Our current team of 20 people brings together a unique combination of industry experience and technical expertise in investment banking, management consulting and data science.

Senior advisory team

Timothy Toner
Founder and Managing Director

Tim founded Vesparum in 2012 to provide truly independent advice to boards and management teams by leveraging the paradigm shift towards data-driven decision making. Since founding Vesparum, Tim has overseen more than 60 capital markets engagements for a broad range of publicly listed and private companies. He draws on over 12 years of capital markets experience, which included several years at independent advisory firm Lazard and global investment bank Macquarie Capital. Tim has worked across all aspects of the capital markets, with a focus on principal investments, mergers and acquisitions and equity capital markets, including a number of high profile transactions in London, New York and San Francisco. Tim holds Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Commerce degrees from the University of Melbourne.

Dr Benjamin Toner
Co-founder and Data Scientist

Ben is an expert in quantum computing and oversees our data science and software engineering teams. He holds a Ph.D. and Master of Science in Physics from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Physics from the University of Melbourne, where he currently holds an honorary position as a Fellow in the School of Physics. Ben previously worked as a Scientific Staff Member at the Dutch National Centre for Mathematics and Computer Science in Amsterdam.

James Barber
Managing Director

James has over 12 years of experience in the financial services industry as an investor and trusted advisor. Prior to Vesparum, James worked in London as a Principal with the Boston Consulting Group for 5 years and was previously on the buy side at Goldman Sachs Asset Management for 7 years. James’ combination of institutional investment and strategy consulting experience is highly complementary to the core investment banking experience across our team. James holds a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (1st class Honours) from Oxford University and has been a CFA Charterholder since 2006.

Soruban Rajakulendran
Executive Director

Soruban has over 14 years of investment banking experience. Soruban has advised on and executed some of the largest equity capital markets and public/private mergers and acquisitions transactions in the Australian market. Prior to Vesparum, Soruban worked in the equity capital markets division at Macquarie Capital for over 9 years and was previously a corporate lawyer at Clayton Utz. Soruban holds a double degree in Law (Honours) and Banking and Finance from Monash University and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment (Corporate Finance) from FINSIA.