Management 

Boris Pilichowski

Boris Pilichowski

Consultant & Trading Coach

Boris Pilichowski, CFA is a French national with an engineering degree from École des Mines de Paris and 15 years experience in capital markets. He started his career in Asia in 1997 working as quantitative analyst for the trading floor of Indosuez-WICarr. There he gained exposure and understanding of all major financial products and assets classes. In 1999 he joined Goldman Sachs in London as a sales person and became an equities proprietary trader in 2003.
He subsequently worked at Morgan Stanley (2005) and Deutsche Bank (2009). During this time he developed a strong expertise on all the different aspects of the investment process: working as a financial analysts, implementing trading strategies, building investment teams, participating in the development of risk  trading systems.

In 2011, Boris was a Portfolio Manager  at   Apson  Capital,  a  new hedge  fund  seeded   by   Oaktree
Capital Management. As a partner in Apson, Boris participated actively in the set-up of the team, the infrastructure and the legal framework. The fund did not perform and was closed in 2012. From this experience, Boris understood clearly the challenges that can be faced when building an investment business and also the difficulties encountered when Portfolio Managers need to improve their investment process or their team management. On a personal level, Boris has developed a
passion for coaching and mindfulness and has been privately advising professionals. He is accredited as an executive coach by the London Academy of Executive Coaching.
 
Boris is now advising and coaching traders and portfolio managers as well as managements in various banks, hegde funds, and asset managers. He is also advising family offices  on organisiton & strategy. Finally, he participates to education programs for retail investors.

Team 

Boris Pilichowski
Richard Armes
Peter Burditt
Dan Kahn

Boris Pilichowski

Consultant & Trading Coach

Boris Pilichowski, CFA is a French national with an engineering degree from École des Mines de Paris and 15 years experience in capital markets. He started his career in Asia in 1997 working as quantitative analyst for the trading floor of Indosuez-WICarr. There he gained exposure and understanding of all major financial products and assets classes. In 1999 he joined Goldman Sachs in London as a sales person and became an equities proprietary trader in 2003.
He subsequently worked at Morgan Stanley (2005) and Deutsche Bank (2009). During this time he developed a strong expertise on all the different aspects of the investment process: working as a financial analysts, implementing trading strategies, building investment teams, participating in the development of risk  trading systems.

In 2011, Boris was a Portfolio Manager  at   Apson  Capital,  a  new hedge  fund  seeded   by   Oaktree
Capital Management. As a partner in Apson, Boris participated actively in the set-up of the team, the infrastructure and the legal framework. The fund did not perform and was closed in 2012. From this experience, Boris understood clearly the challenges that can be faced when building an investment business and also the difficulties encountered when Portfolio Managers need to improve their investment process or their team management. On a personal level, Boris has developed a
passion for coaching and mindfulness and has been privately advising professionals. He is accredited as an executive coach by the London Academy of Executive Coaching.
 
Boris is now advising and coaching traders and portfolio managers as well as managements in various banks, hegde funds, and asset managers. He is also advising family offices  on organisiton & strategy. Finally, he participates to education programs for retail investors.

Richard Armes

Consultant & Trading Coach

Richard has been working in the financial markets for 20yrs. Joining JPMorgan as a graduate in 1994, he worked in research before transferring into Interest Rate trading in 1996.

In 2000 he joined Morgan Stanley, where he spent 11 yrs in a variety of fixed-income trading roles, eventually becoming Co-Head of the European Interest Rates Sales and Trading in 2009, with responsibility for managing around 150 professionals. This role


 
included: managing the risk of the firm’s European portfolios, overseeing major client relationships, as well as building Morgan Stanley’s franchise in Europe.

After leaving Morgan Stanley in 2011, Richard joined Brevan Howard Asset Management, as a portfolio manager trading with a global macro mandate focussing on developed rates markets. Over the last few years of his management and trading career,
Richard has become increasingly interested in the psychological aspects of trading and managing traders, in particular how to monitor and support traders in their decision making and portfolio management. 

He now enjoys continued involvement with the financial markets through mentoring and coaching traders and helping to develop effective management tools and processes.
 

Peter Burditt

Leadership & Trading Coach

Peter works as a senior executive coach and motivational consultant for a number of highly successful business leaders, their teams and their organisations. Prior to this Peter had a very successful 20 year career in banking covering all aspects of financial markets culminating in his role on the management committee of what is now Barcap as Global Head of Markets Strategy.

He coaches senior executives on both individual and corporate strategies for success. His particular speciality is in coaching highly experienced hedge fund traders and portfolio managers to achieve even greater sustainable success.
Peter combines pragmatic business experience, psychological insights, strategic awareness andover 17 years of business coaching at senior level.

