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Once again, Brummell is proud to celebrate the abundance of young talent in London’s financial services industry and related sectors. Our expert panel – all high achievers themselves – applied rigorous criteria to a particularly long list of nominations to select this year’s Ones To Watch. There were many candidates who met the first set of standards: under-40s who have demonstrated innovation, drive and energy, who have consistently outperformed their peers or market and who have the potential to rise to the very top. But in these days where a more rounded approach to life in the City seems an appropriate way of maintaining London’s prominence in global finance, the judges were looking for additional factors. They chose people who have contributed both within and outside their firms to networking and advocacy groups, mentoring and charities, or are pursuing additional entrepreneurial or creative projects. On the following pages, meet 30 people who are making waves in the finance sector and inspiring those around them.
Senior associate, Litigation and Regulatory Group, Clifford Chance
Scott’s professional work makes the headlines. As a senior associate in Clifford Chance’s Litigation and Regulatory Group, she advises major US and European banks on contentious and reputational issues. She is currently a lead associate on the team defending Barclays in
the groundbreaking LIBOR test case and is frequently involved in FSA/FCA investigations. She also recently advised aninvestment bank
in connection with a high-profile criminal trial. Her full-time job deals with high-value claims, but outside work, Scott uses her skills to help empower others. She helps run the International Law Book Facility, which ships recycled legal textbooks to not-for-profit organisations across the globe to help access to justice, and conducts mock job interviews for GCSEstudents in Newham and for Crisis, helping homeless people get back into employment.
Strategic marketing and planning director, Kinetic Partners
Voss is the strategic marketing and planning director at Kinetic Partners, a fast-growing professional-services firm that is focused exclusively on the financial-services industry. He is a key part of the central team that puts structure and strategy in place to support business growth. In 2011, he co-founded Radius, a consultancy that aims to bring diversity and inclusion to the heart of businesses. Radius has revolutionised LGBT networking, providing a much-needed business-focused slant, including engaging more than 25 corporate members
in events. Voss oversees the Radius Inclusion Pledge Programme, which exposes leaders in organisations to difference while working with a diverse range of staff on core-business challenges. He is also the chair of governors at Tower Bridge Primary School, where he has been driving change to improve its performance.
Head of emerging markets, loans syndicate, Barclays
With 15 years’ experience in investment banking, Abraham is responsible for managing all aspects of underwriting, pricing, syndication strategy and liquidity for Barclays loans across the CEEMEA regions. She is an active member of the Barclays Women’s Initiatives Network. In January, her events committee raised £68,000 for socially excluded women in Eastern European and African countries suffering the devastation of war and conflict. She is a mother to two young children.
Co-founder, Mirabaud Alternative Capital
Buchanan has worked for a variety of City institutions in equity sales and corporate finance during his 15-year career before joining Swiss bank Mirabaud to set up a division raising equity and debt finance for private companies. In 2010, he published The Game – How the World of Finance Really Works (updated in 2013), a satirical study of the day-to-day machinations and politics of the finance industry that has become a bible for City-focused graduates. He gives regular talks to universities and business schools.
Director, corporate banking and securities, global markets, Deutsche Bank AG
Birt was hired to set up the listed derivatives global-client commerce team on account of her industry experience and exceptional talent for building and managing senior client relationships. Professional relationships are also the crux of her work as a founding member of the London board of Women in Listed Derivatives (WILD), which gives women a platform to connect with industry peers. Last year, she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, raising over £150,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society.
At a time of great change for the pensions and investments industry, Boyle is at the forefront with her financial services PR and marketing firm, set up in 2009 to ‘bring a new style of communications, educating people and generating debate’. Five years on, KBPR has a portfolio of influential clients across the pensions and investments industry. Boyle is regularly invited to judge a range of the industry’s largest awards, and is herself a previous winner of the Financial Times Pension and Investment Provider Awards as PR Adviser of the Year.
