Our Story

Stable began in 2016 after Rich Counsell, (the founder of Stable and a farmer’s son) set out to reimagine the way the $8trn food and farming industry could manage the risk of volatile commodity prices; one of its biggest problems. With the help of Harvard, Liverpool and Lisbon Universities, Stable went live in the UK in 2019 with just 15 commodities. The Stable platform can now protect our clients using over 3,000 untraded commodity indexes from 70 countries and has operations in London, Minneapolis, Amsterdam and Bermuda.

Meet The People Behind Stable

The risk management and data science dream team

We’re a diverse team of Data Scientists, Analysts, Developers and Commodity Experts united in our mission to protect our industry from volatile commodity prices. With more than 6 PhD's, 9 languages and 12 MSc's it's a team that's been able to rapidly build a global risk management platform.

Richard Counsell, CEO and Founder, Stable

Richard Counsell

Founder and CEO

An experienced entrepreneur, Richard has led companies in Chicago, Melbourne and London and is a previous winner of the Barclay’s Bank Entrepreneur of the Year. He is also a Nuffield Scholar.

Simon Wang, Head of Data Science, Stable

Dr. Simon Wang

Chief Data Officer

Simon has a PhD in Actuarial Mathematics from Liverpool University and leads our Data Science team.

Julia Henderson

Board Advisor

Julia has a proven track record in risk management with senior roles at Brit Insurance, Peak Re, Renaissance Re and PartnerRe. She has an MBA from Wharton and is based in Bermuda.

Laura Rous, Chief Product Officer, Stable

Laura Rous

Director Stable London

With a degree in Land Economy from Cambridge and MBA from Imperial College London, Laura has worked in the worlds of agriculture and tech start ups for the last ten years and leads our London back office team

Louise Derbes, Head of Sales, Stable

Louise Derbes

European Sales Director

Louise has a degree in economics and an MBA from INSEAD. Previously senior derivative sales at Rabobank, she has over 20 years of experience in pricing and selling commodity derivatives to corporate clients.

Chris Roeder American Commodity Price Risk Management Strategy Expert

Chris Roeder

VP Sales: North America

Previously Hedging Solutions Director at Cargill, Chris runs our Minneapolis office and helps our US clients organisations manage commodity price risk.

Will Ormerod, Senior Risk Consultant, Stable

William Ormerod

Senior Risk Manager

William joined Stable's team in Bermuda from Louis Dreyfus in Geneva, bringing his expertise in trading and physical commodity risk management.

Joe Brooker, Senior Analyst, Stable

Joe Brooker

Senior Analyst

Previously from S&P Platts, ADM and ED&F Man, Joe is a seasoned analyst specialising in understanding opaque markets.

Sonia Garnier

Head of Sales, France

Sonia runs our sales team in France and joined Stable after 16 years at Cargill.

Rachel Qian, Senior Data Scientist, Stable

Rachel Qian

Senior Data Scientist

After completing an MSc in Computational Finance from Oxford University, Rachel joined the team to manage our portfolio algorithms.

Victor Wang, Data Scientist, Stable

Victor Wang

Data Scientist

Victor has a PhD from Oxford University and previously worked at CME. He brings cutting edge mathematics, finance and economics expertise to Stable’s data science team.

Tony Ness

Senior Sales Executive

Tony is an experienced commodity risk management executive and joined our Minneapolis team after nearly 10 years at Cargill

Jean Baptiste Plasmans

Senior Sales Executive (NL)

A graduate of ESSEC, Jean Baptiste joined the grain marketing team at Invivo, followed by 4 years as a Dairy Trader at Olam. Jean Baptiste is based at our Amsterdam office.

Harry Palmer

Data Analyst

Harry recently completed his MA in International Business from Edinburgh University, before joining our research team. Harry supports the sales teams in Europe and USA and also creates content for our weekly client newsletter.

Reyhaneh Mohammadi

Research Analyst

Reyhaneh competed her MSc at London Business School and joined our research team to develop the index centre, managing over 3000 commodity indexes

Khezia Asamoah

Data Scientist

With an MSc from Imperial on Data Analytics and Machine learning, London-based Khezia is now studying for a PhD while working in our technology team as a Data Scientist

Allison Pan, Data Scientist, Stable

Allison Yu

Data Scientist - Quantitative Analyst

Allison graduated from University of Cambridge and was a researcher at the prestigious Cavendish Laboratory looking at lossless data compression using deep learning. At Stable she refines our data science algorithms and simulations.

Maite Leroy, Risk Consultant, Stable

Maite Leroy

Sales Executive (France)

Maite is a commodity risk expert, having previously held analyst and buyer positions with AB Sugar, Auchan and ABF Group.

Julie Dewandre, Risk Consultant, Stable

Julie Dewandre


Julie has a degree in Economics and completed an MA in Anthropology of Food from SOAS. Speaking French, Spanish and English Julie works in our Analyst team

Kit Blakiston Houston, Risk Consultant at Stable

Kit Blakiston Houston

UK & Ireland Sales Executive

Kit is a former Sugar Trader from ED&F Man and previously worked for ECOM Coffee in Tanzania. He brings a wealth of experience in price risk management at all levels of the supply chain - from the family farm to international giants.

Sam Scrutton

Senior Developer

With a MSc from Manchester Metropolitan University in Computing, Sam heads up our developer team to make Stable simple and scalable.

Jimmy Yeung

Quantitive Analyst

After studying maths at Imperial College, Jimmy then completed his MSc at London School of Economics. He works in the Data Science team and focuses on pricing contracts

Hirbod Assa, Scientific Advisor, Stable

Prof Hirbod Assa

Scientific Advisor

Professor and Head of Consultancy in Financial Mathematics at University of Liverpool, Hirbod has PhDs in Economics and Financial Mathematics specialising in risk management, hedging and pricing commodities.

Ruth Foxe Blader

Board Member

Ruth was previously at Allianz and PepsiCo and brings a wealth of experience in insurtech and fast growth technology companies.

Edward Wakefield

Board Member

Former Managing Director of Greenhill Merchant Bank and current Chair of the Virgin Money Foundation, Edward is a noted corporate finance expert.

Charles Norton Smith

Board Member

Charles was a member of Lloyd’s of London for over 20 years and brings considerable insurance expertise to the business.

Matthew Jones

Board Member

Previously at Swiss Re in Zurich, Matthew advises on all things related to our underwriting partners and strategy.

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