Directors

Our business relies on great people.

We have experts in every area of consulting for asset and wealth management, and we’re constantly keeping their skills at the very forefront of industry development.

Meet our Directors

Global

Euan Fraser

Euan Fraser

Global Chief Executive Officer

Euan is the Global Chief Executive Officer of Alpha and joined in October 2004. Before joining Alpha, Euan was a Director at Synagir management consultancy with responsibility for asset management. Euan has several years financial services experience with Merrill Lynch and KPMG. Euan is a chartered accountant and a graduate of Edinburgh University.

Nick Baker

Global Chief Commercial Officer

Nick is the Global Chief Commercial Officer of Alpha and a member of the board of directors. Before co-founding Alpha, Nick was a senior member of Accenture’s financial services strategy practice. He is well known in the market for particular expertise in outsourcing, complex operational change, M&A and product development and advises management boards across Europe.

Nick holds a double starred first in Experimental Psychology from Cambridge University.

Nina Spencer

Global Chief Operating Officer

Nina joined Alpha in 2006, previously working within the capital markets practice at Accenture. Nina has wide ranging experience across many aspects of the asset management industry, with particular emphasis on investment operations, RFI/RFP management, client onboarding and lifecycle management, cost analysis & business cases and strategic operating models.

Nina holds a degree in French & Italian from the University of Exeter and is IMC qualified.

Neil Curham

Global Chief Marketing Officer

Neil joined Alpha in April 2011 as a result of the acquisition of Tomtom Consultants. Neil established Tomtom Consultants in 2005 to become the leading consultant to distribution in investment management.

Neil has fifteen years experience working within investment management distribution and has more than eight years consultancy experience. During this time, Neil has assisted with business, operational and technical strategy addressing areas such as service proposition, client relationship management, client communications, marketing automation and web delivery.

Maria Stricker

Global Chief Financial Officer

Maria is the Global Chief Financial Officer for Alpha and joined the company in April 2017.

Maria qualified as a chartered accountant at KPMG, where she worked across several departments including transaction services, strategy, business modelling and audit. She left KPMG to join Dell EMC to set up the European finance function of their EMEA converged infrastructure joint venture with Cisco and Intel. Known as VCE, it was the fastest company in history to $1bn revenues.

Maria has held senior roles with a broad range of companies at various stages of growth, and consequently has extensive experience across commercial finance, strategy, infrastructure, international tax and legal functions as well as leading finance departments.

NL

Jeroen Bolsius

Director

Jeroen is a Director of Alpha FMC Netherlands. Jeroen has over 15 years of experience consulting to and working in the investment management industry.

Jeroen joined Alpha FMC from ING where he was Head of investment engine business management, responsible for change implementation and business control activities in the Front Office. Prior to joining ING Investment management Jeroen worked at Accenture in various roles in major change programs in the financial sector. He has particular expertise with many of the leading front office IT platforms - including BlackRock Aladdin, Charles River and Bloomberg.

Jeroen holds a masters in Business Economics from the Erasmus University of Rotterdam.

UK

Stuart McNulty

Chief Executive Officer, United Kingdom

Stuart is the UK Chief Executive Officer at Alpha FMC. Stuart began his career at Accenture, where he specialised in the capital markets sector, leading projects ranging from system implementations to process change initiatives. Stuart then moved to J.P. Morgan, where he ran strategic projects within the credit exotics and hybrids middle office team, before joining Alpha in 2007. Since then, Stuart has worked on a wide variety of asset management projects, including new product development, competitive analysis, rate card reviews and large-scale onboarding programmes.

Stuart holds a First Class honours degree in Computer Science from the University of Sheffield.

Mike Smith

Executive Director

Mike is an Executive Director at Alpha and Head of CRM & Distribution Technology within our distribution practice.

Since joining Alpha in 2006, Mike has undertaken a wide range of asset management projects including global operating model definitions, 1st & 2nd generation outsourcing deals and product development benchmarking. Since 2010, Mike has specialised within distribution and provided subject matter expertise on a wide range of CRM, digital marketing and web initiatives as well as chairing Alpha FMC’s industry leading investment management distribution Forum.

Before joining Alpha, Mike worked at Accenture in the communications and high tech practice, at PwC within their insurance & investment management practice and was a scholar at Arthur Andersen. Mike also holds a degree in International Management & French from the University of Bath.

Duncan Spencer

Executive Director

Duncan is an Executive Director at Alpha and has over 13 years’ experience consulting to the asset management and wider financial services industry. Prior to joining Alpha Duncan worked within the capital markets practice at Accenture.

