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 FIMA

Chief Executive Officer

Marcus has led Spectra Analytics since it was established in 2014. He is an experienced Data Scientist having worked in this area in both an academic and professional context. He has an extensive track record in delivering Data Science / Artifical Intelligence solutions across multiple domains from Defence and Healthcare to Transport.

He is an external academic supervisor at the University of Warwick, and was previously a Special for the National Crime Agency advising on the applications of Machine Learning and data analytics, and a derivatives trader for Citigroup. He is also a Fellow of the Institue of Mathematics and its Applications

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 with experience of Agile project management.

Dan Sprague

Dr Daniel Sprague

Chief Technology Officer & Chief Science Officer

In his CTO role, Dan leads Spectra's technology and software delivery. A full-stack developer, Dan has extensive experience in developing and managing production level systems, database design, system testing architectures, and implementing security protocols. He is also experienced in front-end software development and UX design.

In his CSO role, Dan leads the Data Science / Artificial Intelligence team. He is an expert in statistical modelling and machine learning, including Natural Language Processing, Regression methods, Classification and Clustering and Image Recognition. He also acts as an external academic supervisor for PhD/MSc students at the University of Warwick.

Dan holds a PhD in Complexity Science from 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 with experience of Agile project management.

Chris Crowther

Chris Crowther

Chief Information Officer

Chris has over 25 years’ experience in the information assurance and security domain. He is uniquely qualified to understand the evolving threat environment, as well as having an exceptional track record of driving and delivering change in complex organisations.

He is a global digital leader with senior experience with the UK military and other Government Departments, US Military and Federal Government, the United Nations, KPMG and Airbus. Amongst a plethora of awards and accolades from the UK and US, Chris’ contribution to the world of Information Risk was recognised in 2016 by his qualification as a CESG Certified Professional Lead Security and Information Risk Advisor. Chris is co-founder and chair for the West of England Cyber Cluster.

Steve Williams

Steve Williams

Head of Business Development

Steve is an established leader with over 30 years experience in the capital markets and an extensive background in technology infrastructures.

He is General Manager of DXC Fixnetix and was previously Global COO for Equities Electronic Markets at Citigroup, and General Manager for BNP Securities where he oversaw the firm's Japanese business and headed all equities trading across the region.

Ben Brown


Chief Medical Officer

Ben is a practising General Practitioner (GP), and expert in developing advanced analytic clinical software. In addition to his medical training, Ben has qualifications in health informatics (PhD), public health (MPH), and leadership (MSc). Ben’s unique career provides him with insights into the challenges of day-to-day clinical practice, combined with the skills to harness data science to address them. This has allowed him to build a strong track record of developing software implemented into NHS clinical practice. His work has been published in over 40 peer reviewed scientific papers, and has won awards from the International Medical Informatics Association, British Computer Society, and Royal College of General Practitioners.


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.