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.
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.
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.
Susan Watts - Corporate Services Manager
A gifted People manager with a natural flair for Partnerships, Collaboration, Mentoring and Education, Sue has been described as "able to build relationships across the board". She's a natural Business developer, Visionary, big-picture Thinker and first-class Relationship manager.
Her International career within Banking, Charitable fundraising & Business ownership has spanned Australia, Europe & North America and she is passionate about mentoring the next generation of Finance leaders as well as supporting and raising awareness for Not-for-Profit organisations.
David Storm - Head of Distribution
David has worked in the Financial Services Industry for over 30 years across Asset Management, Platforms, Advice and Trustee Services. David recently established Storm Capital Partners to assist and advise emerging Asset Managers and Platforms to design and implement contemporary Retail Product solutions. David has extensive experience in leading National Distribution Teams in the Retail Financial Intermediary market. David has worked for Citibank, Advance Asset Management, Ord Minnett, IOOF, Australian Wealth Management and Onevue in Senior Executive roles.
Derek Mumford - Consultant
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.
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.