Judging Panel

Cherry Reynard


Investment Week

Cherry Reynard is a freelance financial journalist. She has worked for a range of national, consumer and trade titles including the Financial Times, Telegraph, Independent, Money Observer, Moneywise, What Investment, Citywire and Money Marketing. She has co-authored a book on investing in emerging markets and is six-time winner of the Investment Management Association's freelance journalist of the year award and four-time winner of the AIC Freelance journalist of the year award. She began her career as a tax accountant for PriceWaterhouseCoopers, before moving to investment bank JP Morgan.

Richard Barrett

Chief Operating Officer


Richard joined DST at the end of 2008 and is Chief Operating Officer with responsibility for Investor Recordkeeping, Asset Servicing and Client Finance with teams working in the UK and Mumbai, India. After graduating with an M.A. in Engineering Science from Oxford University in 1985, Richard began his career in Information Technology as a programmer and after 15 years of IT experience, transferred into an operational role whilst working at Fidelity Investments. Richard now has 24 years of experience in the Financial Services industry with 17 of those working in Operations.

Joanna Hall

Non Executive Director, Board Adviser

and Business Consultant

Chartered Institute of Marketing qualified and digital marketing certified, with over 30 years experience in Financial Services, covering business and distribution strategy, proposition development and associated go-to-market activities. Joanna's passion is to help companies get closer to their customers, demonstrate their value and make it easier for them to do business. Now pursuing a portfolio career as a Non Executive Director, Business Consultant and Board Adviser.

Prior to her portfolio career, Joanna was Head of UK Financial Services at North Highland, a global consultancy firm specialising in customer experience and digital transformation. Previously, she has worked in industry for Fidelity and eValue, a market leading digital provider of personal finance products and services. She has also worked for a number of Consulting firms, including KPMG, EY, Bacon & Woodrow (now Deloitte) and Tillinghast Towers Perrin (now Willis Towers Watson).

Jonathan Hammond



Jonathan is a consultant with over 22 years of financial services and technology experience. He specialises in asset management operating models; application & data strategies; and enterprise architectures. Jonathan has worked with UK, European and global asset management firms, pensions businesses and a variety of investment companies helping them to determine their investment systems approach or to improve their operating models, especially through the use of technology.
Jonathan leads Catalyst's Business Technology practice and consult on all types of systems including portfolio management, operations, middle office and administration platforms as well as providing advice covering data management & data governance strategy and solutions.
Jonathan has an honours degree in Cybernetics and Control Engineering.

Terry Huddart

Head of Proposition

The Lang Cat

Terry is Head of Proposition at The Lang Cat, Leith's (probably) leading pensions, investments and platform consultancy.

Robert Mirsky


Eisner Amper

Robert Mirsky is the Head of the London Office and Head of EisnerAmper's Asset Management Group. With more than 20 years of experience in advising financial services companies, investors and asset managers, Robert has expertise in the structuring and operational aspects of funds and managers and has considerable experience in structuring both offshore and onshore hedge funds and has handled the tax aspects of cross-border financings, financial products, international mergers and acquisitions, insurance and project financings.
Robert has represented clients in the U.S. and abroad. He has lived and worked in London, New York, Washington, Milan, Bangkok and the Cayman Islands. Prior to joining the firm, Robert was a Principal and Global Head of the Hedge Fund Practice at a Big 4 accounting firm.
Robert has written extensively on both hedge fund technical issues and industry trends. He is a frequent speaker before professional audiences and is often quoted in both the U.K. and international press.

Richard Pursglove


Ross Archer Limited

As the former Head of Retail at Artemis and having held similar positions at GSAM, Gartmore and Cazenove, Richard is an instantly recognised veteran of the UK Wholesale industry. With the client sitting at the heart of Richards ethos, he brings a unique perspective to the judging panel as he recognises client service is a key differentiator in any fund groups proposition. Ross Archer Limited is a consultancy firm specialising in financial services.