“Peter’s gently searching approach forced me to assess my business issues from a broader perspective and his experience and insights proved hugely beneficial in reaching a deeper and sounder based appraisal of the challenges for me and my business. Coaching is based on a trusted relationship and Peter quickly built that trust and respect that made the sharing of deeply personal issues a challenging but comfortable experience.” CEO of a 
private equity company.

Peter has developed a number of internationally recognised motiv-ational techniques and models for personal growth and success together with individual behavioural techniques for traders “behavioural finance”. He was one of the original founders of the "Academy of Executive Coaching" and the sponsor of the annual Burditt lectures. His coaching methods provide clients with fresh insights into how they can manage themselves, their risk, their bosses, colleagues and clients particularly in times of rapid change. Where appropriate some of his clients request in-depth support        _
around their heuristical biases and psychology of trading. Latterly he has specialised in the development of behavioural finance models (psychology of risk) for a number of the world’s leading hedge funds.

Dan Kahn

Mindfulness Trainer

‘Feeling better to do better’ is a key advantage in the highly competitive and challenging world we live in today. Scientific studies show that people who regularly meditate have enhanced IQ and Emotional Intelligence, take less sick days and have a biological age younger than the norm, which translates into better performance for themselves and the organisations they work for.

“I feel that the meditation
techniques I have learnt were a significant factor in my performance in such varied and challenging environments as leading soldiers on operations as an Army Officer, representing the British Army at Sabre in national competitions, studying for two Masters degrees and managing IT systems for a major multinational corporation.”

After an Army and a corporate career, Dan did a major career change and
started teaching and practicing complementary therapies. He was featured as ‘One of London’s Top 50 Well-Being Gurus’ in a daily newspaper, awarded the ‘Highly Commended’ rating by the CAM Awards Outstanding Practice show, featured in a BBC2 documentary about practices on Harley Street in London, and has appeared in several high profile magazines such as Vogue and Harpers & Queens.
Dan started his journey in meditation over 25 years ago. He has studied Indian, Chinese and Japanese meditation techniques. He has learnt under a Zen Master, a Ninja Master and is a qualified instructor in both Daoist and Zen Meditation techniques.

His meditation practice has allowed him to realise the benefits of ‘feeling better to do better’.

Affiliates 

Steve Goldstein
Marika Messager
Graham Ward
Grainne McAnallen
Rande Howell

Steve Goldstein

Executive & Trading Coach

Steven is a qualified Executive Coach and Trader Performance Coach who has worked with traders and portfolio managers at some of the world’s leading hedge funds and investment banks. Steven brings a unique perspective to his coaching work having previously spent almost 25 years as a trader for a number of major investment banks both as a market maker and a proprietary trader. In addition to his coaching and trading experience, Steven has 
written about, lectured and presented on aspects of Trading Psychology, Trading Performance and Behavioural Finance related to trading and financial markets. Steven brings to his work a deep understanding of the ‘Financial Markets’ environment, the mechanics of trading, the intricacies of the job, and an appreciation of the requirements demanded of people and businesses in the financial markets. In his coaching Steven is quickly able to develop a rapport with  
his clients which resonates through into his coaching work and helps to develop a highly productive coaching relationship. As a coach Steven is ideally placed to help support his clients through a combination of strong interpersonal skills, understanding of the psychological and behavioural aspects of trading, and his own particular approach to coaching. Steven’s methods provide clients with new insights into their thought processes, decision-making, 
trading behaviours, and the way they carry out their activities. Since moving into coaching Steven has helped many traders to improve how they work and trade, and has helped them to see significant improvements in their bottom line trading performance. 

Marika Messager

Trading Coach & Executive Coach

Her professional background includes 14 years in Finance, starting as an Equity Analyst, moving to Equity Sales, Equity Desk Manager and ultimately Head of Equities for Europe and Middle East at Newedge with 40 equity sales and desk managers located in Frankfurt, London, Paris, Zurich and Dubai included in her remit. During this time she was recognized as one of the most successful Equity Sales 
professionals in her company and was appointed as one of the youngest, female Sales Managers. Conscious of her own growth, Marika started in 2000 to focus on her progression in both the professional and personal spaces through psychotherapy, NLP, executive and personal coaching, management courses, mindfulness, yoga. Through all of these practices, she started torealize how powerful working on 
oneself can be.

Today Marika assists, advises and counsels people in areas of their work and lives, through a mixture of executive and life coaching. One of her strengths is to read people with clarity and guide them to have the job, the performance and the life that is in alignment with who they are and what they want. She assists her clients in reaching their full potential.
Marika's work combines business experience, psychological insights, strategic awareness, executive and life coaching, mindfulness and healing. Her core values are integrity, kindness and excellence.

Graham Ward

Leadership Coach

Graham Ward is a leadership coach and Adjunct Professor of Leadership at INSEAD Business School in France.

His expertise is in leadership dynamics, high performance teams, group dynamics, team dysfunction and change.

