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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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Sam Kiri

Business Development Director - Toronto

Sam  has over 10 years of capital markets and asset management experience in both North America and the Pacific Rim, with primary focus on Resources and Oil & Gas sectors. He spent three years with Scotia Bank as an International Equity analyst, and was responsible for the management of the Scotia Pacific Rim...
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Ruth Gemmell

Associate Director

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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John Phillips


John has over ten years’ experience in financial markets including four years internationally, with roles predominately focused as a Treasury Dealer and Treasury Manager, within both the corporate and banking sector. John has also worked as a financial writer and analyst, with qualifications including being recognised as...
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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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Brian Keane

Corporate Advisor, USA

Brian Keane manages business development for Proactive Investors USA. He has over a decade of investment banking experience specializing in originating, placing, and structuring financing for emerging growth companies in the US and China. He has successfully closed over 50 investments and reverse mergers totaling over...
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Peter Murray

President, Proactive Investors 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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Richard Cook

Chief Operating Officer

Richard Cook is the Chief Operating Officer of Proactiveinvestors. After serving in the British Army for thirteen years, Richard began his commercial career at Reuters initially running Lipper's European data operations before moving to the US to take over global product development and delivery. He then moved on to...
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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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Laura Meecham

Global HR & Recruitment

Laura's career focus has been producing onstage events and conferences in the UK, Europe and Hong Kong in the film and television, energy, telecoms and financial sectors.  
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Brian Loper

Business Development Director - New York

Startup growth and organization leader with over a decade of experience growing companies. Brian most recently successfully launched an established tech startup mobile dining app in New York City which continues to grow. Brian co-founded a business development consulting firm with Vice President Biden’s former Senior...
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Emma Milton

Associate Director

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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Sarah Lowther

Events Host / 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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Alastair Ford

Senior Equities Reporter

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 variety of different mines....
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Thomas Coleman

Associate Director

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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Tom Howard


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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Andrew Scott


Andrew brings a wealth of experience to the Proactive team with over 10 years’ experience in television reporting and presenting with the likes of Thompson Reuters, Sky News and ITV.  Andrew holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Auckland and has vast experience in analysis...
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Stephen Feldman

Senior Studio and Operations Manager

After obtaining a diploma for “Professional Broadcasting” in  2000, Stephen spent many years as a Director and Technical Operator specalising in LIVE, multi camera productions for TV, After a varied Career in the world of Shopping TV and LIVE News, Stephen moved into the Corporate media world as Technical director at...
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Jon Hopkins

UK News Editor

Jon has been reporting on stock markets  for over twenty-five years for audio text companies (remember them?!), newswires, and websites. He helped set up MarketEye News for ICV/Topic in the 1990’s before moving on to become a Markets reporter at AFX News. After over 10 years, which saw him rise to the dizzy heights...
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Renae Dyer

Senior Financial Reporter

Renae has more than 15 years of experience as a journalist and editor for various newspapers, newswires and websites in the UK and Australia.  Before joining Proactive in February 2017, she spent four years as managing editor of financial news websites Digital Look and Sharecast in London. In Australia, she was a...
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Helaine Kang


Helaine is a technology specialist who originally worked in investment banking in Korea for JP Morgan and Citi, where she interacted with senior management from the largest companies operating in the sector, such as LG and Samsung. Helaine moved into private equity whilst in London. Helaine also has a Master's in Finance...
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Ed Stacey


Edward has a Master’s degree in Mathematics from Oxford and has used his mathematical skills to excel as a support services analyst at HSBC and Societe Generale. During his time in investment banking, Ed covered numerous blue chip stocks such as Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems and Airbus.
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Eugene Gallagher

Associate Director

Eugene has enjoyed an extensive career in publishing. He previously had commercial responsibility for managing the money sections at The Times and Sunday Times. Whilst at News UK, he ran a team who rolled out the subscription model to the market, at the time seen as a ground breaking move in a mature and established...
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Siva Sithraputhran


Siva has been a journalist for over twenty years, mainly as a business and economics reporter. He was previously economics editor at AFX News and has worked at Reuters and Dow Jones Newswires. He leads a quiet life in Manchester.
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Rachel Middleton


Rachel started off as a general news reporter 20 years ago before serving stints as the bureau chief for AFX News in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Hong Kong and finally as an editor in London.  She has also worked at APM Health Europe, Chemical Watch and IBTimes UK.
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Alison Miu

Business Development & Events Coordinator

Alison joined Proactive Investors in 2013 and brings experience in web design and IT, with a current focus on events and assisting with business development.
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Tharun George


