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Meet the team

Dr William Speares - Co-CIO / CEO

William is a co-founder of Ashenden Capital. He has over twenty years of experience in the investment industry with banks and hedge funds, formally as a quantitative analyst and researcher, then latterly as a trader and portfolio manager.

From 2003 to 2010 he was a partner at BlueCrest Capital Management where for the first four years he was responsible for the research and development of the BlueTrend program and was then made portfolio manager of the BlueMatrix equity statistical arbitrage program.

Prior to his time at BlueCrest, William spent five years as head of systematic research at Winton Capital. His background, connections and comprehensive economic understanding allows Ashenden Capital to take a systematic and pragmatic approach to investing and risk management.

He has a first class Bachelor degree in mathematical physics, a PhD in particle physics, and Masters degrees in computational fluid dynamics, statistics and applied mathematics.

Dr Michael Villaverde - Head of Research / Co-CIO

Michael is a co-founder of Ashenden Capital. He has over ten years of experience in the hedge fund industry, having held roles in research and as a portfolio manager. During 2008-2011, he was a partner at BlueCrest Capital Management, where he was brought on board to vitalize and build out the systematic equity business.

He developed and managed a systematic, multi-strategy equity fund and later became Head of Equity Research, responsible for the development of all systematic equity strategies across BlueCrest. Prior to this, Michael spent three years at Marshall Wace Asset Management where he led a quantitative research group which developed and managed a number of systematic equity portfolios and made significant contributions to the ground-breaking TOPS product.

Previous to this he briefly held a position as a quantitative analyst at an emerging markets macro fund at Citigroup Alternative Investments.

Michael has a Bachelors degree in Mathematics and a Masters degree in Financial Engineering from the University of Michigan, and a PhD in Finance from Cambridge University.

Julie Ferguson - COO / CCO

Julie is responsible for running the non-investment business and is the FCA register CCO & MLRO. Julie was formerly a Vice President for Northern Trust Company, managing the strategic on-boarding of funds to the Hedge Fund Services Platform. Prior to this she was Vice President at Morgan Stanley & Co International plc. (MSI), holding a number of positions within Fixed Income and Prime Brokerage over a 10 year period.

Julie has a Law LLB (Hons) degree from the University of Aberdeen. She has 15 years industry experience.

Dmitry Perepelkin - Co- CTO

Dmitry was formerly the Head of Systematic Delivery at BlueCrest Capital Management between 2010 and 2012, responsible for all technology used by the systematic trading desk.

Before that he was Co-Head of IT for the European Cash Equities front office at UBS Investment Bank in London.

He graduated with an MSc in Computer Science from the National Research Nuclear University (MEPhI) in Moscow, and has extensive experience in running technology in both the buy and sell sides within finance.

Richard Bibb - Co- CTO

Richard has over twenty years of experience in the investment industry with systematic hedge funds. Thirteen of these were as the Head of Software Development for AHL Trading and AHL Research & Data specialising in the infrastructure and software behind numeric trading models.

He spent a further four years as Chief Technology Officer at AIMhedge, a Lichtenstein based systematic hedge fund where he was responsible for all aspects of technology.

He has a BEng (Hons) In Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Manchester University and is a Chartered Engineer.

Steven Hall - Head of Trading Operations

Steven joined Ashenden in 2013.  Prior to this he was at Marshall Wace for 9 years where he was responsible for operating, designing and constructing systematic trading platforms.  He primarily focussed on alpha capture based strategies and the Affinium StatArb strategy.

Steven’s roles included managing a front-office team to on-board new models, implement investment decisions and supervise systematic flow.

Previously he held software positions at Royal Bank of Scotland/Natwest Markets, Bank of Montreal, and various consulting appointments spanning over 20 years.

He holds a BSc (Hons) Computer Science from Coventry University and the FCA Investment Management Certificate.

Igor Poborcev - Head of Model Development

Igor has 16 years of experience in technology and computer science, with the last 11 years in the financial sector.  Before joining Ashenden, Igor worked at BlueCrest from 2009 to 2012 on the Systematic desk managing the software development team.

Prior to this he worked at UBS Cash Equities within the Front Office technology department.

He has a BSc (First Class Honours) in Maths and Computer Science from Mogilev State University, Belarus.

Why invest?

Systematic Macro

Diversification – low correlation to traditional asset classes.
Innovative cross-fertilisation of techniques to profit both from trend and reversion factors.
Highly experienced team with a long history of collaboration.