The Proactive Investors Team

We have a single-minded and focused group of people with incredibly diverse skills and experience. From generalist backgrounds to specialist knowledge, our people have worked for both global industries and niche sectors, it is this diversity that enables us to provide the very best service for our clients.


Ian Mclelland

Chief Executive

Founded Proactive Investors in 2006 as a way to channel his own views on companies listed in London and Toronto. What started as a hobby quickly turned into a full time job as the website's readership exploded over the next six months. One2One forums were added in 2006 and within two years the company had expanded its...
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Craig Ribton

Managing Director

Craig co-founded Proactive Investors. He is FCA regulated, an expert in financial media and advanced web design. Formerly a full-time trader, he has a passion for stock picking and a thorough understanding of the financial markets. As managing director, he runs the UK business and sits on the board of the parent company....
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Ian Lyall


Ian is the editor and a director of Proactive Investors. He oversees all editorial output and is also heavily involved with business development. He moved to Proactive from the Daily Mail, where he was City News Editor and Investment Editor and brings with him a wealth of experience in business and finance. At the Mail he...
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Philip Whiterow

News Editor

Philip has more than 20 years' experience writing about companies, general finance and investing matters for a variety of publications. His career has involved spells at the Investors Chronicle, where he was small companies and companies editor, Investors Week and most recently as editor of online financial news wire...
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Sam Kiri


Sam has over 10 years of capital markets and asset management experience in both North America and the Pacific Rim, with primary focus on Resources and Oil & Gas sectors. He spent three years with Scotia Bank as an International Equity analyst, and was responsible for the management of the Scotia Pacific Rim...
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Ruth Gemmell

Communications Manager UK

After graduating with honours in Journalism Ruth worked for a National Charity specialising in Fundraising and Events. In August 2010 Ruth joined Proactive Investors as the Communication Manager. She has a strong interest oil and gas stocks.
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John Phillips


John has over ten years’ experience in financial markets including four years internationally, with roles predominately focused as a Treasury Dealer and Treasury Manager, within both the corporate and banking sector. John has also worked as a financial writer and analyst, with qualifications including being recognised as...
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John Harrington

Senior Equities Reporter

John has been covering financial markets since before the FTSE 100 existed, starting out on the Industries and Commodities team at Dun & Bradstreet, before moving on to Datastream, where he was head of the news team for several years. After a succession of management roles at Thomson Reuters he returned to front-line...
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Peter Murray

VP West Coast, Canada

Peter brings a strong business journalism background to Proactive Investors, having co-managed Nikkei’s English financial news desk in Tokyo for several years. While in Japan he also ran his own consulting firm with major European investment banks as clients. His career to date spans the fields of journalism, equities...
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Richard Cook

Chief Operating Officer

Richard Cook is the Chief Operating Officer of personabelovo. After serving in the British Army for thirteen years, Richard began his commercial career at Reuters initially running Lipper's European data operations before moving to the US to take over global product development and delivery. He then moved on to...
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Jamie Ashcroft

Equities Reporter

After graduating with first class honours in economics from Lancaster University in 2006, Jamie spent a number of years as a private client equity dealer gaining front-line experience in the investment industry during the most fast paced and volatile period in financial history. Having acquired an insight from both...
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Giles Gwinnett

Equities Reporter

Giles Gwinnett is a qualified journalist and has been a reporter for a number of regional newspapers and for a press agency. He was formerly a news analyst on the German team at Thomson Financial, now Thomson Reuters. He has a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and German and a master's in Film Studies.
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Brian Loper

Business Development Director - New York

Startup growth and organization leader with over a decade of experience growing companies. Brian most recently successfully launched an established tech startup mobile dining app in New York City which continues to grow. Brian co-founded a business development consulting firm with Vice President Biden’s former Senior...
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Charlotte Kan

Broadcast Journalist

With an MA in International Journalism from City University, London, Charlotte Kan is a print and broadcast journalist with over 13 years' experience in business and finance reporting. She started her career in 2002 at Standard & Poor's MarketScope newswire covering French and European equity...
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Emma Milton

Corporate Development

Emma moved to Proactive Investors from, where she was CEO. She brings with her experience in natural resources and finance, having previously been part of the Mining Corporate Finance team at Standard Bank and starting her career as a geologist with Reunion Mining. Emma is helping us...
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Nicola Brown

