Our Story

Stable came to life in 2016 after Richard, (the founder of Stable and a farmer’s son) set out to redesign the way the 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. Less than a year later, the Stable platform can now protect over 3,000 commodities.

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 4 PhD's, 9 languages and 14 MSc's it's a team that's been able to rapidly build a risk management platform.

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.

Laura Rous

Chief Product Officer

After graduating from Cambridge, Laura joined Savills and CBRE, before working in ‘agtech’ software. A farmers daughter from Suffolk, Laura heads up the product team at Stable.

Dr. Simon Wang

Chief Data Officer

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

Keith Flury

Chief Analyst

Keith has an MSc in Agricultural Economics from Hohenheim University and has held senior analyst roles at Rabobank, Volcafe and BNP Paribas.

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Louise Derbes

Head of Sales

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.

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.

Liz Allen

Head of Marketing

A strategic marketing and communications professional with experience across 3 continents, Liz brings expertise in reaching international finance, tech and commodities markets.

Sabrina Meloud

Compliance Manager

Paris-based Sabrina joined us from JLT Re as our compliance manager. She has a Masters in Insurance Law from the University of Paris (UPEC) and manages our Regulatory Compliance and GDPR.

Joe Brooker

Senior Analyst

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

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.

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

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.

Maite Leroy

Risk Consultant

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

Oliver Tritton

Senior Risk Consultant

A former commodity analyst and trader from Armajaro, Engie and Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Oliver helps clients find the right solution to cover their risk with his deep knowledge of soft commodities markets.

William Ormerod

Senior Risk Consultant

Will joined us from Louis Dreyfus in Geneva, bringing his expertise in trading and physical commodity risk management to help our European clients.

Julie Dewandre

Risk Consultant

Julie completed an MSc in Agriculture from SOAS. Speaking French, Spanish and English Julie supports our European clients and partners.

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.

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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