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Our Advisory Team

We work collaboratively with our clients to achieve optimal outcomes for their businesses.

David Letts

Head of Advisory Services

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I enjoy working with clients to assist them make intelligent, informed decisions based on rigorous financial analysis.

About David Letts

David leads the Advisory Services team, providing expert financial advice to WATC clients based on his extensive experience in financial and risk management, risk analysis, financial modelling and analysis, and international commercial experience.

Prior to joining WATC, David was a Chief Risk Officer and acted as CFO for a large Middle East conglomerate controlling companies in the areas of finance and banking, investment and funds management, manufacturing and industry, education, hospitality, property development, facilities management, retail trading, engineering, travel, automotive services and more. Prior to that, David was Senior Vice President of Risk Management for a major Middle East banking group, and has prior experience as Director of KPMG’s Financial Risk Management team in Sydney, Group Treasurer for an Australian Agribusiness group, as well as a financial analyst and computer programmer.

David has built his extensive international and domestic experience in both the government and private sectors, leveraging off his qualifications which include a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, a Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology, a Master of Business in Economics and Financial Management, and a Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting. David is also a qualified CPA.

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Richard John

Chief Advisor

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I enjoy bringing clarity to complex issues and providing solutions for strategic projects which maximise value to the State.

About Richard John

As a Chief Advisor at WATC, Richard has overseen the design and development of numerous infrastructure, cost benefit analysis, regulatory asset base and cost comparator models for clients.

Richard has over 35 years of experience helping enterprises and their stakeholders build, preserve and realise enterprise value. He has extensive experience as a capital projects and infrastructure advisor, having evaluated and provided guidance on 100+ infrastructure and capital projects for the WA government.

Richard’s diverse international background in finance, operations and turnaround management gives him perspective to guide organisations facing capital optimisation, growth or right-sizing transition challenges. Richard has helped boards and management teams improve operating efficiency, maximise cash flow and restructure balance sheets in order to build sustainable performance.
Richard’s previous experience includes institutional finance roles (Lloyds Bank and Whirlpool Financial Corporation) and corporate leadership positions (CFO of a USA-based cabling logistics business, COO of a USA-based turnaround consulting practice).

Richard holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from Manchester University, UK and was formerly an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.

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John Vojkovich

Chief Advisor

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My focus is helping clients to reduce complexity and to support their realisation of the best possible financial solutions.

About John Vojkovich

As a Chief Advisor in the Advisory Services Team, John uses his expertise in financial management to provide in-depth analysis and problem solving to drive innovation and assist clients to make informed decisions.

He has over 20 years of experience in senior and executive roles across corporate and government sectors, including financial services, manufacturing, agribusiness, health, disability services and the arts. In the semi-government space, John managed the financial operations of Keystart Homeloans, which included oversight of a $4.5 billion funding program and the development of alternative funding options. He also led the analytics team which transformed business operations through advanced business analysis, portfolio modelling and dynamic reporting solutions.

John is a Chartered Accountant and Certified Practising Accountant, Chartered Secretary and Chartered Governance Professional. He holds a Master of Applied Finance from the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA), a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance from the Governance Institute of Australia and a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Western Australia (UWA).

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Niral Shah

Senior Corporate Financial Advisor

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I am dedicated to assisting clients with their financial analysis to make informed decisions and get the best value for money.

About Niral Shah

Niral is a Senior Corporate Financial Advisor in WATC’s Advisory Services team. Niral has extensive mathematical and financial knowledge which she has applied across many roles for a variety of WATC clients.

Niral has worked on a wide range of projects at WATC, which have included pricing evaluations and value for money assessments for various Government procurements, supporting business cases with scenario modelling and sensitivity analysis, risk analysis, corporate finance and commercial finance.

Niral is highly skilled in developing and quality-assuring complex financial models including cash-flow modelling, scenario modelling and sensitivity analysis.

In her previous roles, Niral worked as a Risk Analyst and developed her initial financial skills via theoretical and practical experience in enterprise risk management, operational risk management and credit risk management. Niral built on this foundation with advanced skills in financial risk analysis, including interest rate and debt portfolio management.

Niral is AFMA-accredited, holds a Bachelor of Science majoring in Actuarial Science (Curtin) and a Master of Finance (Curtin).