Outside of INSEAD, he specializes in coaching C-suite executives and consulting around team dysfunctions Graham spent 22 years in finance, 16 of which working for Goldman Sachs, where for seven years he co-led the European Equity business.
 
In 2000, Graham spearheaded an initiative to introduce a Global Leadership Development office that he led for three years. Graham was speaker at the 2007 EMCC annual conference on the subject of Group Leadership Coaching and in 2001 on the subject of Mentoring for Change. In 2013 he spoke at The School of Management Science, India on Spiritual Leadership.

He received his MSc and Diploma from HEC/INSEAD (2002) in Clinical Organizational Psychology. In 1994 he received a Diploma of Investment Management from London Business 
School. He is contributing author to the books Coach and Couch, the Psychology of Making Better Leaders published in 2007 and the Coaching Kaleidoscope published in 2010. He authored the academic paper Towards Executive Change, in 2008 and The Use of Transitional Space. (2009)

Privately he has worked with senior executives at McKinsey, Citigroup, Siemens, Bristol Myers Squibb, Axa, Aviva, HSBC, Tesco, AstraZeneca, Deutsche Bank, E.On, UBS and     BP among others. Citigroup          and  McKinsey  retain  him  in     their
leadership coaching pool.

Graham, 50, lives on the Stockholm Archipelago with his wife and four children He travels extensively, recently visiting North Korea and Syria amongst other places.

Grainne McAnallen

Team Coach

Gráinne McAnallen provides bespoke executive coaching and consulting services to the hedge fund industry.

She has 10 years’ experience as an analyst and portfolio manager at two leading fund of funds groups in New York and London. She is a CFA charterholder and qualified as an executive coach in 2007.   Gráinne draws on her experience of having performed due diligence on thousands of investment teams, and her knowledge of personality type theory, to give clients an                              































 
understanding  of how to:   

- Optimise motivation and focus at individual and team level

- Ensure comprehensive data collection prior to decision-making

- Reach balanced and consistent investment decisions

- Structure the team and streamline processes to support efficiency and creativity
In 2002, Grainne relocated to New York and joined FRM Americas LLC. She built a team of analysts and portfolio managers and became Sector Head of US Long/Short Equities, where she was responsible for allocating $1.6bn of capital.

During this time, Grainne gained practical insights into the benefits of allocating tasks based on personality and the increased motivation and efficiency that resulted.
Grainne has performed due diligence on analysts and portfolio managers across all hedge fund strategies. As a result, she has a unique perspective on the application of personal and team development tools in asset management.

Rande Howell

Trading Coach

Rande Howell (MEd, LPC) helps traders develop a peak performance state of mind. He is both a licensed therapist and performance coach whose work is grounded in emotional regulation, mindfulness, and Jungian archetypes applied to trading. He has a clinical background in training people to master their emotions and to transform self-limiting beliefs into productive mindsets. 
Rande's work centers on how to break the fear-based beliefs that imprison a trader’s performance and that block the development of a trader’s potential to achieve financial and personal dreams. By learning how to manage the biology of emotion, real and long lasting changes can then be made to the mind’s core beliefs from which the trader engages the uncertainty, risk, 
and probability that must be mastered in trading. He is the author of four books including Mindful Trading: Mastering Your Emotions and the Inner Game of Trading.
Sophie Clergue
Sarah Dudney
Peter Haydock
Annelene Decaux
Shamash Alidina

Sophie Clergue

Executive Coach

Sophie is French national working with many CEOs and smaller entrepreneurs across Europe. She was a telecommunication engineer and also used to be a gymnast and a tumbler at an international level. She spent 13 years in corporations as a technical manager and a business manager, observing how people reached success or failure. She analyzed the profound dysfunctional strategies that didn’t allow people to grow, or the system to expand. She also managed a nonprofit to help small
local companies and their CEOs in their economic development.
Sophie is passionate by the human mind and what brings him to bliss, she works with her clients on their personal and professional accomplishment in order to reach success and prosperity. She was trained in San Francisco to be an Integral Executive Coach. She learned a stream of coaching based on the human balance towards success. Her core values are authenticity, kindness and excellence. Her approach is highly
inspired by the most efficient practices gathered in the world: Executive & Personal Coaching, NLP, Psychology, Buddhism, Gestalt, Sport training, somatic work.
Her goal is to help her clients achieve the life and the business corresponding to their full potential. She encourages them to dream big and back it up with daily actions to create measurable results. For her, “It doesn’t take talent or luck to succeed, you just need to decide and I can show you how.” Her goal is to add more
value to her clients’ lives by giving them tools that can be used immediately to improve business and life.

