Peter is an entrepreneur and philanthropist passionate about empowering individuals to chase their dreams and change the world. Peter distinguished himself as a leader in the corporate world from a young age, and has a strong leadership and management record of high performance across a range of organisations. Peter founded PAN as the combination of decades of work to unlock the amazing potential of people and ideas to affect positive change.
Peter’s mantra is M.A.D. (Make A Difference), which combines his business acumen, with seminal experiences working in communities that face far greater challenges than he ever imagined. Further to this, he understands the impact that business can have in changing the world for good. PAN is not an investment firm but a way of thinking that challenges paradigms and the conventional way of doing business. Peter is also the Founding Chair of Global Citizen (2008-2020), Co-Chair of the Freedom Project, a Director of the Collingwood Football Club, and trustee and Chair of the Collingwood Football Club Foundation.
Nick is a no-nonsense bloke who likes getting stuck into the numbers and making businesses great again. Nick seems to have a photographic memory of every business he’s been involved in, and has never met a balance sheet he didn’t like. His innate ability to find EBIT where there seemingly is none has seen him nail operations across a wide range of industries. He prides himself on these insights, and being able to accurately assess the financial health of current and future ventures.
Nick started his career as an auditor, but it didn’t take long before he got fed up with Corporate Australia and started PAN with Peter. Now, he loves maximising the potential of PAN’s investments, and proving that with the right management team, the right people, and the right idea – there is no limit.
After travelling to Africa at the age of 11, Sam has long been inspired by the belief that we all have the ability to change the world, so long as we are ready to try. This drives Sam’s hunger to find brilliant people with big ideas that will shape our future. Her greatest thrill comes from meeting a dreamer who has identified a problem and has the courage and passion to create the solution all while staying true to their DNA.
Aware of the pure luck that allowed her to be born and raised in a safe and comfortable environment, Sam has tried to make the most of the incredible opportunities and privileges presented to her. Sam believes the question is always more powerful than the answer. She’s committed to always asking questions in her journey to #MAD and Puka Up.
As a child of the 80’s, I fell in love with technology at an early age. Mum was a primary school teacher in a regional Australian town who helped other teachers learn how to use computers. As a result, I could use the school’s BBC Micro during holidays and it wasn’t long before I was hooked.
For me, a big part of building PAN is to create an environment that intersects my love for technology and my background in business. With the right approach, technology is a loudspeaker that amplifies passion and drives change. Working with smart, driven people and watching their idea come to life is an incredibly rewarding experience and I’m very lucky to be part of it.
Kelsie’s seed of curiosity was planted as she was growing on her family farm, discovering the world from her backyard. Never one to shy away from a challenge, her hunger to learn and inquisitive nature has taken her on a winding journey that uncovered a love for unpacking businesses, understanding how they operate and the mountains they have to climb to make a difference.
Kelsie thrives in a team environment, using a conscientious and structured approach to challenges, whilst developing genuine relationships. An elite athlete who learnt physics from her lounge room, it’s no surprise Kelsie believes the way to get somewhere is to have a crack and back yourself in.
With an eye firmly set on the bigger picture, Jacob believes that business is the best vehicle to create something sustainable that can truly make a difference.
This, fuelled by an itch to discover how the world is interconnected, led Jacob to begin his career in a global business where he climbed mountains in finance, supply chain, product management and leading teams through significant change across the Asia Pacific region. Every challenge calmly met with his trademark work ethic and relentless pursuit to achieve outcomes.
A critical thinker with an innate understanding of business, Jacob’s ability to challenge paradigms has since seen him unlock the potential of PAN assets to become high performing and agile organisations. He believes people with passion can change the world, a statement Jacob epitomises every day he enters the doors of the Ideas Factory.
Now walking the historic grounds of Oxford University, Jacob is immersed in a global melting pot of business experiences and philosophies as he undertakes his MBA.
Behind every great person and idea is a story well worth being told and this is what energises Sarah every day. Her innate love of telling tales started early in her school years, eventually leading Sarah through large newsrooms, commentary boxes and elite sporting organisations before landing at PAN where she believes the best stories are yet to be told.
Every day is a new opportunity to ask questions, which Sarah believes are more powerful than the answer. She is inspired by the journey and vision of those around her and her greatest satisfaction comes from uncovering an unassuming individual’s story as they chase their dreams to change the world.
Sarah knows these stories will empower and inspire others to do the same. These are the stores that will make a difference.