Thomas McHugh - Founder, Director
Thomas McHugh

Thomas McHugh

Founder, Director

I spent most of the last 15 years building products and running teams at Morgan Stanley, RBS and UBS.   I have been fortunate to work for some great people who have shown me the beauty and elegance in simple solutions.

I am professionally and personally incredibly committed to data, analytics and creating simple solutions to complex problems. I believe that understanding and managing data correctly can transform every organisation. I have seen this first hand in some of my previous roles.

I love golf, reading a good book and spending time with my family.

Benedict Nielsen - Founder, Director
Benedict Nielsen

Benedict Nielsen

Founder, Director

I have had 20 years+ of experience as a trader in the City, predominantly at UBS where I had numerous senior roles including co-head of Credit Sales and Trading and Head of the European Repositioning Group. I joined Nomura in 2009 to help create a secondary credit trading team which morphed into the creation of a bond origination and syndication team for Europe and Asia ex-Japan. I was a member of the European Markets Executive Committee and also of the Investment Banking Management Committee.

My key formative experiences were the RAF University Air Squadron and the trading floors of the City.  I am still very committed to both. I am a big believer in the City of London: its economic role for good. I am looking forward to playing my part in updating both the attitudes and the technology needed to prepare the investment industry for the future.

I am an active investor in small companies and act as advisor and board member to other small Technology companies.

Dermot Shortt - Founder, Director
Dermot Shortt

Dermot Shortt

Founder, Director

After studying Electrical Engineering, I joined the UBS graduate programme in 1994. My early career was in the Fixed Income Division’s Quantitative Finance Group. I later co-founded UBS Delta. The product was created to enhance relationships with buy-side accounts by sharing pricing, modelling, data and technology scale. After the 2008 crisis, I ran the Delta business globally and led its transformation into an established Buyside Risk platform.

Over my 22 years at UBS I watched our team become stronger and more established as the female population grew. I have three daughters and care deeply about this. Although we work in a technology area that is heavily male dominated, we are not afraid to talk about and focus on the challenges of building a team profile that represents our core values. I want to build FINBOURNE into a company that my daughters would want to work in.

George Beasley - Founder, Engineer
George Beasley

George Beasley

Founder, Engineer

Having spent most of the last decade working in financial technology at UBS (plus a few years in telecoms) I guess I should probably classify myself as a scalability and performance obsessed – no wait, that’s too strong – ‘impassioned’ developer. I’ve worked on systems big and small, global and local, huge grids and single core apps and each had its own lessons from which I’m doing my best to build on at FINBOURNE. I’ve spent a lot of time building robust distributed systems and I’m a vocal champion of the importance of telemetry in modern systems and the power of doing it well.

In addition to my engineering role, I’m part of the team at FINBOURNE tasked with nurturing our culture – ensuring we’ve the best possible environment for everyone in the company (and our partners) to thrive and develop. We care a lot about, and work hard to create, a workplace that welcomes a diverse range of talented people and this is my favourite thing about FINBOURNE. Every day I learn something new from my colleagues and I love it.

I’m an aspiring (loong way to go) creative, laughably incompetent at all known sports, and care most about inspirational education – whether it be technological or other.

Guy Derham - Engineer
Guy Derham

Guy Derham

Engineer

To describe me as a programmer might be somewhat inaccurate because I prefer to delete code. For seventeen years I have deleted code at UBS, BAML, and EDS.

Somewhat of a polyglot programmer, I stubbornly search for and aim to craft meticulously the simplest code that solves the problem in hand and dodges unnecessary complexity.

I am a tech start-up co-founder, mountain biking nut, Pilates fan, grunge music aficionado, Cambridge mathematician and lifelong autodidact.

Chris Brook - Founder, Engineer
Chris Brook

Chris Brook

Founder, Engineer

I am an Aerospace Engineer by education, but have been writing software professionally for over 10 years. Though I never ended up designing any aeroplanes, my career has allowed me to create some fantastically sophisticated machines; including high-stakes exam marking tools at Research Machines, and financial risk systems at Credit Suisse and UBS.