Sarah Dudney

Career Direction

Sarah works with Axis Minds clients to enable them to establish fresh career direction in trading and also in entrepreneurial avenues. She works to understand her clients’ motivations and   key strengths. She is skilled at ensuring that clients move towards challenging professional goals, enabling a clear transition path to achieve this.
Her expertise is based on over a decade’s work in the City as a head-hunter working for Goldman Sachs, Barclays Wealth, Deutsche Bank and a range of hedge funds and family offices in London, New York, Paris, and Hong Kong. She realised that  senior executives need to view their career like any other asset  benefiting from  considerable  time and focus 
and  trained as a business coach  to facilitate this. She is now working towards an Msc in Psychology where her research interests include mindfulness and resilience. Her core values are courage, honesty and compassion.



Peter Haydock

Leadership & Organisation Coach

Peter spent the majority of his career in industry in a variety of roles with a large proportion is a senior business leader.  After a degree in business finance, he started out in software development of commercial systems; he has worked in many functions from commercial, procurement, logistics to strategy and HR. He was a senior leader within the complex engineering environment that is the defence industry with BAE SYSTEMS and spent a number of years as an industrial advisor to Whitehall. 
Peter also has a Master Degree in Management Learning & Leadership from Lancaster as part of developing his OD, consulting and coaching skills. To connect his coaching skills between the field of sport and business, he also spent 2 years coaching and mentoring a UK Olympic athlete as well as coaching in the field of endurance cycling.He has trained with the Tavistock Institute in the field of the psychodynamics of groups (exploring the relationship between leadership, power and authority).
Peter is a certified practitioner in a number of psychometric and behavioural profiling tools.

Peter’s experience of working with leadership spans organizations across different sectors as well as different sizes and governance models, from privately owned, private equity, trust based, public and PLC based organizations.  He has worked with amongst others: Carphone Warehouse, BP,HSBC, Rio Tinto, HM Revenue & Customs, HMCS, Horder Healthcare,   UCL,    Betfair,     SSP - 
Upper Crust,Café Ritazza, Simply M&S, Millies Cookies, Real Food Co etc.), AOL, Rolls Royce, RBS, Royal Mail, Whitbread, South West Water, O2, NHS (various trusts), Interhealth Canada, Turning Point, McLaren F1

Annelene Decaux

Executive & Life Coaches

Annelène Decaux works with C-level and executive clients worldwide, mostly via skype or phone, and sometimes in person in the San Francisco Bay Area. She catalyzes her clients and the organizations they lead into realizing their full potential and making their unique contributions to the world. Her clients span a broad range of business and industry sectors, including technology and the internet, energy and the environment, social enterprise, professional services, the financial industry, the music/entertainment/fashion/hospitality industry, the healing arts, government, and the non-profit sector.

 
As a coach and mentor, she will create a safe space where she will invite you to set your imagination free, connect with your deepest motives and desires, embrace life with a spirit of wonder and adventure, actualize your dreams and ultimately realize your full potential. She will help you live authentically, joyfully, fearlessly and creatively; deepen your presence and charisma; enhance your leadership and communication skills; develop your intuition and inner guidance; generate a powerful vision for your life and work and allow your actions to be pulled by your vision; embrace life and career transitions with grace and 

 
gusto; and enjoy greater joy, meaning, and fulfillment in your lives. While working with her, clients commonly experience positive, life-changing breakthroughs.

"Annelène is at the leading edge of the future of personal and management consulting. She has the power to absolutely transform lives."

Matthew Lyon, Executive Director, Integral Life Center of Charlotte: "Annelène has a special talent in unleashing one’s potential."

Raj Padmanabhan, Entrepreneur: "Annelène has a tremendous gift to 
expand one’s professional and personal horizons."

Alexander Fleming, VP of Engineering at EcoMerit Technologies: “Annelène can help you move through any blocks or paradigm limits you may have in your business or personal life.”

Shamash Alidina

Mindfulness Trainer

Shamash is international bestselling author of Mindfulness for Dummies and has featured on television, radio, newspapers and magazines worldwide talking about mindfulness. He has a wealth of experience in the mindfulness field, having taught mindfulness-based approaches for over 15 years.

Shamash takes mindfulness in the corporate field by privately coaching executives in the law and banking sector at his offices in
Central London. He has run workshops at GSK, Sledge, the NHS and more.

Shamash is founder of ‘Learn Mindfulness‘, an organisation that trains both the public and executive coaches in evidence-based mindfulness through distance learning programmes.

As an international speaker, Shamash has spoken at the Mindfulness at Work Conference
in Cambridge, Mind and Its Potential Conference in Sydney, Health and Wellbeing Conference in Auckland and at numerous London venues.

Shamash has trained with the fathers of secular mindfulness, Jon Kabat-Zinn PhD and Saki Santorelli PhD through the Center for Mindfulness in Massachusetts, United States. He has also trained extensively with the Centre of Mindfulness at Bangor University in Wales. He holds Masters
degrees in both Engineering and Education.
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