The Disruption House (TDH) is on a mission to de-risk and fast-track new technology adoption across the global financial services industry and beyond. The firm was founded in 2017 by seasoned practitioners Rupert Bull and Chris Corson, and both share a vision for change. TDH is driven by an expert team of research analysts, technologists, and business development specialists. This combination of experience and understanding of the challenges highly regulated firms and new technology businesses face when engaging is unrivalled across the industry. Their goal is to provide an invaluable industry-wide resource that enables corporate companies, financial institutions, and early-stage technology firms to accelerate meaningful and successful business relationships.


Proven Practitioners

Rupert Bull
Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer

He has over 25 years of FinTech experience within both large organisations (Reuters and Instinet) and start-ups. He co-founded, built, and sold Expand Research, the leading Capital Markets benchmarking and research business to The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in 2011, before leaving to found The Disruption House in early 2015.

Chris Corson
Co-founder & Executive Chairman

Chris has over 23 years banking experience at Credit Suisse and as a senior Managing Director and head of the Emerging Markets business globally. He was also a member of the management team for the Global Fixed Income business.

Marcus Gunn
Head of Product & ESG Research

Marcus has worked in investment banking for 25 years serving fund managers across geographies and asset classes in Asia and Europe. After 5 years leading Barclays Asia research content platform in HK, he transferred back to London to head up global thematic research product and spent the last 3 years working on pan sector sustainability and ESG-linked research. He joined TDH to develop the ESG Pathway, partnering with high growth seed and startup businesses to develop early ESG strategies where proportionality based on scale and maturity provides the optimal platform for workable ESG strategies benefitting companies and consumers over the long term.

Usha Back
Head of Research

Dr Usha Back has over 10 years of experience in the financial sector and has worked internationally at the Capital Group Companies. Her role as an Investment Analyst involved analysing and investing in listed companies on behalf of institutional clients. She subsequently founded a strategic consulting company focused on the fintech and biotech sectors. Usha holds a PhD in Pharmacy from the UCL School of Pharmacy where she is also currently a guest lecturer.

Tom Egan
Chief Technology Officer

Tom’s career in front office trading systems ranges over twenty years in diverse business lines within banks such as Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers and Deutsche Bank.

Tom has also held CTO and COO positions in firms such as, CTO at a market surveillance technology firm, CTO at a FinTech for broking firm, CTO and director of technology for a virtual trading floors/simulations and CTO at a private group of acquisition-based companies. This gives Tom both the technical and business expertise to allow the firm to grow and succeed in the fast-paced world of technology.

Nick Corson
Head of Operations and Business Support

Nick has worked education and IT and Database Management within Local Government. Over the past 15 years he has been directly involved with reporting of county and regional youth employment figures for Norfolk, managing IT networks and managing database development and customer success.

Richard Cummings
Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Advisory Services

Over 30 years global experience in banking and the financial software sector. With a proven track record of driving growth Richard was CEO of Cashfac Technologies, EVP SmartStream Technologies and held senior positions at SunGard Capital Markets and Reuters.


Leveraging Experience

Clare Walsh

Clare brings nearly 40 years experience of the financial technology/fintech industry. Clare is a marketing and business development specialist and co-founder of Metia and Finextra, both ground breaking businesses within the fintech arena. Based on her extensive knowledge of the financial services sector and the challenges in creating sustainable businesses, Clare has a bit of reputation for being a challenger herself, always questioning the validity of long held opinions and strategies.

Piers Hedley

Piers is a leading strategy advisor to UHNW Families and fast growing businesses as well as being a successful private investor. He brings over 30 years’ experience of helping many businesses to achieve growth and successful exits.

Chris Justice

American born, Chris Justice was most recently with Janus Capital International in London where he was COO and head of the European team. Chris is a long time active board member, advising on strategy, business development, corporate governance and digital transformation programmes. Chris has been responsible for raising over US$125 million in venture capital and a Nasdaq IPO.

John Durrell

John’s career covers commercial practices, procurement, strategy, and market development. He has over 30 years of experience with companies ranging from global banks to private equity and start-ups. His approach is pragmatic and focused on generating tangible results.

Ray O’Brien

Ray is an international business leader, board member, independent director, and advisor with a unique mix of expertise in Data, Analytics, Technology, Risk and Finance. Over his career he has held senior IT and executive management positions at firms like Nomura, Deutsche Bank and HSBC. Ray finished his banking career as the Global Risk COO and Global Head of Risk Analytics at HSBC. In June 21 Ray left HSBC and began a pluralist career that includes The Disruption House.