ABOUT SPARK

Spark Change is a high growth Fintech startup founded by executives in clean energy and technology, with backing from some of the world’s leading financial institutions. The company is on a mission to revolutionize access to carbon. More investors with access means a bigger impact on the environment. That doesn’t just change a world of investing. It can change the future of our planet.

Nominated FinTech Company of the Year at the 2019 Barclays Entrepreneur Awards, Spark Change has successfully built an entirely new system designed to eliminate the high costs and poor access that have become the status quo in the conventional financial industry. With the cost of climate change estimated to be $200bn a year, the company aims to shrink the world’s carbon footprint, for everyone’s benefit.

Invest in a cleaner world.

CEO

Joff Hamilton-Dick

Joff is a start-up entrepreneur and former Chief Marketing Officer at Jampp, a global technology platform designed to help the world’s fastest growing advertisers expand their customer bases, as well as Chief Revenue Officer at Appatyze, a Facebook in-app advertising exchange, acquired by the owners of Playtech (LSE: PTEC.L) in 2012.

Chairman

Daniel Barry

Daniel is the former founder of BP’s environmental markets division, a $175m a year business with 22 staff members across 4 continents. He is a leading expert in the clean energy sector with 15+ years leadership experience, a former board member of the International Emissions Trading Association, and provides access to the specialist knowledge and global network required to access regional carbon markets successfully.

Director

Steffen Buschbacher

With experience as the Managing Director and Chief Compliance Officer at Capital Suisse LLC - a U.S. based, SEC registered investment bank, and as Managing Director, Head of Direct Investments for Capital Privé Suisse S.A. – a U.S. and Switzerland based, SEC registered investment advisor firm providing cross border wealth management, Steffen heads up Spark Change in the US.

UK Head of Compliance and Control

Arlyn Argüello Gleason

Arlyn has worked for more than 8 years in London’s dynamic financial industry. With experience demonstrated in strategic roles in Compliance and Internal Control, she will help deliver efficiency and effectiveness on daily operations to achieve Spark Change Group’s main objectives whilst ensuring adherence to the company’s policies and regulatory requirements.

Technical Lead

Tom Middleton

Tom boasts a 17 year career in quantitative and electronic trading, starting at Citigroup as a founder member of the EMEA algorithmic trading team, delivering Citi’s first execution algorithms, smart order router and dark pool (Citi Match) in the region. Tom joined Credit Suisse to head up the Quantitative Risk Management team (QRM) to help automate the Equity Derivatives business, and was most recently Head of Quantitative Services at Itarle group delivering market leading multi-asset trading algorithms and transaction cost analysis products.

Head of Trading Operations

Anthony Gordon

Anthony has been involved in the trading, structuring, and trading infrastructure of Delta-1 products at Deutsche Bank and then Credit Suisse for the last 15 years. Starting his career as a grad in ICAP, he brokered in London and Tokyo, became involved in the European launch of ETFs in 2001 at HVB, then moved into Delta-1 back at ICAP before moving to trading at DB in 2004 and then CS five years later. Having originally studied Engineering, Economics and Management, he brings to Spark Change his financial experience but also a long-standing interest in Energy as a topic.

Head of Product and Partnerships

Elliot Waxman

Elliot has been involved in creating and delivering innovative investment products and strategic partnerships over the last 20+ years. Starting out as a corporate lawyer, he spent 10 years leading product innovation at investment banks with a focus on launching ETFs and alternative funds. He founded and built up his own fintech company before exiting to a global financial services provider, and has served as strategic advisor at several high growth firms, delivering new financial products and implementing cross-industry partnerships. He brings to Spark Change a broad expertise across financial products and market infrastructure, as well as a passion for innovation.

Office Manager

Sarah Pearson

A seasoned Office/Operations Manager, and Executive Assistant at C-Suite level, Sarah has experience supporting across Ops, Finance, Office and Facilities Management, HR and People to name but a few business functions. Having gained her experience in multiple sectors including insurance, tech startup, travel, procurement and training, Sarah facilitates our effectiveness as a team here at Spark Change.

Senior Full Stack Engineer

Ross Tappin

A Software Engineer with 15+ years in building financial and AI systems across Retail, Front, Middle and Back office, Ross started his career at GLG Partners, building their first systematic trading system. He spent 2 years running his own insurtech startup before moving to Decura Investments where he helped build their trading platform. After 3 years at Decura and 2 years running Swave, he most recently lead development in the innovation and AI department at Lloyds. He brings a wealth of engineering experience and a love of innovation to the team.

Head of Sales

Phil Beattie

Phil was Head of ETF and Indexed Fund Business, EMEA at MSCI, with a particular focus on growth strategies including ESG. Prior to that he spent 15 years at JP Morgan, latterly as their Head of UK Business Management devising their UK strategy and management communications. Phil’s strong financial background and ESG experience perfectly complement the Spark Change team and our mission to improve financial and environmental wellness.

VP Sales, US

Vincent Bertram

Most recently acting as Regional Director and pilot member of the Remote Distribution Unit at Natixis Investment Managers, Vince was also a chartered member of their West Coast Advisory Unit, after beginning his financial wholesaling career with Eaton Vance. With a history offering unique multi-affiliate managers, including ESG strategies, Vince brings diverse and creative skills to engage with investors and promote Spark Change’s mission in the US.

Advisory Board General Counsel

Gareth Juul

Gareth is an experienced funds and asset management lawyer, astute manager and mentor, with over 17 years' experience partnering with investment management businesses. Gareth brings a wealth of experience, most notably from his 15 years at BlackRock where he was Managing Director in Legal & Compliance, including acting as head counsel in EMEA for iShares and BlackRock’s Retail business, as well as leading the broader EMEA Funds Legal team. With his considerable experience in advising businesses and their boards on strategic projects (including as a board director of BlackRock’s Irish management company) and advising on investment products structuring, we are delighted to have Gareth serving on our Advisory Board.