Our Team

Forecast’s modelling consultants have a wealth of experience enabling the development of robust decision support tools and providing insights into the key drivers of your business.

Neil Macdonald, CFA

Director, UK

Neil has spent over a decade in the industry in Europe, SE Asia, and Australia.  Prior to Forecast, Neil worked at Goldman Sachs in Melbourne.  Before entering the CFA program, Neil completed an M.A in Mathematics and Economics at the University of Edinburgh.

 

Neil specialises in financial services, private equity, and media, as well as the delivery of bespoke training classes on project finance, financial modelling and Excel.  More recently, Neil has delivered data and analytics mandates using programming languages such as SQL and SAS.

 

Away from the office Neil hacks his way around golf courses, watches cricket and travels. If this can be combined with food and wine, then more to the good.

Greg Norman

Director, Australia

Greg is an experienced leader and the Director of Forecast Australia. He has an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management, a B.Com in Accounting and B.A in Economics from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

 

Greg spent 13 years with Orica in several roles throughout Australia, USA and Singapore including CFO Emerging Markets, Corporate Strategy and M&A Manager, Global Projects Analyst, and Australia Management Accountant. Greg also worked with KPMG, Fairfax Media and IncitecPivot.

 

When Greg isn’t working, you will find him barracking for the All Blacks or boating around Sydney’s harbour. Despite his name, Greg is a shocking golf player.

Malcolm Roxburgh, CFA

Manager, UK

Malcolm has a B.Sc in Chemistry and Mathematics from St Andrews University and a Masters in Finance from Strathclyde Business School.

 

Malcolm joined Forecast with over five years’ experience in retail banking with a focus on financial modelling.  Malcolm has extensive experience in developing budget and forecast models, specialised reporting tools and mixed technology solutions, often involving the integration of data with an Excel front end. Delivered Excel and financial modelling training courses in the UK, including RBS and Sainsbury’s, and corporate training programs in SE Asia.

 

Malcolm is a keen golfer, enjoys travelling and spending time with family.

Andy Caldbeck

Senior Analyst, UK

Andy has a B.A (Hons) in Business Finance from Durham University, a LLM (Master of Laws) from the University of Leeds and is currently completing his CFA qualification.

 

Andy has over four years of international retail banking experience with a variety of proprietary financial tools and databases. Andy most recently worked with Sky Insight and Decision Science, with a particular focus on data analytics and integration with bespoke financial tools. Other recent clients have included Cheyne Capital Management, Kintyre Investments and, Amaranthine, an Edinburgh based start-up.

 

When not at work Andy loves to be outdoors and can be found running, hiking, biking or boarding.

Matt Tantum, CA

Senior Analyst, UK

Matt is a Chartered Accountant and member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) and has a B.A (Hons) in Business with Economics from the University of Northumbria.

 

Matt recently spent four years with Ernst & Young’s Corporate Restructuring team. He has extensive experience of a number of sectors including Financial Services, Property and Real Estate, Construction, and Engineering. Matt’s experience encompasses dealing with distressed corporates, pursuing civil litigation claims, forensic accounting, and stakeholder and project management.

 

Outside of work, Matt likes to spend his free time on the cricket field and supporting Newcastle United.

Robert Palmer

Senior Analyst, Australia

Robert holds a B.Fin and a Bachelor of Laws from the ANU and is currently completing a Master of Finance.

 

Robert previously worked for Capgemini as an SAP Finance specialist and is an expert at working with data from SAP. Robert’s consulting projects involved multiple industries with an emphasis on insurance, government services, and utilities. He also has prior experience in online betting (Sportsbet) and investment banking (J.P. Morgan). His most recent clients have ranged from start-ups to multinational banking organisations.

 

When Robert is not working he dreams of better days for the Waratahs and the Wallabies, and enjoys travelling the globe.

Robert Finch, CFA

Senior Analyst, Australia

Robert is a CFA® charter holder, holds a Graduate Certificate in Mathematics and Statistics from UTS, and a B.Com majoring in finance from Macquarie University.

 

Robert was previously at OFX (online currency trader) as a financial analyst. He provided decision support through statistical and financial analysis, developing financial models for strategy and budget forecasts, and designing management and board reporting. Robert most recently held a position as a financial analyst at RF Capital developing budget models and management reporting for a number of subsidiary businesses.

 

When Robert isn’t working, you’ll find him sailing on Sydney Harbour, camping, or working with computers at home.

Benjamin Chivers

Senior Analyst, Australia

Benjamin holds a Master of Applied Finance (FINSIA) and a B.Bus from The University of Queensland.

 

Prior to joining Forecast Ben worked in commercial analytics in oil and gas exploration (Drillsearch Energy) and logistics (Queensland Rail). He holds operational experience in minerals and energy exploration (Boart Longyear) alongside experience in financial markets and equities trading (Bell Financial Group). His work experience covers the range of finance functions with emphasis on FP&A, commercial strategy and, project management.

 

Always looking for a new frontier to explore. Benjamin loves to surf and is either sharing stories of his adventure travels or planning the next one.

Russell Taylor, CA

Senior Analyst, Australia

Russell is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia with a B.A in Economics from the University of Queensland.

 

Russell has worked on major infrastructure projects with Queensland Government (Treasury) and PwC, including policy development for Public-Private Partnerships. He has also completed mid-market corporate banking transactions with Bankwest and led a major asset restructure strategy for a Family office.  Russell has specific skills in debt structuring, major project assessment and evaluation, business strategy and finance effectiveness.

 

Away from work Russell barracks for the All Blacks and enjoys the vibrant arts scene in Sydney.

Luke Storey

Senior Analyst, Australia

Luke has a B.Com majoring in Finance from Bond University.

 

He previously worked as a management consultant with Accenture as an Energy Analyst. He was involved in production and commercial modelling within the energy and mining sector. Luke has developed models analysing the cost savings associated with outsourcing support functions. Previously Luke worked for industrial products supplier, River Sands as a business analyst.

 

Luke realised his dream of riding a fat bike around the world. Leisure includes surfing, mountain biking, and the gym, often thinking about the latest model. Formulas are food for the soul after all.

Venietta Slama-Powell

Business Development Manager

Venietta has a diversified background across business, marketing, advertising, sales, media, PR, events, and is also a qualified Mediator.

 

Venietta spent 18 years working with Advertising agencies such as Saatchi & Saatchi in both Australia and London across a broad range of industries and clients. Her claim to fame is branding the world HSBC through the airport aerobridges global campaign. Venietta’s event experience ranges from project development and management, through to developing mutually beneficial corporate/event partnerships.

 

Outside of the office Venietta leads a healthy lifestyle, but her weakness is quality champagne and wine.