We’re a Sustainable Fintech startup

We love solving the biggest challenges in Sustainability & Finance using Innovative, Connected Data technologies

About us

We pride ourselves on delivering software solutions using the most advanced technologies from Artificial Intelligence, Semantic Technology, Graph Databases & Linked Data to solve the most complex challenges facing organisations today.

Portfolio Management

Innovative asset allocation & portfolio construction tools

Investment Research

Advanced research & knowledge-powered recommendation systems

Risk Management

Network-powered screening & risk analytics tools

ESG Investment

Solutions for Socially Responsible Investing & Environmental, Social & Governance approaches

Operational Platforms

Cutting edge platforms for Data collection, integration & analysis

Alternative Data

Less crowded, harder to analyse data sources

Clients, Projects & Partners

The Baltic Exchange logo

The Baltic Exchange

SEI logo

SEI

GCP logo

GCP

University of York logo

University of York

Trase logo

Trase

Trase Finance logo

Trase Finance

Lucida logo

Lucida

Forest 500 logo

Forest 500

Orbitas logo

Orbitas

Climate Advisers Trust logo

Climate Advisers Trust

Aquila Capital logo

Aquila Capital

Refinitiv logo

Refinitiv

UKSIF logo

UKSIF

Awards

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Environmental Finance, Innovation/invention of the year: Trase Finance
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Team

We’re a team of Connected Data & Financial Services experts based in London

James Phare

CEO

James founded Neural Alpha to bring Connected Data solutions to the financial sector with a particular focus on sustainable investing.  He has a track record of delivering innovative data solutions particularly within the financial sector having consulted extensively at many of the world's largest Investment Banks, Mutual Funds and Hedge Funds.  Prior to Consulting he was Head of Information Management at Man Group plc following roles at Thomson Reuters. James is the Event Director of Connected Data London and holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics & Economic History from the University of York. Outside of work he enjoys running, cycling and is a keen Moth sailor competing internationally.

Terry Novis

CTO

Terry is a former CTO and an experienced product designer, full stack web developer and team leader. Terry has worked across a diverse number of industries including multi-channel retail, finance and server monitoring. Combining user, technology, commercial and data insights to deliver innovative solutions with real business impact. In his free time, he enjoys travelling, playing video games and reading up on topics such as physics, AI research and augmented reality.

Richard Eperon

COO

Richard is the COO at Neural Alpha. Having spent a number of years at Unilever in various finance roles Richard specialized in private equity honing his skills in strategic financial management expertise in overseeing both the investment funds and corporate finance responsibilities at senior management committee level. Richard has been an associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants since 1997. Outside of work he enjoys mountain biking, sails occasionally and plays the guitar.

Jude Bowyer

Head of Data Science

Jude leads data science at Neural Alpha, following a career in the financial sector and data consultancies. With a PhD in astrophysics and a post-doc working on ESA's Planck satellite, he brings vast experience in data analytics, scientific workflows, and machine learning. Outside of work, Jude's main interests are the great outdoors, and reading broadly across the humanities and sciences.

James Roche

Head of Machine Learning

James qualified as a naval architect and has spent much of his career in simulation and sport. He co-designed a multiple Olympic gold medal winning Skeleton sled at McLaren before moving into the America’s Cup. He was responsible for developing the simulator for the British team as well as managing the software and data analysis functions across two editions of the Cup. In his spare time he enjoys mountain biking and sailing and being out in the countryside.

Ben Price

Lead ESG Data Engineer

Ben has spent the majority of career at Goldman Sachs and has over 20 years experience in the financial services sector. He has a BSc. in CS and an MSc. in applied mathematics. He has extensive knowledge of financial products and a wide variety of development languages and tools as well as team management responsibilities. Ben is focussed on Neural Alpha’s trase.finance state of the art ESG and sustainable finance system and plays a key role in data analytics, development and maintenance of the system. In his spare time Ben enjoys sailing, reading across many subjects from politics to computing, running a small property rental business and spending time with friends.