Tharun is a Chartered Financial Analyst from the CFA Institute, U.S. A graduate from Loyola College, Chennai, he started his career in Goldman Sachs at their Bangalore office. Prior to his current role at Proactive Investors, he worked as an equity analyst at a global research and analytics company in Mumbai, assisting...
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John Miller

News Editor

John Miller has been a journalist for 38 years and before starting with Proactive Investors in late 2017, had spent 10 years as editor of The ASIA Miner magazine and online news service. After starting as a cadet journalist at the Central Western Daily newspaper in Orange, New South Wales, John gained experience in...
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Paul Curcio

Managing Editor

Paul comes to Proactive Investors having run day-to-day editorial operations for TheStreet's suite of premium websites for more than six years. He has directed news coverage as managing editor of Nation's Restaurant News, and led team coverage of markets at AP Financial. He's also served as a national news editor at Dow...
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Christine Corrado

Broadcast Journalist

Christine comes to Proactive Investors with more than five years’ television reporting experience covering general news in the New York tri-state area and two years spent in the technology space, focusing on marketing for a global IT consulting company. Christine holds a Bachelor of Science in Broadcast News from the...
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Calum Muirhead

Junior Journalist

Calum graduated from the London School of Economics with an LLB (Hons) degree in Law in 2015. After brief stints in corporate insurance brokerage in Hong Kong and as a financial consultant associate in London, he joined a video game news site as a voluntary contributor. He was also the lead writer for a boutique travel...
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Uttara Choudhury

Senior Financial Journalist

Uttara is a senior financial journalist at Proactive Investors. She has reported on global markets, trade and business for over twenty years from North America, Asia and Europe. She was previously senior contributor for Forbes India based in New York where she wrote features, conducted interviews with CEOs of Fortune...
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Nectarios Leonidas

Video Technician

Nectarios Leonidas was born in Rhodes, Greece and studied at the University of Connecticut. He has been working in film and video for the last 15 years in documentaries to promos for a variety of clients ranging from broadcast to high-end corporate and government agencies.  In all the videos, his focus is on telling...
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Katie Lewis

Senior Journalist

Katie is a senior reporter at Proactive Investors. She is an award-winning journalist for outlets including the Ottawa Citizen, the CBC, NPR, The Toronto Star and the Institute for War and Peace Reporting. Katie has reported from countries around the globe — including Uganda, South Sudan, DRC, Somalia, Colombia, China and...
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Steve Darling

Senior Broadcast Journalist

Steve Darling is an award winning broadcaster who has spent the past 20 years as one of the most recognizable faces in British Columbia, reporting and anchoring at BCTV and Global Television. He spent 15 years as the co-host of the number one morning new program in the province. Steve is a tireless worker for charity...
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Klara Deliallisi MAAT


Full member of AAT and with over 13 years of experience in Finance, Klara has recently joined Proactive Investors. Klara has worked in different businesses / companies and has experience in most of the accounting functions using a variety of programs / software. Financial Media Business is a new sector for Klara, where...
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Chet Patel

Associate Director

Chet has a wealth of experience within the financial markets.  He previously worked as an Equity Dealer in London, advising private clients on their small/mid cap shares portfolio, including, new issues, private placements, principle & agency dealing.  He then joined a New York (USA) Equity firm where he...
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Manish Shah

Business Development Director

Manish heads up the West Australian operation for Proactive Investors with a national focus on all ASX listed companies and businesses on the cusp of listing. Manish is a business development professional experienced in Client Engagement, Sales and Marketing, and also Business Management and Development with over 25 years...
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Luke Silich

Corporate Development

Based out of Perth, Western Australia, Luke brings to Proactive Investors a strong knowledge of the resources sector specifically, battery minerals, precious metals and the associated stocks at junior and mid-tier level with a history of personally researching and investing in many listed companies since 2003. Luke has...
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Anais Lachaud

Executive Research Coordinator

Anaïs spent the majority of her career in the entertainment production and financial media industry, where she has gained an extensive international experience in client management. Utilising these skills, she is now the lynchpin for Proactive’s investment research offering, managing content delivery and operations.
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Kurram Khan

Group Marketing Manager

Kurram is Group Marketing Manager of Proactiveinvestors. He oversees all marketing output and is strongly involved in business development and strategy. Kurram began his commercial career within the financial services industry, primarily Fintech and FX, gaining  10 years’ experience in B2C and B2B marketing and sales...
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Berkay Erkan

