TEAM

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.

THE TEAM

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.

Ian Green
Principal Consultant,
Data Science & Technology

For the past four years Ian has been CEO of eCo Financial Technology, which he co-founded with support from Credit Suisse. eCo specialises in helping organisations optimise complex software and data estates through a mix of collaboration and commercial initiatives. Ian was at Credit Suisse for 13 years, uniquely holding senior MD roles in both Front Office and Technology including Global Head of FICC eCommerce, Global Head of eFX, Global Head of Derivatives IT and Head of IT for European Equities Trading. Prior to Credit Suisse, Ian worked at small and large software companies, including ten years as an SVP at SunGard. He has extensive experience in all aspects of software management and development, and deep domain expertise in enterprise risk management and electronic trading.

Nick Corson
Senior Analyst

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.

Les Gosling
Principal Consultant,
Business Development

Les is a highly skilled and seasoned business development / sales & marketing  operating at ExCo and Board level within the FinTech vendor community and is uniquely positioned having successfully sold into the buy and sell sides of the industry. He has built, structured, trained, mentored and managed domestic, regional and global sales and multi-disciplined teams to 20+ people. He has personally closed business valued from $125K – $150m whilst generating sales pipelines with his teams to significant multiples of these values. He thrives on creating and fostering positivity and diversity within the teams he manages, builds and leads. Prior to building Akcelus and working with TDH he has helped start-up, growth and mature Fintechs following a successful career with BlackRock.

ADVISORY BOARD

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.