Duncan has a broad range of experience across the Investment Management landscape and has worked extensively internationally – including in Continental Europe, Asia and the US. Duncan holds a degree in Business Management from Aston University.

Jon Benson

Director

Jon is a director at Alpha with a long standing track record of large scale project delivery, and deep experience in project management, strategy and proposition development. Jon brings 15+ years’ of consulting experience, 13 years directly within the asset and wealth management industry. Jon has led many industry-changing Merger & Acquisition projects and heads up the Alpha M&A Practice. He has worked for the largest administrators and investment managers and has undertaken a range of roles including proposition development, strategy, systems delivery, process design and business analysis / modelling.

Joe Docker

Director

Joe is a Director at Alpha and has over 10 years’ experience consulting to the Asset Management and wider Financial Services industry. Prior to joining Alpha in 2008, Joe worked for Accenture and Barclays Wealth.

Joe has consulted to a range of leading asset managers both in the UK and internationally. He has a depth of experience across both the traditional and alternative sectors with a particular focus on operations and outsourcing including strategic operating model development, provider and vendor review and selection and benchmarking.

Joe holds a degree in Management Studies from Aston University.

Nick Fienberg

Director

Nick has 15 years of experience consulting in the financial services, and in particular the capital markets sector. Specialising in asset management outsourcing, he has worked with a wide range of clients on advisory and implementation roles covering large scale outsourcing and organisational change initiatives, strategic business studies and market trend analysis.

Greg Faragher-Thomas

Director

Greg has over 10 years experience within the asset management area with emphasis around the front office IT space dealing with both traditional and alternative managers. Before joining Alpha, Greg spent 5 years with Charles River Development and prior to that 4 years with Bluebay Asset Management and JPM Asset Management respectively. Greg holds a degree in economics.

Greg Glass

Director

Greg is a Director in the Distribution practice and joined Alpha in 2015 after five years working as an associate delivering large, complex CRM programmes for our clients. He has specialist knowledge and experience of the data model, processes and technologies to match and report on flows and AUM data at client level.

Greg was previously UK Marketing Director for online stockbroker pionee E*TRADE, and is a graduate of the University of Canterbury, New Zealand where he read Business and Japanese.

Andrew Glessing

Director

Andrew has over 25 years’ experience in financial services and compliance. After gaining experience in the asset management and life and pensions sectors, Andrew moved to the FSA to work on industry-wide thematic projects and the supervision of asset managers, wealth managers, platforms and distributors. Andrew joined Alpha in 2016 as Head of the Compliance & Regulatory Practice, responsible for helping Alpha’s clients to meet the regulators’ requirements. The team’s work includes assisting clients implement regulatory change, deliver ongoing investment compliance and maintain demonstrably effective governance and oversight, risk management and controls.

Bo Lantorp

Director

Bo is a Director of Alpha and Head of our benchmarking practice. Before joining Alpha, he was a senior member of the corporate strategy team at National Australia Group Europe. Prior to that Bo spent 10 years with Accenture and was a senior member of their financial services strategy practice. He has also worked as an independent consultant in the asset management industry. Bo holds an MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics.

Jon Reed

Director

Jon joined Alpha in 2008 after over three years at Accenture. Jon has significant experience running large initiatives across global organisations, liaising, reporting and presenting to the global ‘heads of function’ or above. Jon has a firm understanding of the challenges faced by asset managers in each business line and can debate these at a senior level. Jon is co-head of Alpha’s front office practice and has led many global change initiatives in enterprise architecture at major asset managers.

Kenn Taylor

Director

Kenn is a Director and Head of Wealth at Alpha.

His consulting work over the last 15 years has covered Wealth and Investment operations, outsourcing, proposition development, supplier assessment, operating models, business case development and deal negotiations. Kenn is a regular conference speaker and commentator on topics such as the impact of Retail Distribution Review and Pension Freedoms on Wealth Managers.

Before joining Alpha Kenn led consulting teams with Grant Thornton, Navigant and Troika, having previously been a Director in Prudential’s UK Corporate Pensions business.

Barrie West

Director

Barrie is a Director at Alpha and leads our Scottish Practice.

Barrie formally joined Alpha in 2016 after spending the previous 8 years working with Alpha as an associate, delivering large-scale, complex change programmes for our clients in the UK and Europe. Prior to this, Barrie spent seven years with EY.

