John Gunn - CEO
CEO John Gunn’s extensive experience in the finance and the brokerage industry spans over two decades, this has armed him with business development skills coupled with a comprehensive knowledge of the securities industry. Mr Gunn’s career includes working with Hoare Govett, Carr Sheppaerds, Williams de Broe, and Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A.
To date, Mr Gunn has provided corporate finance advice and brokerage services to a range of international companies. These have been listed on a variety of exchanges including the UK, Canada, Europe, North America and Australasia.
Samantha Esqulant - Director
Head of Risk Management
Samantha has been in the financial industry since 2001. She has a wealth of experience working in both boutique and large corporate organisations including LCF Rothschild’s ,Barclays Capital and The Bank of New York Mellon.
Samantha joined the team at GlS in April 2013 and is responsible for risk management, implementing controls and procedures within the department to decrease risk and exposure.
John Allan - Director
Dealing and Operations Manager
John Allan is a Director of GIS and has been in the financial services industry for over 22 years. He has experience of working in both boutique and large corporate organisations including SG Warburg, Gerrard Investment Management and Baring Asset Management.
John worked at Gerrard Investment management for over 9 years gaining experience on the corporate bond trading desk whilst also managing the running of unit trust dealing team.
John joined Global Investment Strategy UK Limited in September 2011 and is responsible for the Trading and Settlements department and also assists with the on-boarding of new clients and ensuring that GIS keeps abreast of financial products of potential interest to our clientele.
Billy Rowe joined GIS in November 2012 as a Relationship Manager. He has over 15 years’ experience accumulated from working in large financial services including such organisations as Jefferies.
As a Relationship Manager Billy monitors clients accounts and is responsible for the full life cycle of the trade. Billy is an experienced settlements analyst covering the US and EMEA Markets. He also assists with trade execution for his clients.
Sander van den Wall Bake
Sander Bake joined GIS in October 2013. He is a graduate of City University, London where he studied Financial Economics. He has gained broking and investment experience at various institutions including ICAP and the EBRD.
Sander provides dedicated support to the trading, settlements and investment management divisions. He is responsible for multi-asset trade execution providing European/American/Asian coverage, equity and fixed income trade settlement, ad-hoc client reporting, and daily cash settlement & transaction reconciliations across custodian and prime broker accounts. Sander is progressing towards further professional qualifications including IMC and CFA.
Suki Gunn joined GIS in 2008. Suki has been in the financial services industry for over 16 years and has a wealth of experience of working in a variety of boutique corporate organisations.
Suki is responsible for the day-to-day management of the accounts and she works closely with our external auditors and tax professionals.
Terry has over 12 years Operations experience gained from some of the world’s top brokers covering global markets. Joining GIS in 2014 Terry is on the frontline, providing execution, clearing and settlement to GIS clients. Using the knowledge Terry has he exceeds expectations in Operational excellence, rapid problem solving and assists in talent development of others within the company.
Adam joined GIS in April 2015 with over 8 years’ experience in Middle Office and Back Office Services. He joined with a wealth of knowledge gained from working in large corporations such as HSBC and The Bank of New York Mellon. Adam has worked in a number of operational functions including Trade Capture, Settlements and Client Services giving him a well-rounded knowledge of the investment process.
Adam is currently responsible for settling client trades and general operational duties. He also looks constantly to improve processes and make them more efficient. In the coming months he will be completing some investment qualifications to cement his knowledge of the industry.
Sudhari has over 15 years’ experience in the Financial Services Industry working as a Trade Support Analyst with both HSBC and JPMorgan
She has Extensive experience in Bond settlements through Euroclear, Kassenverein and all Europe/ Emerging Markets.
She is currently responsible for settling client’s trades, dealing with queries and maintains counterparty information and relations using her wealth of experience.
Chris joined GIS in March 2015. He is a graduate of the University of New South Wales and holds a BEc in Economics & International Business. Chris has gained experience working the back office in a variety of Australian Margin Lenders and Brokers, with his last role being at E*TRADE Australia.
Chris looks after a number of the back office responsibilities at GIS including overseeing daily reconciliation, financial support & corporate action duties. He also works with Account Managers to help resolve non-standard client service issues and requests.
Sean Minks joined GIS in 2012 and is Head of the Investment Management division. He completed his bachelor's degree at the University of Technology, Sydney and holds an MSc in Finance.
He has a wealth of experience in the securities industry spanning numerous markets with a specialisation in the US, the UK and Western Europe.
Within the GIS investment sphere Sean is responsible for managing client relations and providing product and services to meet client needs. He also works closely with the CEO & Directors to expand business revenues and to broaden partnerships to open up new business opportunities.
Mayan Shah read Electronics, Computer & Systems Engineering at Loughborough University. He worked at PA Consulting group and London Clearing House designing Risk Margining Systems.
Mr Shah joined GIS in 2012 and brings with him a wealth of experience in trading and managing investments for over 15 years with a speciality focus on derivatives.
Paras Shah joined GIS in 2012 and is a graduate of University of Warwick in Mathematics, Statistics, Economics & Operational Research. He has also qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC, working within the Banking and Capital Markets sector.
Paras has over 7 years’ experience in trading derivative strategies as well as managing investments.
Ian van Stratum
Ian van Stratum is the compliance officer at GIS. He brings with him a wealth of experience gathered from many years of working within investment banking with some of the best names in the industry.