The Ultradata Innovation Blog

Ultradata’s Innovation blog is designed to share information and observations on FinTech trends, developments and innovations.

The blog is curated and primarily authored by members of the Ultradata Innovation team. However, we welcome interaction and comment, so please feel free to leave your comments, follow us on Twitter, or contact us with regard to any matter of relevance.

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Meet the Innovation team at Ultradata

Anthony Voigt
Anthony VoigtGeneral Manager
Anthony has more than two decades of experience in retail and digital banking. He is currently General Manager, Innovation at Ultradata. Prior to its acquisition by Ultradata in 2014, he was the founding director of Vermilian, the largest supplier of digital marketing services to the Australian mutual banking sector.

His experience in strategic planning and project management is linked with expertise in marketing and online service delivery. Anthony is responsible for a range of product and strategy innovations across the entire Ultradata business, and works towards leveraging the company’s core skill sets into new areas of value to clients.

Anthony holds a BA from Griffith University (Brisbane) and an MBA from the Macquarie University School of Management (MGSM).

Lorraine Marsh
Lorraine MarshSenior Manager
Lorraine has over 15 years’ experience within the financial technology industry. Like Anthony, Lorraine joined Ultradata via its acquisition of Vermilian where she performed the role of Associated Director. As Senior Manager Innovation, Lorraine is responsible for strategic planning, product ideation and team management.

Lorraine is passionate about uncovering the problems that people face and developing solutions to meet their needs. Her ability to think strategically and tactically has often resulted in Lorraine managing products from conception through to delivery.

Lorraine recognises the fact-paced environment in which she works and is continually studying and attending numerous industry meet-ups. Recent courses completed include product management and user experience design. Lorraine is now turning her attention to obtaining Agile accreditations.

Lorraine also holds a BA in Finance and Business and in a previous life completed her Chartered Institute of Management Accountant examinations.

Mark Kirk
Mark KirkSenior Business Consultant
Mark has over 30 years’ experience in the retail banking industry, initially starting off on the customer side working at various credit unions. Having been at Ultradata for over 20 years, working in various teams including Support, Consulting Services, Migration, CRM team, Product Design, Mark has recently joined the Innovation team as Senior Ultracs Business Consultant.

Mark’s role is to research, analyse, provide information and recommendations relating to Ultracs and core banking systems.

Cristian Vargas
Cristian VargasSenior User Experience Designer
Creative freak, DJ, music producer, photographer, dad, husband, social drinker, movie buff, cyclist, weather watcher, pretty good cook, funny guy, nice guy… these are but a few of my points.

I love it when beautiful design and functionality fuse together to create amazing user experience.. This is of course the golden egg of design and what we should all be aiming for. I aim to achieve this through user research, collaboration, design workshops and balancing business objectives with smart interaction, simple but meaningful designs.

A highly creative UX designer with more than 18 years of experience, I have worked for several large organisations including Vodafone Australia, Westpac, Channel 4, Fidelity, Discovery Channel, MTV and News International. I have also worked on many blue sky designs for corporate clients, working with teams of Product owners, designers, business analysts and developers on large-scale global projects.

Sarah Zhu
Sarah ZhuResearch Analyst
Filling the new role as the Research Analyst of the Innovation team, Sarah’s responsibilities include undertaking research and analysis on fintech/banking innovations and trends as well as assisting with a range of Innovation projects.

Sarah recently graduated from the University of Sydney, with a bachelor of Commerce(Hons), majoring in Finance and Business Analytics. Prior to joining Vermilian, Sarah had been working closely with the Department of Business Analytics at the University as a student, tutor, and a researcher.