Financial Controller

Nicola joined Proactive Investors in October 2011 as Financial Controller. Having worked previously at a firm of Chartered Accountants for 12 years, Nicola brings her knowledge and experience of finance, accounting and payroll. Nicola also works with clients in ensuring their profiles are maintained and assists at the...
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Sarah Lowther

Broadcast Journalist

Sarah was the voice of Bloomberg Business Breakfast and the face of Daybreak when it aired on The Money Channel, as well as being one of the first webcasters for Thomson Reuters. Other clients Sarah has worked with include The European Union, and the Strategic Communications Unit at 10 Downing Street which utilised her...
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Alastair Ford

Senior Equities Reporter

Educated at Oxford University, Alastair Ford worked for seven years as mining correspondent for the Investors Chronicle, the UK’s premier print-based investment magazine. During that time he covered some of the most interesting and spectacular deals of the mining boom and travelled the world evaluating and assessing a...
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Glen Jones

Client Relations Manager

Glen moved to Proactive from Burnbrae Asset Management, where he headed up the new business team of the financial services division. Aside from his expertise in delivering value for a large network of clients, Glen has a wealth of experience in the areas of the financial markets and implementing change management. This...
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Thomas Coleman

Head of UK Events

After graduating with a degree in Financial Mathematics and having a passion for journalism, Thomas went on to write for several city-based, investment-focussed online publications including and During his time at, Thomas specialised in writing on the prospects of IPOs and also wrote a...
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Ben Marlow

Production Director

Over the last 10 years I have been making documentaries, promotional films and music videos. After making the leap into filming with DSLRs, I have created a style by bringing the ‘film look’ to any project I undertake. After a huge amount of investment I have accrued the kit to take on almost any job I come across,...
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George Matlock


George has been a professional journalist since 1990, covering personal and institutional finance as well as financial markets. As European stocks reporter at Dow Jones Newswires in 1998 he was the inaugural Dow Jones Stoxx correspondent at Wall Street Journal Europe and Asian Wall Street Journal. George has also...
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Tom Howard


Tom graduated University of Brighton with a BA (Hons) degree in Broadcast Journalism, leaving as the valedictorian of the class of 2015. His final year projects and dissertation were nominated for, and won, several awards, whilst he was also the Editor-in-Chief of the university’s news site during his time at Brighton....
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Jonathon Narvey


Jonathon is an experienced journalist who has written on a wide range of industries, from technology and manufacturing to real estate and mining. As Editor of BetaKit, an online magazine, he provided national coverage of the tech sector. He has also contributed to publications such as the National Post,...
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Stephen Feldman

Studio Manager

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Jon Hopkins

Senior Equities Reporter

Jon has been reporting on stock markets for over twenty-five years for audio text companies (remember them?!), newswires, and websites. He helped set up MarketEye News for ICV/Topic in the 1990’s before moving on to become a Markets reporter at AFX News. After over 10 years, which saw him rise to the dizzy heights...
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Siva Sithraputhran


Siva has been a journalist for over twenty years, mainly as a business and economics reporter. He was previously economics editor at AFX News and has worked at Reuters and Dow Jones Newswires. He leads a quiet life in Manchester.
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Rachel Middleton


Rachel started off as a general news reporter 20 years ago before serving stints as the bureau chief for AFX News in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Hong Kong and finally as an editor in London. She has also worked at APM Health Europe, Chemical Watch and IBTimes UK.
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Tharun George


Tharun is a Chartered Financial Analyst from the CFA Institute, U.S. A graduate from Loyola College, Chennai, he started his career in Goldman Sachs at their Bangalore office. Prior to his current role at Proactive Investors, he worked as an equity analyst at a global research and analytics company in Mumbai, assisting...
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Pauline Bister

Digital Communication & Events Manager

Pauline joined Proactive Investors in 2015 as Digital Communication & Event Manager in Sydney and moved to the London office where she keeps working on the Australian operations. She has an extensive international background and strong experience in business administration and client management. She has a strong...
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John Miller

Senior Journalist

John Miller has been a journalist for 38 years, including the last 10 as editor of The ASIA Miner magazine and online news service. After starting as a cadet journalist at the Central Western Daily newspaper in Orange, New South Wales, John gained experience in general news and sports before becoming a sub-editor and...
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Gabriela Schiop

Head of US Events and Customer Relations Manager

Gabriela Schiop is a financial professional with more than 10 years of progressively responsible experience directing as many as 350 employees. A customer service specialist and new business innovator with more than 15 years of proven track record in project management, marketing, event planning, commercial real estate,...
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