Meet the people behind Stable

With 6 different nationalities already represented, we’ve searched high and low for talented people who share our passion for helping businesses around the world manage volatility. 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.

Richard Counsell
Chief Executive Officer
Richard is an experienced entrepreneur, having previously run technology firms in Chicago, Melbourne and London. He lives on a family farm in Somerset and is also a Nuffield Scholar
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
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
Rachel Qian
Senior Data Scientist
After completing an MSc in Computational Finance from Oxford University, Rachel joined the team to manage our portfolio algorithms
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
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
Sam Scrutton
Lead 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.
Marina Cullen
Marina has a Post Graduate Degree in International Finance from the University of Forteleza and joined Stable's support team from Finagra, where she was a Coffee Trader.
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.
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.
Matthew Jones
Board Observer
Previously at Swiss Re in Zurich, Matthew advises on all things related to our underwriting partners and strategy.
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.
Professor Hirbod Assa
Hirbod works at the Institute of Financial and Actuarial Mathematics and has 2 PhD's in Maths and Economics. Hirbod advises the Data Science team and the Board of Directors
Charles Norton Smith
After studying at Oxford, Charles became a member of Lloyds for over 20 years. He advises insurers in Europe and North America and brings a wealth of insurance and M&A expertise to the board.
Mandy Ma
Data Scientist
Mandy works on the pricing algorithms within the Stable platform and is currently studying for a MSc in Financial Engineering from Oxford University,