Mark Richardson

Managing Director - Wolseley Private Equity


Mark is an experienced Chairman with over 30 years of working in both the management consulting and private equity industries.

Mark arrived in Sydney in 1989 to help establish Bain & Company, the global management consulting firm, in Australia. He spent the next 10 years at Bain where he was a Partner responsible for advising the Boards and CEO’s of ASX 200 listed and large private companies across a range of industries in Australia and Asia. At Bain, Mark specialized in Board effectiveness, CEO mentoring, business strategy, and organizational frameworks.

On leaving Bain in 1999 Mark co-founded Wolseley Private Equity which successfully raised $400 million of Australian and international institutional equity across two funds. Between 1999 and 2018 Wolseley made 13 platform investments and countless bolt on acquisitions across many different business sectors. Mark contributed leadership mentoring, mergers & acquisitions planning, investment management, and strategic planning to each of the investments.

Earlier in his career Mark worked for Shell International and Esso Exploration as an offshore exploration engineer in the USA, South Atlantic, North Sea, Africa and Holland.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Chemical Engineering from Leeds University (1981), an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business (1988) and is a member of AVCAL and AICD. He was a member of The Executive Connection for ten years.

Mark is married with two adult children and is a qualified Commercial Helicopter pilot. He combines his sense of fun, love of flying and family into his business activities.

His past and current investor and Board roles include:

  • Oliver’s Real Food, ASX Listed (Chairman)
  • Nexus Day Hospitals (Deputy Chairman)
  • IVE Group (Investor)
  • Guardian Child Care (Investor)
  • Abergeldie (Investor)
  • Byron Group Holdings (Chairman)
  • Façade Access Solutions (Director)
  • Stream Solutions (Chairman)
  • Transonic Travel, ASX Listed (Alternate Director)
  • Wolseley (Director)
  • MarkoPolo Pty Ltd (Chairman)
  • The Jane Goodall Institute (Deputy Chairman)
  • Western Sydney University Foundation (Chairman)