Our team

 

Sean Russo

Sean Russo

Principal and Managing Director

 

Steve White

Steve White

Principal

 

Dave Rowe

Dave Rowe

Principal

 

Sean Russo

PRINCIPAL AND MANAGING DIRECTOR

Sean is passionate about helping companies manage market risk to build strength and sustainability in their businesses. He has a fierce committment to delivering responsible and innovative risk solutions to all Noah’s Rule clients.
Since founding Noah’s Rule in 2004, Sean has been a hands-on, strategic advisor for the management of financial and commodity market risk and negotiations and oversight for hedging execution.

Sean has a strong track record in delivering excellent strategic risk advice to CEOs, company boards and senior management. His success at Noah’s Rule comes from formidable industry knowledge gained over more than 30 years in financial markets. His roles included Managing Director of Treasury at NM Rothschild and Sons (Australia).

A strong advocate for developing a high level of risk awareness in the business community, Sean takes pride in developing and fine tuning intelligent and responsive risk solutions for all Noah’s Rule clients.

Steve White

Principal

With over 30 years’ experience in financial markets and company management experience, Steve has a unique and valuable skillset to offer Noah’s Rule clients. Since joining the company in 2008, he’s used his wealth of industry knowledge to provide senior executives with risk solutions aligned to their corporate strategy.

Steve’s success in his role is built on his career as a foreign exchange and metals markets trader. His track record and previous roles include Chief Foreign Exchange Dealer at HSBC in Tokyo, Barclays PLC, and as a Foreign Exchange and Metals Trader at NM Rothschild and Sons (Australia).

As a former General Manager of a large private company, Steve has a deep understanding of the commercial pressures faced by company executives and Board members. This knowledge complements his extensive trading background and is of significant value to Noah’s Rule clients dealing with significant financial risks.

Steve holds a Master of Management and a Graduate Diploma of Management from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management, and a Diploma of Financial Planning from Deakin University.

Dave Rowe

Principal

Using his in-depth expertise in financial markets, Dave is highly successful in identifying and managing key financial risks for Noah’s Rule clients. With over 30 years of industry experience, much of it in the development of treasury products, Dave possesses deep knowledge of precious and base metals, energy, agricultural and financial markets and is adept at reporting, pricing and trading risk across these markets.

Before joining Noah’s Rule, Dave held senior roles at NM Rothschild (Australia), National Mutual Royal Bank and Citicorp. At NM Rothschild and Sons (Australia) Limited he was a director and managed large trading and sales teams as Head of Trading and Head of Market Risk.

By gaining a perspective from ‘both sides of the business’ at Rothschild, Dave is well placed to offer critical insights for clients seeking to trade profitably and accurately report market risk.

This makes him an indispensable member of the Noah’s Rule team.
Dave has a Bachelor of Economics from Macquarie University and a Graduate Diploma in Theology from Morling Theological College.

Sascha Keen

Sascha Keen

Director (Europe)

Kelly Backshall

Kelly Backshall

Director (Perth)

 

Sascha Keen

Director (Europe)

With a skillset spanning project finance, debt advisory, asset management, corporate recovery and turnarounds, Sascha is perfectly suited to supporting Noah’s Rule clients. His expertise across sectors including mining, metals, renewable energy and infrastructure enables him to identify and manage risk for a wide range of companies.

Sascha’s ability to deliver great result for clients is founded on knowledge gained from over a 15 year career in executive roles at investment banking and trading groups including NM Rothschild and Sons (Australia) Limited and Mitsui.

Based in Barcelona, Sascha is ideally located to take part in critical discussions and negotiations with financial institutions situated in key international banking hubs.

Sascha holds an MBA from ESADE Business School in Spain, a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia, and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute.

Jennifer Ropiak

(North America) Representative

With over 20 years of experience in financial markets, Jennifer provides our North American clients with a range of advice and support to achieve risk management and business performance goals. Her extensive sell-side background at major financial institutions, including Morgan Stanley, NYSE Liffe US and Trusted Partner Metals, enables her to deliver high-level guidance on market and commodity risk.

Jennifer’s track record is particularly strong in trading precious and platinum group metals. She also has excellent knowledge of the futures market, having managed business and product development for physically deliverable gold and silver futures. As an independent consultant to a range of companies, including exchanges and FinTech, she provided expert advice ahead of their expansion into the wholesale precious metals market.

Jennifer’s experience also includes market analysis and litigation support services to a range of US-based companies, adding a further dimension to the expertise of our Noah’s Rule team.

Kelly Backshall

Director (Perth)

Kelly brings over 20 years’ experience in banking and finance to her role as a specialist debt advisor with Noah’s Rule. Based in Perth, she provides advice and management to clients with significant financial market risks, primarily in resources, oil and gas, and infrastructure.

