Co-founders, Anthony Todd and Martin Lueck, set out to create a research-led business where people would feel excited coming to work in the morning. This ambition stands true and has attracted a team of highly specialised but diverse talents, all dedicated to a collegiate style of working that values results above individual egos.
Anthony co-founded Aspect in September 1997 and is the Chief Executive Officer. He chairs Aspect's Executive Board which determines Aspect's overall corporate and strategic direction. Anthony also chairs Aspect’s Risk Management Committee and is a member of Aspect’s Investment Management Committee.
Before establishing Aspect, Anthony worked at Adam, Harding and Lueck Limited (AHL), Mars & Co. and UBS. He holds a B.A. in Physics from Oxford University and an M.B.A. from INSEAD in France.
He was one of the 20th century’s greatest scientific theorists, winning the Nobel Prize for work on quantum electrodynamics. His lectures were legendary, his persona charismatic, but he applied pure science to work out what went wrong with the Space Shuttle Challenger that had failed catastrophically. Richard Feynman was also a compulsive solver of puzzles and a passionate player of bongo drums.
What can we learn from this? That ‘pure’ science has practical applications.
Even geniuses perform better when they have a hinterland of other interests.
Marty co-founded Aspect in September 1997 and is our Research Director. He oversees the Research Team responsible for generating and analysing fundamental research hypotheses for development of all Aspect’s investment programmes. Marty also chairs Aspect’s Investment Management Committee and is a member of Aspect’s Risk Management Committee. He currently serves on the Board of the National Futures Association and as Chair of the Oxford Physics Development Board.
Prior to founding Aspect, Marty was with Adam, Harding and Lueck Limited (AHL), which he co-founded in 1987 with Michael Adam and David Harding. At AHL, Marty was instrumental in developing AHL’s trading systems and approach to research as well as the proprietary software language that provided the platform for all of AHL’s product engineering and implementation. He holds an M.A. in Physics from Oxford University.
On 4 July 2012 the large Hadron Collider allowed scientists to confirm the existence of the long predicted but not previously revealed ‘Higgs boson’. Peter Higgs was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in physics a year later for his work on subatomic particles that had begun more than 50 years earlier.
A debate followed: Do recent discoveries mean there’s nothing left to discover?
Scientists are naturally curious, and we share this curiosity in our investment approach. We explore constantly and with determination.
Like Peter Higgs we know there are always more problems to solve, more structures to observe and more opportunities to learn.
Anna joined Aspect in June 2008 and was appointed to Aspect’s Executive Board as Chief Risk Officer in February 2017. Anna is in charge of Aspect’s Risk team, which is responsible for the oversight of all market, model and operational risks across Aspect. She is also a member of the Risk Management Committee. Prior to joining the Risk team, Anna was Aspect’s Director of Investment Solutions where she led the Investment Solutions team in its role of providing transparency and quantitative expertise to Aspect’s clients.
Previously, Anna worked for Old Mutual Asset Managers, Northern Trust Global Investments and Deutsche Bank. Anna holds an MA in Mathematical Sciences from Oxford University. She is also a Certified FRM and a CFA charterholder.
Barney joined Aspect in November 2006 and is our Chief Technology Officer. He leads Aspect's Technology teams, which includes responsibility for the development and operation of Aspect's execution infrastructure.
Barney joined Aspect from Brevan Howard, and worked at RadioScape before that. He holds a First Class Honours degree in Engineering Science (MEng) from Magdalen College, University of Oxford and a PhD in Robotics from the University of Western Australia.
Jonathan joined Aspect in 2008 and in March 2015 was appointed to Aspect’s Executive Board as General Counsel. He takes responsibility for Aspect's Legal and Compliance teams and has been Aspect's Company Secretary since May 2011.
Previously Jonathan worked at Slaughter and May. He holds an M.A. in law from City University, London and an M.A. in history from St Hugh's College, Oxford University.
Ken joined Aspect in February 2004 and heads up the company’s Finance and Treasury teams. He also manages Aspect's Operations, Fund Accounting, Organisational Development, Business Assurance and Business Coordination functions.
Ken joined Aspect from Credit Suisse First Boston International. He qualified as a chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers and he also holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Accountancy from the University of Natal, South Africa.
Rosie joined Aspect in May 2005 and was appointed to the Executive Board as Chief Commercial Officer in March 2018. Rosie is responsible for global business development and commercial strategy at Aspect and oversees the Sales, Investment Solutions, Investor Relations and Marketing functions. In her twelve-year tenure at Aspect, Rosie has held various leadership roles across a number of functions within the Legal and Business Development Teams.
Prior to joining Aspect, Rosie worked at Hogan Lovells from 2001 to 2005, qualifying as a corporate lawyer in 2003. She holds an LL.B (Honours) from Glasgow University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the College of Law (York).
In 2008, a woman called Sheryl Sandberg was appointed COO of Facebook, shattering the glass ceiling and inspiring a generation of women to aim high.
Here at Aspect, we treat our employees as individuals, and go to great lengths to ensure a rewarding career for all, regardless of gender or background.
We believe in true meritocracy.
Kevin joined Aspect in December 2015 as a Non-Executive Director. His career as a non-executive director started nearly 10 years ago and he now holds a number of positions including at JP Morgan American Investment Trust Plc, Lowland Investment, Murray International Trust Plc, and Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited.
His spent most of his career at Old Mutual in South Africa, UK and US. He also worked for Watson Wyatt and JP Morgan Securities.
Kevin has a PhD in Finance from the University of Cape Town, an M.B.A. from the Wits Graduate School of Business, Johannesburg and is a CFA charterholder.
Peter joined Aspect in February 2013 as a Non-Executive Director. He holds a number of non-executive roles and currently serves at Intermediate Capital Group Plc, Bank of America Merrill Lynch (UK) Pension Plan Trustees Ltd and Ashmore Group Plc. He is also the Chairman of the Trustees of the VISA Europe Pension Plan.
Peter previously worked for Brown Shipley, Bankers Trust and Mercury Asset Management. Following the acquisition of Mercury by Merrill Lynch, Peter was appointed Co-Head of Equity Assets worldwide. In 2003 he became Chief Investment Officer for Merrill Lynch’s non-US Investment Management activities.
The ability for an individual to have an outsized impact is unique. Opportunity provides itself to ambition.
Aaron Matthews, Director of Software Development
The best part of working here is the exposure to very smart people from such a wide array of technical spectrums. The insight that this brings to meetings is refreshing.
Jonathan Caplan, Director of Compliance