Matthew has spent 17 years in technology, 14 specifically in Financial Technology (FinTech) and 10 of that on SaaS FinTechs.
He joined RiskFirst in 2009 and has played the roles of Head of Product Development, Chief Information Officer and Commercial Director. In 2016 Matthew was appointed Chief Executive Officer.
Prior to RiskFirst, Matthew was Co-Owner and CTO of FundWorks, a SaaS FinTech servicing Investment Management which was sold to Kurtosys in 2009. FundWorks was a global leader in its field with 30 blue chip clients across 7 offices (UK, USA, India, South Africa and Australia) and 90 staff.
Matthew started his career as a technology consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers and later became an independent consultant focused on technology within the Investment Management and Investment Banking sectors, where he worked with Deutsche Bank, Insight Investment, RBS and Threadneedle.
Matthew is Chief Strategy Officer at RiskFirst, where he is responsible for the strategic direction of RiskFirst and its proprietary risk management platform, PFaroe. In this role, Matthew is focused on the expansion of RiskFirst’s analytics, both within the pensions industry and into other financial markets.
Prior to joining RiskFirst, Matthew spent three years in Citi's Insurance and Pensions Structured Solutions Group, helping the bank’s key clients manage their global defined benefit pension risk. Before this, he was a Director in ABN Amro's Pension Advisory Team, working with clients on pension, investment and funding solutions.
Matthew began his pension career as a Consultant in Towers Perrins' Employee Benefit Services division, where he qualified as an actuary.
After joining RiskFirst in 2009 as a Director, Nick was responsible for the development of PFaroe. As CTO Nick is currently responsible for all technological aspects of the business, including software development, maintenance, testing and IT operations.
Prior to RiskFirst, Nick founded and spent 17 years as Technical Director of Sentient, a bespoke software and consultancy company, running large projects for enterprise customers such as Natwest, DG Bank, Commerzbank, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Virgin and Worldcom/MCI/Verizon.
Nick holds a PhD in Computer Architecture gained during work for the US Department of Defense.
Darren joined RiskFirst in January 2008 as a Director where he was responsible for client relationships and implementation whilst supporting the sales team.
In January 2013 he became Managing Director with responsibility for Skyval, a joint venture between RiskFirst and PwC. His role included working with PwC to determine the commercial strategy and overseeing RiskFirst’s service delivery to Skyval. More recently he became the Chief Financial Officer of RiskFirst.
Darren is a qualified actuary and has prior experience in consultancy roles both in London and New York. Within these roles he advised on pension fund design, management, funding and reporting.
Rob Stuart has been the General Counsel of RiskFirst and its corporate group since 2009. A graduate of Princeton University and the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, he is qualified to practice law in England and Wales, and also in New York State.
Prior to joining RiskFirst, he was an inhouse lawyer for a London-based hedge fund, and general counsel for a multinational insurance and reinsurance company. At RiskFirst, he is responsible for managing legal risk throughout the organisation, as well as for all legal elements of commercial contracting. He also serves as Company Secretary.
RiskFirst has been named as one of The FinTech50 2014, a shortlist of fifty companies in Europe that are redefining financial services through technology. The 50 a collaborative project by TheCEOAgenda, ICON Corporate Finance, Hotwire, Silicon Valley Bank and Fox Williams, is an annual exercise to track one of the fastest moving sectors in technology. This year’s FinTech50 was announced as the finale to the first ever FinTechCity – three days of events held in London for technology CEOs, financial services, investors and acquirers. The FinTech 50 2014 is selected by a panel of industry experts from across the financial services and technology industry. The panel convened at the end of 2013 to debate and select 50 companies in the sector across Europe that demonstrate the potential to become a game-changer in FinTech or the competitive staying power to continue being one.
RiskFirst has been recognised as the financial sector’s leading provider of risk management software – with PFaroe winning the “Risk Management Software of the Year” award at the prestigious FS Tech (Financial Sector Technology) Awards for the second consecutive year. The primary judging criteria of the FS Tech Awards is "the delivery of definable and significant business benefits, innovation, and originality of application."
RiskFirst Analytics received two awards from Risk Management Professional. RiskFirst Analytics was awarded “Risk Management Product of the Year” from a shortlist of 11 finalists. The commendation reads "this award will eliminate the hype that can surround risk management products and will focus on those that have delivered real value to organisations".
RiskFirst has received its second consecutive award for "Pensions Technology Provider of the Year" from European Pensions. The win was announced at the European Pensions Awards ceremony on June 30 at Grosvenor House Hotel in London. RiskFirst fought off stiff competition from 11 other organisations, affirming its place as a leader in the field of pensions technology.