Kelly delivers successful outcomes for clients by drawing on skills and industry knowledge developed during her previous roles with The Bell Group Ltd., CIBC Australia’s Treasury desk, Gold Bank and BankWest.

Kelly has extensive experience in managing banking relationships for mining, oil and gas and infrastructure projects. She is skilled in financial modelling, debt structuring and documenting new project financing and hedging strategies for projects covering gold, base metals, industrial minerals, and oil and gas.

Sascha Keen

Director (Europe)

With a skillset spanning project finance, debt advisory, asset management, corporate recovery and turnarounds, Sascha is perfectly suited to supporting Noah’s Rule clients. His expertise across sectors including mining, metals, renewable energy and infrastructure enables him to identify and manage risk for a wide range of companies.

Sascha’s ability to deliver great result for clients is founded on knowledge gained from over a 15 year career in executive roles at investment banking and trading groups including NM Rothschild and Sons (Australia) Limited and Mitsui.

Based in Barcelona, Sascha is ideally located to take part in critical discussions and negotiations with financial institutions situated in key international banking hubs.

Sascha holds an MBA from ESADE Business School in Spain, a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia, and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute.

Jennifer Ropiak

(North America) Representative

With over 20 years of experience in financial markets, Jennifer provides our North American clients with a range of advice and support to achieve risk management and business performance goals. Her extensive sell-side background at major financial institutions, including Morgan Stanley, NYSE Liffe US and Trusted Partner Metals, enables her to deliver high-level guidance on market and commodity risk.

Jennifer’s track record is particularly strong in trading precious and platinum group metals. She also has excellent knowledge of the futures market, having managed business and product development for physically deliverable gold and silver futures. As an independent consultant to a range of companies, including exchanges and FinTech, she provided expert advice ahead of their expansion into the wholesale precious metals market.

Jennifer’s experience also includes market analysis and litigation support services to a range of US-based companies, adding a further dimension to the expertise of our Noah’s Rule team.

Kelly Backshall

Director (Perth)

Kelly brings over 20 years’ experience in banking and finance to her role as a specialist debt advisor with Noah’s Rule. Based in Perth, she provides advice and management to clients with significant financial market risks, primarily in resources, oil and gas, and infrastructure.

Kelly delivers successful outcomes for clients by drawing on skills and industry knowledge developed during her previous roles with The Bell Group Ltd., CIBC Australia’s Treasury desk, Gold Bank and BankWest.

Kelly has extensive experience in managing banking relationships for mining, oil and gas and infrastructure projects. She is skilled in financial modelling, debt structuring and documenting new project financing and hedging strategies for projects covering gold, base metals, industrial minerals, and oil and gas.

Melissa Weston

Melissa Weston

Senior Analyst (Sydney)

 

Anna Guzowski

Anna Guzowski

Analyst (Sydney)

 

Chris Greenshields

Chris Greenshields

Senior Analyst (Sydney)

 

Melissa Weston

Senior Analyst (Sydney)

Drawing on 15 years’ experience in financial and commodities markets, Melissa provides Noah’s Rule clients with expert analysis and management of their key risks. She developed her diverse skill-set in previous roles at Suncorp Bank, Ergon Energy, Lloyds TSB and Chevron. She also possesses commodities market expertise, particularly in crude oil, refined products, natural gas, LNG, emissions and power.

Melissa holds a Bachelor of Business (Economics and Banking and Finance) from the Queensland University of Technology and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment (Financial Markets) from Securities Institute Australia.

Anna Guzowski

Analyst (Sydney)

As a Noah’s Rule analyst, Anna uses her expert knowledge of foreign currency and commodity price risks to help clients grow and sustain their businesses.

Drawing on her knowledge of physical commodities markets and expertise in credit and investment portfolio management, Anna has delivered great outcomes for Noah’s Rule clients since joining our expert team.

Anna has over five years of experience in the finance sector and has held roles at Shell Ltd, ATCo Group and Rabobank.
Anna holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Finance) with Honours from Canada’s Wilfrid Laurier University. She is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Chris Greenshields

Senior Analyst (Sydney)

Chris brings almost 20 years of high-level experience in financial markets to the Noah’s Rule team. Since joining the company in 2015, Chris has used his extensive knowledge to deliver great outcomes for clients with significant market risks.

Since relocating to Sydney from the UK over 12 years ago, Chris has worked with some of Australia’s leading financial institutions. His roles include Equities Director at Macquarie Bank and Market Surveillance at the Australian Securities Exchange.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Science (Mathematical Sciences) from the University of Paisley in Scotland.