Our People

A growing group of smart doers

James Hayes

CEO

James Hayes
CEO

James is an experienced agile coach and delivery manager with an impressive track record of helping teams and organisations across the world find pragmatic ways of improving the way they deliver for their customers. James is able to help people quickly make improvements in a fail safe way and keep the momentum of change up over the long term.

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Angel Chan

Chief Operating Officer

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Angel Chan
Chief Operating Officer

Globe-trotter, foodie, bookworm and analytics consultant. Passionate about using data in smart ways to drive better decisions and outcomes. Loving the pace of change in Aginic because there are always new challenges - from a growing company to evolving technologies. It's also the most geeky, hilarious, motivated and genuine team I've had the fortune to work with.

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Brett Thebault

Director

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Brett Thebault
Director

With a focus on all things innovation, I love a technical challenge and push for disruption and commercial simplicity. I grew up in the Channel Islands in Europe, studied at Oxford University and worked for 6 years in London at Detica, a niche Analytics firm. I then had the opportunity to move to Brisbane to set up and build the EY analytics team before kicking things off with Aginic.

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Marty Conneely

Director

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Marty Conneely
Director

Born in Brissy, started out as a chartered accountant but rarely do that anymore! Loves new technology and learning how it's applied to businesses. I think its awesome that my job is meeting people, understanding their business and coming up with solutions. Try to have fun and aiming to be the office table tennis champ (still a fair way off!!!).

Dale Freya

Director

Dale Freya
Director

Dale is a software engineer and data analyst specialising in web development and business intelligence using modern cloud technology. His experience includes building systems to scale for hundreds of millions of users. He has worked for both public and private sector organisations across industries such as health, recreation, entertainment, video games, education, and defence.

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David Hodges

Managing Director - NSW/ACT

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David Hodges
Managing Director - NSW/ACT

With over 20 years consulting experience including 9 as a Big4 partner, helping clients improve performance and manage risk better. I dived headfirst into the world of data and haven't looked back! I co-founded Aginic Sydney and love being a part of our awesome growth story, working with our incredibly talented crew to solve business problems differently with data. Love tennis, running, and all things Max Tegmark.

Mark Alexander

Managing Director - VIC

Mark Alexander
Managing Director - VIC

Mark is a Director of Aginic, a national Data & Analytics consultancy specialising in solving complex business problems using a combination of advanced analytics, design thinking, and agile delivery. Prior to joining Aginic, Mark was Microsoft’s Strategy lead for Data and Artificial Intelligence partners, and a Strategy Consultant at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). After leaving BCG, Mark joined Medibank as the Data Strategy Manager. Mark has also held the role of Executive Director of Melbourne Business School’s Centre for Business Analytics, and founded the Centre’s Business Analytics Conference and Datathon in 2017. Mark completed his MBA at Melbourne Business School winning the Dux of School’s John Clemenger medal in 2012. Mark is passionate about enabling clients to make data-driven decisions, and making the complex simple! He bridges the gap between business and technology translating data and analytics into business value. Mark loves all things sport and health and migrated into data and analytics through elite sport being a Sports Physiotherapist at three Olympic Games with the Australian Triathlon team. Mark loves travelling and camping with his three awesome kids and amazing wife.

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Rob Mackay

Director

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Rob Mackay
Director

A former health professional with over 10 years clinical and technology consulting experience. I came to Australia from Africa when I was 10 years old and haven't looked back. The Aginic team is unbelievably smart, vibrant, friendly, honest and hard working. We are in a very fortunate position of being able to work with a range of the latest technology platforms to help solve some of society's most wicked problems.

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Ian Rodin

Non-Executive Chairman

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Ian Rodin
Non-Executive Chairman

A chartered accountant for over 35 years, I've travelled a lot and worked in Australia for over 27 years.I'm loving working with a great team in a smart, vibrant, values-based organisation which is really going places. I feel energised every time I walk through the door.

Catherine Pook

Bookkeeper

Catherine Pook
Bookkeeper

Danni Lopez

People and Talent Manager

Danni Lopez
People and Talent Manager

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Demi Van Der Poel

Finance Manager

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Demi Van Der Poel
Finance Manager

Aginic!