Reporter, Editorial Operations

Berkay completed a Master of International Relations at the University of Melbourne in 2015 before working in a number of research and communication roles. Prior to joining Proactive Investors in 2018, Berkay worked as a researcher and reporter in the mining industry, focusing on Australia and Africa. He has a strong...
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Amanda Ellis

Senior Features Writer

Amanda is a senior reporter with more than 20 years' experience as a writer and editor. She has previously been a staff writer for The West Australian and a journalist for The Sunday Times, the Kalgoorlie Miner, Australia’s Mining Monthly and ResourceStocks. While living in the UK, Amanda wrote for the Newsquest group....
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Paulo Tavares

Corporate Assistant

Paulo is a Corporate Assistant in Proactive Investors UK. Graduating with a BA in Geography, he holds an interest around the mechanics of business, politics and the world itself. He brings with him a diverse skill set with a managerial background across the likes of Channel 5, Abercrombie & Fitch and Philip Morris....
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Greg Anderson

Technical Director

Greg joins Proactiveinvestors bringing a diverse background of technical expertise.  He previously held the role of Technical Director for one of Canada’s largest news networks, Technical Director for Freeman Audio Visual, and as a Production Manager for Princess Cruises, allowing him to travel the world.
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Barney Gray


Barney is an independent equity research analyst with nearly 22 years’ experience. His primary focus is the oil and gas sector where he has particular expertise in the junior E&P sector in addition to experience of renewable energy, power generation and unconventional energy companies within the wider market. Prior...
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Giorgia Stadnyk

Communications Manager

As the Communications Manager for Proactive Investors Canada, Giorgia offers the team a versatile set of office management skills and proven service management experience. With strong planning and problem solving skills, she's one who readily adapts to change, has the ability to work independently and ensures Proactive...
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Christopher Ecclestone


Prior to founding Hallgarten & Company in 2003 he was the head of research at an economic thinktank in New Jersey which he had joined in 2001. Before moving to the U.S., he was the founder and head of research at the esteemed Argentine equity research firm, Buenos Aires Trust Company, from 1991 until 2001. Prior to...
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John Joyce

Business Development Director - New York

John is a Business Development Director in the New York office.  He has extensive knowledge of the capital markets, having spent 20 years as an institutional equity/HY salesman.  He began his career in equities at Merrill Lynch, followed by Sanford Bernstein and Swedbank, where he was head of institutional sales...
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Jessica Cummins


Jessica graduated from Curtin University of Technology in 2014 with a double major degree in Journalism and PR. Her first journalism job was at the Kalgoorlie Miner, WA's only regional daily newspaper, where she wrote and later managed the arts, business, history and real-estate sections of the paper. Before Proactive...
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Andrew Kessel


Andrew covers daily market movers, newsworthy cannabis stocks and other small-cap briefs. He previously worked as a fact-checker for both PolitiFact and Guideposts, covered higher education for the Columbia Missourian and interned at Rolling Stone Magazine. Andrew earned his Bachelor of Journalism from the University of...
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Angela Harmantas

Senior Journalist

Angela Harmantas is a senior financial journalist with Proactive Investors. She has nearly ten years' experience covering the equity markets in North America, with a particular focus on junior resource stocks. Angela has reported from numerous countries around the world, including Canada, the US, Australia, Brazil, Ghana,...
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Karen Tan


Karen is an experienced presenter and producer, who has worked with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Sky and Network Ten.
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Oliver Haill


Oliver Haill has been writing about companies and markets for more than a decade and a half. In recent years he has been freelancing, with contracts at the Financial Times Group, ITV, Press Association, Reuters sports desk, Gracenote Sports, Bullbearings and latterly as managing editor at the Sharecast newswire. He cut...
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Emma Ulker


Emma has over 15 years’ experience as an equity analyst mainly across the biotech, pharma and med tech sectors, including more than 10 years as an analyst at Edison Group where she covered a range of pan-European mid-cap stocks. More recently she has worked as a consultant, writing for Equity Development as well as...
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Patrick M. Graham


Patrick jumped into journalism more than 25 years ago, spending the bulk of his career with the Associated Press, Dow Jones Newswires and the Wall Street Journal as a reporter, editor and manager. He helped launch and oversee’s Wealth Adviser vertical to provide exclusive content for wealth managers, financial...
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Rachael Jones


Rachael has worked as a Broadcast Journalist across the UK, New Zealand and the US as well as in Australia and has interviewed numerous CEOs and global game-changers. She has a Degree in Journalism, a Diploma in Stock Market and Investing, and a Certificate in Global Resource Politics.
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