Leadership

Guy Shepherd

CEO

Guy has more than 20 years of experience developing and implementing insurance technology solutions, working in large insurance groups, both directly and as an advisor. Guy's career started at Prudential Assurance where he held a number of roles including Head of Actuarial Systems, Head of Business Intelligence, and Head of Group Wide IT Solution Design for Solvency II.

Prior to joining SAL, Guy worked as a consultant, first as head of the Life Modelling Practice at PwC, and then as a director at Quintant Partners, a boutique consulting firm focused on the design and implementation of actuarial systems & modelling strategy for a wide range of clients.

Martina Loebenberg

Operations Manager

Martina has been working in financial services for 15 years, with experience across private equity, banking and insurance. Martina is passionate about quality, ensuring that we deliver a service that meets the expectations and needs of our customers and clients.

Martina's expertise covers change management, corporate governance, operational strategy, projects, finance, legal & relationship management. Martina is responsible for ensuring that our ever-growing operation performs efficiently and productively. An accomplished project manager, Martina has led projects for the likes of HSBC, KPMG, M&G and Beazley Group.

Lora Iordanova

Business Development Manager

Lora has over 5 years of experience of business development and relationship management, working in retail markets and market infrastructure organizations. Lora is responsible for maintaining SAL's business values, ensuring the quality of our client services and developing new global opportunities.

Lora gained her MSc in International Business and Management from the University of Westminster, graduating with distinction. In addition, Lora was awarded the Westminster Business School prize for Outstanding Student in International Business Management.

Ralph Stadie

Development Team Leader

Ralph has over 30 years experience as a software developer, 18 of which have been in a development team lead role for applications ranging from petroleum engineering to broadcasting and media.

Ralph specializes in delivering integrated desktop applications and has expertise in C#, C++, .NET, WinForms and WCF, as well as a number of legacy technologies. Ralph holds a BSc in Computer Science with a minor in Applied Mathematics from the University of Calgary, Canada.

Development & Support

Graham Viney

Implementation Manager

Graham has more than 30 years designing, writing and implementing software solutions across a wide range of industries including financial services, legal, credit card, Investment Banking, Insurance, Publishing, property, humanitarian, oil, government, transport and education.

He has led and delivered projects for WorldPay, KPMG, Prudential Assurance, Barclays Capital Investment Bank, UBS and more recently for Lloyds Banking Group where he worked on compliance and regulatory customer reporting projects.

David Smith

Test Analyst

A graduate of Oxford Brookes University, David gained his BSc Computer Science degree with upper second-class honours. David developed a strong interest in testing, specifically automated testing during his time at university, and last year, completed and passed ISTQB testing certifications. As well as testing, David has an interest in software development, learning new languages and technologies.

Laura Coutts

Personal Assistant

Laura has 4 years experience working in financial services for major private equity and investment companies in London, whilst also creating, producing and directing corporate entertainment groups for cruise ships, private events and major functions. Laura is passionate about ensuring smooth functioning customer services, maintaining core business values and ensuring the quality of the client services for SAL.

Laura graduated with a BA in Opera Performance from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and MA Music Theatre from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and has over 10 years experience working in the entertainment industry in both Australia and the UK.

Stephen Curle

Founder and Senior Developer

Stephen qualified as an actuary while working for Standard Life. He left Standard Life 12 years ago to form Software Alliance and has since been working with OAC to develop Mo.net into a leading financial modelling solution. He continues to work within Software Alliance's development team as a senior developer focusing on enhancements to Mo.net kernel. Stephen has a deep understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of various financial modelling solutions and, in particular, how to get the best from Mo.net's capabilities.



Andrew Balaranjan

Senior Developer

Andrew has over 10 years experience as a software developer, mainly focused on web development for organisations within financial markets. He specialises in back-end development, and has expertise in C#, MVC, Web Api 2, SQL Server and front technologies such as (CSS, LESS, HTML5, HTML, jQuery, AngularJS, Javascript).

Andrew is passionate about continuous integration / deployment using development methodologies such as Agile, Kanban & Scrum. Andrew holds a BSc in Computer Science & Information Technology from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Nahmaan Rashid

Developer

Nahmaan has more than 5 years experience working within financial services and software industries. A graduate in Computer Science, Nahmaan has a solid foundation in C# and web development, having designed and developed tax reporting solutions for a number of banks and financial institutions. Most recently, Nahmaan has managed tasks within an Agile environment for all members in the development team. He has also managed the Software Alliance helpdesk, liaising with customers and answering queries quickly and efficiently.

Ali Qureshi

AVP Development

With over 16 years of experience in software development of high profile web and desktop applications, Ali manages the architecture, research and development at Strategic Systems International. Ali Qureshi holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences.

Humayun Latif

SVP Engagements & Delivery

Humayun has over 20 years of experience leading key functions including sales, product development, architecture, delivery, and scaling development teams. He holds a MSc. in Information Networking from Carnegie Mellon, USA and a BSc. in Commerce & Computer Science from McGill University, Canada. Humayun manages client engagements and software delivery at SSI and serves as a mentor at various Tech Incubators in the Chicago area.

Mehwish Riaz

Senior Team Lead / Engineer

With over 10 years of experience, Mehwish excels in design, implementation, modification and maintenance of web and desktop software systems for clients in multiple domains such as healthcare, financial, supply chain management, industry 4.0 and automobile Industry. She possesses sound technical expertise in cutting edge Microsoft Technologies such as C#, ASP.Net MVC, WPF and Web forms. Mehwish, also has hands on experience in front-end development primarily using JavaScript Angular and JQuery. Mehwish holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Lahore.

Zeb Ur Rehman

Senior Software Engineer

Zeb has extensive experience in analysis, design and development of enterprise software applications. Highly proficient in front-end and back-end technologies including C#, Asp.Net MVC, Asp.Net Web Forms, Entity Framework (Both Code First and Model First), JavaScript, JQuery, Angular JS, HTML 5 and Bootstrap. He also has solid hands on experience on 3rd Party UI libraries like Kendo UI & Telerik UI. Prior to joining SSI, Zeb worked for NetSol Technologies and Cirin Pharmaceuticals. He has a total experience of 5 plus years and holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Air University, Islamabad.

Board

Guy Shepherd

CEO & Director
Guy serves on SAL's Board in addition to his role as CEO. Please see above for his full bio.

Stephen Curle

Founder & Director
Stephen serves on SAL's Board in addition to his role as a Senior Developer. Please see above for his full bio.

Darren Richards

Director
Darren represents the interests of OAC Plc on the Board.

Gerry Gallagher

Advisor to the Board