Head of strategic bank partnerships and marketing, RSA Insurance Group
Throughout her career, Clerici has worked for American Express, Barclays and RSA, directing multicultural teams across Western Europe and emerging markets. In her current position, she has negotiated, developed and implemented strategic bank partnerships in the Baltics. She is a board member at Women in Banking and Finance and a newly appointed trustee at the Yogi Ashokananda Foundation, working to further the education and wellbeing of disadvantaged children in India.
Roland de Marsangy
Sales director, Liquidnet
Since his appointment in 2012, de Marsangy has led the European growth of Liquidnet, a global trading network that executes trades on behalf of around 750 top asset managers. Revenue has increased
by 95 per cent in France alone. He now also leads the firm’s EMEA emerging markets business. He regularly speaks at industry forums on issues facing the asset management industry. De Marsangy has connections with Africa and recently travelled to Rwanda to help in the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, supporting over 500 teenagers in need.
Vice-president, fixed income division, Morgan Stanley
Horridge’s outstanding abilities as a trader have seen him rise swiftly through the ranks to his current role, where he is responsible for handling the relationship and day-to-day trading activity of large, global equity hedge funds. Of parallel importance are his efforts to help the company climb the ranks of the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index to become the top-scoring investment bank. Horridge chaired the Interbank LGBT Forum from 2010 to 2013, widening its reach across the City. He is also a keen musician.
Stacey Toder Feldman
Director, Customs and Global Trade, Deloitte LLP
With more than 15 years’ experience advising clients on international trade matters, Toder Feldman is currently a director of the customs and global trade practice at Deloitte LLP. She specialises in global export controls, sanctions and customs-compliance matters, and advises on trade matters across the US, EU, Asia and the Middle East. She speaks frequently at industry conferences and works closely with US, EU, and UK government agencies to support the development, interpretation and enforcement of trade policy. She is recommended as a recognised expert in her field by World ECR, the leading international journal on export controls and sanctions. A champion of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, Toder Feldman leads the Deloitte Women’s Network, was selected to represent Deloitte in the ICAEW’s Women in Leadership programme and participates in the firm’s mentoring programme.
Managing director, FlexTrade UK Ltd
Kedia is the managing director of FlexTrade UK Ltd, a financial-software firm that specialises in trading solutions, including EMS, OMS and algorithms for multiple-asset classes. He joined FlexTrade when it was a start-up firm in New York and opened the London office in 2002. ‘The talent in London is amazing, and has made it possible for us to build state-of-the-art applications.’ FlexTrade’s products use a multitude of technology, and it has created partnerships with large companies such as CBOE to provide specialised trading solutions. Kedia works hard to promote diversity at FlexTrade – it has employees of 15 nationalities – and has launched an internship program. He was involved in the building stage of Pratham UK, a charity for underprivileged children in India that raised over £100,000 through a black-tie event. He is also a founding UK member of the Indian Angel Network.
Vice president, centralised dealing desk, Northern Trust Asset Management
Hughes has been with Northern Trust Asset Management since 2008. Since 2012, he has been actively involved with the Alpha Trader Forum, an exclusive, invite-only, London-based discussion forum for buy-side traders to exchange ideas, issues and best practice. The consensus is then used to engage proactively with bodies such as regulators and the European Commission. Hughes also fundraises for the Nystagmus Network, which supports sufferers of an incurable sight condition.
Senior people-development manager, BT
Ives leads talent management, learning and development across six BT businesses around the world. She says, ‘I’m passionate about creating the right environment and opportunities for career development.’ She recently launched the first learning programme within her division to be credited by the CIMA (one of the governing bodies for accounting qualifications). She is studying for an MSc in Business Psychology, mentors children at local schools and has coached young people with mental-health issues on getting back to work.
Commercial director, Platts
Krall manages the profit-and-loss of 160 products and helps develop product strategy across all
commodity groups at Platts, a leading global provider of information and benchmark-price assessments in commodity markets. She is responsible for building global teams and leading their development. With over a decade of professional experience spanning two continents, she is an active leader in the company’s mentoring programme. Krall fundraises for an animal charity that fosters and rehomes large dogs.
