We are TDM Team

Investment Team.

  • Hamish Corlett
  • Ed Cowan
  • Tom Cowan
  • Ben Gisz
  • Tom Hordern
  • Harrison Moot
  • Julian Reddick
  • Andy Simon

Operations Team.

  • Taylor Leadbeatter
  • Rebecca Runcie
  • Jason Sandler
  • Carly Simpkins
  • Rebecca Smith
  • Peter Tannous

Operating advisory committee.

  • Ethan Berman
  • Hilton Brett
Hamish Corlett
Ed Cowan
Tom Cowan
Ben Gisz
Tom Hordern
Harrison Moot
Julian Reddick
Andrew Simon

Hamish Corlett

Partner

At his core, Hamish loves helping people create futures they never thought possible. As a coach, mentor, and cofounder of TDM Growth Partners, he brings experience from multiple top-tier investment firms as well as from his hiatus as a school guidance counsellor.

Hamish’s innate leadership skills, broad life experiences, and full-throttle approach to life have been a driving force to the TDM culture of success. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Somnomed (ASX:SOM). He also has significant experience in developing fast-growing software and FinTech businesses.

Hamish acts as the TDM life coach and the strength and conditioning advisor, given that he is the driving force for the implementation of our office chin-up bar. His passion for crossfit is only exceeded for his love of his wife, daughter, and two dogs.

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Ed Cowan

Community and Development

Even within TDM’s tribe of various professional backgrounds and interests, Ed’s journey would be considered an oddity. Having travelled the world playing professional sport for over a decade, his passion for high-performing cultures led him to start the next stage of his career at TDM.

Ed’s role is to ensure TDM never misses an opportunity and to connect TDM to businesses, organisations, and communities who put it all on the line for a better future. TDM is a values-led organisation, and so Ed is also critical to achieving our ambition of creating a better investment industry.

Ed’s current time allocation is wide and varied; when he’s not out finding opportunities, he devotes his time to his wife and two children (one being Romy, 6, and the other, his side hustle Tripod Coffee , one of Australia’s leading supplier of environmentally friendly Nespresso-compatible coffee capsules). His dulcet tones can also be heard on the ABC’s Grandstand Test cricket coverage as a commentator.

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Tom Cowan

Partner

Having always been obsessed with the investing philosophies of Phillip Fisher and Warren Buffett, Tom started TDM Growth Partners (formerly TDM Asset Management) with Hamish Corlett from his one-bedroom apartment in 2005.

Tom has proven over many years to be a high-performing investor and Board member, having sat as a Director of several ASX-listed companies as well as being the youngest Chairman of an ASX 200 company. He has significant experience in consumer, healthcare, and technology businesses.

Aside from his hobbies of hunting down quality coffee in foreign countries and reading annual reports at all times of the day, Tom also enjoys being a dad and when time permits golf, skiing and cricket in the nets with his boys

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Ben Gisz

Partner

Ben joined TDM in 2011, having spent more than a decade sharing a passion for investing with Partners Tom and Hamish.

Growing up in country Australia, Ben has embraced the values of passion, hard work and humility. It’s these values which makes Ben’s take on companies and cultures so different from your typical investor partner.

After his first investment in a flock of Merino sheep, he officially started his professional career as an equities analyst before moving into investment banking and private equity. Our investment partners and clients appreciate the diligence, care and passion he brings to every relationship.

Currently, he is a Non-Executive Director of Dental Group Pacific Smiles (ASX:PSG) and a Non-Executive Director of retailer kikki.K.

Ben’s interests include dreaming about having more time to play tennis, performing the odd bagpipe solo, and reminding his three young children how tough it was back when dad was a kid.

Above all, Ben is passionate about investing in the unique TDM way.

