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Meet the people behind Stable

With 9 different nationalities already represented, we’ve brought together a talented and diverse team who are excited about our vision to disrupt the price risk management industry. The highly technical data science and developer side of the business is carefully balanced with a down to earth commercial team, with deep connections to farming, food and insurance.

CEO Richard Counsell

Stable came to life after our founder (and farmer’s son), completed a Nuffield Scholarship on the ‘Simplification of Price Risk Management’.

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

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Dr. Simon Wang

CHIEF DATA OFFICER

Simon has a PhD in Actuarial Mathematics from Liverpool University and heads up our Data Science department. They run billions of simulations each month on commodities from Coffee to Cows Milk.

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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.

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Keith Flury

CHIEF ANALYST

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

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Rachel Qian

SENIOR DATA SCIENTIST

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

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Sophia Lie

SENIOR ACTUARY

Sophia joined us from AIG, having previously been at Charles Taylor working on Capital & Reserves. She has an MSc from Cass Business School.

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Sam Scrutton

SENIOR DEVELOPER

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

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Joe Brooker

SENIOR ANALYST

Joe joined Stable from S&P Platts. He's a specialist in understanding opaque markets, such as Africa, which allows us to gather information about price indicators and their underlying markets in places where information flow is weak.

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Mirko Marischi

FINANCE MANAGER

Mirko studied Politics and International Relations at the University of Catania and is Stable's finance manager.

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Marina Cullen

EA TO CEO

Marina has a post graduate degree in Finance from the University of Forteleza and is an Executive Assistant.

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Ilyona Zhang

Data Scientist

Ilyona studied Financial Mathematics at Cass Business School and works on our pricing algorithms.

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Armon Guo

DATA SCIENTIST

Armon studied at the London School of Economics (LSE) and works on our risk visualisation dashboards.

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Ruth Foxe Blader

Paris based Ruth was previously at Allianz and PepsiCo and brings a wealth of experience in insurtech and fast growth technology companies. Ruth is on the board at Stable.

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Edward Wakefield

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

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Charles Norton Smith

After studying at Oxford, Charles was a member of Lloyd's for over 20 years. He brings considerable insurance expertise to the business and is a member of the Board at Stable.

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Katrin Burt

Katrin is Managing Director with Syngenta Ventures and has been an investor in technology and agriculture businesses for over fifteen years and is on the Board at Stable.

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Matthew Jones

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

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Richard Xia

DATA SCIENTIST

Richard is responsible for checking our automated pricing algorithms and studied at Imperial College London.

testimonials

“Stable's simple solution is one that our farmers have been requesting for years. We’re incredibly excited about the chance to partner with Stable to help our members protect their income and invest in the future of this vital industry..” 23 May 2018

“As a medium sized food manufacturer, we don't have a team that can work with the exchanges. Stable enables us to protect our business from cost rises without the need for hedge accounting.” 4 November 2018

“We buy a wide range of niche commodities that aren't available to hedge on an exchange. Stable can go where the exchanges can't which is massive for us..” 23 December 2018