I’ve known Ian for a long time and worked together on various projects and initiatives. The common theme throughout this period is the intellectual rigour and fearless honesty and belief in his views. Ian has helped me personally get to grips with complex issues such compliant order / trade optimisation, IBOR and Distributed Ledger Technology to name a few. He takes complex issues and creates a bridge from the theoretical to the practical. Most of all, I value his friendship and loyalty.
Chief Operating Officer / Chief Finance Officer, Insight Investment
Head of Operations, Rothschild Asset Management
Received from Atul Manek
I have worked with Ian over a number of years during which he has provided both consulting and expert witness assistance. He has a really deep understanding of asset management, the investment process and fund structures, which has proved invaluable in a series of major cases and assignments. Alongside his industry knowledge, Ian has strong technical skills and can back up his advice with detailed quantitative analysis. He is well known in the industry for innovation and has been at the heart of a series of buy-side industry developments, including IBOR and distributed ledger technology. Ian is rightly regarded as a tier 1 expert in the investment industry.
This testimonial is written in a personal capacity.
Global Co-Head, HSBC Securities Services
CEO European Fund Services, Mellon Financial
Operations Director Insurance and Investment, Robert Fleming
Received from Richard Godfrey
I worked closely with Ian at M&G on their ambitious IBOR and Data Integration programme. Ian was responsible for the full functional design of the IBOR and its integration to the Front and Middle Office. Ian’s work was highly innovative and creative but critically also practical and implementable, set in design concepts that worked at both a technical / data and business context. Throughout my time with Ian I found him to be highly professional, knowledgeable, approachable and very willing to spare his time explaining concepts well beyond mortal comprehension; in short he was an extremely valued asset to the team.
Ian possesses a staggeringly deep understanding of Asset Management and the investment process and this was key to helping the programme team make progress and keep business functions on-board with the upcoming change.
Ian has gone on to work on extending the use of Distributed Ledger technology within Asset Management and I am certain this will become ground-breaking in the way Asset Managers interact with Counterparties and Custodians in the future. I have also had the pleasure of spending some time outside of professional settings with Ian and this has generated some treasured memories that reinforce his standing as a thoroughly good chap who I look forward to working with again in due course.
Strategic Programme Director, HSBC Asset Management
Strategic Programme Director at M&G Investments
Chief Investment Officer, Aviva Investors (not COO) and and HSBC
Received from Mike Holloway
I worked with Ian many times on numerous commercial and technical assignments over an extended period of time. Ian has always provided insightful and impartial expertise and advice and delivered work of the highest standard.
Ian is a recognised industry expert in a number of Asset Management and related areas of technology. He remains at the forefront of market developments and provides leadership and innovative thinking in a number of important areas ranging across architecture, systems solutions, risk and compliance.
Ian’s most recent assignment for me at M&G was to help coalesce and advance our thinking around a next generation positions management capability, more commonly known as IBOR. This involved extensive engagement with consultants, architects, service providers and product vendors. In addition to intellectual rigour and integrity Ian is also extremely well connected across the industry and his opinions are widely sought. He regularly speaks at conferences and is often invited to appears as a panel member.
Information Systems Director, M&G Investments
Head of Information Technology, JPMorgan Investment Management
Information Technology Director, Baring Asset Management
Received from Alan Towndrow
I have had the pleasure of knowing Dr Ian Hunt, in a professional capacity, for many years. During that time he has worked with me as a colleague and as a supplier of professional consulting and advisory services. I have always found Ian to be deeply knowledgeable and widely aware of emerging and current trends in the market. His insights have been invariably valuable and very useful in helping me, and colleagues and clients of mine, address problems and take advantage of opportunities within the investment management industry.
I have no hesitation in complimenting Ian on the quality of his work: his diligence and thoroughness are an everyday feature of his output. Simply put, when it comes to investment management and the use of IT and process to create transformational improvements, I feel safe to say that Ian understands the industry as well as anyone I know.
Partner, The Final 20 Executive Coaching
Chief Information Officer, Legal & General Investment Management
Global Head of Technology, Man Investments
Global Head of Technology, Barclays Global Investors
Received from Paul Stevens
I have engaged Dr Ian Hunt to help me with multiple projects on a consulting basis over a period of some 15 years. He has helped me to succeed as a senior professional in the Asset Management business and in Investment Banking. Ian consulted for me on multiple occasions. First when I was IT Director, and then Chief Administration Officer at Threadneedle Asset Management, and latterly when I was Chief Transformation and Technology Officer at M&G Investments. I also engaged him in assignments when I was Global Head of Data Management at RBS Global Banking & Markets, and Head of Change for Europe at Credit Suisse Asset Management.
Ian is an expert in his field, and his work has always been of the highest quality: he delivers to, and beyond, what he commits to deliver. He is intellectually strong, is forward-looking and challenging in his thinking, and often ahead of the market. He is a trusted adviser, and very loyal to those whom he supports. I have used him as a source of ideas and as a sounding board for my own. It has been a productive partnership.
A lot of consultants from mainstream consultancies have limited insight, and are sold on the basis of the credibility of their parent business. Ian is not like that – he has his own credibility, maintained because he invests time and effort to remain among the best sources of expertise in the buy-side market. He is recognised and respected by the most senior people in asset managers, pension schemes and insurance businesses.
It is typical of consultants to meet with potential clients when they are seeking work, but to disappear when they are busy. Ian does not operate like that: he spends time with clients, opinion-formers and influencers around the market consistently, and always maintains the currency of his market knowledge. As a result, I observe him to been busy and successful throughout his long career, even when the market has been poor. He can look back with pride on many genuine achievements across the asset management industry.
I have no hesitation in recommending Ian.
COO iOWNA wHealth
Chief Transformation and Technology Officer, M&G Investments
Head of Change for Europe, Credit Suisse Asset Management
Chief Administration Officer, Kleinwort Benson
Global Head of Data Management, RBS Global Banking & Markets
Information Technology Director / Chief Administration Officer, Threadneedle Investments
Received from Adrian Grimshaw
I was introduced to Ian shortly after I left a traditional finance career and became an entrepreneur in the tech and blockchain field. Ian has always been refreshing to be around, in both a business and personal aspect. His level of experience and practical knowledge of where the world is now and where it needs to go is impressive and unusual. I’m looking forward to when we can work together again.
Chair & Founder Qadre
Board Member techUK
Received from Laura Bailey