Leonian, Greg Minton, honoured by UQ

Private equity guru and former St. Leo’s College Resident Greg Minton has been awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award which he will receive this October at the Courting the Greats Ceremony.
Greg studied at UQ for a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) in 1984 and a Bachelor of Economics in 1989.

Greg is a private equity specialist, former Managing Partner with Archer Capital and is renowned for his great intellect, commercial acumen, and herculean determination and drive.

In his fifteen years at Archer Capital, one of Australia’s leading private equity firms, Minton as a Managing Partner, co-led its growth from less than $100 million to over $3 billion in Funds Under Management at the time of his retirement from the firm in 2015.

Archer is now one of Australia’s largest private equity firms, with investments in industries as diverse as V8 Supercars, restaurants, private healthcare, agriculture, retail, technology and mining services. In the period Minton has co-led Archer Capital, it has generated investment results of a compound rate of return of 34% and a 2.9x money multiple on its investments consistently over the past 15 years.

Peter Wiggs, Archer’s Chief Executive has said about Greg: “Greg has defined the Archer approach and culture: Work hard, don’t cut corners, treat all with respect and fairness, be selfless, take responsibility for the tough jobs, keep your sense of humour.”

This echoes the sentiment Greg says his dad taught him: “The harder you work, the luckier you are”.

Greg grew up in Gladstone and attended St. Brendan’s College, Yeppoon as a boarder. He credits the College with helping him to get into UQ, launching his career both in business and in rugby league. Greg was the recipient of a Queensland Alumina scholarship, which enabled him to study engineering at The University of Queensland before going on to complete his MBA at the prestigious International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Switzerland.

During his time at St. Leo’s Greg supplemented his studies with rugby league which led on to a semi-professional career following the completion in 1984 of his engineering degree. During that time he captained both the Capras and Souths in Queensland. After he finished playing he made the time to mentor others, particularly in his beloved code of rugby league, in preparing athletes for life after the end of their professional football careers. Greg knew only too well the even greater challenges in making the transition for professional footballers today. He is pictured below with Corey Payne who Greg has mentored for the last six years. It was after Greg retired from Rugby League that he travelled to the prestigious International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Switzerland and completed his MBA.

We are delighted Greg has been honoured by UQ in this way. It is a thoroughly well-deserved award.