Lee-Ann Dewis

Finance Assistant

Lee-Ann Dewis
Finance Assistant

Jeff Dunbar

Service Delivery Lead

Jeff Dunbar
Service Delivery Lead

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Laura McDonald

Company Secretary and EA to Directors

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Laura McDonald
Company Secretary and EA to Directors

A food enthusiast and exercise junkie, who never says no to a family day at the beach. I love helping others with any challenge, and I thrive on a busy office with happy colleagues. I'm energised by the relaxed and genuine work culture that the Aginic team represents.

Kristen Thornton

Business Manager

Kristen Thornton
Business Manager

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Cassandra Schultz

Senior Manager

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Cassandra Schultz
Senior Manager

An animal loving mathematician who's dabbled with a bit of coding. Gets a buzz out of being able to solve tricky questions for clients using analytics and seeing the reaction that results. Loves the culture of the team and enjoys the excitement that comes with every day in the office.

Evan Williams

Senior Manager

Evan Williams
Senior Manager

Frank Valks

Enterprise Agile Coach

Frank Valks
Enterprise Agile Coach

Experienced (~30 Years) technical IT practitioner and using my enterprise agile delivery coach role to get the best out of people, creating high performing teams who produce high quality deliverables. This includes large scale programs (~3000 People) and executive leadership coaching. Like to work with people who are passionate and together we try to solve complex problems in innovative ways.

Paul Thornton

Technical Agilist / Agile DevOps

Paul Thornton
Technical Agilist / Agile DevOps

Paul was one of a small number of people who instigated Sky's (UK) move to Scrum and the digitisation of their services (such as Sky Go, Sky News, and the award winning Sky Sports app), across web and mobile (this was later mirrored by Foxtel so you can thank him for Foxtel Go!). He has a wealth of experience having worked for leading bluechip companies (Trinity Mirror, Elsevier, Sky, UKTV) over the past 20 years and comes from computer science, software engineering, web development background - still loves to dabble with new tech when given the chance. Being a long term believer and practitioner of agile principles and extreme programming practices over the past 14 years, has given him the ability to oversee the success of large and complex agile programs whilst also coaching the improvement of the team's technical practices.

Sally Greenwood

Senior Manager

Sally Greenwood
Senior Manager

Sally is a delivery focused coach with extensive experience in large transformations and executive leadership coaching. Sally was leading the Agile strategy and capability across Suncorp Bank, the first financial institution to experiment with an Agile Way Of Working. More recently she has been working across Macquarie Bank to further transform their Way Of Working.

Ben Forbes

Marketing Manager

Ben Forbes
Marketing Manager

A passionate marketing professional who loves looking at the bigger picture. A background in tourism, health and manufacturing industries, and a love for the arts (especially music). Continually motivated by the role data analytics can play in shaping our world, and learning from the best in the biz here at Aginic.

Pietari Keurulainen

Head of DesignOps

Pietari Keurulainen
Head of DesignOps

Finnish Designer with over a decade of experience from creative agencies. Passionate about improving user and customer experience, as well as designing modern solutions involving latest technologies. Loves playing sports, gaming and drinking a good cup of coffee.

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Anna Fransson

Creative Lead

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Anna Fransson
Creative Lead

A design-loving Swede inspired by science fiction, Japanese culture, photography and most of all the people I work with! Creating a fulfilling user experience with elegant designs is very rewarding, whether it's an interactive dashboard, exhibition or brand identity.

Benoit Perigaud

Senior Manager

Benoit Perigaud
Senior Manager

Frenchy calling Australia home since 2015. Experienced IT and management consultant turned analytics devotee, always keen to play around with new tools and technologies and understand how they can help our clients and their customers. Can usually be found chasing a frisbee or wearing a wetsuit and diving mask.

