Management Team

James Beale


James has worked in New Zealand financial markets for 25 years, including 14 years with leading investment advisory business, Craigs Investment Partners Limited, where he held a number of senior executive roles.

James’ experience includes investment analysis and research, capital markets advisory, including managing multiple initial public offerings (IPOs), investment advisory, and funds management. James is a member of the Institute of Directors and he sits on the Investment Committees of Acorn Foundation and New Zealand Cricket.

James is a Director of Oriens portfolio companies Rockit Global, Retirement Income Group and IVS Group.

James is a member of the Investment Committee.

Peter Tinholt


Peter has significant merger, acquisition, and divestment experience built up over 25 years working for large corporates and running private equity and privately owned businesses in New Zealand and Australia.

Peter has held senior executive roles at Johnson & Johnson, Cadbury Schweppes, Mother Earth, Delmaine Fine Foods, and Taura Natural Ingredients. Peter has excellent governance experience, is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors, Deputy Chair of the Acorn Foundation, and a member of the Executive Board of Priority One. Peter has received two Rotary Paul Harris Fellow awards for his service to the community.

Peter is a director of Oriens Capital portfolio companies Rhino Manufacturing, Nautical Group and Van Dyck Fine Foods.

Peter is a member of the Investment Committee.

David Bell

Partner & CFO

David has over 20 years of experience in senior finance and investment-related roles across New Zealand, the UK, and Russia.

Prior to joining Oriens Capital, David was CFO of an Auckland-based private equity investor, was a director at Barclays Capital Investment Bank, and spent seven years at KPMG. David is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Institute of Directors. He is Vice-Chair of the New Zealand Private Capital Association, a member of the Investment Committee of the Bay of Plenty Community Trust, and a Trustee of the New Zealand Football Foundation.

David is a director of Oriens Capital portfolio company Rhino Manufacturing and Van Dyck Fine Foods.

David is a member of the Investment Committee


Ryan Thompson

Investment Manager

Ryan holds a Bachelor of Business Analysis Degree from the University of Waikato majoring in both finance and economics. Ryan is a member of the Institute of Directors, and transaction experience includes Bluelab, IVS, Retirement Income Group, About Health, Rhino Manufacturing and Nautical Group. Prior to joining Oriens Capital in 2017 as an Analyst, Ryan interned at the NZ Superannuation fund and worked in multiple teams for BNZ Markets.

Lucy Inder

Investment Analyst

Lucy joined the Oriens team in July 2021 from BNZ where she worked in the Tauranga Commercial Banking team gaining exposure to a range of businesses and industries of NZ. She started her career in banking at Westpac in 2013, where she worked for multiple teams on the graduate program and then in Treasury Finance. She has also gained experience in valuations and due diligence while working as an Intern at PwC in 2012 and as a Business Analyst at GHA in 2018.

Lucy holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration Degree (First Class Honours) from Victoria University of Wellington, majoring in Finance and Economics. She has also passed level one and two CFA exams.

Kate Hawken

Finance Manager

Kate joined Oriens Capital in July 2021 as Finance Manager. Kate is a Chartered Accountant and experienced finance professional. She started her career at KPMG before joining Morgan Stanley in London.

Kate has held roles as a Financial Analyst, Finance Manager, Financial Controller in London and Melbourne until returning to New Zealand with a young family.

Kate holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and Marketing from the University of Canterbury as well as a Graduate Diploma in Accounting from Lincoln University.  She is a Qualified Chartered Accountant.

Non-executive Investment Committee Members

Richard Hughes

Richard has spent much of his career in the private equity industry in the UK, China, Australia and New Zealand, and has also held roles in emerging market venture capital funds in Africa, Central America and Asia. He is Chairman of WNT Ventures and a director of Orthotic Group Holdings, is a Chartered Accountant and graduated from Cambridge University where he read Engineering.

Carolyn Steele

Carolyn is a professional director with current roles including Ultrafast Fibre, Green Cross Health and WEL Networks. Previous advisory board roles included Morrison and Co PIP Fund and director roles include Datacom and Metlifecare. In executive capacity Carolyn worked for the NZ Superannuation Fund in private market investments, and Forsyth Barr and Credit Suisse in Investment Banking roles. Carolyn has a BMS Honours degree from Waikato University.

Neil Craig

Neil is the Founder and former Chairman and Chief Executive of Craigs Investment Partners. At Craigs, he is actively involved in directing a strategy of providing investment vehicles for wholesale clients into Private Equity funds and unlisted entities.

Bob Major

Bob holds a Masters’ degree in Science from Massey University. He has a strong background in food and nutrition, having worked for the Dairy Board and Fonterra in senior executive roles. Bob is Chairman of Gibb Holdings, and is on the board of Miro Trading, Comvita and a number of other food related entities.