Meet The Fools
Jon Wallis (TMFTarantula)
Do-er of ThingsBefore joining the Fool in 2000, Jon spent eight years lecturing and researching in computing at a university, followed by a few years developing robotic laboratory automation systems for the pharmaceutical industry. Jon now heads up the UK Fool's Customer Services and is also Deputy Editor. In his spare time he's an active scuba diver, battles with the Hungarian language, and cooks a great deal of curry.
Mark Rogers (TMFMarkRogers88)
Head of UK InvestingAs the Head of The Motley Fool’s UK Investing Team, Mark approaches the stock market with the same old-fashioned business instincts and values that he honed growing up around the family business. An investor for 14 years, Mark specialises in unearthing top-quality under-the-radar investments in the small-cap market. He currently serves as Chief Investment Advisor for Motley Fool Hidden Winners.
Mark Stones (TMFMumboJumbones)
Investment AnalystMark Stones (TMFMumbojumbones) joined The Motley Fool in 2014 and initially worked as a writer for Fool.co.uk, before joining the Fool’s analyst programme. Mark earned a BA in English from Loughborough University. Although he spends more time reading annual reports than Russian literature these days, he still appreciates a novelist’s antipathy toward the accepted view, which is a useful attitude when trying to sniff out hidden gems on the stock market. His approach to investing has been largely influenced by the principles of Warren Buffett and Peter Lynch. He also takes a special interest in the work of healthcare companies. Outside of investing, Mark plays guitar, enjoys good writing and has a guilty passion for combat sports.
Nathan Parmelee (TMFDoraemon)
AdvisorNathan is the most senior member of the Fool's global equities research team, having written for the Fool since 2004 and serving as co-advisor of Motley Fool Global Gains since 2008. Before coming to the Fool, Nathan worked for a well-regarded industrial and financial services company, where he learned the intricacies of corporate acquisitions. His previous life allowed him to see the world -- including a three-year stint in Japan -- but ultimately, it was not his passion. He feels much more at ease evaluating potential investments for Foolish readers. Nathan's investing interests include consumer goods, energy, agriculture, and special situations.
Owain Bennallack (TMFFlaneur)
Investment AnalystOwain is a magpie of the investing world -- and not because he gets into a flap. Almost any style of investing might suit him, depending on the bigger picture, and he's held all sorts of companies. Paraphrasing Keynes, he says: “When the market changes, I change my mind -- what do you do?” That said, Owain is usually a buyer of equities, where he prefers lightly geared, modestly rated companies, and is increasingly on the lookout for Buffett-style intangible quality. He aspires to buy-and-hold: his best investment ideas are worth much more than he sold them for. Then again, his worst investment went bust due to management fraud!
Sam Robson (TMFDriveby)
Editor, Fool UKSam is the International Editorial Director and Editor of www.Fool.co.uk. He joined the company in 2011. Prior to that, his career in publishing took in all walks of life from digital art to the actuarial profession, via digital photography, broking and Legal Week. Born in Surrey, he obviously supports Manchester United, and has been known to run a marathon or two in his time.
Stuart Watson (TMFTigger)
Operations ManagerStuart trained as a Chartered Accountant, working in auditing and then corporate finance, before joining Fool UK in the dizzy dotcom summer of 1999. A keen private investor from an early age, he started as an article writer at the Fool and then became the site’s editor. He’s performed a variety of different roles since, and currently works on Fool UK's newsletter and share dealing services.
Alan Oscroft (TMFBoing)
Writer & Community FoolAlan was originally a software developer and first began writing for the Fool in the late 1990s, when he was the author of the Fool book "Make Your Child A Millionaire". He has been a private investor for around 20 years, and has explored a number of strategies. In his younger days he was dedicated to small cap growth shares and largely followed the ideas of Jim Slater, but with advancing years (and the arrival of his first grandchild), he is turning increasingly to high-yielding blue-chip shares (but with the occasional "blue sky" punt for fun). Alan currently works as a freelance writer and is also part of the moderation team for the Fool's discussion boards, posting as TMFBoing.
