Our Story

Stable came to life in 2016 after Richard, (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 late 2019 with just 15 commodities. The Stable platform, backed by global reinsurers, can now protect our European and North American clients using over 3,000 untraded commodity indexes and has operations in London and Minneapolis.

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 groundbreaking 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.

Laura Rous, Chief Product Officer, Stable

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.

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.

Louise Derbes, Head of Sales, Stable

Louise Derbes

Managing Director (Stable Europe)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 is reading towards 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, Stable

Maite Leroy

European Sales Executive

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

Will Ormerod, Senior Risk Consultant, Stable

William Ormerod

Sales Operations

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, Stable

Julie Dewandre

European Sales Executive

Julie has a degree in Economics and completed an MA in Anthropology of Food from SOAS. Speaking French, Spanish and English Julie supports our European clients and partners.

Kit Blakiston Houston, Risk Consultant at Stable

Kit Blakiston Houston

UK & Ireland Sales Executive

A dairy farmer’s son with a degree in Agricultural Business Management, 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.

Chris Roeder American Commodity Price Risk Management Strategy Expert

Chris Roeder

Head of Sales (Mid West)

Previously Hedging Solutions Director at Cargill, Minneapolis-based Chris brings his considerable expertise to help Mid West organisations manage commodity price risk.

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

Reinsurance Director

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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