Chief Executive Officer
Read Lee Hodgkinson's story
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 Mike Saunter's story
Currently chief financial officer at BBH, one of the world’s most highly regarded – and highly awarded – creative advertising agencies, Mike Saunter has been a non-executive director of OSTC since 2015.
A member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), Mike has been a qualified chartered accountant for over 20 years, and for the best part of the last decade has helped to lead a variety of multinational, people-centric businesses, including the record labels EMI and Warner Music, and the advertising agency CP+B.
A thought-provoking, persuasive and inspiring leader, Mike joined OSTC because of his strong belief in the business and the confidence that he can help it achieve its goals, helping to turn it into a thriving, successful and well-run organisation that makes a difference for its employees and in its offices globally. How does he do that? “By always asking if there is a better way.”
Read Colin Lawrence's story
One of the world’s foremost experts in risk management, Colin Lawrence has joined OSTC as a non-executive director to help the business implement leading-edge analytics to manage risk and comply with regulatory requirements, while also boosting profitability. He chairs OSTC’s risk and compliance committee.
After he gained a PhD in economics from the University of Chicago, Colin embarked upon a career that has involved a myriad of roles in consulting, trading, regulation and academia around the world, in institutions including Barclays, UBS and IBM. He was director of risk specialist supervision for the Financial Services Authority, and strategic risk advisor for the Prudential Regulation Authority, responsible for developing the UK’s financial services sector stress testing framework and technology. He is currently director of Lawrence Risk and Financial, which specialises in the training of bankers, and academic advisory board member at intelligence provider IHS Markit.
A member of the advisory board of the UK chapter of PRMIA, the Professional Risk Managers’ International Association, he has previously served as chairman and vice chairman of its global board. He is also an honorary visiting professor in risk management and regulation at University College London. Colin will use the insights gained in this variety of experiences to help drive OSTC’s strategy and risk framework. Of the business he says, “It’s unique, a firm which combines education with risk management and trading, using alternative technologies – it’s a transformational business model.”
Read William English's story
Currently, chairman of Owen English & Son (a family estate moving into agricultural and brewing tourism), William English, CBE has joined OSTC as a non-executive director and chairs its strategy committee. William, a Chartered Director (CDir) with the Institute of Directors (IoD), brings a proven global strategic, political and media aware planning expertise to the board. His capability is founded on years of working at senior levels in cross-government policy development, and strategic and operational delivery. He also has considerable experience working within multi-national organisations, including NATO, the European Union and the United Nations.
William began a 36-year career in the British Army at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and completed his service as the Commander of a deployed UK operation. He has served around the world including deployments in the Far East, Asia, the Near and Middle East, Africa, Europe and North America.
He is a Member of the Alliance Manchester Business School; a Fellow of both the Chartered Management Institute and the Royal Geographical Society; he holds an MSc in Defence and Strategic Studies; a City and Guilds Level 7 in Leadership and Management; and is currently a student at Heriot-Watt University in Scotland on its Diploma and MSc programme in Brewing and Distilling.
William enjoys mountaineering, desert travel by camel, living with Bedouin, swimming, tennis and running, the arts, politics, theology, people and cultures; he makes outstanding pâte sablée; he speaks some Serbian and Arabic and a little Russian. He is a governor at Bennett Memorial Diocesan School, Tunbridge Wells, with oversight responsibility of Special Educational Needs and is the founder of his home village church charity. William is married to Frances and they have three children.
When asked why he wanted to join OSTC’s board, he said: “OSTC has very clear vision, purpose and values as a global company looking to expand its trading capability in capital markets, through an OSTC-enabled educational programme for anyone anywhere with the appropriate talent and zest for entrepreneurial achievement. OSTC offers a better life and environment for those involved. I empathise with this and feel I can be a positive asset in enabling this while helping to ensure the long-term value of the business.”
Read Donna Whitehead's story
Currently Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of Bristol Business School and Bristol Law School at the University of the West of England, Bristol, throughout her career Donna Whitehead has established successful collaborations between academia and business. That’s just one of the experiences she will bring to OSTC as a non-executive director.
Qualified to practise law in England and Wales, and New York, Donna’s background is in legal and financial services. She has developed and nurtured partnerships internationally and has deep expertise in team leadership, inclusivity, strategic planning and education.
On why she wanted to join OSTC’s board, Donna says: “I’m impressed with the ambition and the passion of the team, and I like the breadth of the business. It’s a really exciting time for the organisation and I think I can have a real impact on it.”
Read Justina Naik's story
Intrigued by the potential and possibilities offered by working in the trading industry, and the drive, entrepreneurialism and values of OSTC, Justina joined the business in 2015 to help strengthen its corporate governance.
Starting her career in retail banking at NatWest, Justina then moved into healthcare administration, working at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust; prior to joining OSTC she was deputy board secretary of Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust in London. Justina is an associate member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA), gaining chartered status in early 2018, and an apprentice member of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (WCCSA), a livery company of the City of London.
An agile, personable self-starter with great problem-solving skills, Justina’s proudest achievements are making the move from working in the NHS into financial services, and creating and delivering a group-wide corporate governance framework for OSTC.