McLeod Moores was founded in 2014 by Jim Moores and Elaine McLeod
We first joined forces at the beginning of our joint careers in finance when we joined what was then one of the world's largest hedge funds, Vega Asset Management. As Vega became Proxima Alfa (part of BBVA), we rose to head the technical platform and quant development of the business's risk management systems.
In 2009, we co-founded OpenGamma, a venture-backed open source risk and analytics platform and became the CTO and head of the quant team respectively.
Since 2014 we have been providing an independent voice and source of expertise on open source analytics and software development to a diverse range of clients.
Elaine earned her degree in Physics from Imperial College and went on to complete a PhD in particle physics, working on the CMS detector of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland.
After completing her PhD she joined Vega Asset management as a quant and software engineer working on improving the asset class coverage and functionality of the internal risk system. At the formation of Proxima Alfa, a spin-off hedge fund formed in a joint venture with BBVA, she became the lead quant in the risk department and worked with risk managers to adapt the existing systems to target new products and reports.
In 2009, Elaine co-founded OpenGamma, an open source risk and analytics platform based on Java and over the next few years proceeded to build out a talented team of quants to engineer a complete analytics library from scratch, covering an increasingly large range of products and analytic measures.
Since 2014, she has been providing an independent source of advice and development expertise on open source analytics to our customers.
After graduating from the University of Kent with a degree in Computer Science, Jim remained at Kent to complete a PhD in Computer Science on focussing on concurrency in programming languages and run-time systems.
In 2000, Jim co-founded Quickstone Technologies, a software and hardware vendor specialising in distributed and concurrent systems.
In early 2005, Jim joined what was then one of the world's largest hedge funds, Vega Asset Management, as a senior software engineer. Jim worked on the risk management and analytics framework and tools used both internally and by external users at Merrill Lynch and Barclays, eventually becoming the head of software development in the risk department of Proxima Alfa, a joint venture between Vega and BBVA.
In 2009, he co-founded the venture-backed start-up OpenGamma and became the head of software development, overseeing the development of a large, modular, open source codebase for a risk and analytics platform. Over the next few years, Jim built a large talented team of developers, adopting industry best practices across the company and continually working to improve processes and code quality.
Since 2014 Jim has been lending his expertise in financial technology and open source architecture to McLeod Moores' customers.