The Executive team
Chief Executive Officer
Thomas Coughlin is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Kinesis Limited as well as Allocated Bullion Exchange (ABX). He has worked in the investment, funds management and bullion industries for approximately seventeen years. His professional portfolio management career spans the foundation of the boutique investment company, TRAC Financial, to the establishment of a highly successful Absolute Return Fund.
Thomas has dedicated a significant part of his career working collaboratively to build the complex systems of a cross-border international bullion market with an extensive global network of central bankers, brokers, fund managers and advisers. His experience, extensive network and broad knowledge of capital markets, enable him to deliver exceptional value and insight to all stakeholders.
Chief Financial Officer
Michael Coughlin is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Allocated Bullion Exchange (ABX). His tertiary accountancy education was completed at the University of Southern Queensland, with Post Graduate studies at the University of Queensland in Economics, and Canberra University in Taxation Law. Michael has a total of 41 years experience as a CPA in the accountancy and financial services professions. He has owned and operated a Brisbane-based public accountancy firm and financial services company since 1984. Awarded a Cadetship with the Australian Taxation Office in 1973, he worked in the assessing, business audit and investigation areas of the Australian Taxation Office, and eventually in the Interpretation and Advising Branch of the Taxation Office’s Head Office in Canberra until November 1979, at which time he commenced in public practice.
Group Special Counsel
David Charles is a Director of the Allocated Bullion Exchange. A lawyer by trade, David has protected and advanced the interests of some of the largest and most prominent entities in the world, across four continents. David’s experience spans corporate structuring, domestic and cross-border mergers & acquisitions, capital markets and private equity, insurance, intellectual property and planning & environment law. David holds a Bachelor of Laws (Commercial Law) from the University of Queensland and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice. He is admitted/registered in several jurisdictions worldwide.
David Underwood graduated as a teacher from the University of Southern Queensland in 1974 and worked with the Queensland Department of Education until 1977. During his time in Queensland Parliament he was the Shadow Minister of Health, Education, Tourism and National Parks serving numerous Parliamentary Committees. Following his resignation from Parliament, he was a consultant to business and industry for a number of years prior to becoming the Mayor of Ipswich City for four years until local government amalgamation of Ipswich City and Moreton Shire in 1995. David has been a shareholder in ABX since its inception, and brings a wealth of experience and policy expertise to the Board.
The Leadership team
Chief Technology Officer
Nigel has over 15 years of senior management experience within the technology sector. Nigel held the position of Head of Technology at the London Metal Exchange (LME) for over 7 years, the Head of Programmes for Vanquis bank, as well as CTO for NFEx Markets and cryptocurrency trading platform BlokComm. At the London Metal Exchange, Nigel led the technology transformation for which enabled the Exchange to move from a trading capacity of circa €2 trillion per annum in 2008 to over €16 trillion per annum by the end of 2014. In this time the transformation dramatically increased reliability and performance of the platform.
Within the financial services sector Nigel leads and ensures the successful delivery of transformation projects that come in on time, on budget and do what they were required and designed to do.
Chief Strategy Officer
Eric Maine has more than 30 years of senior management experience in the exchange and financial markets. His most recent positions in the Asia Pacific Region included Director of Market Development at the Hong Kong Mercantile Exchange (HKMEx), Head of Product Development and Management at Singapore Exchange (SGX), and Head of Product & Research at Singapore Mercantile Exchange (SMX). Eric has also held positions at Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) and the New York Board of Trade.
Chief Commercial Officer
Ryan Case is responsible for Sales & Trading at Kinesis. He has extensive experience as head of sales, having established and run sales desks across commodity, cryptocurrency, forex and derivative markets.
Prior to joining Kinesis in 2018, Ryan most recently held positions as Head of Sales Trading & Partnerships at an FCA UK regulated broker and as Head of Partnerships at a multimillion-dollar ICO. He also brings extensive knowledge of the precious metal markets, having served as Head of Sales for the Allocated Bullion Exchange (ABX), which he joined as one of the first team members in 2011.
Ryan holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Business (Finance Major) from the Queensland University of Technology.
Chief Marketing Officer
Prior to joining Kinesis as Chief Marketing Officer, Jai has spent over 13 years honing his expertise as an award-winning full-stack marketer in finance and technology, where he held the role of director in multiple FCA and ASIC-regulated CFD brokers as well as consulting to the mining, banking and fintech sectors. An advocate of results-based marketing activity, Jai has steered a multi-million dollar fundraising efforts during a previous ICO, as well as $10m+ investment in mining ventures across Africa. His rare ability to focus on the bottom line as well as offer creative inspiration and innovation has been acknowledged by the City of London Wealth Management Awards.
Jai brings a global perspective to each role, having worked with both start-ups and household names all around the world. Furthermore, his expertise in the finance, mining, and blockchain industries, allow him an unprecedented and unique perspective in driving Kinesis’ vision.
Chief Operating Officer
Richard Melbourne is Head of Operations at Allocated Bullion Exchange (ABX). Richard has spent the past decade within the Financial Services industry as senior investment advisor and head of operations at both boutique specialty investment firms, along with internationally respected investment houses. Richard has always been in customer facing roles and understands the significant value of delivering excellence in customer experience.
Richard holds a Bachelor of Business, majoring in both management and finance from Griffith University and has also studied international markets abroad at The University of Sheffield in the UK. His experience building relationships with institutional and sophisticated clients, each from highly varying industries, underpins the unrivaled level of customer satisfaction he aims to deliver in this role.
Head of Project Management
Having originally started his career as a developer, Jim now has over 20 years experience in Programme & IT Management with various global technology teams including those at HSBC, UBS & RBS.
During that time he has lead geographically diverse teams delivering a variety of IT solutions across front, middle and back office for different financial services.
Jim recently held the position of Head of Delivery at the London Metal Exchange (LME) driving IT change and transformation across the exchange while ensuring reliable and performant systems and platforms.
Head of IT Technical Delivery
Gert started his IT career almost two decades ago as a software developer, during that time he has been a part of teams that have successfully delivered various greenfield software and digital development products in conjunction with system rewrites. During the delivery of these projects Gert's roles have included that of product owner, scrum master, project manager and lead developer.
Gert is a value driven, business focused, IT servant leader that believes IT teams exist to enable businesses to achieve greater heights, efficiency and business performance.
Head of Operations - Africa
Christiaan is a highly respected entrepreneur with a passion for business and the growth acquired through entrepreneurship. Christiaan has developed a strong knowledge base in the finance, mining, energy and IT industries. Further to this, Christiaan founded and co-founded several start-ups and provided the necessary drive and entrepreneurial flair for business growth
Christiaan has also signed various exclusive distribution agreements with top technology companies world-wide which includes partnerships with IT companies in Sri-Lanka, Brazil and the UK.