Our team

Mike Burton

Mike Burton

Mike Burton is Founder and CEO of Quorum 15, the global financial markets think tank. For over a decade, Mike has been working with buy and sell side firms, stock exchanges, regulators and industry trade associations to foster dialogue, build consensus and drive positive change in global financial markets.

Under Mikes leadership, Quorum 15 has built a membership of over 180 senior industry professionals drawn from around the world, who meet regularly throughout the year to identify common opportunities, challenges and solutions in respect of equities, fixed income and FX trading.

Prior to setting up Quorum 15, Mike was head of European sales at Iris Financial Software and head of Nordic sales at SunGard Trading & Risk Systems.

Ian Cohen

Non-Executive Director, Quorum 15

Ian joined HSBC in 2005 and is the Global Head of Market Structure and Execution Strategy for HSBC Global Asset Management. In this role Ian is responsible for defining and overseeing HSBC’s interaction with global capital markets, the selection of liquidity venues, platforms and counter-parties and multi asset execution

Ian was formerly Chief Operating Officer for HSBC’s equities division in Asia, based in Hong Kong, and Chief Strategy Officer for HSBC’s equities division globally.

Until June 2015 when he relocated to the UK, Ian was the Chairman of the equities committee of ASIFMA, the Asia Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association, Chairman HSBC Securities (Taiwan), HSBC Securities (Singapore), board HSBC Securities (India) and advisory board member of Quorum 15 Asia.

Previously Ian was Chairman of the AFME (Association for Financial Markets in Europe) Securities Trading Committee, and board member of HSBC Securities Egypt, HSBC Securities Dubai, NYSE Smartpool and LiquidityHub.

Richard Semark

Non-Executive Director, Quorum 15

Richard Semark is responsible for equity execution client relationships and President of UBS MTF. He works with clients to ensure they receive the best of UBS execution services, technology and liquidity. As CEO of UBS MTF his responsibility is to provide a high quality liquidity pool to improve clients’ execution quality as well as that of the other members.

Richard joined in June 2004 as a Managing Director responsible for UK to UK sales trading. Richard previously worked at AXA Investment Managers and UBS Asset Management for 17 years.  He has previously served as a Director of Turquoise and was a member of the IMA dealing group. He is currently on the AFME equities board.

Richard is a key contributor to UBS strategy on Market Structure and Regulation and has contributed to a number of publications and conferences on these and other equity trading topics.

Dominique Ampe

Dominique joined Quorum 15 in 2012 as Company Secretary. She is currently overseeing Quorum 15’s digital marketing strategy. Prior to joining Quorum 15, Dominique was Store Manager for a large bluechip retail operation where her team of over 100 people generated sales of more than £6M per annum.

Nicola Fielding

Nicola has been working with Quorum 15 since January 2016, covering all aspects of Finance, HR and general office management duties.  With extensive Finance experience, Nicola ran her own successful business and spent 17 years working for a large German Distributor as a Financial Controller with the sole responsibility of accounts payable on a turnover of over £28M.

Grace Baker

Grace joined Quorum 15 in June 2017 shortly after returning from Australia where she spent 2 years working and travelling.  As Head of Marketing and Global Events, she is responsible for the delivery of over 40  quorums each year. In addition to this, she is also PA to the CEO.  Prior to joining Quorum 15, Grace spent 3 years working for one of the top ten accountancy firms in London, organising a wide range of events for high profile clients and contacts.

Tamsin Lush

Tamsin joined Quorum 15 in June 2018 as Global Events Assistant. Having graduated with a First in Business & Marketing, Tamsin is now undertaking a Graduate Diploma of Law (GDL) course at BPP University in London. Both before and during university, Tamsin gained experience of several high-quality service sectors and adapted to their various business operations, including Capital Group.

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OUR ORGANISATION

For ten years Quorum 15 has been bringing together senior executives from across the buy-side and sell-side to build consensus and help drive change in global financial markets. Through quarterly meetings around the world, Quorum 15 fosters dialogue, builds mutual understanding and identifies common opportunities and challenges. We work with and support regulators and industry associations in the promotion of fair, efficient and well-functioning financial markets.

POSITIONING

Quorum 15 is independent and self-financed. Neither a lobbying body nor industry association, we bring leaders together in frank discussion to identify areas of consensus that can be fed back into their respective associations. Frankness is encouraged through our policy of operating under the Chatham House Rule. Fairness is ensured by our Competition Law policy which prohibits any discussion that could be considered in any way to be anti-competitive.

ADVISORY BOARD

To ensure the agendas only focus on what is most important to its members, an advisory board comprised of buy and sell-side members has been established in each location. In the run-up to each quorum, three or four key topics are identified, put to the vote and from there the primary and secondary topics are determined along with any guest speakers.

Q15 Digital

In its 10th anniversary year, Quorum 15 is expanding its geographic coverage, and through the launch of the Q15 Digital Service, making access available to a wider community of buy and sell-side members. The move comes in response to heightened interest from buy and sell-side firms around the world in markets not currently covered by the physical quorums or otherwise unable to participate in those meetings.

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