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Tom Hordern

Investment Manager

It was the serendipitous meeting of his future wife at barefoot bowls that changed Tom’s perspective on the world. After eight years in investment banking, it set the wheels in motion for a sabbatical year of personal reformation — travelling roads less trodden, hiking, beaches, fresh air, and solitude. His proudest feat was walking the El Camino across Spain.

While considering a job offer to move to South Australia and work on a futurist tomato-growing project, his interest was piqued in an investment company doing things differently, and his passion for TDM was born. Tom lives and breathes TDM core values, and when asked why, he said, “Because at TDM, we’re laser-focused on investing our way in an industry filled with a lot of noise.”

Tom is excited to partner with the next generation of market leaders and has significant experience in enterprise software and financial technology businesses.

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Harrison Moot

Investment Manager

Harrison joined TDM Growth Partners in 2018, following three years in M&A at Macquarie Capital where he focused on principal investments in the renewable energy sector and M&A in the Industrials coverage team.

Prior to starting his career in finance, Harrison served in the Australian Army, was a SCUBA Divemaster in Thailand and did a stint in South East Asia as an analyst for a frontier markets investment fund, Leopard Capital.

In his downtime Harrison likes to work up a mental sweat and can be found listening to his favourite podcasts (Long Now Seminars / Invest Like the Best) and reading as much as he can (Taleb / Tetlock / Munger).

He has completed all three CFA examinations and is applying for his Charter.

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Julian Reddick

Investment Manager

Julian joined TDM Growth Partners in 2016, fresh from a sabbatical that took him backpacking across the Americas. Prior to this, Julian honed his business skills for six years, which he spent in Investment Banking, working in London and Sydney and advising management teams across a range of industries.

At TDM, Julian loves trawling through operational data to gain insights to support our management team’s decision-making processes, discovering new industries and business models, and discussing corporate culture with management teams.

Julian is currently a Non-Executive Director of retailer kikki.K.

Outside of the office, Julian can usually be found in close proximity to his Kindle. He often quotes Danny Kahneman and has a physical copy of Thinking, Fast and Slow in close proximity at all times. Aside from books, his other unwavering dedication is to his football team, Manchester United. (Despite growing up in London, he will often claim it as his home team for social capital.)

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Andy Simon

Investment Manager

Andy’s passion for investing is palpable, and he lives and breathes the TDM investing philosophies. If you asked him the most valuable qualities any investor should possess, he’d say, “Patience, thinking like a business owner, and a long-term view” — straight from the TDM playbook — and with his arid and wicked sense of humour, he’d wryly add, “Although I’d prefer that other investors don’t adopt these qualities so that we can maintain our edge.”

Away from work, Andy enjoys collecting and drinking wine, keeping fit at the gym, and playing the odd Japanese role-playing video game (the mid-1990s era was the golden age).

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Taylor Leadbeatter
Rebecca Runcie
Jason Sandler
Carly Simpkins
Rebecca Smith
Peter-Tannous

Taylor Leadbeatter

Support team

Taylor may not have her eye on the ticker tape, but her job’s no slouch. She sits side saddle with Partners and the Investment team to make sure their calendars are maximised, organised, and keeping them out of the office advancing relationships with our investments, advisors, community, and clients.

The mum of two chocolate Labradors and expecting mother of an actual human, Taylor loves taking advantage of a good Netflix session while she still can.

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Rebecca Runcie

People and Culture

What gets Beck up in the morning? Three small children. And coffee. And a love for business, people, culture, learning, growth, and achieving the unexpected.

Beck has a keen eye for recruiting talent that will grow the TDM culture. She knows that every piece is as important as the last, and it’s fostering a sharp and united culture that creates the TDM edge.

With over 20 years’ experience in HR and a Bachelor of Psychology, Beck has been with the TDM team since inception and provides invaluable insights as the business continues to grow.