Ben Levett

Lead ESG Researcher

Ben gained a First Class degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University before joining an economic consultancy startup. He has over two decades of experience in financial market economics and strategy since and now works as an ESG researcher. In his spare time, Ben likes running, swimming, cycling and walking in the South Downs.

Ivor Tillier

Lead Business Analyst

Ivor’s core digital background extends across project and product management, and user experience. As innovation manager, he’s also held responsibility for implementing a programme of change - to increase innovation capability at Wiley, the global publishing company. Ivor draws on a broad portfolio of complementary skills and experience from agile working environments to corporate communications, and decision making to creative problem solving. Ivor brings a generative mindset, an analytical approach, and a keen awareness of value creation and strategic alignment.

Claudia Fox

Product Owner & Business Analyst

Claudia is a Product Owner & Business Analyst with a background in Business Development and Project Management. Prior to Neural Alpha, Claudia enjoyed working as a product manager which sparked an interest in software development, which she further trained in before joining. She has worked in a multitude of sectors, including Renewable Energy, Business Services, Fashion, and PropTech, where she has previously managed internal and external product teams, advised partners and C-Suite stakeholders, and has experience in wireframing and UX Design.

Ciaran Raymer

Product & Business Analyst

Ciaran is an experienced project manager with domain knowledge of sustainable development, socio-technical transitions and climate change impacts. He has led research projects examining the discourses of decarbonisation innovations in steel, meat/dairy, paper and plastic industries in response to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and also specialises in entrepreneurship and product development, with extensive experience in start-ups. Ciaran holds a MSc. Sustainable Development (Complex Systems Profile) from Utrecht University in the Netherlands. Outside of work he enjoys bouldering and cooking.

Adam Wangrat

Senior Data Engineer

Adam’s main interests are engineering of complex systems and Data Science. In the company he is responsible for back-end and data engineering. He is currently working towards an integrated Master’s Degree in Computer Science at King’s College London. In his free time, he enjoys working on his personal projects, attending hackathons, playing video games and exploring the world of craft beers.

William Cornforth

Data Engineer

William has spent his career working across multiple academic disciplines from chemistry to remote sensing. He has experience developing data-sharing mobile apps and worked in the John Lewis Partnership where he built stock management tools. William is working on trase.finance, an exciting one-of-a-kind service for investment ESG management. He holds a degree in Chemistry and Geography from the University of Toronto where he also studied Persian. Outside of work he enjoys cycling, language-learning and cinema.

Tanya Beck

Junior Data Scientist

Tanya focused her career early on at the nexus of sustainability and data. She has worked full-time at Neural Alpha since May 2021 focusing on data engineering and business analysis. She has experience working with data in corporate social responsibility (CSR), academia and the charity sector on issues ranging from the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, CSR disclosure, low-carbon technology and environmental policy. Tanya holds a BSc in Politics, Philosophy and Economics with a major in Economics from the University of Warwick and an MSc in Environmental Economics from the London School of Economics, with specialisations in data science and computer programming. In her free time, Tanya enjoys travelling. She backpacked in South America for five months in 2018. She also enjoys dancing, hiking or pursuing artistic projects.

Samuel Fairbrass

Full-Stack Developer

Samuel studied Computer Science at King’s College London, while building two businesses outside of his degree. Samuel's main interests in Computer Science are artificial intelligence and software development, but is also quite focused on environmental sustainability and finance. His dissertation at university was based on sentiment analysis and machine learning through analysing social media content to determine the mental states of its users. Outside of work, Samuel likes to learn languages, read, compete in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, play tennis, golf, and video games.

Careers

We’re always looking for talented Machine Learning Developers, Data Scientists, Engineers & Software Developers with an interest in solving difficult & highly connected problems. In particular we are interested in candidates with exposure to NoSQL, RDF, Semantic technologies, Linked Data & Knowledge Representation.

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Where we are

Edinburgh House
170 Kennington Lane
Lambeth, London
SE11 5DP

Neural Alpha Ltd

Neural Alpha Ltd