We’re an independent trading company specialising in global derivatives. Our group has a clear vision: to democratise the world of trading and open up a world of possibilities in global markets.Learn more
We’ve developed a series of targeted approaches and technologies to keep our teams at the fore of high performance, sustainable trading.
We continue to refine our trading techniques and processes to create a new gold standard on sustainable trading and liquidity provisions. Driven by technology, our future-facing benchmark supports each trader in our network while the business maintains a unique, risk-averse strategy for growth.
We’re a business that’s dedicated to educational excellence and fostering a growth mindset. To support this ethos for ourselves and our network, we’ve developed a series of trading diplomas, coaching and consultancy programmes and workshops, all of which help to advance learning – no matter what the entry level.
Partnering with University College London professors, we’re pursuing our vision for a completely integrated AI platform that enhances learning and self-assessment. Harnessing the vast amounts of data already generated by our global teams, we’re augmenting the trading experience to accelerate decision-making and performance.
The ZISHI biometric App helps to achieve the trading edge. Developed with leading minds in sports psychology and Bangor University scientists, the app measures heart rate variability (HRV), sleep, mood, exercise and more to deliver the custom data insights to individuals wanting to optimise their performance.
With 12 offices and 485 employees in 6 locations worldwide, our growing network of talent combines local expertise with global flavour.Discover our offices
We champion excellence from all walks of life in our global network. And we’re committed to keeping it that way.
Known industrywide for his straight-talking communication and persistence, CEO Lee’s sights are set on establishing OSTC as an enterprising, globe-spanning business that champions the best training, technology and talent. From his early days on the London Stock Exchange right up to the present day, Lee is regarded by many as an authentic and people-focused leader. He maintains a clear vision to position OSTC as pioneers in digital training that will enable anyone, anywhere to accelerate their trading career. When asked what his biggest achievement is to date he replies, “the next one”.
Currently Pro-Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean of Bristol Business School and Bristol Law School at the University of the West of England, Donna Whitehead has always been a key player in helping to establish strong, successful collaborations between business and world-class academia. Qualified to practise law in England, 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 her reasons for joining 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.”
Chris started his trading career in 2009 for OSTC and has experience in trading Short Term Interest Rates, Energies and Soft Commodity markets. In 2012, he became a Trading Floor Manager for OSTC Wales working from the Swansea office. Not long after, he headed to Spain in 2013 to become Head of Operations for OSTC Iberia and ran three thriving trading floors in Madrid, Seville and Lisbon. Chris’ role focused on teaching, training and mentoring traders into profitability who were under his remit. Currently, Chris is Co-Head of ZISHI, the centralised knowledge suite of OSTC. A full digital ecosystem of performance-enhancing tools and technologies, Chris is working with world-leading AI experts to bring ‘blended learning’ to the OSTC global network – and keep pushing new frontiers of innovation.
Keith’s first foray into the world of trading was a back office role for German Investment Bank Helaba followed by Trade Support at Credit Suisse. From the start, he knew he wanted the front office experience. So he took a leap of faith, and remortgaged his home to start trading his own account when OSTC was still Trading Connections back in 2000. Gradually, he moved away from trading his own account to working with a group of traders under the (by now) OSTC model. More recently, Keith has moved into the eLearning division of the business. He now helps head up ZISHI – something he feels proud to be involved with as part of OSTC’s diversifying portfolio of brands.”
This week saw CEO Lee Hodgkinson and Chief Creative Marketing Officer Trefor Thomas ring the bell at the Singapore Exchange (SGX). The reason for their visit? To celebrate a prestigious collaboration with the SGX and Asia’s first official employer-led accredited trading programme.
We’re thrilled to announce another landmark autumn partnership, this time between ZISHI and Saracens and Ospreys Rugby clubs. Both institutions have elected ZISHI and its core educational arm Cornerstone to provide dual career development and sports transition programme for Senior and Academy players. The educational programme, which kicks off this month, will be delivered over 10 months in London and South Wales and constitutes a Level 5 advanced diploma in financial trading.
It’s been a wonderful year of ambitious new finance and educational partnerships for our central knowledge suite ZISHI. Adopted by a series of large exchanges and financial institutions across the Asian continent and elsewhere worldwide for its comprehensive educational offering, we’re excited to announce our latest collaboration is with China’s Dalian Commodity Exchange (DCE). The fourth prestigious Chinese
We’re extremely excited to launch ZISHI Elite, our new tech solution to help traders globally measure their performance and maximise their efficiency. Part biometric app, part wearable tech, ZISHI Elite gives traders the edge in markets by measuring numerous factors underpinning each trader’s unique physiological output. The tech determines optimal Heart Rate Variability (HRV) state as well as data on