Judging process

The judging process is rigorous and thorough to ensure that all the entries receive full consideration and that the true winners are chosen.

Judges will take part in a judging conference call, where the winners will be decided, with one expert per category will be asked to summarise the judges comments and provide any additional input as required. Judges have discretionary power to move submissions into alternative categories and/or add categories that they think may be more suitable. All judges are required to sign a disclaimer form to keep information about entries and the final winners confidential.

The judging panel

The judges are carefully selected for their wealth of experience and expertise, as well as their absence of conflicts of interest.

PLEASE NOTE: Judges do not judge any categories that their company has been entered in and are obliged to declare that they have no conflicts of interest prior to judging.

Iain Anderson,
Iain Anderson,Chief Technology Officer and Partner, Cheyne Capital.
Iain Anderson is the Chief Technology Officer and Partner of Cheyne Capital. Iain has more than thirty years ITexperience, fifteen years of which in senior IT roles. Prior to joining Cheyne Capital, Iain was Chief Information Officer at GLG Partners for nine years, where he managed all aspects of IT. He also held a number of senior positions at Goldman Sachs International prior to his time at GLG, including Head of Technology of their Paris operations. Iain holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Genetics from University of Nottingham.


Gary Collier,
Gary Collier,Co-CTO, Man AHL
Gary Collier is Co-CTO of Man AHL (‘AHL’).Prior to taking on this role, Gary was Technology Manager, responsible for AHL’s research and trading technology platforms with a particular focus on market data, trading strategies and signal generation. Gary joined AHL in 2001, having previously developed software systems across various finance, telecomms and defence arenas. He holds a Masters in Physics and Theoretical Physics from the University of Cambridge.


Rory McGregor
Rory McGrego, Chief Operating Officer, EMSO
Rory started his career in 1990 at Barclays Bank in New York in foreign exchange sales, and worked in Tokyo before returning to Jamaica as Foreign Exchange Treasurer for Jamaica Citizens Bank (now part of the Royal Bank of Canada). After completing his MBA, he joined Credit Suisse’s emerging markets local bond trading department in London and, in 1999, he founded and managed a wireless technology company before joining Emso in 2003. At Emso he has established the operational infrastructure, and more recently spearheaded the successful implementation of the employee buyout of the company. Rory earned an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Rutgers University.

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John Murtagh ,Head of Operations, FQS Capital Partners
John is the Head of Operations responsible for the Operational, Operational Risk and Technology aspects of FQS Capital Partners. He has extensive experience in financial services including 20+ years of Hedge Funds, Investment Banking and Technological expertise. He was previously COO at Petrus Partners and prior was a front office based Analyst at ABN Amro where he worked on the Repo Trading Desk. John has also previously worked on the Trading Desks at both Sumitomo Finance International and Citibank International after starting his career at PWC. John obtained a BSc Honours in Computer Science from The Queen’s University of Belfast and a postgraduate in Investment Management from the London Business School. He holds a Certification in Machine Learning from Stanford University and is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (Chartered MCSI).

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Russel Hart,chief operating officer & a founding partner, Alcova Asset Management LLP
Russell is the Chief Operating Officer & a Founding Partner of Alcova Asset Management LLP. Alcova is a quantitative investment manager, 4 years old, that harnesses alpha through a combination of science, technological advancement & market insight. Previously, Russell worked at Beauchamp Financial Technology (now Linedata), EDD Fund Services and at PCE Investors Limited, the latter as Chief Operating Officer & Chief Risk Officer. At PCE (&EDD) he experienced rapid growth in a multi-strategy, multi-manager institutional Hedge Fund platform whilst managing in excess of 2bn USD in a diverse strategy mix of funds. Russell graduated from University College London in Economics after also studying Computing at Imperial.