At FINBOURNE, I help develop the data-processing and distributed computing facilities which underpin our LUSID™ application. I focus on trying to make software easier to understand and harder to break, and am a specialist in solving any particularly difficult issues which arise.

Outside of work I still have a strong interest in aeroplanes. I have my pilot’s licence, and fly in aerobatic competitions in the UK and overseas.

Steve Collie - Founder, Engineer
Steve Collie

Steve Collie

Founder, Engineer

Prior to FINBOURNE I worked at Morgan Stanley for 20 years, building custom solutions, leading development teams and writing fewer (and fewer) lines of code each year in the Commodities, Private Wealth Management and Investment Management departments. This experience included implementing multi-asset systems across the full investment lifecycle, including order generation systems, order management systems, strategy tagging capabilities and back-office accounting platforms. I have seen the business move from predominately manual processes to increasing levels of automation and straight-though processing, and strongly believe that technology is a critical factor differentiating good from mediocre investment management.

When not sitting at a desk, I am trying to improve my beginner level of skiing and my appreciation of good whiskey.

Paul Saunders - Founder, Engineer
Paul Saunders

Paul Saunders

Founder, Engineer

I’ve had over 25 years’ experience in financial and telecoms technology, working at Suncorp-Metway, BT, RBS, BAML, UBS Delta and others.  I studied Applied Science - Computing at Queensland University of Technology. I have spent the best part of the last decade leading teams of developers in the development of business applications, and working hard on the CI and deployment aspects of the applications to ensure slick production-ready releases and to free the developers in my team to deliver greater business benefit.  I am keenly interested in developer tooling, continuous delivery and DevOps. And golf. I love my golf.

Rizwan Saeed - Engineer
Rizwan Saeed

Rizwan Saeed

Engineer

The majority of my career prior to FINBOURNE was spent at UBS building trading systems and working within the data and analytics domain. During my time there I helped deliver an award winning portfolio analytics platform and experienced at first hand the productivity benefits that happen when technology and the business work in tandem.

I have a strong interest in software engineering as a discipline and like to think that I'm a practitioner of crafting robust solutions that solve business problems. As a polyglot programmer I enjoy the challenge of learning new ways of doing things and finding practical ways of solving problems.

Outside of work I love my football and follow my team home and abroad when possible.

Mark Johnson - Engineer
Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson

Engineer

Prior to joining FINBOURNE, I spent over 15 years building portfolio management and analytical systems for large investment banks and asset managers.

I am passionate about delivering efficient and comprehensive solutions to help streamline businessess; lowering costs and repetition whilst improving accuracy and flexibility. I am a great advocate of test driven development which is essential for continuously adding value whilst protecting existing investment.

In my free time, I can be found cycling the Surrey Hills or spending time with my young family.

Dan Curran - Engineer
Dan Curran

Dan Curran

Engineer

My experience is in the design and implementation of high-performance scientific simulations that scale from single nodes to tens of thousands of GPUs in large distributed systems. I like doing things the "right" way the first time, and keeping my code as short as possible, whilst retaining its readability. Up until a deadline approaches, of course.

If I'm not writing code, I'm optimising it. I have a very judicious and systematic approach to code optimisation, and I thoroughly enjoy making something run faster, or with fewer resources.

Outside of the office, you can frequently find me at gigs, if not playing some instrument myself.

Stuart Mathews - Engineer
Stuart Mathews

Stuart Mathews

Engineer

Prior to joining FINBOURNE, I worked for Citrix Research and Development specialising in application virtualisation, and before that at App-DNA, a specialist in application compatibility analysis and migration.

I like to be involved in creating important software, and I believe LUSID to be revolutionary. Also, it's exciting to work with such an innovative group of dedicated people.

Outside of the office, I enjoy running and have interests in 3D graphics programming, game development and the Linux kernel.

