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Tony Stenning
Chief Executive Officer

Tony has over two decades of investment industry experience, including sixteen years at BlackRock, where he was Head of UK Retail. During his tenure at BlackRock, in addition to heading the Company’s UK Retail business, Tony was CEO of BlackRock Fund Managers Limited and represented the Business on a number of senior committees across the firm, as well as across all facets of the industry.

Tony is heavily engaged with TISA (The Investing and Saving Alliance), currently as interim Chair and is a regular speaker on various industry topics.

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Russell Catley

Russell was previously Head of UK & Ireland Retail Equity Derivatives at Citigroup, joining in early 2004. Together with Andrew Lakeman, he successfully established Citigroup as a leader in the provision of private placement structured investments to institutional and professional asset managers in the UK. Along with Andrew and Tom, Russell has been a constant presence in the institutional structured products market in the UK, since its inception in the early 2000s.

Prior to joining Citigroup, Russell was Director of Retail Sales at AXA Investment Managers, with responsibility for the sales of proprietary retail investment funds, multimanager and alternative investment products from AXA Group companies and Alliance Capital Management. Russell's appointment with AXA in 1999 was preceded by 1 year in institutional asset management and 11 years in pensions and investment consultancy.

Russell's professional positions are as follows:

  • Non-Executive Director Downing FOUR VCT plc

  • Founding Member, Herefordshire Golf Academy LLP

  • Founder, Atlantic House Investments Limited

Andrew Lakeman

Andy joined Citigroup in early 2005 to build out the Structured Product business to UK asset managers. Working with Russell Catley he was responsible for the sales and service of the Symphony preference share series. Andrew is also well regarded for his specialist derivatives product training, having delivered programmes for many of the larger discretionary asset management firms over the last few years.

Prior to joining Citigroup, Andrew worked for AXA IM as Investment Sales Manager for London and the South East. Prior to this, he was responsible for strategic alliances at Threadneedle Investments. Andrew started his career in sales at John Govett in the early 90's, who specialised in closed end funds as well as derivative based open ended funds.

Andrew's professional positions are as follows:

  • Founder, Atlantic House Investments Limited

Tom May
Chief Investment Officer

As Head of the European Securitised Equity Derivative and Secondary Market Trading teams at Citigroup between 2005 and 2008, Tom was responsible for a team trading all securitised derivative products on both primary and secondary markets.

During this time of significant growth for derivatives markets, Tom was instrumental in establishing Citigroup as a leader in both primary market innovation and secondary market trading for the UK private placement market. Prior to this, Tom was part of the Structured Equity Derivatives Trading team at Citi, with specific responsibility for Constant Proportion Portfolio Insurance and Delta 1 Trading.

Tom's professional positions are as follows:

  • Founder, Atlantic House Investments Limited

Freddie Blackwell

Freddie joined Catley Lakeman in 2019 from Morgan Stanley Investment Management, where he spent 2 years distributing liquidity funds to institutional investors. Prior to this, he spent 5 years in institutional equity sales at Pareto Securities, where he gained experience in the capital markets, raising equity for UK and Scandinavian corporates, in oil and gas, mining, shipping and agriculture. Freddie’s primary role is capital raising for the Atlantic House funds and selling structured products to UK DFMs and institutions. Freddie has a (BA Hons) from Durham University.

Tom Boyle
Portfolio Manager, Structuring & Research

Tom joined Catley Lakeman in June 2016. Previously he worked in the Newcastle office of Brewin Dolphin where he gained valuable experience in wealth management industry. It was in this role where he gained an interest in investment research and is well regarded for his specialist derivatives investment knowledge. During this time of significant challenges posed by the financial environment, Tom was instrumental in the use of Defined Return Securities and Alternatives within a number of mandates, including for liability-driven investment strategies.

Tom's primary role at CLS is research, including how Defined Return Securities across multiple asset classes can be implemented into both Private Client portfolios as well as derivative based solutions for Mutual Funds. He is also actively engaged in the secondary market and structuring process.

Russ Bubley
Quantitative Development & Fund Management

Russ has 14 years of experience in the City, and is an expert in complex financial products and mathematical modelling. He has personally structured and executed over GBP 20 billion of deals, has a deep understanding of both financial and mathematical issues, and is able to communicate these clearly and simply to the layperson. He has a keen insight into investor psychology and experience creating innovative products to meet the needs of different types of investors from large corporations to individuals.

Russ has been applying his financial services industry knowledge and experience to the problems of social impact investing, working with civil society organizations to help them to move forward their social investment strategies. Russ holds an award-winning PhD in computer science.

