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Our Team

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James Field - Managing Director

James is a Managing Director and founder of CompliSpace. He is a highly experienced business executive and legal and corporate governance practitioner, with over 25 years experience in the design and implementation of enterprise corporate governance programs across a wide range of industry sectors.

James has held senior executive positions in a range of publicly listed and private companies and applies his hands-on executive experiences to assist CompliSpace clients to develop governance solutions that work and last.

James has been a qualified legal practitioner since 1986. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Secretaries of Australia and a member of the Australian Compliance Institute, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Human Resources Institute. James is also an approved AUSTRAC External Auditor.

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David Griffiths - Managing Director

David is a Managing Director and founder of CompliSpace.  He is a governance professional with over 15 years' experience in law and management. His principal areas of expertise are in corporate governance, compliance and workplace relations.

Having held roles in private practice, as a senior manager in an ASX 200 company and in-house with a market regulator, David has extensive experience in corporate governance, risk and compliance from both sides of the regulatory fence.

David is a regular presenter on behalf of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, Chartered Secretaries Australia and other industry bodies on issues relating to corporate governance, directors duties, risk management, compliance and business ethics. David holds an MBA from Oxford University and a Masters in Law from the University of Sydney.

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James Cozens - Director, Commercial

James was employed as an in-house Legal Advisor for over 7 years before moving from the UK to Sydney in 2007. He has experience in commercial litigation, employment law and also the management of key regulatory matters, such as FSA Compliance.

After starting his career at a FTSE 100 company, James took advantage of the Clementi Reforms to become part of the senior management team that created the first and largest legal services company in the United Kingdom.

James works with potential clients to establish their specific needs and offer structured, tailored and straightforward solutions to address their corporate governance needs.

James holds an LLB Law Degree from Nottingham University and attained his LPC Certificate from the University of the West of England. He also holds a Certificate of Applied Corporate Governance from the Governance Institute of Australia.

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Nicholas Bennett - Consultant

Nicholas has over 15 years experience in developing, managing and maintaining software solutions around Australia.

He has worked with Commonwealth and State Governments managing regional input/output modeling programs using proprietary software, and with a range of private organisations writing bespoke database applications designed to manage and develop individual business processes.

Nicholas also specialises in analysing, developing, managing and maintaining databases for retail, wholesale and other business organisations around Australia and has spent several years working with CompliSpace in a technical project development role.

Nicholas has a degree in Applied Science with a physics major from Curtin University and is based in Perth, Western Australia.

Kim Stirling - Senior Compliance Consultant

Kim has worked in the financial services industry for over 25 years, specialising in public fund raising and compliance. Having held senior positions with ASIC and the listed funds management companies, Challenger and Perpetual, Kim has a deep understanding of the compliance issues facing clients in the financial services industry.

Combining this background with a Commerce degree and a directorship of a property development company, Kim closely appreciates the commercial constraints driving effective corporate governance solutions for small to medium sized enterprises.

Over the last 9 years at CompliSpace, Kim has consulted on compliance issues for a wide range of financial services clients and listed entities.

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Svetlana Pozydajew -Business Manager, Not-For-Profit & Schools

Svetlana combines legal and management qualifications with over 20 years of experience in strategic and operational human resource management, design and implementation of policies, and occupational health and safety.

She has held senior management positions in the public and private sectors, including national people management responsibility for a company listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

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Jessica Gunning

Jessica works with new CompliSpace clients in identifying and understanding their compliance requirements.  With more than 10 years experience in the professional services industry, Jess helps clients develop structured, tailored and straightforward solutions to address their corporate governance needs.

Jessica is currently completing post graduate studies in Employment Relations and holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing and Public Relations) from the University of Notre Dame Australia.

Debbie Nicholson - Chief Financial Officer

Debbie brings to CompliSpace the benefits from a career in senior financial management which spans a number of different industries and sectors. Starting from a professional background, her career includes roles in construction, manufacturing, engineering, as well as the not-for-profit sector.

With over 20 years of experience as part owner of a manufacturing and distribution business, Debbie brings both a practical insight and strategic focus to the financial management of CompliSpace.

Debbie is a member of the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In addition to her accounting qualifications, she also holds a Diploma in Applied Finance from FINSIA.

Michael McHugh - Chief Technical Officer

Michael has 20 years experience in software development in a range of corporate environments in Australia and internationally.

His experience spans a broad spectrum of software development projects from the development and implementation of automated telephony systems through to cloud based CMS system development. As CTO at CompliSpace, Michael is responsible for the implementation of our technology strategy with a focus on sustainable, stable and innovative technology solutions that provide tangible benefits to our clients.

Michael holds an Associate Diploma in Electrical Engineering (Communications).





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