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James Kirby

Experienced business owner and manager, company director, private equity investor and philanthropist. Highly skilled in strategy development and execution, finance, engineering and marketing, acquired through 40+ years of corporate leadership, including in manufacturing, winemaking and family-owned business. Keen interest and experience in science, innovation, conservation and sustainability, through personal investments and board-level involvement with for-profit and not-for-profit organisations.


  • Finance-
  • Marketing-
  • Exit/Succession-


  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and rural-
  • Manufacturing-
  • Wholesale trade-
  • Financial and insurance services-

Spoken Languages:

  • English-

State: New South Wales

Primary Locations:

  • Family Business Association (FBA) voucher bookings only.-

Locations by request:

  • North Sydney-
  • South & South West Sydney-
  • Sydney - Outer West & Blue Mountains-
  • (I am happy to drive up to 30 minutes from the CBD.)

Mentoring available by:

  • In Person, Face to Face in (New South Wales) or by Phone and online

I can also deliver mentoring by phone and online

Current Occupation:

Current business roles including managing the family office and serving as director and trusted adviser to a number of venture capital investments. Existing not-for profit directorships include James N Kirby Foundation, Lizard Island Reef Research Foundation and University of Sydney Physics Foundation

Detailed CV:

Kirby Capital Pty Ltd  2016 - present

Personal family office with portfolio of listed and unlisted securities, private equity and venture capital investments.  

Role | Executive Director and Investment Manager

Hungerford Hill Wines Pty Ltd 2002 - 2016

Prestige vineyard, wine making and marketing business based in the Hunter Valley, NSW. Role: Owner, Chief Executive Officer

James N Kirby Group 1972 - 2004

Leading Australian automotive, refrigeration and air conditioning manufacturing and property conglomerate, founded by my grandfather in 1924. Roles | Graduate Trainee through to Executive Director with primary responsibility for strategic planning and M&A


  • BEng
  • MBA