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The Proactive Investors Team

We have a single-minded and focused group of people with incredibly diverse skills and experience. From generalist backgrounds to specialist knowledge, our people have worked for both global industries and niche sectors, it is this diversity that enables us to provide the very best service for our clients.


Ian Mclelland

Chief Executive

Founded Proactive Investors in 2006 as a way to channel his own views on companies listed in London and Toronto. What started as a hobby quickly turned into a full time job as the website's readership exploded over the next six months. One2One forums were added in 2006 and within two years the company had expanded its...
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Craig Ribton

Managing Director

Craig co-founded Proactive Investors. He is FCA regulated, an expert in financial media and advanced web design. Formerly a full-time trader, he has a passion for stock picking and a thorough understanding of the financial markets. As managing director, he runs the UK business and sits on the board of the parent company....
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Ian Lyall


Ian is the editor and a director of Proactive Investors. He oversees all editorial output and is also heavily involved with business development. He moved to Proactive from the Daily Mail, where he was City News Editor and Investment Editor and brings with him a wealth of experience in business and finance. At the Mail he...
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Philip Whiterow

News Editor

Philip has more than 20 years' experience writing about companies, general finance and investing matters for a variety of publications. His career has involved spells at the Investors Chronicle, where he was small companies and companies editor, Investors Week and most recently as editor of online financial news wire...
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Ruth Gemmell

Communications Manager UK

After graduating with honours in Journalism Ruth worked for a National Charity specialising in Fundraising and Events. In August 2010 Ruth joined Proactive Investors as the Communication Manager. She has a strong interest oil and gas stocks.
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Andrew McCrea

Managing Director, Proactiveinvestors Australia & Contributor

Andrew McCrea is an emerging companies specialist and small company analyst with a focus on emerging companies. Andrew has worked for Citi in New York and London. He has been a “Small Cap” fund manager as well as share market columnist and contributing writer for national newspapers and magazines in Australia and Asia and...
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John Harrington

Senior Equities Reporter

John has been covering financial markets since before the FTSE 100 existed, starting out on the Industries and Commodities team at Dun & Bradstreet, before moving on to Datastream, where he was head of the news team for several years. After a succession of management roles at Thomson Reuters he returned to front-line...
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Peter Murray

VP West Coast, Canada

Peter brings a strong business journalism background to Proactive Investors, having co-managed Nikkei’s English financial news desk in Tokyo for several years. While in Japan he also ran his own consulting firm with major European investment banks as clients. His career to date spans the fields of journalism, equities...
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Jamie Ashcroft

Equities Reporter

After graduating with first class honours in economics from Lancaster University in 2006, Jamie spent a number of years as a private client equity dealer gaining front-line experience in the investment industry during the most fast paced and volatile period in financial history. Having acquired an insight from both...
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Giles Gwinnett

Equities Reporter

Giles Gwinnett is a qualified journalist and has been a reporter for a number of regional newspapers and for a press agency. He was formerly a news analyst on the German team at Thomson Financial, now Thomson Reuters. He has a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and German and a master's in Film Studies.
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Charlotte Kan

Broadcast Journalist

With an MA in International Journalism from City University, London, Charlotte Kan is a print and broadcast journalist with over 13 years' experience in business and finance reporting. She started her career in 2002 at Standard & Poor's MarketScope newswire covering French and European equity...
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Adam Sheldrake

Studio and Technical Development Manager

Adam setup the new StockTube studio at the beginning of 2014, since then he has joined the team to launch the new Virtual Studio and create new broadcasting opportunities. Graduating from Bournemouth University’s industry leading Television Production Course, and working for 4 years with the University of Law, he has come...
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Sophie Barrowman

Corporate Relations Manager

Sophie has a wealth of experience in the investment event arena. Starting out on the critically acclaimed Mines and Money series, she has been a familiar face in the investor events circuit for the past eight years. Her focus is on building respected highly informative conferences and forums for investors focused on...
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Emma Milton