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Zachary Allen

Senior Corporate Financial Advisor

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I am dedicated to providing industry-leading advice across infrastructure sectors to maximise Western Australia’s growth.

About Zachary Allen

Zachary is a Senior Corporate Financial Advisor providing financial, commercial and strategic advice on infrastructure, policy and project evaluation to organisations across the public sector.

Zachary is experienced in financial modelling, economic analysis, data analytics and risk management. He has been involved in various projects including a review of the economic structure of Western Australia, analysis of the impacts from alternative taxation methods, modelling of statistical measures of risk assessment, and financial modelling of transport and utilities infrastructure.

Zachary holds a Bachelor of Science majoring in Psychology (UWA) and a Master of Applied Finance (UWA).

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Mackenzie Buckingham

Senior Corporate Financial Advisor

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I enjoy working collaboratively with our clients to understand their challenges and identify solutions through quality financial analysis.

About Mackenzie Buckingham

As a Senior Corporate Financial Advisor in the Advisory Services team, Mackenzie provides specialist advice to clients across the Western Australian public sector looking to optimise financial decision-making. Mackenzie is experienced in financial modelling, stakeholder engagement and business case support, with a particular focus on transport, energy, and utilities sector projects.

Prior to joining WATC, Mackenzie was a Senior Consultant in PwC's Integrated Infrastructure business where he advised Western Australian Government clients facing major infrastructure investment decisions. In this role, Mackenzie was a key member of the team that developed the first state-specific model of Western Australia's renewable hydrogen value chain. Mackenzie also previously worked for the Department of Treasury's Commercial Advisory unit.

Mackenzie holds a Bachelor of Applied Finance from Macquarie University.

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Sakshi Sindhwani

Senior Corporate Financial Advisor

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I strive to make a meaningful impact to Western Australia, empowering clients to achieve their goals through informed financial analysis.

About Sakshi Sindhwani

Sakshi is a Senior Corporate Financial Advisor in WATC’s Advisory Services team. Sakshi provides specialist advice to clients on financial modelling, policy, and business case support across the Western Australian public sector.

Prior to joining WATC, Sakshi was a Senior Analyst at the Western Australian Department of Health as part of the Budget Modelling team. Sakshi was responsible for the State’s Non-Hospital Services funding model and cost modelling for COVID-19 initiatives, including COVID-19 vaccinations and hotel quarantine. She has also worked across other Western Australian government agencies such as WA Country Health Service and Health Support Services.

Sakshi is a Chartered Accountant accredited by Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. She holds a Master of Applied Finance (UWA) and Bachelor of Business Science specialising in Finance with Accounting from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

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Mark Gazia

Corporate Financial Advisor

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I am here to help clients make informed decisions and get the best value for money.

About Mark Gazia

Mark is a Corporate Financial Advisor in the Advisory Services team and provides clients with detailed analysis and financial modelling to assist them in making sound financial decisions.

Prior to joining WATC, Mark spent 7 years as a Corporate Actions analyst at Australia’s leading stockbroker. Whilst there, Mark provided clients with detailed advice on complex corporate actions and their tax implications for large wholesale clients.

Mark also gained international finance experience working for one of the world’s largest fund managers in the UK and was an integral part of the Asia Pacific team during his time in Sydney.

Mark holds a Bachelor of International Business from Murdoch University.

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Peter Keung

Corporate Financial Advisor

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I enjoy working at WATC and contributing to Western Australia’s development by providing financial advice to clients.

About Peter Keung

Peter works as a Corporate Financial Advisor in the Advisory Services Team and assists clients with analysis, modelling and evaluation of capital investment decisions.

Prior to joining WATC, Peter worked for over 8 years in the insurance industry in Hong Kong, in both financial and product management roles with some of the world’s leading insurers including Manulife, AIA, Prudential and Chubb. His roles within the Actuarial functions involved evaluating and advising the level of reserve and capital insurers should hold to meet their obligations to both policyholders and regulators, the pricing of insurance products and financial modelling. Peter also has experience in banking operations, including Mortgage operations with HSBC in Hong Kong and was one of the early team members of UBank, an Australian direct bank established in 2008, operating as a division of National Australia Bank (NAB) based in Sydney.