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Cael Degnian

Manager

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Cael Degnian
Manager

Biomedical engineer turned data dude. Enjoys working collaborative in teams to solve complex technical and social problems; passionate about finding elegant solutions. Inspired by people and their stories. Likes food, dislikes John Cusack. Always intrigued by the 'how' and the 'why'.

Eric Del Rio

Senior Delivery Manager

Eric Del Rio
Senior Delivery Manager

Luiz Carneiro

Data Science Lead

Luiz Carneiro
Data Science Lead

Vivian Shih

Manager

Vivian Shih
Manager

Actuarial graduate who prefers to do maths with a calculator. Loves creating positive impact through client engagements. Motivated by learning new technologies on the job. Enjoys travelling to different cities for work. Thrive on our family-like team dynamic.

Daniel John

Delivery Manager

Daniel John
Delivery Manager

With over 10 years’ delivery experience across a range of different industries, including construction, video games, mobile apps, and government, DJ brings a wealth of knowledge. He is passionate about continuously improving how teams work together and enabling them to deliver great results.

Rahul Nair

Lead, Products and Startups

Rahul Nair
Lead, Products and Startups

Originally from India, a cultural outcast, non-religious, obviously atheist. I love photography, also love reading humour but am easily distracted and super lazy. I have been coding for quite some time now and want to continue coding for a long time. I joined Aginic because I wanted to learn new tech and get exposed to the nitty-gritty of building and running a startup, have loved my time here ever since. I have the opportunity to work with some of the smartest people I have ever met and I draw motivation from them. And oh, there's also beer and pingpong, not necessarily in that order!

Rob Leane

Senior Delivery Manager

Rob Leane
Senior Delivery Manager

Rowan Walsh

Senior Delivery Manager

Rowan Walsh
Senior Delivery Manager

Moving to Australia from Ireland in 2006 Rowan started his career as a Data Analyst in the Market Research industry, and over time moved more into delivery facilitation and coaching, most recently working with Macquarie in their Regulatory Reporting and Banking and Financial Services areas. He focuses a lot on improving the way that teams work, and takes a pragmatic approach when encouraging change and enabling delivery. Rowan is a firm believer in the core Agile Principles, and the value that empowering all members of a team can have when delivering client focused solutions. He is a rugby tragic, and spends his free time with his family, watching rugby with mates, and enjoying a craft beer or two.

Ruben Slabbert

Chief Architect

Ruben Slabbert
Chief Architect

Ruben is a solution architect with data engineering, infrastructure modernisation, and application development experience across Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, and Amazon Web Services.

Samantha Scott

Manager

Samantha Scott
Manager

Commerce and Digital Business graduate who enjoys challenges presented from working across new and different tools and technologies. Has a keen interest in exploring relationships across data sets and translating them into simple, effective insights and actions for organisations. Loves having a social team environment because of the awesome vibe it creates in the office whether we’re working on a project or catching up over some table tennis.

Sam Kosky

Lead Data Engineer

Sam Kosky
Lead Data Engineer

Sam is a Lead Data Engineer specialising in data pipelines across Microsoft Azure, AWS and Google Cloud. Sam specialises in systems utilising IoT.

Emma Freya

DesignOps Manager

Emma Freya
DesignOps Manager

Qualified Swedish chef with experience in financial planning; turned developer; now designer. Loves creating awesome stuff. Enjoys turning concepts to beautiful pieces visualised on the web. Engaged by learning new things on the job everyday. Energised by our social work culture.

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Felix Kiefer

Delivery Manager

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Felix Kiefer
Delivery Manager

Studied International Business in Dortmund (Germany), gained experience in Europe, South America and Australia in various industries. Enjoys simple and intuitive designs and strives to tackle problems from unusual angles and perspectives. Always curious how things work. Savours the diversity and energy of the team.

Liz Heyse

Product Manager

Liz Heyse
Product Manager

Jason McLaren

Lead Product Designer

Jason McLaren
Lead Product Designer

Designer fascinated with the cross section of design and user experience. With skills in visual design, development, user interaction, and user experience Jason is keen to tackle any challenge that comes his way. Other interests include photography and debating the word limit of Google Slide presentations.

