Meet the Team

Our team is key

Delivering results is their passion! They share their beliefs in the importance of truly understanding the client’s individual needs and the market they are targeting by offering a professional, intuitive, flexible and creative approach in delivering service excellence as well as sales to the clients target market.

Aislinn McKibbin

Aislinn McKibbin


Aislinn brings over 25 years of business development experience in financial services. Currently focussed on promoting Payments and Financial Crime Compliance offerings, Aislinn represents a number of highly successful fintech and regtech solutions providers. Her track record of delivering tangible results for a variety of global software firms is impressive. Aislinn's in-depth experience also spans Treasury & Capital Markets, Investment, Wholesale & Retail Banking, Operations, Risk & Compliance, BPM and Insurance. A fluent Dutch speaker, she brings unique insights and proven experience of successful business development within the Benelux region and throughout Europe. Aislinn holds a non Exec Board position at KAL. From 2020, Strategic Market Access will trade under McKibbin Associates Ltd.

Mike MacDonnagh

Mike MacDonnagh

Advisory Director

Mike has more than 20 years of Product Management and Business Development experience in Financial Services. Working for suppliers of IT solutions to financial services over the last 20 years, Mike has been involved with helping Financial Institutions prepare for and cope with some of the most important developments to hit the industry.

Christina Bendall


Christina brings more than 20 years of experience in business development, marketing and communications in the international financial services and technology sectors. Originally from Sweden, Christina has spent most of her career based in London working in global roles. In the end of 2019, Christina relocated to Auckland, New Zealand. By leveraging her experience, market knowledge and language skills, she is well placed to advise on integrated sales and marketing strategies, digital marketing and campaign management in addition to providing hands-on implementation and execution. Christina works closely with SMA in London to provide services globally to enable a fast time to market across EMEA and APAC.

Amanda O'Sullivan, Inside Sales Executive

Amanda has a 20 year background of delivering front office sales and business development services in tier one investment banks, leading technology consultancies and financial software providers. Amanda was part of the market leading Institutional Fund FX Sales and Trading team at Citigroup for 12 years, advising and trading on all foreign exchange products to the top Global Investment Managers. Prior to this she spent 8 years at Barclays in Corporate FX sales & trading covering the treasury teams of the top 100 multi-national corporations across Europe. Latterly she has provided sales and business development strategy services for the leading Front Office and Operational Trading Technology consultancies of Capco, Catalyst and Etrading Software Ltd as well as delivering enterprise risk software solutions to senior leaders across the financial sector. Amanda has also championed, promoted and sold development programmes for ‘Women in Financial Markets’ and was a founding candidate for the ‘retaining talented women’ market initiative. Amanda has been working with SMA for over two years and has provided excellent Inside Sales services to a regtech firm as well as a leading payments provider.

Cathy Thomas, Inside Sales Executive

Catherine has 25 years' experience spanning a wide range of roles within the financial services industry across Retail Banking, Asset Management, Investment Banking and Agency Broking. Every role has been customer facing requiring superior communication skills. Catherine spent 11 years as part of the Institutional Fixed Income Sales team at Barclays Investment Bank with a client base of Tier 1 Pension Funds and Asset Managers. This was an advisory role selling corporate bonds, structured products and derivatives in both the primary and secondary bond market. Prior to Barclays, she was at Hermes Investment Management for 7 years working within their Treasury Operations & Treasury Front Office, before being promoted to a Portfolio Manager of their Index Linked and Corporate Bond Fund. For the last 12 years she has been supporting Sales & Marketing teams for Technology Vendors & Consultants promoting brand awareness, assisting with their ‘go to market’ strategy and generating a sales pipeline.

John O'Sullivan

John has a 25-year background of delivering front office sales and business development services in tier one investment banks and financial software providers. Prior to working with SMA, John lead the UK and Nordic FX sales teams at JP Morgan for 8 years and was previously a sales/trader serving multinational corporations at Barclays and The Royal Bank of Scotland where he advised on all aspects of FX and options hedging. John also spent a portion of his career as a finance/interest rate product advisor to a property development company and a trading placement consultant representing T1 banks. Latterly he has provided sales and business development strategy services for leading financial software providers in the trading, risk and payments areas.

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