Our story

Born in September 2016, TIQK began ‘life’ as an idea to help the 80% of Australians who don’t seek advice to achieve their financial goals. But, when we realised that there was no automated solution to assess advice risks, we pivoted and built our own.

Built on extensive market research and feedback, the first version of TIQK was released in October 2017. Since then our rapid release schedule has featured a number of market “firsts” such as automated tests for SoA Best Interest Duty and “Cookie-Cutter” advice.

Team

TIQK’s founding members bring to the table a wealth of business experience from diverse fields including information technology, finance and marketing. The collective pioneering spirit of the team drove the idea past the impossible to identify a clear solution to obtaining reliable regulatory intelligence.

Board

Peter Maher

Chairman & Director

Peter is an experienced director with a strong leadership record in major listed corporations (including multinationals) in both the for-profit sector, as well as Board Executive positions (and chairmanships) in the not-for-profit sector.

A member of Macquarie Group’s Executive Committee for 13 years, he led the evolution of Macquarie’s retail business as Group Head of Banking and Financial Services until his retirement in September 2013. He also had senior leadership roles at Westpac, Campbells (Arnotts) and DB Breweries (Heineken).

He has taken Industry Leadership roles, including as Chairman of the Financial Services Council, which involved extensive consultation with the Government on appropriate regulation.

He has a strong focus on people development, sustainability of performance, and accountability.

Peter MaherChairman

Steve Thomson

CEO

For nearly 30 years, Steve has been at the forefront of change in the financial services industry, beginning with his involvement with a fledgling bancassurance industry in the late 80’s, creating ING’s first fee for advice licensee in 2004, and establishing his own innovative financial planning business in 2013.

He has worked at senior levels with Westpac, ANZ, Zurich, Clearview and ING, as well as serving on both for profit and not for profit boards across financial services, disability, sporting and business groups.

Steve lives with his family in the Hunter Valley and when not helping to disrupt the financial services industry, enjoys great wine, supporting his beloved Maitland Rugby Club, and spending time with his family.

Steve ThomsonCEO, and Executive Director

Lane Cipriani

Founder, CTO, and Executive Director

Over the past 25 years, Lane has been involved with some of the world's largest companies and brands. In sectors as diverse as transport, software, telecommunications, FMCG, financial services, and the media, he has led commercial operations across the Asia-Pacific region, the EU, and North America.

Most recently Lane was the Chief Product Officer of Isentia Pty Limited, the ASX200 market-leader in media monitoring, analysis and content marketing.

He has a degree in Computer Systems Engineering; and is trained in graphic design and HCI/UX design.

Lane Cipriani Founder, CTO, and Executive Director

Leadership team

Paul Carey

Chief Operations Officer

Paul has been involved in the finance industry for much of his career, working in businesses such as RetireInvest, ING, RAMS Home Loans and, most recently, Westpac. He has held senior management roles in marketing, operations, conduct and compliance, and franchising.

Over the last 6 years, Paul’s experience in setting up credit licences and working with industry leaders in the mortgage broking industry has provided him with deep insights into the compliance challenges they face and the opportunities for sustainable solutions available through new technology.

Outside work, Paul life is dominated by his love of family and the great outdoors. A former baseballer, he is gaining new skills as a woodworker and is an avid abseiler.

Paul CareyChief Operations Officer

Anna Cochrane

Head of Customer Success

A passion for technology, people and looking at how businesses can become more efficient has fuelled Anna’s career. It’s been the basis for her ability to look outside the box at available options available for change and growth.

Moving from New Zealand to Australia and experiencing working with fast growth companies such as Xero, Anna has first-hand experience with businesses that have utilised technology for expansion.

To Anna, seeing businesses and their teams empowered through technology and looking forward to their future is both exciting and satisfying.

Outside of work, Anna is a regular traveller. She is motivated by a desire to see more of the world and to catch up with her family who are spread from New Zealand to Canada. As if that wasn’t enough, hiking, photography and reading are also important to her.

Anna CochraneHead of Customer Success

Paya Bodaghi

Head of Engineering

Responsible for leading the direction of software engineering at TIQK, Paya is a technology enthusiast who starts his day by reading technical and leadership articles and books while commuting to work.

He began programming when he was 12 and since then he has been involved in all aspects of software development in diverse industries; wearing different hats such as developer, architect and development manager. He is an Evidence-based Management practitioner who as an Agile servant-leader uses Extreme Ownership in leadership principles to make his teams efficient and self-organised.

Outside of work, he enjoys working out in his home gym and jogging with his dog every night, and kayaking is the main plan for his weekends. Paya plays the electric guitar whenever he can find an empty slot and as a metal-head tries not to miss any great metal gig.

Paya BodaghiHead of Engineering

Steve Brown

Head of Sales

Steve is a distinguished sales and strategy executive with 16 years’ experience in commercial B2B . He has primarily worked in media with the last decade focused on digital, data, technology and transformation.

His commercial approach is collaborative where customer centricity is defined by knowing all of the elements of his clients challenges, needs and wants. This combined with a strong ability to support stakeholders to mutually beneficial commercial outcomes has delivered powerful results for their business.

He is most passionate about how data and technology can enable better business outcomes for clients.

Outside of the office, Steve is a mad motorsport enthusiast, travels widely to hike hills and enjoys being thrilled with developments in consumer technologies.

Steve BrownHead of Sales

Advisory Board

Julie Berry

Industry & Regulatory Advisor

Julie is registered tax (financial) adviser, a Certified Financial Planner and has practiced as a financial planner for over 28 years. Julie is a Board member of the Tax Practitioner Board and Chair of Firm for 360 Financial Advantage a member of Countplus.

She has previously served as both the Chair and as a board member of the Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA), and as the Chair and board member of the Institute of Financial Advisers of NZ.

Julie is a Chair of the NSW Mid North Coast Chapter of the FPA and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

She is committed to improving the quality of advice provided to consumers whilst allowing financial planners to deliver this in a cost-effective manner.

Julie BerryIndustry & Regulatory Advisor

Jane Tribe

Jane’s key strengths are creativity and concept development. Having begun her career as an art director in multinational advertising agencies in Sydney and London, Jane co-founded mobius marketing and design consultants in Sydney where she is creative director.

From the very beginning, Jane’s approach to her role has been single minded. She is consumed by the need to create ideas and marketing solutions that engage with people to build brands, drive sales and enhance bottom lines.

It’s not all work and no play. Jane rows. She cycles. She mentors. And now she’s exploring sculpture. Jane is also an avid supporter of young people’s involvement in sport. For the last two years mobius has been the major sponsor of mobius Future Racing, a semi-pro cycling team that competes in the National Road Series, finishing second out of 31 teams in 2016.

Jane TribeMarketing Advisor

Guy Bicknell

Launching 237 brands is an impressive achievement. It’s also a fairly unlikely one for a man whose early career included time as a courier and then service station proprietor.

Guy’s decision to study marketing changed his life. His career saw him working on both the client and agency sides of the business. One of his earliest advertising achievements was winning the Microsoft account in his first month working in an agency, and launching Word for Windows 6 weeks later.

As co-founder of mobius, Guy has worked with Jane Tribe and their team for 23 years. His strength is conceptualising, honing, building and activating brand strategies for international, Australian and emerging businesses.

Formerly a dedicated rower, Guy’s focus is now on cycling and sharing in his three sons’ sporting escapades. He is a collector of watches, fine pens and top end bicycles.

Guy BicknellMarketing Advisor

Memberships

RegTech Association
AWS Activate
Microsoft for Startups
Governance Risk and Compliance Competence Centre

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