Chief Executive Officer
Read Lee Hodgkinson's story
In just over 15 years, OSTC has become one of the leading proprietary trading companies globally. Today we have over 450 people in 12 offices around the world, specialising in electronic trading of futures in all major asset classes and are viewed by the markets as one of the major liquidity providers.
Read Lee Hodgkinson's story
Lee has been CEO of OSTC since joining in April 2018 from Euronext NV, where he was CEO of Euronext London and led the markets and global sales division. Before that, he was CEO of SmartPool, NYSE Euronext’s European dark pool joint venture with JP Morgan, HSBC and BNP Paribas. Lee also led the European and Asian sales and client divisions of the LIFFE and Euronext businesses.
Lee started his career in the markets division of the London Stock Exchange, has worked in Switzerland, and studied at Harvard Business School.
An authentic and people-focused leader, with uncommon communications skills and persistence, Lee joined OSTC because of its culture and people – and its potential to be a legendary, globe-spanning business. When asked what achievement he is most proud of his reply is: ‘the next one’.
Read Jonny Aucamp's story
As founder and Executive Chairman, Jonathan Aucamp has led the business since its Inception – he drove the merger of his firm Trading Connections with On Screen Trading to create OSTC in 2005.
Since then Jonathan has stepped back from day-to-day trading to implement his vision for an inclusive, global business, that’s values-led and full of integrity, one that maximises the potential of every trading opportunity – and the potential of everyone who works for OSTC.
Jonathan started his career at Bunge & Co, a privately-held commodities trading firm, was then involved in US property insurance at Lloyds of London before trading as a local on the open outcry trading floors of both LIFFE and IPE. Throughout his working life, he has been a positive forward thinker, with strong leadership skills.
The achievement he is most proud of is building a business that attracts extraordinarily talented, amazing people, to an environment where they can fulfil their dreams.
Read Mark Slade's story
As a founder of the electronic trading group Trading Connections, which subsequently grew to become OSTC, Mark Slade has been with the business from its earliest days in 2000.
Mark started his career in London in 1987 at WBB, an institutional German trading company, before moving to live and work for the firm in Germany for three years. On his return to London, he helped it set up and trade a multi-asset investment fund, before becoming an independent trader (a ‘local’) on the LIFFE and IPE exchanges in the mid-1990s.
Mark describes himself as fair, rational and knowledgeable, with problem-solving and man management as his key skills. As OSTC’s Vice Chairman he oversees the core operational committee, championing OSTC’s culture of robust governance across all areas to ensure the Company remains focused on its long-term goals, its growth is built upon secure foundations and that collective excellence is at the heart of everything that OSTC delivers. His proudest achievement is helping to set up OSTC and watching it become the international organisation it is today.
Read Michael Shirley's story
Michael joined OSTC in 2003 and, having risen through the ranks, is now Head of Trading. He embraced the business’ spirit of shared opportunity and its entrepreneurial culture immediately, establishing his own group within OSTC specialising in trading interest rates and commodities.
He previously worked at Santander (Abbey National) as a Money Markets Trader, gaining experience in London, New York, Hong Kong and Sydney. Prior to that, he was a pit observer for the LIFFE exchange in London.
Mike retains a deep interest in the prospects for the finance sector, recently completing a course in Financial Technology and Future commerce at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As Head of Trading, Mike ensures OSTC remains curious, entrepreneurial and quick off the mark in its search for novel ways to create value for its people, its partners and the markets where it operates.
The career achievement Mike is most proud of is setting up OSTC Wales, with its successful trading office in Swansea.
Read Ian Firla's story
Ian is one of the longest-serving members of the OSTC team, having joined in 2005. After 13 years in Warsaw he is now based in London, managing the group’s operations as Chief Operating Officer.
Initially hired to establish and run the Polish division of the business Ian immediately embraced OSTC’s vision of a future where anyone, anywhere, can learn and trade in financial markets. He has taken the Polish business from nine traders in Warsaw, to now over 180 people working in five locations across the country.
Prior to OSTC Ian ran an IT consultancy based in Milan, with clients in Italy, Switzerland and the UK. Before that he worked for the Robert Graves Trust at St John’s College, Oxford University, running a digitisation project, as well as consulting for various start-ups.
A committed, driven and passionate individual who understands the power of collective excellence, Ian is also a member of the Young Presidents Organisation, which helps current and future chief executives develop their skills.
When asked what makes OSTC special, Ian’s reply is straightforward: ‘The people’.
Read Rob Brophy's story
Rob is a longstanding part of the OSTC team, being one of the founders of the firm. Since becoming Chief Risk Officer, Rob manages OSTC’s global risk profile, his expertise has been gained over three decades of trading, managing risk and the core understanding that success is hard to achieve; and it’s even harder to sustain.
He started his career in 1991 as an independent trader on London’s LIFFE exchange. Eight years later, he joined up with Danny Langley to create On Screen Trading, which aimed to meet the specific needs of independent traders after open outcry exchange floors closed. On Screen Trading and Trading Connections merged to form OSTC in 2003.
Diligence, work ethic and people management skills are the key to Robs ability to manage risk and at the same time foster the resilient spirit required of OSTC’s traders, ensuring that they all understand that every challenge presents a lesson worth learning.
His proudest achievement is, simply, helping to build OSTC into what it is today.
Read Danny Langley's story
As a founder of OSTC, Danny Langley has strived to make it an organisation that will outlive his own involvement.
He started his career at Lloyds Bank, before becoming an independent trader on the LIFFE exchange floor. Recognising the need for many traders like him to access a screen-based trading environment, in 1999 he and Robert Brophy set up Onscreen Trading to provide that service. The firm later merged with Trading Connections to become OSTC.
Today Danny uses his negotiating and networking skills in his role as Director of Business Development. Focusing on delivering OSTC’s vision that the opportunity to work in financial markets should be inclusive and open to all, he has led OSTC’s expansion into Russia, now one of the largest offices in the group, followed by the opening of the business’ first office in China. Danny’s belief in shared opportunity ensures OSTC consistently embraces the adventurous and unconventional to find, realise and exploit new possibilities.
Danny is most proud of helping to create OSTC – and the people which make it a special place to work.