Transaction due-diligence specialist, Ernst & Young
Kwok is at the forefront of two defining global business movements. As a due-diligence specialist, his 10-year career includes time working within HM Treasury during the financial crisis. He also leads the Ernst & Young Far East Network, which organises activities such as panel discussions exploring the China-Britain trading relationship, leadership development breakfasts and Far East cultural etiquette workshops for those seeking to explore opportunities in China and Japan.
Co-CEO, co-founder and lead consultant, Redington
Redington designs, develops and delivers investment strategies to pension funds and insurance companies around the world. As co-CEO, Gardner was named one of the world’s 25 most influential consultants by Pensions Insight. In 2009, Gardner co-founded a separate company, Mallowstreet, an online community bringing together pension-fund decision-makers and product providers. ‘Digital media’s ability to facilitate education and collaboration can help tackle the global pensions challenge,’ he says. In 2012, Redington launched RedSTART, a financial-literacy initiative that sends financial professionals into schools. Gardner recently abseiled down The Shard in aid of Commando Spirit, a charity supporting ex-marines.
Founder and CEO, MyBnk
Lapenna started her career in international development, focusing on non-formal education. She became aware of the positive impact of micro-finance, so created the first online and in-school youth-led banking scheme: MyBnk-in-a-Box. Six years on, MyBnk has reached 75,000 young people and is expanding internationally. Lapenna has successfully lobbied to include financial education in the secondary-school curriculum. She is also
a board member of Para Durumu, the first financial-literacy initiative in Turkey.
Director, global transaction banking division, Deutsche Bank
Lomax heads up the EMEA sales team for trust and agency services. She is responsible for driving the sales strategy and manages a team based in six locations across Europe. A keen supporter of working mothers within Deutsche Bank (she is a hands-on mother of three herself), she offers informal mentoring. She and her daughters run the annual Cancer Research Race for Life, and she actively supports numerous charities, including FareShare and Malaria No More UK.
Sales and client-relationship manager, Aquis Exchange Limited
Mayet’s skill in building strong and meaningful business relationships is hard to beat. At pan-
European equities exchange Aquis, she manages new business sales, and maintains active business relationships across Europe. She was previously at NASDAQ OMX Europe and, as part of the NASDAQ Women’s Initiative, created professional development events for London-based peers. Mayet continues to promote the professional growth of women on the board of Women in Listed Derivatives London.
Equity partner, Reed Smith
Part of Reed Smith’s commercial restructuring and bankruptcy group, Møller works on complex financial and operational restructuring in a wide range of sectors, including in connection with the collapse of Enron and Lehman Brothers. She was named one of The Lawyer’s ‘Hot 100’ in 2013. Møller has two young children and makes it a priority to retain a good work/life balance. As a member of the Danish Seamen’s Church, Charlotte leads Reed Smith’s pro-bono efforts to support this charity and others.
Joint head of bribery & corruption, Serious Fraud Office
Morgan is responsible for multi-jurisdictional investigations involving some of the largest global institutions and played a close part in implementing the new Deferred Prosecution Agreement regime. His main interest is in corporate conduct andcreating a ‘commercially thriving and morally sound’ environment. Last year, Morgan cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats for homeless charity Crisis. He is a shareholder in Music in Offices, providing music lessons and co-ordinating City workplace choirs.
Founder, Templars Communications
Parry founded her thriving PR consultancy, which specialises in financial services with a core understanding of family offices, in 2009. She was shortlisted for Communications Professional of the Year 2013, and was a finalist in the Network She Awards Young Businesswoman of the Year. Parry founded the Accelerating Change Network, which helps women in business, and is a member of the UN Media Coalition and a mentor with the Cherie Blair Foundation. Last year, she launched the Social Media Charter for FSPs.
Finance director, corporate banking and securities, Deutsche Bank
Peel heads the team responsible for ensuring the integrity of the division’s financials to support decision-making. Peel is the epitome of home-grown talent, moving from graduate trainee to MD. She was involved in the set up of the Mumbai finance team. Peel is a member of both the Deutsche Bank Women Global Leaders programme, which facilitates networking sessions and a mentoring programme, and the diversity committee, which has led to the launch of a structured sponsorship programme.
