About Us

Sophisticated Access is the central source of investment information for sophisticated and wholesale investors

After many years in retail and wholesale financial markets, the team at Sophisticated Access wanted to improve the convenience and transparency around Sophisticated Investor Certificates and to provide investors with information about a wider range of investment options. Cygura's one-time on-boarding for investors reduces the regulatory gridlock at the time of investment. Cygura is at the forefront of compliance innovations and draws on our deep understanding of financial market operations and associated regulatory obligations.

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Peta Tilse


Peta is an experienced Financial Services professional with a passion for helping people make sense of financial markets. Peta created Cygura to help simplify compliance, and in the process has been instrumental in the development of industry guidelines and best practice around the protection of investors. She has worked with top firms NAB, Westpac, Suncorp, Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, Morgan Stanley, UBS, and GSJBW in both Retail & Wholesale markets. Peta is also a member of the Financial Advice and Services Council of FINSIA.
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Connah Cutbush


Connah joined the team from the get-go as our resident technology and big data expert. He leads the system development & support team for Cygura. Connah has extensive experience in developing innovative mobile, web and cloud based software solutions for business, and has previously held roles as an index Analyst, Senior Quantitative Programmer, Analyst Programmer at Macquarie Group.
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Darren Howlin


Darren has extensive technology and financial services experience gained at Suncorp, Lonsec, and Research IP. He has designed and developed distributed ledger technology used by governments as part of their pension systems. Darren's expertise is used in both Australia and New Zealand, and delivers better outcomes for clients.

Sophisticated Access now forms a part of investment research and technology group Research IP, where Darren is the Managing Director.
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Lara Elgey


Lara Elgey is a marketing professional with 20 years experience in financial services and a firm belief that best practice client service is imperative to business success. Prior to her role at Cygura, Lara has consulted to a range of financial services and professional services organisations, launching some truly innovative online and offline financial projects and services. She has also held senior marketing management positions at Suncorp, Clayton Utz and the Australian Stock Exchange.
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Michael Jackson


Michael advises on the establishment of business systems and project delivery. He has extensive experience in senior management and corporate performance in both the private and public sectors. He founded Partnered Solutions, developer of Envisia software and most recently, Michael was Director and partner in Stewart Constructions.
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Penny Coombs


Penny has had more than 20 years’ experience in administrative support roles. She is responsible for keeping Cygura running like clockwork, drawing on her vast experience in managing staff, organising vendors, and performing other related client and administrative services.

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