Our People

OUR PEOPLE

The Copia team is headed up by Robert Vaudry and utilises the combined expertise of Hoshang Daroga, Joanne Benson and specialist Tony Hicks with the oversight of the Investment Committee who bring years of investment experience to Copia’s decision-making process.

Leadership Team

Robert Vaudry

Managing Director

Robert has over 30 years’ experience in Financial Services and has spent much of his multi award winning career in Board and Executive level leadership roles at a range of regulated multinational investment banks, wealth management firms and insurance companies.

In 2019 Robert was named “Chief Investment Officer of the Year” at the Insurance Asset Risks Awards and was awarded “Investment Strategy of the Year” in 2018 at the Insurance Asset Management Awards. Robert is also a former winner of  “Wealth Manager of the Year” (ACQ), “Best UK Balanced Fund” (AI), “Most Outstanding Multi-Strategy Portfolio” (Global Funds) and “UK Balanced Fund of the Year” (Hedge Fund Awards).

Always one for observing the finer details, Robert has a love of architecture and especially listed buildings. He enjoys renovation projects and is currently working on the restoration of a Grade One listed building in Chipping Campden.

Joanne Benson

Head of Investments

Joanne is responsible for portfolio management and fund selection at Copia and has over 20 years’ experience in financial markets.

Joanne began her career with Aon as a graduate and went on to spend ten years in investment consulting, working with institutional clients on pension scheme investment strategy and fund selection. After a stint with a private equity and hedge fund manager, she joined a discretionary investment manager, Wellian Investment Solutions, where she was a member of the investment committee responsible for managing portfolios and undertaking fund selection across a range of asset classes.

When she is not busy meeting fund managers, Jo loves baking show-stopping cakes for her friends and is a regular supporter at local live music venues.

Peter Wasko

Peter Wasko

Senior Portfolio Manager

Pete comes to Copia with over 20 years’ experience, mostly recently at Abrdn.  He brings extensive capital markets knowledge across asset classes, investment strategies and client types and has significant experience of manager selection, discretionary portfolio construction and asset allocation, covering Alternative (Hedge Funds) as well as Long-Only Multi-Manager investment funds. With Investment Committee expertise across several roles, he has a strong background of leading investment teams and a robust ability to deliver impressive investment performance.   

 As an ex-collegiate basketball player,  Pete is keen follower of most sports and enjoys watching his children play football.  He also loves live music and attending concerts.  

Tony Hicks

Head of Sales - London (City) & South East

Tony has more than 25 years’ experience in Financial Services, starting his career with United Friendly as a tied agent. He then progressed to senior financial adviser facing roles within the Sales and Marketing teams at Gartmore, Scottish Life, Aberdeen Asset Management and The Beaufort Group.

Throughout his career Tony has worked closely with clients and partners at Life Companies, Nationals & Networks and Platforms both nationally and internationally, across all asset and product types.

In his spare time, Tony is a keen gardener and attempts to grow a new and exotic fruit or vegetable every year. Tony is also a keen cook and especially enjoys making Indian dishes and sourdough bread.

Derek McKinnell - Senior Investment Oversight Manager

Derek McKinnell

Senior Investment Oversight Manager

Derek provides independent risk oversight and analysis of Copia’s discretionary investment management activities to ensure the continued delivery of satisfactory outcomes for investors, informed by over 30 years’ experience in Financial Services.

He has, in recent years, run his own investment research business, overseen an OEIC range in Cardiff, and held CIO and Portfolio Manager roles.  Previously he had 17 years’ private client experience, managing discretionary funds for private clients, pensions and charities across Scotland. He has worked for Tilney, Deutsche Bank and National Australia Bank as an investment manager, investment analyst, tax specialist and banker. Derek is a Chartered Wealth Manager, Qualified Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) and Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland (CIBS) and held CF30 accreditation.

In his spare time Derek enjoys volunteer work for local charities, watching sport and taking his dogs for long walks.  He also enjoys writing and believes he has a novel waiting to be written, possibly about the financial services industry!