Vice president, transition services management, RBS
Petrova is an expert at delivering strategic projects across the telecoms and financial sectors, and is currently managing a major RBS programme to make sure customers’ needs are met by every initiative. She has launched new initiatives as the personal development manager of RBS’s Focused Women’s Network and was recently appointed its global deputy chair. Petrova is committed to work in the wider community – she has developed the Enterprise Challenge for Young People at her local school. ‘I love it when pupils come up with innovative ideas.’
Director, Signia Wealth
Carnegie brings in-depth knowledge of cross-border transactions and cultures to developing relationships with his firm’s UHNW clients and prospective clients. He is a member of the CIOT and the CISI. As an ambassador for the British Olympic Team, he raised funds through individuals and corporate sponsorship for athletes competing in London 2012 and intends to continue in this role for Brazil 2016. He also supports a Sierra Leone orphanage, organising annual Christmas containers with much-needed equipment and gifts.
Partner, financial industry group, Reed Smith
Stainthorpe specialises in complex finance and is currently focused on products that open small and medium enterprise-financing opportunities to funds and other alternative investors. His pro-bono work has included the Toynbee Hall legal drop-in centre for the homeless and the South West London Law Centres, where he provided the general public with free basic legal advice on healthcare, housing and employment. Stainthorpe also supports the projects of a documentary photographer and humanitarian campaigner.
Project manager, Internal Communications, KPMG
Woolf has honed her business skills to lead KPMG into the 21st-century world of social media. She is in charge of the firm’s online social collaboration platform. Born and raised in London to a South African Jewish family, she is keen to develop and nurture a corporate Jewish community. As chair of KPMG’s Jewish Society, she won the WIZO UK corporate-responsibility award for ongoing work with Jewish Care. She represents KPMG on the Women
on the Wharf steering group, and organised the company’s International Women’s Day celebrations in 2012. As an expectant mother, she is clear in her thoughts on flexible working. ‘Understanding how to cater for an agile workforce is key to retaining talent. I’m lucky that KPMG strives to assist working parents.’
Senior manager, financial-services business, Accenture
Wesley has specialised in regulatory change management for 10 years in a marketplace in which oversight is tight and competition is intense. She has promoted a number of initiatives this year: Stand Up and Nudge is a networking series combining debate with comedy; and the Accenture Innovation Incubator is designed to build a workforce of digital creatives. She has two children, and ran the London Marathon in aid of Bath Out and About, which offers meaningfulactivities to adults with learning difficulties.
Business manager, JP Morgan
Xu’s role supports the EMEA credit trading business. He is also co-chair and site lead of the firm’s Asia employees networking group in London, which promotes diversity, business awareness and cross-border career mobility. Externally, Xu works with the Chinese and Asia employee networks of major banks and accountancy firms. He is currently helping recruit volunteer language teachers for the Chinese Association of Tower Hamlets and finding work experience for young cadets at the South East London Sector Army Cadet Force.
Dedicated to Hannah Foxley
Just before we went to press, Brummell and the panel of experts were very sad to learn of the death of Hannah Foxley, one of the 30 chosen for this list. She was a pioneer both inside and outside the City. A Chartered Financial Planner and Fellow of The Personal Finance Society, Hannah had a personal mission to change women’s perceptions of financial planning. In 2012, she set up The Women’s Wealth Expert, specialising in guiding women through the financial minefield of divorce, as did her book, The Wealthy Divorcee. Her clients found her highly technical approach, delivered with a warm, engaging personality, both reassuring and inspiring. Despite repeated cancer diagnoses, she remained positive to the end. Her brave post-mastectomy nude photo shoot in Cosmopolitan and her personal blog at hannahfoxley.com and on Huffington Post have reached and moved a global audience. Her influence will continue to be felt in the City and beyond.