Our People

The management team behind Minerva each have extensive market experience which is helping ensure the firm's continued growth.

Minerva Capital Markets is a dynamic, independent training provider with a global presence. Operating as a core team of experienced, proven traders and financial education specialists. Creating employer-led, work ready education programmes we strive to break through the traditional barriers to entry into the sector, pushing boundaries, and looking to widen participation. Providing opportunities, inspiration and pathways to obtaining successful, sustainable employment within the financial industry.

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Robert Russell

Chief Executive Officer

Rob has been in the financial industry for over 20 years, starting his trading career with Goldenberg Hehmeyer, where he worked for 10 years, becoming a senior trader and part of the esteemed market making team. He was the founder and CEO of Precision Financial Markets, bought by Sanlam Private Investments, part of the Sanlam Group, where he took on the position as Head of Derivatives. Returning to his proprietary trading roots, Rob now acts as Chief Executive Officer for Minerva Capital Markets. Having written multiple accredited regulated qualifications and aiding the design of the industry standard for Investment Banking Apprenticeships, he has a unique understanding and insight of the financial industry needs and education requirements to develop core competencies and the knowledge, skills and behaviours of students for career pathways.

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Antoine Vassal

Chief Operating Officer

Antoine has extensive knowledge and experience as a trader and with trader development. Alongside this Antoine has unique knowledge in qualification assessment design and internal quality assurance procedures. Prior to this, Antoine worked in corporate law, moving to London motivated by his desire to develop his keen analytical skills in the worldwide exchanges. Antoine’s main trading expertise is on the release of macroeconomics news and fundamental analysis. He also has an in depth understanding of Technical Analysis and has developed the competencies to work within predefined parameters, but also proactively seeking unconventional opportunities with assertion. Antoine is constantly looking to develop his abilities as a professional and makes sure the qualification programmes evolve with the economic climate and market conditions in order to develop professional competency with our students.

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Lawrence (“Larry”) Harding


Larry is a Founder and Managing Partner of Presidio Capital, a boutique investment firm with headquarters in Singapore. He started his career in the financial markets participating various capital market disciplines; including seven years in the fixed income markets in London, then relocating to Australia where he established the predecessor business to Presidio in 1992, before moving the business to Singapore in 1998. This business had a specialization in emerging markets and was a major player in the distressed credit and asset markets of Asia during and post the Asia Crisis in 1997/1998 and the GFC in 2008. Over the last few years, he has focused on building a family investment office concentrating largely on private debt and equity investments, frequently in an active, executive and/or Board role as an asset manager and as proprietary investor. His investments are to be found geographically in Asia-Pacific, Europe/UK and the Americas, and in industries spanning as diverse sectors Mining, Commodities production, through to Education in the Financial sector and the Film / Entertainment industry. He has a B.A. (Joint Hons) in modern languages and economics from the University of Northumbria in the UK.

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Jon Harman

Senior Financial Trader and Educator

Jon Harman is a highly experienced, financial market expert, having successfully traded financial futures for over 30 years. Starting his career in the late 80’s on the LIFFE floor with BNP Paribas and later JP Morgan, running their Bund trading operation. In 1990 he became a self-employed ’local’ trader, specialising mostly in Bunds, before successfully transitioning to the electronic markets in 2000, trading Eurex exchange products. Since then he has continued to trade for himself, whilst also acting as an educator and mentor both in London and New York. His market knowledge and understanding of market behaviour is second to none.

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Stuart Boyle

Senior Financial Trader and Educator

Stuart has over 12 years experience in the Capital Markets industry. Stuart’s main focus is centered on mentoring traders, and risk management. Having covered all asset classes his specialisation sits within the energy markets. Stuart has educated many Graduates on all aspects of the Futures markets, covering Macro and Micro economics, fundamental analysis and technical analysis. He is professionally competent in a multitude of tier-1, front-end trading platforms.

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George Lake

Relationship Manager

After leaving Sussex University George successfully completed a work internship with Minerva. During this period, he completed the Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Financial Trading and was offered the opportunity to stay with the company, continuing to grow his knowledge and understanding of the financial markets, as well as working on business development strategy. George took on the responsibility of updating and improving the company website teaching himself how to use HTML5, CSS and JavaScript. Whilst also learning and implementing SEO techniques. Due to his love of Rugby, George is now working alongside our company CEO in the development of Minerva’s career transition programme for sporting professionals.

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Louis Spicer

Relationship Manager

After rejecting the opportunity to go to Coventry University and pursue a career within the financial markets Louis started trading in 2015, specialising in the Futures and Options markets, demonstrating a high level of understanding in both Fundamental and Technical Analysis. Louis joined Minerva and his former mentors in a Business Development role for the company. Since joining Minerva Louis has used his extensive contacts within professional football to develop a number of relationships with football clubs to deliver our employer-led development programmes for career transition after professional sport.

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Nicola Harding

Wellness Coach

Nicola (Niki) was born in England and studied Law and Economics before embarking on a career as a foreign exchange trader in the City of London which she did for 5 years at HSBC. She then moved to Sydney, Australia. Niki decided to go back to studies and took up a Advanced Aesthetics course, graduating with a diploma in Advanced Aesthetics. Niki now resides between Singapore and London she is a NLP Master Practitioner, NLP Coach, Certified Professional Image Consultant, Reiki Master Teacher, Nutritionist, Aromatherapist. Niki is currently studying her for her Executive Coaching Certification, Gyrotonics teach training and this year will achieve her Meditation Teacher certification. Niki is a member of the NLP Business School of Coaching, Singapore and an affiliate of The Reiki Centre Masters - Singapore. Niki is passionate about healing others in a holistic environment through a combination of NLP Coaching, Corporate/Personal Image Consulting, Reiki and meditation. Empowering people to be the best version of themselves possible. She is also the writer and facilitator of the “Work Well Within” Wellness Program.

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