The Team

  • The team at Rochford contains a wealth of experience gained from leading financial institutions across the world within varied industries.

The Team

Managing Director

Thomas Averill

Thomas is an economist by degree with various other qualifications in foreign exchange, treasury and derivatives. Before co founding Rochford, Thomas spent 8 years at HiFX Plc; originally in the UK before coming to Sydney in 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.

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Derek Mumford

Derek is a Treasury professional with extensive experience gained with major financial institutions in the UK and Middle East on trading and risk management desks. 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.

This 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.

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Kevin Mitchell

Kevin is an experienced accounting and treasury professional having worked for major financial service institutions 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 fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and an associate member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT).

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Managing Director Asia

Mark Bobek

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.

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Thomas Alexander

Thomas specialises in market risk modelling, visualisation and reporting development. He brings international trade experience from the United States in an S&P 500 company and in Australia with an emphasis on Middle East banking services. Thomas is a Certified Financial Technician with a Masters from the University of Sydney where he specialised in Finance and Banking, complementing his undergraduate qualification. Since joining Rochford Thomas has led the risk modelling projects for a major chemicals trading business, forex trading business and international asset manager.

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Simon Hodges

Simon has worked for major financial institutions such as Royal Bank of Scotland and GE Capital prior to joining Rochford. He has an extensive background structuring debt solutions for large corporates across a wide range of asset classes and industry sectors. As such 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.

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Head of Currency Overlay

Ben Ereira

Ben has over 23 years experience in FX and over 14 years in Currency Management.

Ben’s history includes working at Principal Global Investors as the Head of Passive Currency and Chief Dealer as well as Treasury Sales at multiple international banking institutions. This included Portfolio Manager for Currency Overlay funds of over 21Bln and trading for both Active and Passive funds. He also oversaw the in-housing of 17bln from external managers. Ben holds a Masters in Applied Finance from Macquarie University, Diploma from Securities Institute of Australia and Responsible Officer 1 in Hong Kong.

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Associate Director

Federico Podesta

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 and problem solving and teamwork skills.

Federico has recently 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.

Passionate about continuous learning and data driven management, Federico enjoys working in an environment that promotes creativity and innovation and thrives in the strong Rochford team environment.

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Gabe Cooper

As a recent graduate from the University of Sydney, where he specialised in predictive analytics techniques (through machine learning) and corporate finance, Gabe brings to Rochford a strong focus on financial technology driven solutions.

Previous experience includes working within the fin-tech space as well as advising the Westpac Group on Artificial Intelligence solutions within the banking sector for a university project.

Gabe thrives within Rochford’s dynamic team environment that encourages strong work ethic, diligence and innovation.

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HR / Office Manager

Sue McDonald

Sue joined Rochford in late 2018 as HR / Office Manager. She brings 20+ years experience in Administration spanning across organisations of all sizes. In particular, Sue’s 8 years working with the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) across multiple high-level admin roles and in the HR team, allows her to apply a strong skill set to her role at Rochford.

Along with a solid administration background, Sue’s organisation skills, refined inter-personal skills and can-do attitude makes her a strong fit to support the Rochford team and it's business objectives.

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