Ben McCoy

Data Engineer

Ben McCoy
Data Engineer

Christine Dixon

Lead Analyst

Christine Dixon
Lead Analyst

I came to analytics via biomedical research, including drug screening, biophysics and genetics, with a heavy focus on science communication. Data isn't interesting by itself; you need creativity to build the transformations, metrics and visualisations to turn it into meaning. Show me your data and let's build a story together.

David Bishop

Lead Analyst

David Bishop
Lead Analyst

Mathematician and (semi-professional) musician with an unashamedly niche sense of humour. Strengths are statistics, programming, and working with large datasets. Driven by constantly reading, learning, and finding new novel ways to solve problems. Could literally talk for hours about footy if required. Loves the social and friendly work culture, and always up for banter.

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Jake Hughes

Lead Analyst

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Jake Hughes
Lead Analyst

A huge football (soccer) fanatic from Wales with a passion for astrophysics. Studied and researched physics and astronomy. Enjoys helping clients discover new insights in their data, and learning about other industries. Slowly but surely getting better at table tennis.

Christina Huang

Senior Designer

Christina Huang
Senior Designer

Sachi Grannan

Associate Software Engineer

Sachi Grannan
Associate Software Engineer

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Designer

Sommer Deo
Designer

John Owen

Senior Software Engineer

John Owen
Senior Software Engineer

Hooked on coding since high school. Now loves building tools that make life easier for real people. Intrigued by real-world applications of maths and computer science. Stays on the cutting edge of the tech world. Loves chatting over a coffee. Can square a circle.

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Kieran Jordan

Manager

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Kieran Jordan
Manager

Insatiably curious. I spend my time seeking interesting problems, nice people to work with and a good cup of tea. To date this search has spanned an eclectic range of fields, from consulting, physics and social science to activism and specialty coffee. While content with any good puzzle I'm particularly interested in solutions that improve people's everyday experience, whether that’s providing better health outcomes in hospitals or simply better tasting coffee.

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Michael Gilmour

Software Engineer

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Michael Gilmour
Software Engineer

Mechanical engineering graduate, with a love for numbers and problem solving. Best part of the job is being pushed to learn new things and challenge my thinking everyday, as part of a dynamic and supportive team. Also gotta the fun team building activities.

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Olga Drath

Lead Analyst

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Olga Drath
Lead Analyst

A wannabe data ‘wizard’ suffering from everlasting wanderlust. Previous professional experiences include: translating medical papers from Japanese to Polish, cleaning hotel rooms in North-East Iceland and a PhD research in molecular magnetism. Likes hiking, learning foreign languages, patting dogs and data digging. Passionate about translating long tables and spreadsheets into beautiful charts. At Aginic, I enjoy working on diverse and challenging projects with the friendliest and geekiest people of all.

Vijay Rajagopalan

Senior Data Engineer

Vijay Rajagopalan
Senior Data Engineer

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Will Weldon

Lead Analyst

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Will Weldon
Lead Analyst

Maths Graduate with experience in telecommunications. Loves playing around with new technologies and excited about learning new things. Enjoy creating ways for people to engage with their own information. Excited to play futsal each week with our company team.

Mateo Vlacic

Data Scientist

Mateo Vlacic
Data Scientist

I’m a Mathematician and Data Scientist with a huge appreciation for the creative and profound ways that maths and statistics can be used in the real world. I love finding underlying structures and patterns in complex systems (which may be why I’m also a huge linguistics nerd). I also cycle, play board games, and watch too many movies in my spare time.

Mark Boongaling

Senior Analyst

Mark Boongaling
Senior Analyst

Mechanical Engineer turned IT data analyst and programmer. Strengths include process automation, documentation and communicating the complicated in a simple manner. He has a passion for seeing people have their 'light bulb' moment either from learning something new and novel to unsurfacing new insights in their own data. He is an avid rock climber, tennis player and baker. When he is not solving problems on the computer he can be found solving problems on the wall or in the kitchen.

