Meet the Team

Richard Counsell

Richard is the founder and CEO of Stable. His family are Beef farmers from Somerset and he has led technology companies in the US and the UK, winning numerous awards including Barclays Bank’s Entrepreneur of the Year. As a Nuffield Farming Scholar he travelled extensively to research price risk management ideas that could help farms plan and invest in the future with more confidence.

Dr. Simon Wang

Simon is the CTO of Stable and has an MSc in Financial Mathematics and a PhD in Commodity Price Prediction from Liverpool's renowned Institute of Financial and Actuarial Mathematics.

Ruth Foxe Blader

Ruth is a Board Director at Stable. Originally from New Jersey, she has lived in Europe off and on for more than a decade. With a background in digital innovation and finance at PepsiCo and Allianz, she is also a Director of Anthemis (VC).

Charles Norton-Smith

Charles has spent more than 20 years within the specialty insurance market, with senior banking roles in London, Sydney and New York. He then joined Cochran & Caronia, which is now a part of Macquarie Group, where he specialised in providing corporate finance services to the property and casualty sector. Charles studied at Christ Church, Oxford and was a member of Lloyd’s for more than 20 years

Edward Wakefield

Edward was formerly Managing Director at Greenhill, a leading independent investment bank and is currently Chair of the Virgin Money Foundation.

Professor Hirbod Assa

Hirbod earned his first PhD in mathematical finance from the University of Montreal, working on the application of risk measures in finance. In 2013 he completed another PhD in economics at Concordia University, where he was awarded the Balvir Singh medal for outstanding achievements in his PhD thesis. His background in two disciplines gives him the ability to model real world problems with mathematical tools. His research interests cover different areas including insurance, re-insurance, asset pricing, agricultural insurance and game theory.

Mandy Ma

Mandy is a key part of our Quant team and is also studying for an MSc in Financial Economics at Oxford University.

Sam Scrutton

Sam runs the front-end developer team at Stable. Sam has an MSc in Computing from Manchester Metropolitan University and also a BSc in Biochemistry from The University of Liverpool.