Dr Paul Jourdan - CEO
Dr Paul Jourdan is an award winning fund manager, with a strong track record in small cap investment. He co-founded Amati Global Investors following the management buyout of Noble Fund Managers from Noble Group in 2010, having joined Noble in 2007 as Head of Equities. His fund management career began in 1998 with Stewart Ivory, which was taken over by First State in 2000 at which time Paul became manager of what is now TB Amati UK Smaller Companies Fund. In early 2005 he launched what is now Amati VCT and he also manages Amati VCT 2 after the investment management contract moved to Amati Global Investors in 2010. In September 2014 Amati launched the Amati AIM IHT Portfolio Service, which Paul co-manages with Douglas Lawson and David Stevenson. Prior to 1998 Paul worked as a professional violinist, including a four year period with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He is CEO of Amati and a Director of Sistema Scotland.
Douglas Lawson - Director
Douglas Lawson co-founded Amati Global Investors with Paul Jourdan. Prior to this he worked in corporate finance and private equity, initially focusing on middle market UK private equity and listed company M&A at British Linen Advisors, and latterly as an investment manager in the private equity team at Noble. Douglas has co-managed the TB Amati UK Smaller Companies Fund and Amati VCT since 2009, Amati VCT 2 since 2010 and the Amati AIM IHT Portfolio Service since 2014. Douglas started his career at Ernst & Young in London, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2002. He is a Director of Amati.
David Stevenson - Fund Manager
David Stevenson joined Amati in 2012. In 2005 he was a co-founding partner of investment boutique Cartesian Capital, which managed a range of retail and institutional UK equity funds in long only and long/short strategies. Prior to that he was Assistant Director at SVM, where he also managed equity products including the UK Opportunities small/midcap fund which was ranked top decile for the 5 year period from inception to 2005. David started his career at KPMG where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He latterly specialised in corporate finance, before moving into private equity with Dunedin Fund Managers. David has co-managed the TB Amati UK Smaller Companies Fund and the Amati VCTs since 2012 and the Amati AIM IHT Portfolio Service since 2014.
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Jason Rolf - Business Development Manager
Jason started his working career on the London International Financial Futures Exchange in 1987, trading interest-rate options for an LSE options market-maker. He became an independent trader shortly after and then founding partner of a large independent options-trading group. During this time he co-founded London Derivatives Options Software Ltd, a software firm that produced one of the first commercially available option pricing models in London. This business ultimately became the foundation of the software firm, FFastfill plc which floated on the AIM market in 2000. Jason's work on option-pricing and trade-execution algorithms for electronic trading introduced him to the field of systematic models where he has concentrated since 2005. He joined Amati as a partner at the end of 2010. He is a current holder of the CFA Investment Management Certificate (IMC). In 2014 Jason served as a director of the London media technology business Mirriad Ltd, an Amati VCT investee company.
Rachel Le Derf - Investor Relations Manager
Prior to joining Amati (previously Noble Fund Managers) in June 2007, Rachel worked as Desk Assistant to the UK Equities team at First State alongside Paul Jourdan. Before this Rachel has held various roles at the Financial Times in the Advertising Department, at a renewable energy consultancy in Edinburgh and also worked in Paris at The Institute of Educational Planning / UNESCO. Rachel holds the IAQ from the Securities & Investment Institute and is fluent in French.
Maria Brackin - Investment Administrator
Maria joined Amati in September 2014. Prior to this she was a Development Worker for Communication Forum Scotland, in collaboration with the Centre for Scottish Public Policy. Originally from Ithaca New York, Maria was awarded a BA with honours from Northwestern University before being selected by the Saint Andrew's Society of New York for a fellowship to pursue postgraduate studies in Scotland. She completed an MSc in Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh, focusing on the business applications of epistemology. She holds the Investment Management Certificate (IMC).
Wulf Rajek - Head of IT and Systems Development
Wulf joined Noble in November 2007 to develop custom built in-house applications, primarily for the Fund Management team. He previously ran his own business Armadillo Solutions after having worked for twenty4help Knowledge Services GmbH (Dortmund, Germany) and Ltd (Newcastle upon Tyne, England & Linlithgow, Scotland) from 1998 until 2007. At twenty4help he worked in several departments ranging from providing Microsoft Personal Operating Systems support to being Programme Manager and Supervisor at Sun Microsystems' Global Remote Support Centre. In 2001 Wulf successfully completed a modern apprenticeship as "IT Systemkaufmann".
Gordon Izatt - Director Research and Technology
Gordon Izatt joined Amati in 2011 as Director of Research and Technology, initially to create the software and systems to run a systematic trend fund. More recently he has taken on the role of creating sophisticated screening and analytical tools to support the equities investment process at Amati. For twenty-two years prior joining Amati he worked for BP. In that time he worked in BP Exploration IT Division as a project leader, BP Corporate Center as a business analyst rebuilding the business planning and control models, he managed BP's Futures Back Office, before going on to write the risk management model used by the BP International Trading Division for managing global trading risks. Using his skills as a software programmer combined with his in-depth knowledge of global financial markets, he then setup a successful commodities futures and options quant-trading desk within the BP International Trading Division. He was a contemporary of Dr Paul Jourdan at Cambridge University in the 1980s and is a patron of the Salmon Youth Centre in Bermondsey.
George Taylor - PHP Developer
George Taylor joined Amati in 2016 as a PHP Developer to design and maintain the Amati website as well as various web-applications. Prior to this he worked at Rolls-Royce Deutschland in Frankfurt, Germany as a Continuous Improvement Facilitator where he developed and implemented various IT solutions. He was awarded a BSc in Computer Animation with Special Effects at the University of Bradford. He is also an accredited Six Sigma - Green Belt.
Rosanna Colangeli - Head of Finance & Operations
Rosanna joined Amati in December 2011, prior to this she was Head of Finance for a small accounting team at NCM Finance Ltd providing accounting services for all internal trading and general partner companies and all fund accounting for clients. Rosanna worked as the Group Accountant for Noble Group for 3 years where she oversaw the accounting for all the companies within the Investment Management division.
Rosanna is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. After qualifying, she worked as a Project Accountant at Edinburgh's Royal Botanic Garden and then at the National Health Service. After graduation, she worked as a scientist in the field of conservation before training as an accountant.
Andrew Lynn - Risk and Compliance Analyst
Andrew was born in Melbourne, Australia, and studied both Music and English to postgraduate level. Prior to joining Amati he enjoyed a successful career as a professional trumpet player, performing with many of the leading orchestras in the UK, and held the position of Principal Trumpet of the Orchestra of Scottish Opera. He holds the Investment Operations Certificate (IOC) and the Investment Management Certificate (IMC).