Newcastle University Business School

Guest Speaker Profiles

Guest Speaker Profiles

  • Ingo Stegmaier

    Ingo Stegmaier has been the founder and co-founder of three different companies since end of 2015. He held previous positions at UBS Deutschland AG, Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management and HSBC. He is a graduate of the Newcastle University Business School where he gained his MSc in Finance in 2010. 

  • Kevin Southwood

    Kevin is a graduate of Newcastle University and a company director with over 25 years senior level experience. He has been the executive board director of two large UK banks. He has also been a lecturer at many Business Schools in the UK including London, Manchester, Northumbria and Newcastle. He is the former National Examiner for the Chartered Institute of Bankers and has experience in floating both large PLC and small internet-based companies.

  • Mark Smyth

    Mark is employed by Sainsbury’s Bank where he is responsible for drafting and embedding the bank’s Recovery and Resolution Plan.

    Mark started his career working as an economist for the UK government and also worked as an adviser to the International Air Transport Association. He holds a BA and MSc in Economics and has recently completed his MBA.

    In addition, he has a wide range of experience in banking and financial services. He worked for the Royal Bank of Scotland for over ten years, starting as an economic adviser before transferring into risk management. He was closely involved in establishing the bank’s risk appetite framework.

  • Nick Swales

    Nick is the Regional Director of Rathbone Brothers. Prior to joining Rathbone Brothers, he spent eight years at UBS where he became an executive director and head of the Newcastle office. 

    As well as gaining a degree from Newcastle University, Nick holds the Chartered Institute for Securities (CISI) Diploma. He is a Chartered Fellow and a Board Director of the CISI. In addition, Nick holds the Financial Planning Certificate (FPC) level 1, 2 and 3 and he has significant experience in managing private client, trust, offshore, pension fund and charity portfolios.

    Nick is Chairman of the Percy Hedley Foundation, a large charity in the North East of England providing educational, vocational and residential care opportunities for disabled people. He is also a trustee of both the Newcastle University Retirement Benefit Fund and the University’s Development Trust.

  • Scott Farnetti

    Scott is the Portfolio Manager for Barclays Wealth and Investment Management. Having joined in 2013, he manages discretionary investment portfolios across multiple asset classes for a variety of investment mandates and clients. He is also a member of Barclay’s UK Equity and Alternative Investments committees.

    Scott began his career in 2006 as an equity analyst for an investment trust boutique in Edinburgh: Blue Planet Investment Management. In 2007 he moved to Brewin Dolphin where he was an Assistant Director specialising in managing portfolios for charities and corporate pension funds.

    Scott is a graduate of the Business School with a degree in Economics and a postgraduate degree in International Financial Analysis. Professionally, he is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments in the UK.

  • Stephen Pursey

    Stephen is the Director of the Policy Integration and Statistics Department and Senior Adviser to the Director General of the ILO. Amongst the issues he has worked on are the impact of globalisation on poverty reduction and decent work, freedom of association and the right to bargain collectively, sustainable development and trade and investment issues.

    Stephen Pursey worked as chief economist for the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) from 1980 to 1999. Prior to joining the ICFTU, he worked in the Economics Department of the TUC of Great Britain.

  • Ricardo DeSousa

    Ricardo DeSousa is a private banker working for ING Luxemburg. He is a graduate of the Newcastle University Business School where he gained his MSc in International Economics & Finance in 2010.  

  • Edward Courtat

    Edward Courtat is an investment banker who currently works for JP Morgan – Switzerland. He is a graduate of the Newcastle University Business School where he gained his MSc in International Economics & Finance in 2010.  

  • Xinyao Huang

    Xinyao is a buy-side risk manager and has been working for Western Asset Management Company (Legg Mason affiliate) since 2011, specialising in fixed income portfolio market risk. Before that, she had carried out research work for Scottish Widows Investment Partnership (SWIP), which is now part of Aberdeen Asset management. She is a CFA Digest Abstractor, a member of CFA UK Structured Learning Committee, and regularly teaches in universities as a guest lecturer. 

    She is a CFA and FRM charter holder, gained her MSc (Finance and Investment, Edinburgh University) in 2010 and graduated from Newcastle University (Finance and Business Economics) in 2009.