Brendan Birthistle has substantial strategic and operational experience.
Early in his career, he was a management consultant with WD Scott, and a corporate planner at ICL Australia (International Computers) and Wormald International. As chief executive of Raynors (a subsidiary of Adelaide Steamships), he and the management team successfully transformed what was a moribund company. Mr Birthistle also operated his boutique financial planning organisation, Connaught Consultants, for over 30 years.
To achieve a better deal for Australian shareholders, he served on the board of the Australian Shareholders Association as chair for 3 years. He became a director of CCI, a small struggling listed coal testing company, and was partly instrumental in its turnaround and eventual sale with investors rewarded with a four-fold increase in their original investment.
For over a decade, Mr Birthistle has focused on investing mainly in listed micro-cap companies. He presently owns shares in over 60 companies, mainly technical and digital in nature. He is also a director of 3 successful private companies, and The Eolas Foundation which is a charitable trust.