G A Chester
Investment writerHaving served the required apprenticeship of a misspent youth, G A Chester began his working life as a horse-racing writer and private handicapper. He has subsequently worked as a writer and editor in a variety of fields, and began contributing to the Fool as a freelancer in 2010. His investing career has progressed from the mis-priced second favourite in the 2.30 at Ascot, through speculative small caps, to conservatively-run family firms and the occasional 'special situation'.
Harvey Jones (Jonesey12)
Freelance writerI'm a freelance personal finance journalist who writes regularly for the Daily and Sunday Express, The Daily Telegraph, Guardian Unlimited, The Observer and, best of all, Fool UK.
Ian PierceI am a longtime Fool from the States relocated to London. With decades to go before retirement, I'm focused on AIM-listed small caps and growth shares of all stripes. My favourite companies are those that are looking to shake up stodgy industries with fresh ideas. After living and working in China for several years, I also have a soft spot for companies looking to take advantage of the long term potential to be found selling to a 100 million strong middle class.
Jack TangI write about value and dividend investing from the perspective of a self-directed investor. I consider myself a value investor, seeking misunderstood and undervalued stocks with good fundamentals. My goal is to outperform the FTSE 100 over the long term while taking less risk to achieve those returns. I have been a contributor to The Motley Fool since 2015.
Kevin Godbold (InvestElf)
Freelance writerAfter an early career in electrical engineering and management with one of the then nationalised regional electricity boards Kevin figured he could run a tighter ship and left to set up his own engineering services enterprise. Fifteen years later in 2004, after growing the business to employ several operatives, he sold it as a going concern - that didn't prove to be the easiest path to take in life, but the end result was satisfactory! Selling the business realised the inherent value, left Kevin mortgage-free, and provided a pot of free capital to indulge a growing interest in investing. These days he scratches his entrepreneurial itch by investing on the stock market and, although generally preferring to invest in small expanding businesses, he likes to remain flexible and open to other investment opportunities as well. Whilst aspiring to learn from the wisdom and experiences of others, Kevin usually finds that he learns best by making his own mistakes. He therefore makes many mistakes, both in investing and in life. Happily, many of his investments and life decisions have been good ones too.
Mark Bishop (markb)
Paul SummersPaul teaches psychology and also holds the CFA Society's Investment Management Certificate (IMC). It won't come as a surprise to learn that he's particularly interested in how behaviour and cognitive errors impact on financial decision-making.
Peter Stephens (XMFstockpicker)
ContractorHaving held various senior management positions in the manufacturing sector, Peter founded his own manufacturing company in 1996. This was subsequently sold in 2007. Meanwhile, his passion for investing (which began during the privatisations of the 1980s) remains strong and he couples this with writing for The Motley Fool as a Contractor. His investment style is value-oriented; focusing on company fundamentals, as well as assessing the strength and presence of a competitive advantage. While above-average growth prospects remain very attractive, a greater focus on dividends has crept in since Peter became a part-time retiree in 2007.
Roland Head (sopavest)After leaving university, Roland was sentenced to a career in IT, but eventually managed to escape in 2006, and has been writing for the Fool since 2012. Roland holds the CFA UK Investment Management Certificate (IMC) and currently works as a freelancer writer, as well as running an internet business. A keen private investor, Roland is focused on dividend and value investing, but also has a lingering interest in oil and gas stocks.
Royston Wild (Artilleur)
Freelance WriterI am a financial reporter specialising in the stocks, forex and commodity markets.
Rupert HargreavesRupert is a committed value investor and regularly writes and invests following the principles set out by Benjamin Graham. As well as writing for the Motley Fool, he covers everything value investing for ValueWalk.com. Prior to his investing and writing career, Rupert began his career as a proprietary currency trader and still trades on a daily basis. Rupert holds professional level qualifications from the Chartered Institute For Securities & Investment and the CFA Society of the UK.
Yasin EbrahimYasin is always on the look out for real value. And is not stranger to passing every nook and cranny of the investment world in search of the best risk/reward opportunities. Alas, his swapped his days of unearthing these opportunities exclusively for ultra high net worths in the City and now offers his services to the foolish community as a Freelance Financial Writer.