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Jason Sandler

Head of Finance and Operations

Jason leads our operations team and rewrites the script on the quintessential CFO — young, energetic, passionate. That is not to say that he doesn’t hold dear the values and skills of steadyhand accountants; he thrives on intelligent reporting and data analysis that allows for efficient solutions to complex problems. He has a not-so-secret man crush on Xero accounting software and a love for real-time information, which he’s previously demonstrated at firms such as Investec and PwC.

Jason has a great sense of community, recently being appointed President of JewishCare, a not-for-profit organisation that, for 80 years, has been the major provider of services for vulnerable and needy people in the Jewish community.

Another TDM ‘crossfitter’, Sydney beach lover, and family man, he is on a personal quest to find the world’s best T-shirt and currently keeps an excel spreadsheet on rankings (currently the Maine crew neck from Kit and Ace is number one).

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Carly Simpkins

Support Team

Stepping out of the TDM elevator, the first thing you notice is a stunning reception that looks and feels like a designer apartment and the glowing smile of Carly. Her warmth of presence is not manufactured and could lift anyone’s gloomy day.

Along with being our Director of First Impressions, Carly ensures the office runs at tip-top shape and every guest is looked after like family.

Outside the office, Carly loves watching trashy rom-coms and adores time with her six nieces and nephews. A budding artist and piano player, her creative streak is a lovely complement to all the TDM Excel junkies.

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Rebecca Smith

Operations Manager

Bec is passionate around supercharging TDM’s operating capacity with a key focus on facilitating agility within our investment team. No problem is too hard for her to tackle — she is often referred to as the TDM “Phone a Friend”, with an incredible track record of solving all kinds of issues on the fly. Implementing a cloud data provider? Need a travel management platform or tailored project management tool? No problem, call Bec.

Bec loves and thrives to hustle for value at TDM and is the queen of leveraging any type of membership points to offset dollars. She wishes this attitude could be transferred to her own spending habits, but it is a work in progress!

She’s a fitness gal with a fave exercise cross between a lunge and a crunch — she calls it lunch. Bec’s energy and thirst for life is contagious.

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Peter Tannous

Finance

Pete is a supersized individual with supersized passion.

His eating habits may have forced office designers to incorporate an industrial kitchen, but it’s those habits that fuel his relentlessness outperformance in driving efficiency and automation technology within the TDM walls.

If you stop by the office, ask for Pete’s other great achievement, a TDH coffee — tall dark, and handsome.

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Ethan Berman
Hilton Brett

Ethan Berman

Operating Advisory Committee

Ethan’s journey is rich in colour. His passion for playwriting saw him in Paris in the 1980s, with several of his plays hitting the stage. He moved back to New York to work for JP Morgan, before spinning out RiskMetrics as its CEO and founder. The business was eventually sold to MSCI for $US1.6b. Famously, while CEO, Ethan wrote a letter to the Board to ask that his remuneration be reduced, despite a record year, citing that he felt that he hadn’t performed personally up to the standard that he expected of himself.

Ethan still resides in NYC, but he spends most of his time now on his passion project I2 Learning.

We are proud to call Ethan a friend and now formally an advisor to both TDM and portfolio companies.

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Hilton Brett

Operating Advisory Committee

Up until March 2018, Hilton was Co-CEO of Accent Group (formerly RCG), a leading ASX retail business. Hilton joined Accent in 2006 when the business had a market capitalisation of $8m. Over the next 12 years, the team grew the business to an $800m market capitalisation and delivered total shareholder returns in excess of 25% CAGR.

As a native South African, it is odd to note how ambivalent he is to the Springboks beating the Wallabies in rugby, despite being a passionate sports fan. Perhaps this says something about Hilton’s diplomatic nature more than his true beliefs.

Hilton truly believes that great people and high-performing cultures build long-term business success, having lived and breathed this first hand.

Between currently sitting on the Board of three of our portfolio companies and being a husband to his wife and dad to his four children, Hilton is fairly time poor when it comes to doing the things he loves, such as spending time on the water, working on his golf swing, and spending quality time with friends.

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