Spectra Analytics - Our People
Our People


Spectra Analytics boasts a wealth of experience in both business and academia. Marrying this experience and knowledge, Spectra are able to offer powerful insights through the application of data analytics.

Key People

Marcus Alexander Ong

Dr Marcus Alexander Ong, CSci CMath MIMA

Chief Executive Officer

Marcus is an expert in machine learning and mathematical modelling having worked in this area on both an academic and professional basis with extensive project management experience of delivering analytics solutions. His background includes over three years as CEO of Spectra Analytics, current Special for the National Crime Agency advising on the applications of Machine Learning and data analytics, and an external academic supervisor at the University of Warwick, and as a derivatives trader for Citigroup.

Marcus holds a PhD in Complexity Science with Finance and an MSc in Complexity Science (University of Warwick), a BSc in Physics (University of Durham) and Charters in both Mathematics and Science (IMA). He is also a Certified Prince2 Practitioner.

Dan Sprague

Dr Daniel Sprague

Chief Science Officer

Dan is an expert in developing and managing production level systems, designing database architecture, implementing security protocols and system testing. He specialises in machine learning and mathematical modelling of health behaviours both as part of his PhD research and as a consultant for USAID. He is also an external supervisor at the University of Warwick.

Dan holds a PhD in Complexity Science at the University of Warwick where he also obtained an MSc in Complexity Science. Previously he read Physics (MPhys) at the University of Oxford. He is also a Certified Prince2 Practitioner.

Chris Crowther

Chris Crowther

Security & Defence

Chris acts as an advisor on Security and Defence issues, and digital transformation. He has over 25 years experience in leading and managing successful complex digital transformation projects and programmes. He is a global digital leader with senior experience with UK military and other Government Departments, US Military and Federal Government, the United Nations and international blue-chip organisations. He has an exceptional record in delivering unrivalled IO programmes based on modern business techniques and innovative approaches.


Jeffery Thomas

Jeffrey Thomas

Jeffrey is a seasoned entrepreneur with strong financial, marketing and leadership skills. With a career spanning 30 years Jeffrey has deep experience across Digital Infrastructure, Information Technology, Real Estate, Entertainment and Logistics in the UK, USA and Europe. Jeffrey is the Chairman of UKCloud and Co-Founder of the Corsham Institute – a beyond profit organisation driving innovation and adoption of new modes of living through a better understanding of our digital society.

Jeremy Sanders

Jeremy Sanders

Jeremy has a keen interest in connecting commercial and social capacities into the current digital revolution. He holds a number of active executive roles including Chief Strategy Officer at UK Cloud. He is also a director of Hadston Limited, a developer of innovative digital communities and infrastructure. Jeremy is also the Co-Founder of Corsham Institute and has spent the past 25 years developing entrepreneurial businesses. He has extensive commercial and executive experience in growth markets with start-ups, business development, strategy and risk and cultural change.

Robert MacKay

Prof. Robert MacKay, FRS FInstP FIMA

Robert is Director of Mathematical Interdisciplinary Research at Warwick and its Centre for Complexity Science, including its doctoral training centre. He was recently named as a Renowned Fellow of the Engineering and Physical Research Council “Recognising Influential Scientists and Engineers” scheme.

His principal research interests are in the statistical behaviour of complex dynamical systems, seeking to shed light on the concepts of emergence, tipping points and nudges. He is currently investigator in research projects on Management of complex systems, Energy storage, Behavioural Science and Internet Science.

Robin Ball

Prof. Robin Ball, FInstP

Robin is the Head of the Physics Department and Chair of the Complexity Complex at the University of Warwick.

His principal research interests are in statistical physics with an emphasis on self-organising systems. Examples include fractal aggregates, polymer microstructures and protein folding, dynamics of fracture and granular and colloidal materials.

Brendan Spillane

Dr Brendan Spillane

Brendan is the representative for Warwick Ventures. He focusses on business development, building substantial sales pipelines for a number of start-up companies. He is experienced in software sales and marketing, working for a range of blue chip companies.