Corporate Development

Emma moved to Proactive Investors from, where she was CEO. She brings with her experience in natural resources and finance, having previously been part of the Mining Corporate Finance team at Standard Bank and starting her career as a geologist with Reunion Mining.    Emma is helping us...
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Nicola Brown

Financial Controller

Nicola joined Proactive Investors in October 2011 as Financial Controller. Having worked previously at a firm of Chartered Accountants for 12 years, Nicola brings her knowledge and experience of finance, accounting and payroll. Nicola also works with clients in ensuring their profiles are maintained and assists at the...
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Juliet Mann

Broadcast journalist

Juliet Mann is a broadcasting journalist on TV and radio, specialising in business news, who has worked in newsrooms around the world for CNN, Sky News, Reuters, CNBC, BBC and LBC.  Juliet also comperes live events and awards ceremonies, moderates conferences and seminars across the globe and offers a bespoke...
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Sarah Lowther

Broadcast Journalist

Sarah was the voice of Bloomberg Business Breakfast and the face of Daybreak when it aired on The Money Channel, as well as being one of the first webcasters for Thomson Reuters. Other clients Sarah has worked with include The European Union, and the Strategic Communications Unit at 10 Downing Street which utilised her...
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Philip Waller


A business and financial journalist for 21 years, Philip writes about equities, markets and economics. He has worked as a full-time reporter for Thomson Reuters, Thomson Financial/AFX News, the Press Association, Associated Press at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, and various UK regional newspapers. He...
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Jonathan Jones

Equities Reporter

Jonathan started working at Proactive in 2015 following a stint at the Brighton Argus. He graduated with honours from the University of Portsmouth in creative writing and film before completing a journalism diploma at Brighton Journalist Works. He has a strong interest in new technology as well as anything film and...
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Alastair Ford

Senior Equities Reporter

Educated at Oxford University, Alastair Ford worked for seven years as mining correspondent for the Investors Chronicle, the UK’s premier print-based investment magazine. During that time he covered some of the most interesting and spectacular deals of the mining boom and travelled the world evaluating and assessing a...
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Glen Jones

Client Relations Manager

Glen moved to Proactive from Burnbrae Asset Management, where he headed up the new business team of the financial services division. Aside from his expertise in delivering value for a large network of clients, Glen has a wealth of experience in the areas of the financial markets and implementing change management. This...
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Thomas Coleman

Equity Reporter

After graduating with a degree in Financial Mathematics and having a passion for journalism, Thomas went on to write for several city-based, investment-focussed online publications including and During his time at, Thomas specialised in writing on the prospects of IPOs and also wrote a...
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Ben Marlow

Production Director

Over the last 10 years I have been making documentaries, promotional films and music videos. After making the leap into filming with DSLRs, I have created a style by bringing the ‘film look’ to any project I undertake. After a huge amount of investment I have accrued the kit to take on almost any job I come across,...
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Richard Embrey

Business Development

Richard is a Digital, E-commerce and strategy specialist. He identifies commercial areas to transform, open and increase revenue streams. He is helping us determine the right strategic priorities for profitable growth of our media assets and proactively working on solutions to achieving these objectives.
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George Matlock


George has been a professional journalist since 1990, covering personal and institutional finance as well as financial markets. As European stocks reporter at Dow Jones Newswires in 1998 he was the inaugural Dow Jones Stoxx correspondent at Wall Street Journal Europe and Asian Wall Street Journal. George has also...
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Josh Allsopp


Josh graduated from the University of Warwick with a BA plus honours in Literature and Film. At Warwick he was editor of the student magazine and wrote an award-winning television column for the campus newspaper. After graduation he spent a time in PR and marketing, before returning to journalism where he worked for an...
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Tom Howard

Broadcast Journalist

Tom graduated University of Brighton with a BA (Hons) degree in Broadcast Journalism, leaving as the valedictorian of the class of 2015. His final year projects and dissertation were nominated for, and won, several awards, whilst he was also the Editor-in-Chief of the university’s news site during his time at Brighton....
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