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Anthony Pirlo

Designer

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Anthony Pirlo
Designer

Mechanical Engineering graduate, Fragrance Consultant and now Number Nerd. Loves diving deep into the data to find new stories then making them look gorgeous on the front end. Excited to work with such a young and motivated team. Competitive ping-pong enthusiast who is passionate about finding humour in any situation.

Ruth Lambert

Delivery Lead

Ruth Lambert
Delivery Lead

Sam Sharrock

Analyst

Sam Sharrock
Analyst

Camila Carvalho

Analyst

Camila Carvalho
Analyst

Yui Matsuoka

Designer

Yui Matsuoka
Designer

Surbhi Kumari

Analyst

Surbhi Kumari
Analyst

Natasha Dronova

Senior Analyst

Natasha Dronova
Senior Analyst

Professionally, I love discovering insights from complex data. Personally, I say "Yes" to every opportunity that comes my way and chase the ones that try sneaking by: I'm an avid language learner, tennis player, teacher and puzzle solver. I love learning new technologies every day and enjoy working in a team on innovative projects!

Surabhi Nigam

Data Engineer

Surabhi Nigam
Data Engineer

Surabhi is a data engineer and your go to guide for wine, food and all things tech. She's passionate about creating reliable and reusable solutions. With her experience with diverse tech stacks and extensive global exposure, she brings creativity and ingenuity capabilities to problem solving. She has a crazy appetite for food and she'll never say no to a cup of coffee.

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Naunghton Williams

Senior Analyst

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Naunghton Williams
Senior Analyst

Business graduate now data analyst. Born in England and raised in South Africa. Passionate about working collaboratively to solve complex problems and also eating until I fall into a coma. I enjoy working at Aginic because of the emphasis on learning and being very friendly and inclusive.

Ruoran Huang

Senior Data Scientist

Ruoran Huang
Senior Data Scientist

Sebastian Haviland

Senior Software Engineer

Sebastian Haviland
Senior Software Engineer

Danielle Simkus

Senior Analyst

Danielle Simkus
Senior Analyst

Ava Lusis

Analyst

Ava Lusis
Analyst

Mathematician with a specific interest in delivering insights from complex data. My experience as an infants' swimming teacher throughout uni years means I approach challenges with unshakeable enthusiasm and patience. Strengths include problem solving, communication and water-themed nursery rhymes. Love the hard working, supportive, reality-tv-loving work culture.

Charles Hadeed

Analyst

Charles Hadeed
Analyst

Mathematician turned Data Analyst; I love finding new ways to utilise data to gather useful insights. My experience teaching at university has given me the ability to communicate advanced concepts to just about anyone. I am excited to solve interesting and complex problems and always have an optimistic approach going into anything new. I spend my spare time drinking coffee and playing futsal.

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Elynor Liu

Analyst

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Elynor Liu
Analyst

Mathematical physics PhD turned data consultant! Love to provide clients data insights as well as challenging myself to understand their fields. Absolutely enjoy to be immersed in a practical problem that can be tackled by new technologies! Love the supportive environment and the growth mindset promoted at Aginic.

Yasir Malik

Associate Software Engineer

Yasir Malik
Associate Software Engineer

Mamie Chen

Analyst

Mamie Chen
Analyst

As a data analyst, always being enthusiastic at tackling business problems with the elegant data solutions. Loves collaborative, creative and agile working style which has been continuously achieved in Aginic. A great remote worker, food lover and gamer.

Evan Jasiewicz

Analyst

Evan Jasiewicz
Analyst

Kayne Thornhill

Analyst

Kayne Thornhill
Analyst

Economics graduate with a natural passion for data analysis, learning and teaching. I enjoy problem solving with a purpose or user in mind and using BI tools to visualise complex data models. Big believer in effectively working with a team to deliver incredible outcomes that are not possible individually.

Alexandra Wolfer

Analyst

Alexandra Wolfer
Analyst

Likes solving data mysteries with my trusty fellow data-detectives. Studied psychology, business and econometrics across North America and Australia with forays into peri-operative research, behavioural economics, gender disparities in finance and cognitive neuroscience. She likes to surf, ski, hike and flow.