John Best is a well-known market
data industry expert with over 25 years of experience. He is renowned for
insightful commentary and a deep understanding of market data systems and
vendors. After graduating, John took a post as Junior Lecturer and Research
Assistant in the Computing Dept. of Kings College London. John subsequently
moved into the financial markets arena; his experience includes a six-year stint
at Salomon Brothers, gaining responsibility for networks and dealing rooms
across Europe, and six years with Dow Jones Telerate where he undertook presales
support and product management for the Trading Room Systems division. He then
moved back to the client environment with West LB, developing a range of systems
utilising market data including Real-Time Market Risk Management and a Virtual
Dealing Room System linking multiple offices and functions. John has been an
independent consultant for the last ten years, working primarily with banks and
brokers, and getting the best from their investment in market data systems and
technology. He also counts many vendors as clients who use his consulting
expertise and resources to assist with their system testing and support.
David Curran has a long career in the Market and Reference data industry, gained with leading UK technology companies and financial markets’ participants. He has delivered global solutions covering a range of assets classes and data types.
His experience has touched on the commercial arrangements for purchasing and using data as well as the technical issues around its capture, creation, distribution and display. He has a broad exposure to the different players in the financial markets.
David is a technical innovator at the cutting edge of FinTech, building and managing teams creating successful products used internationally. As a consultant and manager, he enjoys developing and supporting people in their work, improving their understanding and skills. He aims to deliver clear, straightforward and engaging training.
David enjoys FinTech development, working with start-ups and creating new products.
Colin Wright has over 40 years of experience in the financial services and technology business sectors. Colin has worked in technical support roles and as a systems programmer on the development of real-time online mainframe and mini-computer systems for companies including STC plc, Girobank, PanAm airlines, the BBC and JP Morgan. In 1986 he transferred from the JPM mainframe data centre in the east end of London to its newly formed investment banking operation in the City to help build the Gilts, Bond and Equity trading floors which were required for big bang. This was followed by a further 11 years with the bank either project managing dealing room technology installs or managing the market data infrastructure once they became operational. When JPM outsourced its entire market data, telecoms and IT infrastructures, Colin became market data procurement manager for all of JPMs European offices before leaving the bank to pursue a career as a market data consultant in 1999. He is now a well-known figure in the industry through his many contract positions as a market data manager or on cost cutting projects for several tier one banks, plus 10 years service as part-time co-ordinator for the IPUG industry lobby group.
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