Alex Hale

Alex joined Catley Lakeman Securities in April 2017.

Having read Mechanical Engineering at Loughborough University he embarked on his financial career joining the Broker Services Desk at Aviva Investors helping to promote their Mutual Fund Proposition to UK Intermediaries, Discretionary Fund Managers and Third Parties, before moving to the Retail Structured Equity Derivatives Desk at Investec Bank.

Alex holds the Private Client Investment Advice and Management Certificate (Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments) and the Investment Management Certificate (CFA Institute).

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Ben Hall

Ben joined the company in 2020 and is responsible for fund distribution to UK based discretionary and advisory clients.

Prior to joining , Ben was responsible for fund distribution at WisdomTree and then Octopus Investments.

Fahad Hassan
Fund Manager

Prior to joining AHFM, Fahad worked at Legal and General for 11 years, where he ran over $1 billion in institutional and retail mandates. Fahad then co-managed the Newscape Diversified Growth Fund. Fahad is a CFA Institute charter-holder and has a deep understanding of industry structure, style factor investing and monetary economics.

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Dorian Hughes
Head of Distribution

Dorian is Head of Distribution at Catley Lakeman Securities’ sister company, Atlantic House Investments. He joined the company following a brief spell as a consultant for a UK based charity. Dorian spent the bulk of his career at Blackrock where he was most recently responsible for the Regional Wealth Business within UK Retail. Dorian led a team responsible for client relationship and business development with BlackRock’s Advisory, Discretionary, National and Network clients outside of UK Retail’s London Discretionary business.

Nick Johal
Head of Fixed Income

Nick Johal joined the team in 2014 as Head of Fixed Income. Identifying an opportunity that exists within synthetic Credit markets and great synergies with our client base, he has been an important addition to the team. He previously spent 14 years at Barclays Capital, most recently running the Fixed Income team within Investor Solutions. Nick was responsible for distributing approximately GBP2bn nominal of Retail Bonds since the inception of the Order Book for Retail Bonds, including the GBP300m 8y LSE and GBP265m National Grid linker. He is regularly invited to speak at the LSE and other industry conferences, gaining a very strong reputation in this area of the market. Early successes in the Retail Bond space led to mandates for successful equity IPO's and Investment Trust launches, the highlight of which was a senior role in the privatisation of Royal Mail (Intermediary Offer.) Previous roles including Multi-Asset Structured Products Sales, Prime Brokerage, Derivatives Operations and Collateral Management.

Concerns around duration, liquidity, valuations and supply in Credit have prompted investors to look for a more flexible solution. Nick believes many of the historical challenges and risks of investing in corporate bonds, which sought to be mitigated by Retail Bonds, still persist and solutions exist using synthetic credit structures such as Credit-Linked Notes, Bond Re-packs and Index Tranches.

Nina MacEwen
Head of UK Discretionary Sales

Nina joined Catley Lakeman in November 2011 from Independent Debt Capital Markets- where she gained advisory, arranging and execution experience in the primary market. Additional to this fixed income background, Nina has previously worked in fund management at Premier Asset Management, and also in academic research at the University of Bristol, where she read Economics.

Nina's primary role at CLS is sales, specifically managing many of the key clients and client teams within the major discretionary managers in the UK. She is also involved in many other areas of the business, including research, pricing and structuring.

Jim May
Fund Manager

Jim is a Chartered Certified Accountant, having previously worked in accountancy firms for 8 years where he focused on SMEs and audit. Jim joined in February 2016 as the group's Financial Controller but also began to assist the Fund Management team. After gaining experience Jim became Co-Fund Manager of the Defined Returns Fund in 2018. In November 2020 he stepped away from his Financial Controller duties to be full time on the Fund Management team.

Jack Roberts
Sales & Trading Support

Jack joined Catley Lakeman during the summer of 2017 on a year-long work placement from the University of Bath, where he studied Economics.

Jack's role within CLS is supporting the trading team through quantitative research and analysis. He is also responsible for the execution and facilitation of trades in the primary and secondary securities market.

Delia Villiers

Delia joined Catley Lakeman in December 2013 having previously worked on the ADR team at the Bank of NY Mellon and the trading team at ADM Capital, a hedge fund based in Hong Kong.

Delia read Pure Mathematics at Trinity College Dublin and the University of California, Berkeley College (GPA 3.7). As part of her degree Delia completed an advanced study on forecasting market trends using statistical models such as F. Delia has also passed the CFA level 1 exam and is working towards completing the CFA Charter.

Delia has taken on a diverse range of roles in sales, trading and structuring at Catley Lakeman Securities.

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