Rebecca Ross - Marketing
Rebecca Ross

Rebecca Ross

Marketing

I arrived at FINBOURNE following a varied career path that's led through the legal, investment banking and technology sectors. The team’s enthusiasm and dedication to FINBOURNE’s core ambition was infectious from our first meeting and I wanted to help tell their story to the market .

I have worked with companies of all sizes, right through from early stage tech start-ups to Asian-based investment bank Nomura and international law firm Shearman & Sterling. Through this, I developed a love of distilling complex technical information and turning it into measurable and impactful PR. I come at all my work with a strong aversion to corporate jargon and PR waffle!

When not in the office you can find me running after my young daughter, attempting crossfit in the garden, and reading far too many books about spies and secret agents.

John Higgins - Engineer
John Higgins

John Higgins

Engineer

I really enjoy doing puzzles and solving problems. I count myself very lucky, having worked on some really interesting problems during my 20 years at Morgan Stanley, where I worked in the Private Wealth Management and Investment Management business units.

I'm really excited to join the amazing team here at FINBOURNE, working on the LUSID platform. It's a whole new set of interesting challenges for me to get my teeth in to!

In my spare time I enjoy kayaking, cycling, reading, sci-fi and I volunteer with the Scout Association.

William Stewart - Web Lead
William Stewart

William Stewart

Web Lead

I have worked in the software industry since graduating in 1989, which has given me extensive experience in a wide variety of languages, platforms and industries. Since 1998 I have worked mostly as a development team leader and as a solutions architect / designer, being mainly concerned with .NET applications since the initial rollout of the framework around 2002. I try to keep up-to-date with software technology as a whole and the concept of software architecture in particular.

 

I have a keen interest in patterns, practices and application frameworks, Test Driven Development, Behaviour Driven Development (e.g. using specflow) and Agile methods, as I believe these help deliver high quality applications on time and within budget.

Nick Rodda - Engineer
Nick Rodda

Nick Rodda

Engineer

I have been working in Financial services for over 20 years, for Reuters and Morgan Stanley, mostly within Private Wealth owning and supporting the main infrastructure and data services. My career has taken me to live in New York for 5 years, and from development through team leadership and business analysis / project management back to operational engineering today. I love technology in all its forms and am happy to have joined what is a very exciting time at Finbourne.

When I'm not at work I love the outdoors, and you can find me climbing large hills, playing golf or crashing my mountain bike due to a lack of talent. I enjoy 'adrenalin sports' and amongst other things I have done the 220m bungee jump featured at the start of the James Bond film Goldeneye. I tinker with electronics and 3d printing, and am regularly told how much of a geek I am. I am also a qualified commercial drone operator and love aerial photography.

Neil Hemming - Engineer
Neil Hemming

Neil Hemming

Engineer

For 25 years prior to joining FINBOURNE I worked with both Buy and Sell side financial instructions leading the delivery of real world business solutions through the adoption of well engineered financial technology.

I’m excited to now be working with FINBOURNE’s clients to help them maximise their benefit from the platform.

Whenever the opportunity arises I enjoy sailing and travel with my family.

Rosie Richards - Human Resources
Rosie Richards

Rosie Richards

Human Resources

Prior to arriving at FINBOURNE I worked in various HR and recruitment roles across the Investment Banking and Asset Management sectors. I was really excited at the idea of joining a tech start-up where I can shape and build an engaging culture for our employees. I believe that if we have a truly supportive and inclusive environment, we will enable our employees to excel. The team here are all hugely enthusiastic and passionate about what they do which makes FINBOURNE a great place to work.

 

Outside of the office you will find me with my family, mostly at the playground running around after my young son.

Benjamin Nguyen - Engineer
Benjamin Nguyen

Benjamin Nguyen

Engineer

I grew up in Vietnam, studied Business Information Systems in Australia, and have worked on many large data centric enterprise systems at RBS, UBS and other companies in banking & finance for over 15 years. I'd like to think of software engineering as creative work and enjoy writing beautiful & simple code that does clever things.

