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    First Derivative - Who we are


    Leadership working shoulder to shoulder with our clients.

    From working with 20 petabytes of market data, to designing event processing for sub-millisecond actions; there is one common experience for all of our clients across all of our assignments – we deliver.

    You might know First Derivative for our people, our managed services or KX, but we are always growing and our capabilities now extend from advisory, design and architecture through implementation, build and test to ongoing managed services for support, business operations and data insights.


    The First Derivative you thought you knew can do a whole lot more.

    Teaming with technical, logistical, and scalable expertise. We release our clients’ constraints and instigate action with authority, ingenuity and agility to drive positive outcomes. Transforming your business at the optimum rate of change.

    Meet our leadership team

    David Collins


    AnneMarie Patterson

    Divisional COO

    Donal Keane

    Global Head of Business Services

    Eve Jackson

    Business Manager for Business Services

    Andy Colhoun

    SVP Head of Technology Services Division

    Laura Lewis

    Vendor Services, Practice Manager

    Leon Orr

    Chief Solutions Officer

    Jordan Hendricks

    Business Manager / Business Operations – Engineering Services

    Fearghal McGovern

    Riona Morgan

    Finance Business Partner

    Szymon Kaczmarczyk

    Susann Wisnewski

    Chief Legal Officer

    Ralph Debbas

    Managing Director, North America

    Fiona McGilly

    Head of People

    Johnny Mattimore

    Managing Director, Global Head of Risk & Sustainability

    Elizabeth Toner

    Director of Brand and Experience

    Mark Moore

    Chief Financial Officer

    Alan Shannon

    EMEA Head of Consulting

    We are recognised as the world’s largest dedicated capital markets consulting firm. We marry technical expertise with deep capital markets domain knowledge and continue to expand our services to best support our clients worldwide.

    Brian Conlon

    A true FinTech pioneer, Brian Conlon established First Derivatives (FD) in 1996 from his mother’s spare bedroom with a loan of £5,000 from the Newry Credit Union. From those humble beginnings, it grew to become one of the top 3, all-time best performing companies listed on AIM and now has offices globally in every major financial capital.

    “In my view, Brian is the founding father of what is now one of the biggest Fintech sectors in the world; Belfast. Or to put it another way, before First Derivatives there was nothing.”

    Danny Moore, Options President and CEO

    Brian began his career working in risk management at Morgan Stanley, London and he went on to join SunGard where he implemented financial technology solutions in over 60 banks before bringing all of that experience together to create First Derivatives. This expertise along with the tenacity and drive of the team formed the basis of our reputation for successful delivery.

    “It’s an honour to take on Brian’s legacy, the company he created and the culture he endeared has resulted in a phenomenal team, full of can-do attitude and inquisitive problem solvers. My task is to retain that pioneering spirit and shape the firm for the future, driving it to achieve its full potential.”

    David Collins, Managing Director

    Our Awards

    Northern Ireland Women's Award 2019 Winner
    Diversity Mark
    Deloitte: Technology Fast Award
    Women in Business 2019

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