Meet the Team
Chief Executive of the Allia Group for 17 years from 2002 – 2019 and now Senior Advisor to the Trustees, Tim has overseen a range of new thinking and new solutions seeking to address global and local challenges including Future Business initiatives to drive impact entrepreneurship and start-ups across the Country and Social Finance initiatives for impact Investment through Employment Bonds, Housing Bonds and London Stock Exchange Listed Retail Charity Bonds. A Non-Executive Director at Retail Charity Bonds plc and Chairman of Treatt plc, Tim is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments (MCSI), an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute (ACII), a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA), a Fellow of the Institute of Directors (FIoD) and an Honorary Fellow at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge having previously been an Associate Fellow at Said Business School, University of Oxford. He is a Liveryman at the Worshipful Company of International Bankers where he is a Court Assistant and Chairman of its Communications Committee.
Adrian has vast experience covering fixed income business in a number of Eurobond markets and has also developed specialist institutional placements in long-dated Sterling Bonds and US$ private placements. This included the pioneering use of the bond market to fund housing associations. He has been leading on advisory services since 1998, facilitating businesses to access the bond market.
Oliver is one of the original founders of City & Continental in the late 1990s. Previous roles include Salomon Bros/Citi trader. Oliver offers expertise in bank capital instruments, distressed debt and special situations. Author of the ìbond of the weekî column in the Fixed Income Investor.
Henry is one of the original founders of City & Continental in the late 1990s. Previous roles include Bank of America emerging markets trader. Henry offers expertise in emerging markets.
Chief Financial Officer
Paul spent over 20 years with the accountants KPMG, including seven years as a partner. From there he moved to the charity Young Enterprise East of England, where he was Chief Executive for seven years. Paul acted as head of finance of Isabel Hospice for three years as part of a portfolio of finance roles in the charity sector before joining Allia in 2012. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and holds the ICAEW Diploma in Charity Accounting. Paul was a member of the ICAEW Regional Strategy Board from 2004 to 2017.
Robert has over 35 years’ experience in the international banking industry having worked in London, New York and Tokyo for JP Morgan and HSBC. During the latter half of his banking career Robert was closely involved with the development of global capital markets. During this period, he chaired the International Primary Market Association, the trade association for the international underwriting of debt securities and chaired the regulatory policy committee at the International Capital Market Association, its successor body. He also led the overseas promotion efforts for TheCityUK, which represents UK financial and professional services globally. He currently serves as a director of Residential Secure Income Plc, a real estate investment trust established to invest in the social housing sector. Robert served for many years as a trustee of Centrepoint, the homeless charity, which first stimulated his interest in social impact investment.
Head of Debt Capital Markets
Henrietta has over 30 years’ experience in the bond markets, largely in the wholesale bond markets and covering most industry sectors. This includes advising on the UK’s PFI/PPP programme, and also leading the debut issue for THFC No.2. Her particular expertise lies in providing advice for housing associations.
Chief Operating Officer
Phil has been involved in the development of impact investing in the UK for 10 years, and to date has worked on the issue of £300 million of bonds to support organisations across sectors including housing, care and education. This includes 8 issues through Retail Charity Bonds, a groundbreaking platform developed by Allia Impact Finance to raise unsecured debt for charities through bonds listed on London Stock Exchange.
Fixed Income Sales
Over 25 years’ experience in the financial markets, advising a variety of investors ranging from wealth managers, family offices, managed funds, financial institutions and corporates. Core areas of expertise include sterling bonds with a focus on off-benchmark, LSE/ORB retail-eligible bonds, and socially responsible investment. More recently, in addition to conventional corporate bond primary placement and trading, Mark has managed the distribution of Retail Charity Bonds for a range of charitable borrowers across the specialist housing, care and finance sectors. Mark is a member of the CISI, a member of PIMFA Corporate Bond Committee and the author of the Sterling Bond & Fixed Income Handbook.
Fixed Income Trader
With over 15 years’ experience in financial markets, Antonio started his career as a credit structurer – holding roles in Barclays Capital and Deutsche Bank as Director. He moved into a credit trading role to focus on illiquid credit, including trading distressed bonds, bankruptcy claims, portfolio restructurings and special situation financings. His main client coverage consists of institutional clients in Continental Europe and Hedge Funds.
Fixed Income Trader
Stephen has over 25 years’ experience in capital markets, having started his career on the FRN desk at Banque Nationale de Paris. In 1990, he helped form and run a successful asset swap and illiquid bond desk at BNP Capital markets. Following the BNP/Paribas merger and a brief stint at Tullett & Tokyo, Stephen left for CFC in Lausanne. He then set up Orion Finance, which was acquired 7 years later by Banque Heritage Geneva. He oversaw the operation in Geneva on behalf of the London office, Heritage Capital. He returned to London in 2012 and joined Exotix to form a new credit trading desk. Here, he not only continued in the sourcing and placing of illiquid bonds of the G20 but also got involved in the EM, distressed and loan space – all areas he trades in his current role at City & Continental. He speaks fluent French and conversational German and Italian.
Fixed Income Advisor
Jonathan has over 25 years’ experience in financial markets, specialising in fixed income. He has held several Director-level institutional advisory roles at (among others) PaineWebber, Bear Stearns, Nomura and Commerzbank, covering all types of fixed income instruments and dealing predominantly with UK, Spanish and Scandinavian institutional investors (Central Banks, Bank Treasury Divisions, Pension Funds, Hedge Funds and Asset Managers). Latterly he spent some time on the buyside managing UHNW fixed income portfolios at Tideway Investment Management.
Gerry has focused on Emerging Market debt for many years, primarily covering Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa. More recently he has been involved in illiquid, distressed and defaulted debt in Eurozone and other markets. His main activity is in bonds but is also involved in loans and trade finance instruments. Gerry has originated and placed bilateral loans and arranged trade finance receivable discounting facilities. He joined City & Continental in 2000, after leaving Bear Stearns Emerging Market Division where he was Senior Managing Director, and has previously worked at BNP, JP Morgan, Continental Illinois and Williams & Glynns Bank.
Mark started his professional life in the Channel Islands with the Swiss firm of Bridport & Cie in 1993. He relocated to London in 1999 with Bridport before moving to Refco. In 2002 he joined City & Continental and has maintained most of his client list for 25 years.
Awni is a fixed income advisor, having previously worked at Morgan Stanley, Societe Generale, and Bank of Tokyo. His global fixed income expertise is specialised in Middle East and African credits, plus Islamic sukuk markets.
Ian’s role at City & Continental Ltd covers several functions, including Office Manager. He is a CIMA qualified accountant, producing Company Accounts, FCA Reports and setting up payments. As a Traders’ Assistant, Ian assists in the prompt settlement of trades in Euroclear, DTC, Fedwire and Crest. He is also an Assistant Compliance Officer, dealing with day-to-day regulatory issues.