Dr Simon Fifer: B.Ec., M App Stats, PhD (Choice Modelling)
Director: Research and Innovation
Tel: 0403 862 091
Dr Simon Fifer is a founding partner of CaPPRe and Director of Research and Innovation. He is a specialist in studying human decision making using choice based measurement. Prior to starting CaPPRe, Simon was core member of the Centre for the Study of Choice (CenSoC, UTS) and the Institute for Choice (I4C, UniSA).
Simon manages all the technical aspects of projects and is responsible for continuing to push the research boundaries to ensure CaPPRe are at the forefront of innovations in choice based methods.
Over 12 years’ experience in industry / client management allows Simon to present the technical aspects of choice research in an industry friendly manner. Simon considers himself a ‘pracademic’ (practical academic), with a research focus directed at solving real world problems with major societal impact.
Simon regularly presents at various national and international conferences, and publishes papers in leading academic journals.
Simon has a PhD in Choice modelling from the University of Sydney.
Laurie Axford: Grad Dip BA, BPE, Diploma Market Research, GAICD
Tel: 0419 905 702
Laurie Axford is a founding partner of CaPPRe and is a passionate and results driven Managing Director with 35 years’ experience in healthcare.
In his most recent Managing Director role Laurie lead a team of research professionals for the Australian affiliate of a multi-national healthcare specialist market research agency after roles in business development and project management with the company, Cegedim Strategic Data. Laurie spent 17 years with Cegedim and its predecessor Decisions Research in Australia.
Laurie spent a similar period (1980 – 1998) as a director of Australia's first private cardiac rehabilitation program, where he directed the exercise prescription and lifestyle modification program. This was Australia’s first privately owned cardiac rehabilitation program. During 1990-1992 he was also head of fitness and conditioning at the Sydney Swans.
Besides the managerial expertise Laurie brings decades of project experience in the healthcare and agricultural industries, including working with Dr Simon Fifer and Professor John Rose over 14 years on numerous advanced choice based studies for pharmaceutical, OTC, animal health and crop protection clients.
Laurie is also a Non-Executive Director on the NSW board of the Council On The Ageing (COTA) since September 2017.
Previous board positions include the Australian Cardiac Rehabilitation Association, the NSW
branch of the Australian Sports Medicine Federation and Cegedim Strategic Data Australia Pty Ltd.
Professor John Rose: B.Ec (Hons), PhD (Choice Modelling)
Director and Chair Scientific Advisory Board
Professor Rose is a partner in CaPPRe and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). Professor Rose currently maintains a Research professorship and Director of the Business Intelligence and Data Analytics (BIDA) research centre at the University of Technology Sydney. His research interests are discrete choice modelling and efficient stated choice experiments.
He is widely published in the top academic journals and is a co-author (with Professors David Hensher and William Greene) of Applied Choice Analysis; A Primer, (2015) by Cambridge University Press. He is currently writing a book on generating efficient stated choice experimental designs (with Mike Bliemer, University of Sydney) and is Editor-in-Chief of Transportation Research: Part A.
Professor Rose has over 15 years’ experience working with industry, including working in the areas of community evaluation and modelling of transport and infrastructure development, pharmaceutical treatment evaluation and patient preferences and agricultural product demand forecasting and value analysis. He is also a visiting Professor to Institute of Transport Studies, Faculty of Environment at the University of Leeds.
Rose Wilson, BSc (Psychology), MSc (Health Psychology)
Tel: 0401 572 792
Karen Winkler BA (Hons), MSc (Tourism Planning & Development)
Senior Research Manager
Tel: (02) 8315 2148
Karen Winkler is a senior research manager at CaPPRe, with 12 years’ experience in quantitative market research. Prior to joining CaPPRe, Karen worked in healthcare market research in Sydney, focussing on patient chart audit research as well as custom quantitative studies in various therapeutic areas including Virology, Oncology, Haematology and Diabetes.
Prior to moving to Australia in 2012, Karen worked for a research institute in Germany, specialising in market research for tourism demand related issues. In this role, Karen worked with many different public and private sector clients ranging from national to local level to help them understand underlying attitudes and motivations to travel, holiday information searching and booking behaviour, travel behaviour and travel-related interests.
Karen has a MSc in Tourism Planning and Development from the University of Surrey, UK and a BA (Hons) in Tourism Management from the University of Brighton, UK.
Edward Wei, PhD (Choice Modelling)
Manager, Data Intelligence and Insights
Tel: 0431 646 086
Dr Edward Wei is Manager of Data Intelligence and Insights at CaPPRe.
Edward has over twenty years of experience in the market research industry and university setting. During his career, he has worked on numerous research projects for both public and private sectors. He is an experienced choice modeller and has worked on many conjoint and choice model projects, from experimental design and programming, to analysis and building dashboards. He is an expert in programming complex surveys with many years of experience as a survey programmer. He has taught and supervised postgraduate students in market research and analysis methods.
Edward received a PhD degree from UTS (Choice modelling), a Master of Business degree from QUT and a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), China.
Ariana Cabrera, BSc (AdvMath)(Hons)
Manager, Data Analytics and Visualisation
Ariana Cabrera is the Manager of Data Analytics and Visualisation at CaPPRe. Ariana answers important research questions using statistics-based evidence. She has experience in a wide range of tools to create visual representations of model results. She is an expert in using R Shiny to create advanced dashboards to inform stakeholder decision making. Ariana has a strong understanding of the mechanics behind survey-based research projects and is involved in various stages of project progression, including study design, survey scripting, data collection, data cleaning and analysis and reporting.
Ariana completed a Bachelor of Science & Advanced Mathematics (Honours class 1) at the University of New South Wales. For her Honours project she developed a non-parametric Bayesian method for density estimation using quantile pyramid processes.
Declan Monro, BComm (Accounting and Finance), GradCert Data Science
Declan is a Research Executive at CaPPRe. He provides technical support across projects and assists in research design and implementation, data cleaning and analysis, and final reporting. Declan is experienced programming surveys and using R and excel for data cleaning and analysis.
Declan completed a Graduate Certificate of Data Science from the University of Sydney following his Bachelor of Commerce (majors in Accounting and Finance) from the University of New South Wales.
Robyn Ordman, BA (Psychology), MRes (Psychology)
Robyn Ordman is a research manager at CaPPRe, having joined the team in June 2019. Robyn comes from a Market Research background professionally, which has enabled her to develop skills across all aspects of consumer research. Prior to this, she completed a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and continued to graduate with a Masters of Research (Psychology) at Macquarie University. Her thesis, entitled “Body Size Estimation: Multichannel or Opponent Process?” was crucial in developing her research skills in an academic setting.
Her responsibilities within CaPPRe are diverse, though her main area of interest as a quantitative researcher lies in data analysis and interpretation. However, Robyn undertakes all aspects of project management across a wide range of industry types.
Jenni Godsell: BA, Post Grad Diploma Science (Psychology)
Community Engagement Insights
Tel: 0426 200 010
Senior Research Economist
Dr Thames Kularatne is a Senior Research Economist at CaPPRe. She works across a broad range of projects, involved in project management from brief to delivery of results, with high involvement in all aspects of analytics focusing on Discrete Choice Experiments.
Over the past six years, Thames had the opportunity to work across a diverse range of projects including transport, infrastructure environment and tourism. She has experience applying discrete choice experiments across a variety of disciplines including nature based-tourism, transport and natural hazards. Prior to joining CaPPRe, she was engaged in the development of business cases and economic analyses to provide economic justification for infrastructure projects in NSW.
Thames has a PhD in Environmental and Tourism Economics from Queensland University of Technology.