John is an investor and board advisor at Strategic Blue. He is a former Managing Director at Morgan Stanley, where he was co-Head of non-oil commodities for EMEA. He was the first person to be hired by a Wall Street bank from a power utility, becoming a founder member of the Morgan Stanley electricity trading desk. John is one of the world’s foremost authorities on commodity market development and the pricing of non-standard pseudo-commodity products.
Following a successful career in Chemical Research, Sam has held a series of senior international roles in Information Technology which have encompassed both Client and Supplier responsibilities; his appointment as CIO for East Midlands Electricity was the prelude tomoving to supplier IT Services outsourcing integrators.
He has worked in a variety of leadership positions for SAIC, Oracle, EDS, Unisys and Deutsche Telekom (T-Systems International) across different geographies in Europe, Africa, the Americas and Australasia. His broad management experience includes growing and restructuring Consulting Services, IT Services and Process Outsourcing businesses with a strong emphasis on building sustainability and staff development.
Sam holds an honours degree in Chemistry, Master of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Polymer Science and has co-authored several scientific publications in addition holding a number of technology/process patents. He is a Fellow of the RSA. Additionally, Sam sits on a number of University Business School Advisory Boards.
James was hired into Morgan Stanley’s commodities division by John Woodley, who mentored James through over $500 million of structured commodities deals, each of which was a first of its kind at Morgan Stanley requiring sign off from the Global Head of Commodities. These included major off-takes of power from credit-constrained generators, long-term shaped electricity sales to independent suppliers, and a major investment in Atlantis, a renewable energy company.James holds a 1st class M.Sci. in Experimental and Theoretical Physics from Cambridge University and a D.Phil. in DNA Nanotechnology from Oxford University.
Paul manages the databases and billing engines that collect our client’s usage data from the cloud providers and generates the tailored invoices showing our client’s usage for each of their clouds. He formerly led a team of developers at a leading pensions software company.Paul holds a M.Sci. in Physics from Imperial College London.
Aleda runs back office and manages client identification and approach. She was previously Senior Commercial Strategy Analyst and Multinational Sales Manager at Virgin Atlantic Airways. She has also worked at KPMG and as a Research Assistant at Loughborough University.Aleda holds a B.Sc. in Economics from Loughborough University.