In this blog series, we will introduce you to our team. Today is Mark Hudson, the Chief Operating Officer at Ignition Wealth.
In recent years, he worked as a Consultant for AGS World Transport. He went on to work as the Program Director for both Tabcorp and One Big Switch, before joining Ignition Wealth.
We asked him eight questions about his work at Ignition Wealth.
1. Why did you make the decision to work for Ignition Wealth?
At this stage in my career, I wanted to work with people I really liked. I met our CTO, Mike Giles back in 2002 and worked together until 2006, taking me to London and relocating to Mumbai for a year while we developed a self-service financial advice model that Ignition Wealth is based upon. The time was just right for me to make a triumphant return in 2015!
2. What are some of your career highlights/key achievements?
There are numerous achievements/failures, but some highlights include launching an early version of Ignition Wealth to the Indian adviser market in 2006, streamlining the buying, warehousing and logistics for a major Australian fresh produce retailer, and completing an MBA (full time) which gave me a new perspective on business strategy, the power of marketing and learning about ME!
3. What are you working on right now?
Today I manage a great team that covers operations, advice and compliance. This includes making sure our customers and their clients are properly supported, and obligations for our Australian Financial Services License. My team also manages our internationally-recognised information security management system called ISO27001:2013. Fairly dry, but super-critical for Ignition Wealth’s reputation.
4. What do you enjoy about working at Ignition Wealth?
Building and working with a great team, and the tremendous opportunity afforded to us right now. I’m also grateful for the flexibility.
5. What are you looking forward to in 2018?
Having our new baby sleep through the night! During the day though, building our core team, winning business and achieving better financial outcomes for Australians.
6. What is your favourite piece of tech?
That’s tough. I’ve been an iPhone fanboy forever, but I have to say wireless headphones have brought back radio, podcasts and audiobooks to my commute which I just love.
7. Any book suggestions?
Guns, Germs and Steel changed my worldview, tweaked by Sapiens. I also admire Elon Musk in his biography – he takes big bets.
8. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Dougie the Pizza Boy got the same advice: work hard and be good to your mother. In addition, my parents encouraged me to borrow for a house when I was much younger which has taught me the value of forced savings.
Meet more of our team with this blog series:
Donna Nicklin, Implementation Lead
Luca Andreoli, Front-end Developer
Louise McLennan, Agile PM