Bill Blain

Bill Blain is Market Strategist and Head of Alternative Assets at Shard Capital. Bill is a regular commentator on all matters relating to the economy, business and government as well as macro trends. He has a strong background in the City and has also been a journalist. Bill wrote a book called "The Fifth Horseman: A Polemic on how to destroy the Global Economy" about the last financial crisis, and writes a daily market commentary called The Morning Porridge.

Al Chalabi

Al Chalabi is an entrepreneur with a diverse professional background who started his career as a systems engineer in Canada. Following this, he worked as a management consultant advising corporations across a number of industries, and more recently as the CFO for a real estate investment company. He currently runs CASP-R, a firm he co-founded in 2008 to provide independent real estate research and advisory services to investors and corporate occupiers across the Asia-Pacific region. He lives in Hong Kong with his partner Fiona and two young children.

John Cornford

John is semi-retired after 40 years in City research of one sort or another covering most sectors, and an earlier career in the MoD and management consulting. As well as institutional research he has also long taken an interest in research for private investors, editing the long established and top performing Investors Stockmarket Weekly in the ‘90s, and later Small Cap Shares. In the noughties he worked for seven years with Hardman and published his own research for institutions via his FourSquare Research. He believes it is scandalous that the FCA’s misplaced rules have denied quality research to private investors - leaving them at the mercy of bucket shops and tipsters.

Richard Gill

Richard Gill is an investment analyst with almost a decade of experience of analysing small/mid cap equities. Richard qualified with the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 2012 and was awarded PLUS Markets Financial Writer of the Year at the 2008 PLUS Awards. He has been a judge at the Small Cap Awards from 2013 to 2017

Victor Hill

Victor is a financial economist, consultant, trainer and writer, with extensive experience in commercial and investment banking and fund management. His career includes stints at JP Morgan, Argyll Investment Management and World Bank IFC.

David Jones

David Jones qualified as a technical analyst in 1995 and started his City career as a currency analyst. He then went on to work for trading companies CMC Markets and IG Group as Chief Market Strategist. Since leaving the industry in 2013 he has been a presenter on BBC5Live's Wake up to Money programme and the Chartist for Shares magazine. He is an active trader and private investor. 

John Kingham

John Kingham is an experienced private investor, investment blogger and newsletter publisher. His professional background is in computer software for the insurance industry, where he worked for clients ranging from Lloyd's syndicates to some of the world's largest general insurers. In 2011 John left the computer software industry and began publishing UK Value Investor, a monthly investment newsletter for defensive value investors. His website can be found at:

Evil Knievil

The man the Daily Mail dubbed “The King of the Short Sellers”, Evil Knievil (aka Simon Cawkwell) is Britain’s most feared bear-raider. A big man with a bigger reputation, Evil Knievil famously made £1 million by short selling shares in Northern Rock during its collapse. He also uses his knowledge and experience to buy shares, often resulting in the same devastating effect. Evil now writes exclusively for Master Investor Magazine.

Andrew Latto

Andrew Latto, CFA is an independent analyst who writes for Cube.invest- ments. He recently founded, which is set to launch soon. Fundhunter uses asset allocation (where is best to invest) and fund selection (active and passive). Andrew previously worked for an invest- ment manager and a research company.

Jim Mellon

Jim Mellon is an entrepreneur and former fund manager. With a substantial international property portfolio and interests in a variety of companies, Jim is a highly experienced and successful investor.

Phil Newman

Phil Newman is Editor in Chief of www.Longevity.Technology, the key daily news platform for Longevity investment, research and new business.

As an international consultant for over 25 years Phil has delivered C-level management, marketing and business development expertise to start-ups, scale-ups and enterprises.

He is the founder of which operates 2 digital businesses in the field of Longevity, including Crowd Longevity: the digital platform for equity funding Longevity start-ups and scale-ups.

Claire Louise Noyce

Claire, Hybridan’s founding partner and CEO, was previously at Nomura in the UK Small Cap Life Sciences and Technology Sales and Trading team, and prior to joining Nomura, Claire was a mid cap equity analyst at Lazard, with a significant involvement in IPOs and capital market transactions. Claire started her career as an analyst and consultant at Datamonitor covering large cap companies. Claire is on the Board of the Quoted Companies Alliance as a non executive Director and is also Deputy Chairman of the QCA Board. Claire also heads up the Small Cap Awards judging panel of investors and advisors as Chairman. Claire has a Double Honours Degree from Manchester University, where she also undertook some postgraduate studies. She is fluent in French and German, and actively involved in a number of groups and government initiatives to empower women in the workforce and on Boards. Claire remains a mentor at Manchester University.