Barrie is a chartered accountant and a graduate of the University of Edinburgh.

US

Joe Morant

Chief Executive Officer, United States

Prior to joining Alpha Joe held operations and technology leadership roles at Nuveen Investments and BNY Mellon Asset Management. Joe has also held executive management positions at several service provider and consulting firms. Joe has worked extensively across the US and Europe, consulting to a range of leading asset managers. He has a breadth of experience across all aspects of the asset management business ranging from major change programs to corporate strategy and operating model definition.

Matt Bacon

Executive Vice President

Matt joined Alpha in 2004 and he has led a diverse range of engagements at leading asset managers and major financial instructions in the US, the UK and throughout Europe. Matt has a depth of experience across the asset management value chain, with a particular focus around large transformation programs driven by M&A, operational outsourcing and strategic operating model development. Prior to Alpha, Matt worked at Accenture in the Capital Markets practice, and at Deutsche Asset Management.

John Schneider

Executive Vice President

John joined Alpha as an EVP and the US Compliance & Regulatory lead, having worked in the financial services industry for over 25 years. He has served as a risk advisor to many premier, complex and global asset managers. Previously, John was the US leader for KPMG’s investment management regulatory practice, focusing on supporting regulatory efforts for asset managers across all industry segments including mutual funds and alternative managers. John has substantial experience in providing clients with solutions to mitigate risk associated with conflicts of interest, investment guidelines, due diligence, compliance transformation, regulatory exams and a wide-array of risk management initiatives.

John is a certified public accountant (CPA) and certified in financial forensics (CFF).

FR

Luc Baque

Chief Executive Officer - Europe

Luc is the Chief Executive Officer of Alpha Financial Markets Consulting in mainland Europe. Before joining Alpha, Luc spent 5 years with UBS in Paris and was head of change management. Prior to that, Luc spent 6 years with Solving International, a management consultancy, specialising in asset and wealth management in Europe.

Charles-Antoine Desjardins

Director

Charles-Antoine is a director at Alpha. Charles joined Alpha in January 2011, prior to which he worked for Solving Efeso, a consulting firm with a dedicated asset management practice. Charles-Antoine has over ten years of experience in asset and wealth management transformation projects, with a particular emphasis on complex operational issues, operating model design and product development. Charles-Antoine holds a BA in History from the Sorbonne, as well as Master’s degree in Political Sciences from Sciences Po Paris.

Vincent Mignon

Director

Vincent is a Director at Alpha France and specialises in advising asset managers and fund industry players. Prior to joining Alpha in 2010, Vincent worked within the financial services practice at PwC Advisory.

Vincent has a broad range of experience across the investment management landscape, including large-scale transformation programmes, Operations effectiveness, Front Office space, and competitive analysis.

Vincent holds a Master Degree in IT Audit & Consulting from Paris Dauphine University.

Annabelle Rocat

Director

Annabelle is a Director at Alpha France and leads the French Wealth Management Practice. She joined the company in March 2017.

Prior to joining Alpha, Annabelle was private banker for HSBC and worked for BNP Paribas Private Bank’s Organisation departments. She has 10 years of experience in consulting.

Annabelle has extensive experience in dealing with complex projects, predominantly in relation to business strategy, product development, front to back operating model design and implementation, M&A and operations effectiveness for Asset and Wealth Management. She also has strong knowledge of regulations.

Annabelle holds a master degree in Finance and did an extra year with a specialization in Wealth Management from ESC Toulouse.

LUX

Nicolas Xanthopoulos

Chief Executive Officer

Nicolas is a Director of Alpha FMC Luxembourg and specialises in advising fund industry players, banks and law firms. Before joining Alpha FMC, Nicolas was a Senior Manager with KPMG Advisory in Luxembourg where he served various clients over a 7 year period. Prior to that Nicolas spent 6 years in the fund industry as fund accountant and within an asset management company.

Nicolas is a graduate in Business Administration & Economics with a Major in International & General Management from HEC Liège, Belgium.

CH

Nicolas Cherbuin

Director

Nicolas is the Chief Executive Officer of Alpha Financial Markets Consulting in Switzerland. Prior to joining Alpha, Nicolas worked in Asset and Wealth Management in various positions (i.e. Head of Strategy, COO) for EFG International & Meeschaert Group in Asia, Europe and USA. He has an extensive experience in dealing with complex projects, predominantly in relation to business strategy definition, M&A, business development, front to back operating model design and implementation. He has experience in the incorporation and closing process for asset and wealth managers.