SALES TEAM

Greg Mayho

Sales Manager - Midlands & East Anglia

Greg has over 27 years’ experience in Financial Services, gained working in  business development, marketing and client services functions at leading investment specialists including BNY Mellon, Old Mutual, Gartmore and Brooks Macdonald. Greg holds the CISI Investment Advice Diploma and is responsible for managing relationships with financial advisory firms at Copia.

Outside of work, Greg loves music and in particular, DJing in bars and nightclubs. 

Simon Eakin

Sales Manager - Home Counties & London (West)

Simon has been working in the Financial Services Industry for over 25 years with the majority of this time spent at Skandia/Old Mutual Wealth. During this time he has developed trusted relationships with many adviser firms in London and the Home Counties.

With comprehensive awareness of Copia’s product range from his previous role at Novia Financial, Simon is excited to be representing Copia and its innovative solutions full time.

Simon is married with two children and spends his spare time ferrying his children to various sporting fixtures and take a keen interest in most sport in including Rugby, Golf, Football and Classic Car racing.

Craig Berry

Craig Berry

Sales Manager - North

Craig has many years’ experience in the financial services sector, working for companies such as Lloyds Bank, MetLife and Old Mutual Wealth.

He also enjoys an in-depth understanding of operating with Copia from his time spent at Novia Financial. 

A keen triathlete, Craig has competed for Team GB both at home and abroad. He also coaches his son’s football team Gateshead Redheugh. Outside of his sporting interests, Craig enjoys walking his Labrador with his family in the hills of Northumberland.

Associates

Marina Contato

Associate Portfolio Manager

Marina has seven years of experience working in financial services. She started her career as an Operations Analyst in the banking sector and prior to joining Copia, she was responsible for trade settlement and reconciliations at Mirae Asset Management. Marina has a degree in Business Administration and is IMC Level 1 certified.

Away from work, Marina loves cooking all types of food but especially dishes from her beloved home country, Brazil. Her speciality is feijoada, a dish she learned from her mother.

Kevin Blackwell

Associate Portfolio Manager

Kevin has been working in financial services for three years. He started his career with Link Asset Services in Dublin, before moving to London to work firstly with Aviva Investors and then Copia Capital Management.

Kevin has a Bachelor of Commerce degree with an Accounting major from The National University of Ireland, Galway and an Msc in Finance from The National College of Ireland. Kevin has also recently passed Level Two of the CFA program.

Sport is Kevin’s main passion and he is an active member of Sean Treacy’s Hurling Club, based in Tooting. His team recently won the 2020 London Intermediate Hurling championships.

Junior Associates

Alex Snuggs

Junior Associate

Alex received a high 1st class degree in Finance and Investment Banking from the University of Reading, where he was one of the top five performing students over his three year course. 

A talented golfer, Alex plays with a single figure handicap. He also has a keen interest in cryptocurrency markets and their underlying technologies. This knowledge has enabled him to trade various cryptocurrencies as part of a personal portfolio.

Natalie Wallace - Junior Associate

Natalie Wallace

Junior Associate

Natalie has been working in the finance industry for just over a year. Beginning her career at FinTrU in Belfast before moving to London to work for Copia Capital Management.

Natalie received a 2.1 in Business Economics and Finance from Loughborough University.

She’s a keen sportswoman, specifically hockey – in her final year at Loughborough her team won a silver medal at BUCs (British university and colleges). She’s also a lover of skiing and after University she completed a ski season in Morzine.

Copia Capital Management

Fleet House, 8-12 New Bridge Street, EC4V 6AL

Copia Capital Management is a trading name of Novia Financial Plc. Novia Financial Plc is a limited company registered in England & Wales. Register Number: 06467886. Registered office: Cambridge House, Henry St, Bath, Somerset BA1 1JS. Novia Financial Plc is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Register Number: 481600.

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