Peter holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, majoring in Actuarial Studies and Finance, from the University of New South Wales (UNSW).

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Vanessa Chong

Corporate Financial Advisor

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Working collaboratively with clients, I am dedicated to providing tailored financial solutions and advice leading them towards optimal business outcomes and greater success.

About Vanessa Chong

Vanessa is a Corporate Financial Advisor within the Advisory Services team, providing specialised and professional advice to empower clients to make well-informed financial decisions.

Vanessa’s experience encompasses comprehensive financial modelling, analysis, risk management and business case support. She has also worked on a range of projects including valuations for asset procurement, cost comparisons with scenario modelling and sensitivity analysis and financial evaluation and analysis to equip clients with valuable insights.

Vanessa holds a Bachelor of Commerce with double majors in Economics and Finance from the University of Western Australia (UWA).

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Hany Gallab

Corporate Financial Advisor

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I strive to make a tangible impact on the financial success of the Western Australian public sector, supporting its growth and development.

About Hany Gallab

Hany is a Corporate Financial Advisor in the Advisory Services team, with expertise in financial modelling and delivering exceptional financial solutions to empower clients to make well-informed strategic decisions, ensuring their financial success.

Hany had a successful 20-year career in the finance industry before joining WATC, culminating in his role as a Finance Team Manager at MAS Group. In this capacity, he honed his leadership abilities and strategic insight, actively contributing to the achievement of organisational goals and objectives. His extensive experience and expertise in the field of finance, coupled with his proficiency in financial analysis, risk assessment, and decision-making, enable him to provide reliable financial advice to clients.

Hany holds a master’s degree in Finance and Banking with high distinction from Edith Cowan University and a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting from Cairo University.

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Jefferson Ho

Corporate Financial Advisor

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I enjoy working collaboratively with clients to provide sound financial solutions to enable well-informed decision making.

About Jefferson Ho

Jefferson is a Corporate Financial Advisor within the Advisory Services team providing a range of specialist advice enabling clients across the Western Australian public sector to make well-informed financial decisions.

Prior to joining WATC Jefferson held several roles across Business, Commercial and Institutional Banking, culminating in his role as a Senior Associate within the Perth office of National Australia Bank.
Jefferson’s positions have included roles across operations, client coverage and credit analysis. Jefferson’s experience in banking has also encompassed working with clients across a diverse range of industries in the provision of various debt financing and general banking solutions.

Jefferson holds a Bachelor of Commerce (with majors in Accounting and Finance) from the University of Western Australia.

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On Secondment

The team members currently working to support our Advisory Services team.

Andrew Melville

Graduate

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About Andrew Melville

Andrew is on secondment from the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation (JTSI) and working in the Advisory Services team to gain capabilities in financial modelling, project evaluation and business case development.

At JTSI, Andrew was initially based in the Finance Branch and gained experience in budgeting, forecasting expenditure and variance analysis. He then transferred through two JTSI business areas where he supported the
strategic management of energy supply State Agreements; contributed to the Collie Coal Rehabilitation strategy and Griffin Coal subsidy extension, and prepared a policy position paper analysing decarbonisation amendment
opportunities in the Iron Ore State Agreement. Moving to join Tourism WA’s Insights and Planning team, Andrew ended his JTSI rotation developing his data analysis and modelling skills. Prior to this, Andrew worked at Western Power assisting with the installation of household renewable energy systems.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Economics and Finance from the University of Western Australia.

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Jaxon Eastabrook

Graduate

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About Jaxon Eastabrook

Jaxon is currently completing a rotation in the Advisory Services team as part of the Department of Treasury's Graduate Program, where he is honing his excel modelling skills and finance knowledge.

Prior to WATC, Jaxon completed two six-month rotations at the Department of Treasury. In the Government Trading Enterprises (GTE) reform team he contributed to consultation activities and drafting instructions related to bank
accounts, significant transactions, and hedging provisions of the GTE Act. Additionally, he completed a rotation in the Economic Modelling and Policy team where he built up his modelling skills and analysed literature related to
productivity reform, shortlisting priorities actionable by the State Government and preparing briefing notes for the Council on Federal Financial Relations meeting cycle.

Jaxon holds a Bachelor of Arts with double majors in Economics and Ancient History (Honours) from the University of Western Australia.

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