Board of Directors

Brian Thomas

Non-Executive Director

Brian has been with Spitfire from when it was founded. He advises small to mid market capitalisation companies on corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions and investor relations. A Non-Executive Director with several ASX listed companies he has been Managing Director, Non-Executive Chairman and Director with numerous other ASX listed companies over the past 10 years. This followed a 15 year career in financial services having held Director level roles with an Australian bank, an international investment banking and funds management group and corporate stockbroker.

Brian graduated from the University of Adelaide with a BSc in Mineral Economics, the University of Western Australia Business School with an MBA and the Securities Institute of Australia (now FinSIA) with a Certificate in Applied Finance and Investment.

Jean-Jacques van Helten

Non-Executive Director

Jean-Jacques, Managing Director & Chief Risk Officer, EMEA for Bank of Montreal (BMO) Financial Group and a Fellow of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies in Florence.

He is an experienced C-suite Risk Professional with a demonstrated multi-year history of working in the banking industry internationally across Australia, Europe & Asia with strong bottom-line & solution-orientated operational focus. Skilled in Market, Liquidity & Operational Risks and Credit Risk Analytics.

Laurence Milne

Executive Director

Laurence Milne is the Founder and an Executive Director at the Company. His experience in funds management and comprehensive background in institutional commodities markets has driven the companies best practice approach to investment management and continuing pursuit to build the asset manager of tomorrow.

Leadership Team

Matthew Johnson

Chief Executive Officer

Matthew is responsible for the overall direction of Spitfire. With Matthew's strong leadership skills and extensive experience in the finance industry, he brings with him a broad understanding of the financial services marketplace and is well versed in understanding the needs of advisers and their clients.

Before Spitfire, Matthew had been with Wealthtrac since 2005. As the Managing Director and CEO of Wealthtrac, he led the company through significant growth. Today Wealthtrac is a multi-dealer platform business which holds $2 billion in Funds under Administration and is used by over 6000 members.

Matthew is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

David Storm

Head of Distribution

David Storm David is an experienced Financial Services Executive having worked across Funds Management, Stock Broking, Self-Managed Superannuation, Insurance, Financial Planning and advice and Retail Banking. David has been a member of Investment Committees at Citibank, Ord Minnett, OneVue and Advance Asset Management, bringing over 20 years of investment experience having worked with some of Australia’s top investment Professionals.

Anil Sagaram

Chief Product Officer

Anil is Chief Product Officer at Spitfire and responsible for the ongoing development and product management of Spitfire's next generation platform. Anil has 20 years experience across the wealth management value chain having held various senior positions in the broking, wealth and banking areas at Morgan Stanley, Macquarie Bank, GBST and BT Financial Group. Anil is an experienced business leader and passionate about the best practice use of design thinking and agile product development in order to drive staff and client engagement and commercial value. In his most recent role at BT, Anil headed up the teams responsible for the development and design of BT’s market leading Panorama platform. Anil holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Western Australia and a Graduate diploma in Applied Finance (Kaplan).

Anthea Wright

Head of Operations

Anthea is Head of Operations for Spitfire Corporation. She is responsible for platform operations including treasury and cash management, trade processing, reconciliation and reporting. For the past 25 years, Anthea has held senior management positions at foreign Authorised Deposit-taking Institutions (ADI’s). Prior to Spitfire, she was responsible for the project managed business integration and system conversion for the Securitisation team at Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS). Her management of the RBS Operations teams following staff restructures bought stability to a workplace undergoing significant change. Anthea holds a Bachelor of Commerce from UWA

Rob Michal

Head of Transitions

Robert has been working in the finance industry for over 15 years, starting out in custody at JP Morgan Chase. He has since worked with ABN AMRO BANK NV, The Royal Bank of Scotland, and with Morgan Stanley. He has extensive experience in managing operations teams and a strong middle office management back ground. Robert has a broad knowledge across multiple products including Equities, Fixed Income and Derivatives. Robert has a solid Institutional banking background and exposure to retail investments through Warrants and Structured Products at ABN and RBS. Robert is committed to ensuring our clients have access to the most innovative and exciting platform in the market. Robert is a qualified DTR and is RG146 industry accredited as well as other industry related certificates.

Chris Hansen

Head of Client Services

Chris joined Spitfire Corporation in September 2018 as Head of Client Services, bringing with him more than a decade of experience in the platform services and wealth management industries. Chris supports the transactional and investment needs of Advisers and their operational staff to ensure client engagements are delivered with the highest level of quality and professionalism. He has a proven track record of key account management and prior to joining the team at Spitfire served as the Adviser Services Manager at Mason Stevens Limited. Chris has also previously held positions with UBS Investment Bank and Canaccord Capital. Chris holds a BA/LLB from the Australian National University, and is ADA1 accredited.

Engineering Team

Nathan McCarthy

Chief Technology Officer

Nathan is responsible for aligning Spitfire’s technology strategy with business objectives. He has a background in big data, security and investment banking technology. He has experience ranging from building trading systems for large enterprises to cloud-based applications for startups. Nathan is a proponent of strong DevOps practices, agile software development and continuous improvement. Nathan holds a Bachelor of Computer Engineering with First Class Honours from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Joe Yang

Senior Engineer

Seven years of professional experience in Software Engineering specialising on Software Design and Development, Software Services, Database Systems, Cloud and Big Data Technologies and Financial Systems. Bachelor of Software Engineering degree (Honours) from the University of Sydney.

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