to high-growth, innovative, businesses within the technology sector.  During the last two years of her time with BOOST&Co she led their German business, based in Berlin.

David Kirk

David Kirk

Alternate Director

 

David is the former Chief
 Executive of ASX-listed Fairfax
Media Ltd., where he led the 
successful investment into a
 number of internet businesses
 including Fairfax’s acquisition of
 Trade Me and Stayz. David has been a growth stage investor in technology-based businesses since 1999. He is Chairman of ASX-listed Trade Me Group Limited and Kathmandu Holdings Limited, a Director of Forsyth Barr Limited, a privately-owned New Zealand investment firm, and a Director of each of SiteMinder, SMI and Viocorp.

Prior to entering the corporate world, David enjoyed a highly successful rugby career, captaining the All Blacks to win the World Cup in 1987. He was awarded an MBE in 1988.

David is a Rhodes Scholar with degrees in Medicine from Otago University, and Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University.

Dave Jacobson

Dave Jacobson

Non-Executive Director

 

Dave is member of the investment committee for Our Innovation Fund. Dave has been involved in the IT industry for 25 years, with significant management, engineering and early-stage investment experience. Dave spent 10 years as Managing Director of MacromatiX, until it was successfully sold to TPG Capital in 2012. He is currently the Executive Chairman of Simpology. Dave holds a B.SC (Electrical engineering) from the University of Witwatersrand.

Jerry Stesel

Jerry Stesel

Alternate Director

 

Jerry is a founding partner of Our Innovation Fund, LP and an Investment Committee member. He has extensive investment banking, legal and technology investing experience. Most recently, Jerry worked at Deutsche Bank and CBA advising some of Australia’s largest and fastest growing companies on company transforming transactions. Jerry founded and successfully exited a payment services business in 2016. Jerry holds a combined Bachelor of Commerce and Laws (with Distinction) from UNSW and completed the Executive Management Program at Columbia Business School, New York.

Nick McNaughton

Nick McNaughton

Non-Executive Director

 

Nick is the CEO of ANU Connect Ventures, the venture arm of the Australian National University.  Nick has a long track record of helping to build and grow early-stage companies, and has been a successful angel investor, business mentor, and CEO of a successful investment fund.  Nick currently sits on the Board of Entry29, a co-working space for Canberra start-ups and the GRIFFIN Accelerator (also based in Canberra).

Ben Bromhead

Ben Bromhead

Executive Director

 

As Chief Technology Officer and co-founder at Instaclustr, Ben sets the technical direction for the company. Ben is located in our California office and he is active in the Apache Cassandra community. Prior to Instaclustr, Ben had been working as an independent consultant developing NoSQL solutions for enterprises and he ran a high-tech cryptographic and cyber security formal testing laboratory at BAE Systems and Stratsec.

Simon Anderson

Simon Anderson

Non-Executive Director

 

Simon is co-founder and chairman of Akanda, a cloud network virtualization software startup formed in 2015.  He was recently CEO of DreamHost, a global web hosting and cloud services company. While at DreamHost in 2012, Simon co-founded Inktank, the startup behind Ceph, the massively scalable open source distributed storage system for cloud computing and big data. Inktank was acquired by Red Hat in April 2014 for $175MM.