Read Mark Slade's story
Read Mark Slade's story
Mark Slade trained with and worked for an institutional German retail fund provider from 1987, relocating to Germany in 1991. He specialised in structured products in most asset classes for high net worth clients and moved back to London in 1995 to manage the group’s integrated investment fund.
In 1997, Mark left to become an independent trader, enjoying consistent returns and a solid track record in money management as a ‘local’ on the LIFFE and IPE exchanges.
He was instrumental in founding the electronic trading group, Trading Connections, which grew into OSTC and helped expand the business through his executive and Board positions whilst still continuing to trade actively on the global markets.
Mark was announced as the Chief Risk Officer in 2005 to complement his existing role as Director of Trading Development. This entailed supervising the firm’s global risk book whilst still continuing to develop new product strategies and acting as a mentor to help the development of more senior traders.
In July 2015, Mark took on the role of the Chief Executive Officer at OSTC. As of April 2018 Mark has been transitioning to the newly created role of Vice Chairman. He will continue supporting the core trading operations whilst helping develop and implement new growth strategies for the group.
Read Jonny Aucamp's story
Jonny Aucamp began his career in the City in 1986 working for Bunge & Co London, a privately owned commodities trading company, and in 1995 he became a self-employed, own-account trader on the LIFFE exchange floor successfully developing his own spread trading system in short-term interest rate (STIR) contracts. When the LIFFE exchange became fully electronic in 2000 he formed Trading Connections Ltd, a trading company initially designed to provide self-employed traders with the infrastructure to trade electronic markets and later to employ and train highly qualified graduate traders. In 2005, when Trading Connections Ltd merged with On Screen Trading Ltd to form OSTC Ltd, Jonny took on the role of CEO of the merged entity, steering the company through a major international expansion across Europe, Asia and the Americas.
The core business development area that Jonny is involved in is to help build strategic partnerships, as many of OSTC’s projects are successfully being supported by local governments and European funding. The Company’s unique training and trading programmes implemented on the ground offer real job opportunities in the financial sector for graduates without any experience and help improve the economic situation in many challenging regions.
Jonny lives in Kent, is married and father of 3 children. He loves cycling and golf in his spare time.
Read Danny Langley's story
Danny started trading financial derivative instruments in 1989 whilst working for a major US investment house, before graduating to become an own-account trader on the open outcry markets in London. In 1999 Danny recognised the requirement of many traders to access a screen-based trading environment and, along with Robert Brophy and The Kyte Group, set up On Screen Trading which later merged with Trading Connections to become OSTC. Danny, through varying other business interests including property development and financing, was well placed to spearhead OSTC’s expansion into Eastern Europe. His extensive commercial experience has allowed him to develop OSTC’s strategy for business development in the UK and Eastern Europe. Subsequently in 2014, Danny was instrumental in OSTC’s expansion into Russia, now one of our largest offices in the group as well as the largest prop trading company in Russia. This was followed in 2015 with the opening our first office in China.
Read Rob Brophy's story
Rob Brophy started trading on the LIFFE exchange in 1991, developing a career as a successful independent trader. In 1999 he went into partnership with Danny Langley and The Kyte Group to set up On Screen Trading to facilitate independent traders’ needs when the “open outcry” exchange floors closed.
Rob was instrumental in starting and building the graduate trader programme at On Screen and continued this process when the company merged with Trading Connections to form OSTC. Rob splits his time between multiple offices in the UK and overseas, training graduates in OSTC’s trading methodology. Rob is responsible for the education and nurturing of all graduate traders and uses proven risk management systems and trade analysis techniques to extract maximum performance from his team.
Read Ian Firla's story
Ian Firla was born in Poland and raised in the UK and Canada. He joined OSTC with the specific aim of setting up and running the Polish arm of the business. He has a background in IT and ran an IT consultancy for nearly 10 years managing projects in London, Oxford, Rome, Verona and Milan. Ian has degrees from the University of Toronto and Leicester University as well as extensive experience running a research project at St John’s College, Oxford. As Managing Director for OSTC Poland, Ian was responsible for day-to-day activity for Poland but has since moved up to take the Group COO role. He is based in Poland from where he manages operations for the whole group.
Read Iwona Jordan's story
Iwona Jordan is a qualified finance professional with extensive experience at a senior level with a number of blue chip multinational organisations. Iwona is commercially focussed and has worked in both emerging and developed markets. Having joined OSTC as the CFO in 2009, Iwona has been pivotal in ensuring the effective and efficient running of day to day financial operations whilst also providing key input to the strategic development of OSTC. Iwona’s exposure to the corporate world is also enabling her to implement best business practices at OSTC.
Read Michael Shirley's story
Michael began his career after graduating from University by joining one of the Global Trading Exchanges’ Graduate programs. From there he moved into Investment Banking, becoming a Money Markets Trader, during which time he worked from London, New York, Hong Kong and Sydney. He joined OSTC in 2002, from which he established Kondor Trading, a trading group specialising in trading interest rates and commodities. In 2009 Kondor Trading and OSTC entered into a partnership to establish OSTC Wales, which is now an established trading office in Swansea.
Michael is currently the Chief Risk Officer, responsible for managing the risk of OSTC’s Global Trading Book.
Read Mike Saunter's story
Mike began his qualified professional career by joining KPMG London Audit and Business Services team in 1991. After which he gained a wealth of experience within analytical, strategic and commercial roles with a number of multinational organisations including Sony and EMI before becoming CFO of Warner Music UK. In 2006 Mike moved across the pond to America to take up the role of CFO Warner Music Group, returning to the UK in 2012 to assist a variety of companies from start-up to an award winning advertising agency with their financial needs. During 2015, Mike carried out an interim role as Finance Director for our OSTC Portfolio group, to assist the business with the diversification of its investments in existing trading, foreign exchange, education and payments business. He joined OSTC in 2016 as a Non-Executive Director.