Meet the Team
Thomas Averill - Managing Director
Thomas is an economist by degree with numerous qualifications in foreign exchange, treasury and derivatives.
Before co-founding Rochford, Thomas spent 8 years at HiFX Plc, originally in the UK before arriving in Sydney early 2007 to launch HiFX’s FX Advisory business in the Australian market place.
Thomas has extensive experience advising some of the largest companies in Europe and Australasia on treasury risk management.
Derek Mumford - Director
Derek is a Treasury professional with over 30 years experience in trading and risk management, having worked with financial institutions in the UK and Middle East. Derek’s hands-on approach and practical market knowledge provides a sound base for the appropriate application of treasury products to the effective management of corporate exposures.
Dereks broad practical knowledge is complemented by an MBA - International Business, the Association of Corporate Treasurers (UK) Diploma and recognition as a Certified Finance & Treasury Professional with the Finance and Treasury Association in Australia.
Simon Hodges - Director
Simon has worked for large financial institutions including Royal Bank of Scotland and GE Capital and has an extensive background structuring debt solutions for large corporates across a wide range of asset classes and industry sectors. As such, Simon has an acute understanding of the relationship between the treasury function and the commercial objectives of our clients.
His practical knowledge is complimented by a 1st in Economics, Diploma in Corporate Banking and ABFA qualifications.
Kevin Mitchell - Partner
Kevin is an experienced Chartered Accountant and treasury professional having worked in Australia and the UK, including JP Morgan, BNP Paribas, AMP and Rathbone Brothers.
His expertise spans end-to-end accounting functions, including financial control, system analytics, hedge accounting, financial statement preparation and treasury operations. This provides an ideal base and position to understand clients’ needs, in order to deliver best practice advice.
Kevin is a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ), a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and an associate member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT).
Mark Bobek - Managing Director Asia
Mark is a seasoned finance professional with over 25 years of international treasury and operational finance experience in corporate finance and consulting.
Prior to advising clients on financial matters, he held among others the positions of Vice President & Treasurer, DFS Corporation and Regional CFO - Asia, Tupperware Corporation. Mark has a Bachelor of Science in Finance from DePaul University and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Federico Podesta - Consultant
With over 8 years' experience in business improvement and project management within the finance, food processing and agri-business industries, Federico is a natural leader with strategic and analytical thinking processes, problem solving and teamwork skills.
Federico graduated with Distinction WAM from a full-time MBA in the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM @ UNSW Business School). He speaks English, Spanish & Portuguese.
Kaan Yuksel - Compliance Consultant
Kaan brings a deep understanding of legal and regulatory frameworks in financial services, as well as strong experience in dealing with regulatory agencies. Having worked across many different sectors in financial services, Kaan has broad and sophisticated experience in relation to corporate governance, regulatory compliance, data protection, AML/CTF and financial services regulation.
Kaan is a Macquarie University graduate, having completed a Bachelor of Laws with a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in International Business. He is also an admitted solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW.
Sue McDonald - HR Business Partner / Office Manager
Sue brings 25 years experience in Administration and HR, across multiple sized organisations, working with numerous platforms and within various team dynamics, including over 8 years with the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). This level of experience working in high-level admin, EA roles and in HR allows her to apply a very strong skill set to her role at Rochford.
Sue is qualified with a Certificate IV in Human Resources which provides a great foundation for her role and with her, refined organisational and inter-personal skills and can-do attitude, it makes her a strong fit to support the Rochford team and it's business objectives.