SIRCA Team

David Sharp

Chief Executive Officer

David has more than 21 years experience in the Australian data driven marketing, credit and property decision science industries. He originally founded Sharp & Anderson Consulting which became fully acquired by Data Advantage Ltd in 2000 (now known as Veda Ltd, part of the global group Equifax.)

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David joined Veda Ltd as a senior executive in 1998 and prior to leaving the business in 2008 he held responsibility for the marketing, property and credit analytics business units working with clients such as Citibank, AMEX, NAB, ANZ, CBA, Westpac, Bank West, David Jones, Myer Grace Bros, AGL, Energy Australia, Citipower amongst many others.

David joined Grays eCommerce Group Ltd (GeG) in 2010 leading the Group marketing and customer analytics function prior to being appointed Executive General Manager overseeing GeG Consumer and Wine auction businesses, as well as the retail division. The total online sales from this segment of GeG exceeded $190m per annum.

Here is what David had to say about joining SIRCA:

“I am excited to join the SIRCA Group at a time when Big Data is front and centre for all business and government decisions. This group has been working with Big Data for more than 15 years and has a unique opportunity to create world class business solutions with global application. Having developed the successful Tick History product, more than 10 years ago, working with global firm Thomson Reuters, we are well placed to leverage new Big Data opportunities.”

Satish Nair

Chief Finance Officer & Company Secretary

Satish Nair is a Chartered Accountant with several years of experience within the financial services sector. He was the CFO of Reuters Australia until 2007, following which he was the Director of Financial Planning & Decision support at First Data, a KKR company.

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Satish joined SIRCA in 2012. Satish oversees the finance, human resource and legal functions of SIRCA Ltd & RoZetta Technology Pty Ltd in his capacity as CFO and Company Secretary of both entities.

Peter Spicer

Chief Technology Officer

Peter Spicer joined SIRCA following a 25 year career with Accenture. As a senior executive at Accenture, Peter has lead major transformation programs at financial services clients across Asia-Pacific.

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His roles have involved the full lifecycle of customer management from shaping and selling the solution through to accountability for the delivery of the project and business outcomes.

As a senior executive with Accenture, Peter also had responsibility at various times across different practice areas including Mobility, Enterprise Architecture, IT Strategy and Transformation.

The range of projects Peter has lead have been diverse ranging from an IT organisation design and transformation for the Singapore Exchange, Digital Strategy for a Malaysian headquartered regional bank, large scale multi-country programs such as core banking and mortgage origination transformation to more technical programs such as a data centre transformation and migration program for a Malaysian Bank and enterprise security strategy and platform implementation for one of the Australian big four banks.

Ian Friedman

Chief Data Officer

Ian is responsible for the company’s data architecture and delivery. Ian has over 30 years experience in financial markets, specialising in Market Data integration and symbology.

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His team is responsible for delivering and maintaining complex market data mapping rules for over 300 exchanges and venues for the Thomson Reuters Tick History Service. More recently, Ian is innovating with new technologies and data sets to add value to the Eikon Studio, Thomson Reuters new MarketPlace for third party apps.

Previously, Ian was the principal consultant for Imagineered Consulting Pty Ltd and Global Product Manager for Equity Systems Limited – A Reuters subsidiary.

Nicholle McNiece

Head of Academic Services

Nicholle joined SIRCA to manage the Academic Services function. Communicating with existing SIRCA members, subscribers and data providers, Nicholle will oversee product delivery and support, sales and marketing and account management, in addition to exploring growth opportunities relevant to SIRCA’s mission.

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Nicholle previously worked in sales and marketing, account management and user experience for Wharton Research Data Services at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Nicholle is a graduate of Royal Academy of Music in London majoring in vocal performance.

David Simmonds

Director, Data and Research

David has considerable experience with the challenges confronted by today’s researcher community. His education comes from several of Australia’s leading universities, where he has been a researcher, teacher and manager of a centre for research in finance. He has developed and built highly regarded data sets for researchers of Australian capital markets.

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David also consults on data sources for Australia’s largest business school, where the efficient use of research funds is imperative.

David’s focus within SIRCA is on improving the quality of resources for member researchers. This has included better training services, more accessible and informative documentation, clearer web page layouts, and methods to improve the quality of data content within and between delivered services.

Rasika Amarasiri

Data Analyst

Rasika joined SIRCA in 2012, initially working part time and moving to a full time position in 2015. Rasika has a unique background and a skill set that has been acquired through his past employments. Prior to joining SIRCA, Rasika was the Research IT Services Manager at the Department of Accounting and Finance in Monash University.

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Rasika has been helping researchers at Monash by providing them advice on financial databases and optimized and efficient processing of data. Through this work, Rasika has gained a wealth of knowledge on financial databases in the market and their uses in academic research.

He obtained his PhD from the Faculty of Information Technology in Monash University. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Engineering (honours) and the Master of Science degrees from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. Prior to his PhD, Rasika has held various positions in the industry and academia including being the Hostmaster for the .LK domain registry, web master, systems administrator, consultant and lecturer.