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Professional experience

Professional CV

Grosvenor Public Sector Advisory

Consultant, April 2017 – February 2019

I consulted at Grosvenor on a casual basis to complete a specific project for the European Commission relating to public procurement. This involved: identifying data sources; preparing for and supporting data acquisition; conducting data quality confirmation; helping with survey design and validation; and some minor managerial responsibilities.

The Centre for International Economics

Economist, January 2012 – August 2013; August 2015 – November 2015

The CIE is a privately-owned economic consultancy. I contributed to reports for public- and private-sector clients as part of a small team. Topics included: valuing public sector outputs; housing sector taxation; the global meat market; wheat price elasticities; variations to modern awards; migration; and labor markets.

GoCampaign

Co-founder and Director, July 2011 – May 2015

As a co-founder and director of GoCampaign (later GoCatalyze), a data analysis tool, I was responsible for the creation and development of a business along with Andrew Barnes, Chris Eigeland and Chris Hood. There were many aspects to this including creating marketing material and websites; making pitch decks; customer on-boarding and service; presenting; market testing; and some minor managerial responsibilities. GoCatalyze completed the ANZ Innovyz START accelerator program in 2013 and won the iAward Data Category in 2014. GoCatalyze is now part of GO1.

Reserve Bank of Australia

Cadet/Analyst/Senior Analyst, February 2009 – December 2011

I researched topics related to banknotes, for example an econometric analysis of banknote demand during the 2007-08 financial crisis. I was also responsible for creating and analysing counterfeit banknote datasets, and gave banknote-related presentations to the public.

Projects

Petit Poll

May 2016 – Current

This is a joint project with Monica Alexander. Petit Poll combines non-representative polling data with a hierarchical Bayesian model to cheaply deliver meaningful Australian political polling. I am responsible for survey design and analysis, as well as marketing and communication.

We polled the 2016 Australian Federal election and got a (statistically) reasonable result. In terms of seats we were five off. Four of those were just a result of our small sample size: there were the three that turned unexpectedly in Tasmania; and the one in South Australia that went to the Nick Xenophon team. If we had more data from those areas then the model would have had a better chance, but when there’s not much data the prior has a big impact.

No Pour Choices

July 2018 – Current

This is a a joint project with Adam Jansen and Ben Readshaw. No Pour Choices is an app that helps organise your wine collection. I am responsible for all aspects of iOS development.