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”.
As founder and Executive Chairman, Jonny Aucamp has led the business since its inception – driving the merger of his firm Trading Connections with On Screen Trading to create OSTC in 2005. Since then he’s stepped back from day-to-day trading. Instead, he’s currently working towards implementing his vision for an inclusive, global business that’s founded on values, integrity and maximising the potential of every trading opportunity – and the potential of every OSTC employee.
Known for his consistently positive, forward-thinking approach, coupled with strong leadership skills, Jonny takes pride in overseeing a business which attracts extraordinary talent into an environment where they can actively fulfil their goals and dreams.
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 early days in 2000.
Mark began his career in London in 1987 at WBB, before moving to live and work for the firm in Germany for three years. On his return to London he helped them to set up and trade a multi-asset investment fund, before becoming an independent trader 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, maintains secure foundations and that collective excellence is at the heart of everything OSTC delivers. His proudest achievement is helping to set up OSTC and watching it become the international organisation it is today.
Mike joined OSTC in 2003 and has risen up the ranks to become our Head of Trading. From the get-go, he embraced the business’ entrepreneurial spirit by establishing his own group in OSTC that specialised in trading interest rates and commodities.
Previously a Money Markets Trader at Santander, Mike gained global experience trading in New York, Hong Kong and Sydney. Prior to that he was a pit observer for the LIFFE exchange in London.
With a deep interest in the finance sector’s future prospects, Mike recently completed a course in Financial Technology and Future Commerce at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He considers setting up OSTC Swansea, with its successful 45+ strong trading team, as his greatest achievement to date.
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.”
One of the world’s foremost experts in risk management, Colin Lawrence joins OSTC as a Non-Executive Director to help implement leading edge analytics for risk management, while also boosting profitability. He chairs OSTC’s risk and compliance committee.
Equipped with a PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago, Colin’s career has spanned a variety of global roles in consulting, trading, regulation and academia for the likes of Barclays, UBS and IBM to name a few. As former director of risk specialist supervision for the Financial Services Authority, and strategic risk advisor for the Prudential Regulation Authority, he was responsible for developing the UK’s financial services sector stress testing framework and technology. Colin is currently director of Risk and Financial, which specialises in the training of bankers,is a member of theacademic advisory board member at intelligence provider IHS Markit, and is a strategic advisor to Astana International Financial Centre in Kazakhstan
Colin previously served as chairman and vice chairman of its Prmia global board. He is also 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.”
Currently chief financial officer at Clear Channel International, a leading global out-of-home media company, Mike Saunter was previously global chief financial officer for creative agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty and has been a non-executive director on the board 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, as well as 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. He’s driven to progress OSTC’s broader mission and cultivate a thriving, successful and well-run organisation that makes a difference for everyone in our global teams. How does he intend to do that? “By always asking if there is a better way.”
Chairman of OSTC’s strategy committee, William English, CBE brings proven global strategic, political and media planning and expertise to the board in addition to a 36-year career serving across four continents in the Armed Forces. Having worked at senior levels in cross-government policy development, as well as strategic and operational delivery, William also brings considerable experience working within multi-national organisations, including NATO, the European Union and the United Nations.
William is a Chartered Director and Fellow with the Institute of Directors (CDir & FIoD); a Chartered Manager (CMgr) and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI); a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS) and Master of Science (MSc) in Defence and Strategic Studies. When asked why he wanted to join OSTC’s board, he said: “OSTC has very clear purpose, vision, values and standards; a global company looking to expand its trading capability in capital markets supported by educational programmes. Forward leaning and sustainable, it’s a business that’s changing lives for the better while working to ensure the long-term value of the company – this is a very exciting business model that has reach and depth with a great future.”
The next non-executive director to join our board in January 2020 is Professor Rose Luckin, a world-leading educational technology (AI) expert from University College of London (UCL) Knowledge Lab, London. As Professor of Learner Centred Design at the UCL Knowledge Lab in London, Rose’s research involves the design and evaluation of educational technology using theories from the learning sciences and techniques from Artificial Intelligence (AI). Rose is also Director of EDUCATE, a London hub for Educational Technology StartUps, researchers and educators to work together on the development of evidence-informed Educational Technology.
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. Before 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.