Simon Popple

After completing his MBA at Birmingham University in 1993, Simon joined the corporate finance team at Singer & Friedlander working on small and mid-cap mergers and acquisitions. In 1997, he joined the senior banker team at ABN AMRO before moving into their corporate finance department in 1999, where he specialised in private equity. He then became head of investment management at Strutt & Parker’s Real Estate Financial Services before becoming a director of Topland, one of Europe’s largest private investment companies. In 2008, he set up Brookville Capital, a capital-raising business which subsequently won mandates with, amongst others, Bunge, the Bank of China (Suisse) and Fleming Family & Partners. Brookville provides him with daily contact with institutions such as pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, private banks and family offices seeking to deploy capital in real assets such as agriculture and gold. He has previously written two newsletters, Metals & Miners for Moneyweek and Gold Speculator for Agora. He now writes the Brookville Capital Newsletter which covers gold and silver mining stocks.

Tim Price

Tim Price is manager of the VT Price Value Portfolio and author of 'Investing Through the Looking Glass: a rational guide to irrational financial markets'. To find out more, visit

Filipe R Costa

Filipe has been a contributor to Master Investor for more than a decade, specialising in quantitative investment strategies, monetary policy and macro analysis. He holds a PhD in Finance and has been lecturing courses at the U.Porto and P.Porto for several years. His research covers topics in behavioural finance, asset pricing and portfolio management. Filipe combines scientific knowledge with practical experience. Before returning to the university, he worked several years as a financial analyst and as the CEO of a computer distribution firm.

Ranjeet Singh

Ranjeet Singh, the CEO of FCA regulated stock broking firm, London Stone Securities has been trading for over 20 years in equities, bonds, forex and derivatives. He began his working career at Lloyds Bank, before moving onto RBS-Natwest Markets as a foreign exchange trader and then finally onto Deutsche bank. He now runs his own company in the City of London and performs many roles from a qualified stockbroker to accomplished technical analyst, with a focus on UK and overseas equities. He uses complex derivatives and options to protect and enhance client investment portfolios. Ranjeet has also appeared on numerous TV financial programmes including CNBC, Reuters and BBC News. As a father of three young children his time is scarce, but he always makes time to fulfil his role as a trustee and founder of a UK based charity to help social cohesion within different multi-cultural communities.

Robert Stephens

Robert Stephens, CFA, is an Equity Analyst who runs his own research company. He has been investing for over 15 years and owns a wide range of shares. Notable influences on his investment style include Warren Buffett, Ben Graham and Jim Slater. Robert has written for a variety of publications including The Daily Telegraph, What Investment and Citywire.

Nick Sudbury

Nick Sudbury is an experienced financial journalist who has written extensively for a range of investment publications aimed at both private and institutional investors. Before moving into journalism he worked both as a fund manager and as a consultant to the industry. He is a fully qualified accountant and has an MBA with finance specialism.

Robert Sutherland Smith

A City veteran with a career stretching all the way back to 1967, Robert’s experience encompasses fund management (including a directorship at County Bank Investment Services), stock broking analysis and advisory, and investment research (notably as head of Quartz Capital Partners, a pan European investment bank). At Master Investor Magazine, Robert provides comment on the UK blue chip and mid cap sectors.

Laura Turner

Laura Turner is an analyst at the AIM-listed investment company Agronomics, which targets life science investments such as the emerging alternative food technology. She graduated from the University of Oxford, with a Master’s degree in Chemistry.

Mark Watson-Mitchell

Director of SQC Research (

Mark has over fifty-six years’ experience in the UK stock market. In 1993 he established SQC Research, which provides investment information and comment on smaller quoted companies.

He has published financial and investment magazines and newsletters, as well as making regular appearances on BBC’s Radio Five, BBC World News, The Money Channel, Bloomberg, CNBC and on Channel Four’s ‘Show Me The Money’.

In January 2004, he identified ASOS as a potential winner @ just 5.25p – it rose 1700% that year and subsequently touched £85 a share.