I love travelling, yoga & electronic music.

Charlie Green - Engineer
Charlie Green

Charlie Green

Engineer

I come from the slightly unusual background of having studied chemistry before I came to computer science. Previously I've worked for a software consultancy and in sports betting, and I'm keen to see how I can apply the lessons learnt from these various areas to a new domain.

 

I'm happiest when I'm being challenged, and in my spare time I'm usually either in a climbing gym or dangling from some rockface.

Paul Wyatt - Engineer
Paul Wyatt

Paul Wyatt

Engineer

Prior to Finbourne I spent 15 years working to deliver reliable and efficient pricing and risk systems at RBS and BAML, and in AI research at Toshiba.

This convinced me of the revolutionary role that well-implemented, efficient and reliable technology can play in business.

I enjoy problem solving and software engineering provides a relatively inexhaustible supply.

I find it highly rewarding to craft a great solution to a problem and then see others benefit from it.

In my spare time I read voraciously, and enjoy diving and climbing.

Banasri Saha - Engineer
Banasri Saha

Banasri Saha

Engineer

I had an interesting childhood in Calcutta (now Kolkata) which included taking a fun but challenging rickshaw ride to school! For the latter part of my education I then moved to the capital Delhi where I completed my post-graduation in Computer Science.  After coming to London, I did a Masters in Electronic Business Systems and had a couple of varied development roles in software house and a construction company.

After a career break, I studied PGCE (in secondary teaching) in ICT and Computing from Kings College where I could share my passion for subject with young learners.  I took the difficult decision to leave the education sector to understand how the latest technologies are applied in business and finance.  Here at FINBOURNE I’m enjoying working with passionate, friendly and supportive colleagues who have a great number of combined years of experience in financial technology.  

In my spare time I enjoy painting, calligraphy, cooking and spending time with my young daughter.

Tim Wong - Product Manager
Tim Wong

Tim Wong

Product Manager

I have spent the majority of my career prior to FINBOURNE in product management and strategy consulting, where I specialised in identifying, building and scaling new ventures within the financial services, telecommunications and technology sectors. Most recently, I worked at Amazon where I helped deliver new products and features for the Prime membership program.

I am a strong advocate of customer driven product development, and believe that great product design should always start with the customer and work backwards. I am passionate about uncovering unmet needs and pain points; designing propositions that genuinely delight customers through tangible results and real-world benefits.

In my spare time I enjoy swimming and cycling, and have recently picked up my trusty badminton racket again competitively after a 5 year hiatus.
Steve Cheng - Product Manager
Steve Cheng

Steve Cheng

Product Manager

Following my degree in applied physics, and a masters in information systems engineering, I’ve spent thirty years in the financial technology/data space. I’m fascinated by technology as a business enabler – how it empowers people to do things differently, and to do new things.

Working for some of the world’s top vendors, including Reuters, Datastream, DST and RIMES, (and gaining an MBA on the way) has given me deep insight into the technology and data needs of City firms, and a sharp commercial focus. 

For the last eight years I’ve worked on cloud-enabled services, which are redefining what’s possible in financial services and data management.  The market is evolving rapidly and we now see small firms offering services at scale to even the largest organisations.

Outside work, I enjoy family life with my three daughters. When time permits, I enjoy a game of tennis although my backhand is still a work-in-progress. 

Graham Sawers - Financial Controller
Graham Sawers

Graham Sawers

Financial Controller

Before joining FINBOURNE I worked in accountancy firms where I began my ACCA qualification. I was excited at the prospect of joining at the early stages of a tech-start up where I would be able to shape the Finance processes to help the business meet its goals. I am looking forward to developing my skill set in a truly supportive environment.

Outside of the office you’ll find me splitting my weekends between London and my home in Edinburgh where I spend my time going to the gym, visiting castles and walking. I also enjoy baking and started the FINBOURNE Bake Club!