Meet The Fools
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 16 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 (TMFSpam)
Editor, Fool UKSam is the International Editorial Director of The Motley Fool, and joined the company in 2011 as Editor of www.fool.co.uk. Prior to that, his career in publishing took in all walks of life from digital art to broking, via digital photography as well as the legal and actuarial professions. His investment style leans towards a mix of high-yield and growth stocks, and inspired by the likes of Peter Lynch and Warren Buffett.
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.
Edward Sheldon, CFABased in London, Edward is a freelance investment writer whose clients include a broad range of financial services firms located all over the world. Prior to launching his own investment writing business, Edward spent 15 years working in private wealth management and institutional asset management, both in the UK and in Australia. A passionate investor himself, Edward mainly invests in large-cap dividend stocks with the aim of building wealth slowly, however, he has been known to be tempted by the occasional small-cap opportunity. Edward holds a Commerce degree from the University of Melbourne, as well as the Investment Management Certificate (IMC) and the highly-regarded Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) qualification.
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 Observer, The National in Dubai 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.
Kevin Godbold (InvestElf)
Freelance writerI’m an investment writer and private investor focusing on the London stock market. I run my own pension fund and ISA accounts after a career in management and engineering, which included building up a business from scratch and selling it a few years later as a going concern.
Manika Premsingh (manikap)
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)Roland Head has a background in telecoms and IT engineering that's helped him to develop an investing style that's focused on value, income and quantitative factors. He also has an interest in commodity stocks. Roland has been writing for the Motley Fool since 2012 and holds the CFA UK Investment Management Certificate (IMC). A keen private investor, he also runs an internet business.
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 is the editor and co-owner of Hidden Value Stocks, a quarterly investment newsletter and covers everything value investing for ValueWalk.com. 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.
Tezcan Gecgil, PhDShe has worked in investment management in New York City, Princeton (NJ), Greenwich (CT), and London (U.K.). She holds Ph.D. (Business Studies) as well as MSc (Investment Banking & Trading) and MBA degrees from leading U.S. and U.K. universities and has also completed all 3 levels of the Chartered Market Technician (CMT) examination. Her passion is for options trading based on technical analysis of fundamentally strong companies. She especially enjoys setting up weekly covered calls for income generation. As she is also qualified as Clinical Hypnotherapist at graduate level, she coaches traders and HNW investors on trading psychology. She divides her time between London and Naples (FL). She may be contacted for private mentoring.