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 is at the forefront of compliance innovations and draws on our deep understanding of financial market operations and associated regulatory obligations.

Meet The Team


Peta Tilse

MANAGING DIRECTOR Peta is a Financial Services professional with over 20 years’ experience and a passion for helping professionals and investors make sense of investment market opportunities. As the driving force behind the Cygura Peta has been instrumental in the development of industry guidelines around the protection of investors. Peta’s career spans Retail and Wholesale Financial Markets, and Wealth Management. She was a top quartile Fund Manager for 8 years with Suncorp Investment Management, managing $5b in Cash and Fixed Interest Funds. She has worked with top firms NAB, Westpac, Suncorp, Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, UBS, and GSJBW. Peta is also a member of the Financial Advice and Services Council of FINSIA.


Michael Jackson

GENERAL MANAGER Michael has recently joined Sophisticated Access with the express objective of establishing the business systems and project delivery. He has extensive experience in senior management and corporate performance in both the private and public sectors. He was previously General Manager of the Queensland Small Business Corporation, a statutory authority established to promote and assist small and medium enterprises. Michael was the Inaugural Executive Officer of the Queensland Divisions of General Practice, and established a state based umbrella service organisation supporting local GPs throughout Queensland. He founded Partnered Solutions, developer of Envisia software and most recently, Michael was Director and partner in Stewart Constructions; a commercial construction company specialising in high end tertiary education infrastructure.


Jeanene Cullen

OPERATIONS MANAGER Jeanene is the Operations Manager for Sophisticated Access and brings over 20 years experience in managing projects and businesses operations to the team. Before joining Sophisticate Access, Jeanene was responsible for handling the property investments, management and redevelopment projects for a number of high net worth individuals. She has also run a family business which employed over 50 staff in several locations. Jeanene is an active member of the community, with volunteering commitments to the Multicultural Development Association, Queensland Women’s Giving Circle.


Lara Elgey

BRAND MARKETING MANAGER 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.


Connah Cutbush

TECHNOLOGY & SYSTEMS INTEGRATIONS Connah joined the team in 2013 with a vision to create an online solution that would revolutionise the way sophisticated investor certificates were created, managed and shared. Cygura is now Australia’s leading online sophisticated investor certificate registry, utilised by investors, product providers, advisors and accountants. Connah is also the founder of Codesource, a business responsible for 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.


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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