People are the greatest asset on the journey towards success.
Advocates, partners and trusted advisors. Meet the EM Advisory Team.
Natasha MandieManaging Director
Natasha has over twenty years of corporate advisory and investment banking experience advising mid-market and technology companies across M&A and capital raising transactions in private and public markets.
Natasha’s strategic and direct approach inspires confidence and lets you know where you stand. Her negotiation, execution and change management experience, coupled with her extensive business networks and renowned tenacity, delivers the best outcome for her clients. Natasha founded EM Advisory in 2011 after senior roles at Credit Suisse and Hindal Group.
Chris LesterExecutive Director
Chris has over 20 years professional experience, as a corporate advisor, C-suite executive, director and investor. Chris has extensive experience in capital raisings, acquisitions and divestments, capital management and providing strategic advice to corporates (large and small) across a wide range of industries. Chris has worked in Australia, Dublin and New York with KPMG and Citigroup Investment Banking. Chris previously lead the transformation of a traditional print-based business model into the largest digital education marketing platform in Australia.
Gavin PrestonVice President
Gavin has over 13 years of investment management and corporate finance experience.
Since joining EM Advisory in mid 2018, Gavin has demonstrated leadership, insight and strong transactional capability across a number of transactions. Previously, he worked for 6 years in a leading Canadian venture capital and private equity investment firm where he implemented mid-market management buy-outs, growth, and early-stage venture investments across a diverse range of industries. Gavin was also the Managing Director for Med-Life Discoveries LP, an early-stage life sciences company, has held many Directorships of proprietary companies in Canada, and is a CFA Charterholder.
Oswald brings 8 years experience in M&A, private equity and venture capital advisory.
Oswald is a keen student of business, with a interest in growth drivers, and how business models can be translated to other industries and geographies. With extensive experience across the food and beverage and technology sectors in both India and the Middle East, Oswald brings a broad perspective on how businesses can scale, as well as how M&A and capital raisings can support this growth.
Kara brings over 7 years experience in M&A, strategy, and transaction services.
Kara has a passion for helping entrepreneurs and enjoys the challenges of working with new and growing businesses. With a background in transaction due diligence, she leverages her technical background with strategic insights to drive business value.
Michael brings more than 4 years of experience across technology strategy, M&A and venture capital advisory.
Having gained experience in Silicon Valley and Tel Aviv, Michael has a passion for new technologies and business models. With an inquisitive nature and strong technical ability, Michael is passionate about impact and purpose both in the for profit and not-for-profit space. His prior roles include HP Inc. and Dragon Tree Capital. Michael also volunteers with Junior Chambers International.
Divya has over 4 years experience in Corporate Finance across Australia and India.
Divya joined the team as an Intern while pursuing a Master’s degree in International Finance. With a passion for data driven insights and strategic clarity, Divya brings a strong understanding of business models and enjoys building company specific financial models. Divya began her career in private company valuation and has completed CFA Level I and Level II.
Kasia brings 3 years of experience in corporate advisory and financial policy analysis. Kasia joined the team in 2018 while completing a Master of Finance at the Melbourne Business School. She thrives while tackling complex business problems and enjoys leveraging her technical skill set to help companies unlock value and achieve their growth objectives. Outside the office, Kasia has demonstrated strong leadership both in Australia and abroad, managing student associations and directing a national ski organisation while competing at the international level in skiing herself.
Jenny McMasterPractice Manager
Jenny joins EM Advisory as the Practice Manager where she works closely with Natasha and the team to ensure things run smoothly. Jenny comes from a strong administrative background, having previously worked in family offices, for high-net-worth individuals and a technology start-up. Jenny’s expertise and experience in management, process implementation, recruitment and culture ensures EM Advisory functions effectively, with people and clients at the heart of their work.