Our team

Andy Ross
Chief Executive

Andy was previously a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley where he was the Global Head of Listed Electronic Execution & European Head of Derivatives Clearing.   Andy joined Morgan Stanley in June 1998 as an analyst in Operations, serving in a variety of roles with increasing responsibility.  Following a short stint at Deutsche Bank, Andy returned to Morgan Stanley in June 2004, with promotion to Vice President in Operations.  After a diverse career in Operations, Andy moved to the Counterpart Portfolio Management where he was promoted to an Executive Director.  Andy then led the OTC clearing business in Europe and was promoted to Managing Director, responsible for listed and OTC clearing in Europe and global electronic listed execution in his last role at Morgan Stanley.   

Andy is a known industry expert, and heavily involved in a number of key industry initiatives in the listed, OTC and counterparty risk management space; including having previously served on CCP risk committees and industry association boards. 

Based in London, Andy resides in Buckinghamshire, with his wife Sam, their daughter Lottie and his twin boys Elliott and Jackson.

Andy joined CurveGlobal in March 2016.

Richard Walker
Head of Business Development

Richard is responsible for Business Development and Marketing at CurveGlobal. In addition to growing CurveGlobal’s footprint within the Dealer, Market Maker, Bank, Hedge Fund, CTA, Insurance and Asset Management Community, he is tasked with identifying the core market requirements from these firms as they seek to evolve their businesses in response to competitive pressure, regulatory change and other market forces.

Richard has spent 25 years in financial markets in a variety of sales, business development and marketing roles. Most recently he led client clearing sales at LCH; in his five year tenure he saw SwapClear grow its client clearing business fifteen-hundredfold, from $240Bn at the end 2011 to $360Trn in the summer of 2016. Richard arrived from Nomura where, among other responsibilities, he launched and ran Nomura’s managed account platform. Richard spent nine years in San Francisco working in a sales and marketing capacity for several FinTech firms; including Infinity Financial Technology (acquired by SunGard in 1998), Calypso and most recently Traiana. Richard began his career in Capital Markets at Swiss Bank in London. Richard holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence and a B.Sc (Eng) in Aerospace Systems Engineering.

Ralph Bird
CTO & Head of Product

Ralph Bird is the CTO & Head of Product for CurveGlobal.  He has responsibility for new contract specifications and listings as well as the definition of enhancements to system functionality to meet the markets’ requirements.

Ralph joined CurveGlobal in April 2015 directly from his role as the Head of Special Projects at NYSE Euronext where he was heavily involved in the transition of the listed markets from the NYSE Euronext UTP trading platform to the ICE Trading Platform following the merger with ICE.  Before that Ralph was the Head of Business Analysis and Test at NYSE Euronext having joined LIFFE as Technology Development Manager.

Ralph has a BSC (hons) in Computing Science with Economics and started his career in listed derivatives when he joined the London Commodity Exchange as a Senior Systems Engineer working on one of the industry’s first electronic trading platforms (FAST) in 1990. He lives in Radlett with wife Sue, sons James, Matthew and Charlie and daughter Isobel.

James Brinsden
Chief Operating Officer

James was previously the Head of Operations and Change at ICE Benchmark Administration (IBA) responsible for establishing the IBA business and for transitioning multiple systemically important benchmarks to IBA from their incumbent administrators (e.g. LIBOR).

Prior to embarking on his Programme Management career in Financial Services in 2004, James spent several years as a Management Consultant, for Accenture and DiamondCluster International.  Prior to consulting James also served 6 years in the British Army as a Royal Engineer Officer.

James lives in beautiful North Norfolk with his wife Sophie, his son Ben, and daughter Emily.

James joined CurveGlobal in February 2016.

Ian Murphy
Business Development

Ian began his working career in the private client department of stockbrokers Phillips & Drew before transferring to the newly formed Futures Department. Ian joined their LIFFE floor team as a Yellow Jacket working at The Royal Exchange. Ian later transferred to the Futures Sales Desk and started his coverage of Real Money Fund Managers and lifelong interest in technical analysis.

Ian joined Manufactureres Hanover Limited in 1988 to work for the Finance Director before becoming part of the FX Proprietary Trading Team. In 1992 Ian returned to Futures Broking, working for Deutsche Bank before joining RBS in 1995 to set-up their Front Office Future Sales Team.

After working within the treasury at EFG Private Bank, Ian re-joined the Deutsche Bank Futures Sales Team before joining State Street in 2014 to set-up their EMEA Futures execution coverage.

Ian and family have recently moved to the edge of Dartmoor and enjoys the A303 weekly commute.

Ian joined CurveGlobal Business Development Team in November 2016.

Chris Bennett
Business Development

Chris has a 28 year background in financial sales and trading. He has run his own trading businesses and played a critical role in the sale of two start ups to major global financial institutions. As well as his European interest rate and bond experience, Chris has spent some considerable time in Singapore and Hong Kong over the last four years developing business in physical commodities such as Oil, Iron Ore, Freight and Coal.

Chris started his career on the LIFFE floor in 1988 with Kleinwort Benson, trading Gilts and Short Sterling. He moved to Morgan Grenfell and Deutsche Bank and in 1993 became a ‘local’ and traded his own book through the end of open outcry into the early 2000s. Life after LIFFE consisted of stints at Cantors running a 24 hour trading desk dealing in FX, Equity Indices, Metals and Commodities. At MF Global he ran an options book then formed a company that traded oil on a propriety basis until 2010 when he decided to bring a close to his trading career. Since then he played a key role in the sale of an Asian commodity exchange to the Deutsche Borse Group and most recently at an American financial software start up he significantly grew the European business and started their Asian business from scratch.

Chris lives in Kent with his two daughters Charlotte and Abbi and plays the guitar badly in his spare time.

Chris joined CurveGlobal in November 2016.

Milain Thakkar
Product Development

After completing the MSc Finance degree at the London School of Economics (LSE) Milain joined the London Stock Exchange Group.

Milain started out in LSEG Group Risk shortly before moving to the risk team at SwapClear (LCH). The main focus of his role at SwapClear was on risk modelling and analytics as well as Liquidity Risk and Default Management.

Milain joined CurveGlobal in January 2016.

Emily Grimshaw
Business Development and Marketing Manager

Emily began her career in Financial Markets over 20 years ago, joining Cantor Fitzgerald as a junior broker in Emerging Market Brady Bonds. After leaving Cantor in 1999, Emily went on to become an equity sales assistant on the trading desks at Raymond James and Wachovia Bank. She then returned to broking in 2002, covering a multitude of asset classes for market leading interdealer brokers such as Tullet Prebon, Tradition, GFI Group, BGC, CreditEx, and Vantage Capital Markets. During her time at GFI Group, Emily worked in in Switzerland, broking Czech interest rate swaps and local currency bonds.

 In May 2016, Emily moved across from the OTC swap market into exchange traded derivatives, as a client relationship manager for the newly rebranded start-up London Derivatives Exchange.

 Emily lives in West Sussex, is a Dressage enthusiast, and is working towards an Investment Compliance Diploma.

 Emily joined CurveGlobal in September 2017.