About Us: Meet the Team

Jon Beddell

Jon Beddell - CEO

After failing to find a profession which united his childhood ambitions of being a pilot, archaeologist and zoologist, Jon began his career as a trader in a London-based investment firm.

He then went on to become a founding member of the TorFX team. As CEO Jon is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of TorFX strategy as well as managing group projects including significant partnerships, acquisitions, overseas expansion and corporate strategy.

For Jon one of the most rewarding aspects of his work is helping to make decisions which both improve the business and benefit its staff.

When not working, Jon used to spend his spare time fishing and gliding. But since marrying and having children Jon is more likely to be found enjoying family time at home, cooking (with a glass of wine in hand), and running.

Keith Hatton

Keith Hatton - Group CEO

Keith spent nineteen years working in corporate banking and seven further years on and off-shore in the international payments arena before joining TorFX in 2011.

For the past fifteen years he has held leadership roles within the FX and payments industry, giving him the experience needed to direct the board and push for the achievement of the company’s strategic goals.

When he was younger Keith couldn’t decide whether to pursue a career as a farmer or a pilot. Only with hindsight did he realise he could have united these ambitions by becoming a crop sprayer.

Over the years Keith’s hobbies of paragliding and mountaineering have evolved into more sedate pursuits, like cycling, skiing and sailing.

Neil Cooper

Neil Cooper - Chief Financial Officer

Neil joined TorFX in June 2017 as CFO. Neil leads the Finance, HR and compliance functions, as well as providing support to the Board and business across a range of activities, including tax, insurance and banking.

Neil has worked in a range of industries including FMCG, Leisure Retail and Housebuilding, having spent 10 years in listed-company CFO roles immediately prior to joining TorFX. Neil is a Fellow of the institute of Chartered Management Accountants.

Leo Markides

Leo Markides - Group Chief Operating Officer

Leo is responsible for the group’s IT development strategy, operational functions and also contributes to group strategy.

Bringing extensive experience from senior roles in a number of payments businesses including AMEX, the Post Office and Moneygram, Leo has a track record in delivering operational excellence.

Leo has a degree in Mathematics from Warwick University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Nigel Fox

Nigel Fox - Managing Director

During his career Nigel has held sales and senior management positions in large and medium size companies, working for Rio Tinto, Peter De Savary and the Combined Universities in Cornwall. Before taking on the position of Managing Director, Nigel spent seven years as the Sales Director of TorFX, with his focus being on supporting sales growth and managing an expanding sales team.

As Managing Director, Nigel uses his experience, drive and determination to spur his team forward and ensure consistency in all areas, citing being part of such a successful, dynamic and expanding business as the most rewarding aspect of his job. When not working Nigel indulges his passion for photography and music, spends time with his children and hones his sporting skills.

Ellie Pallett

Elle Pallett – General Manager

Elle joined TorFX in 2016 after completing a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Finance and Economics.

As the General Manager Elle is responsible for operations and supporting the Australian team, and she particularly enjoys working with such dedicated, passionate colleagues.

Elle spends most of her spare time outdoors; surfing, camping, fishing and travelling around the beautiful Eastern Coast of Australia.

Ellie Pallett

Alicia Smith – Sales Manager

Alicia has a strong background in sales and operational management in the Banking and Finance industry.

She worked with Suncorp Bank before joining TorFX in 2018 as our Sales Manager and now supports our passionate, dedicated sales team, helping them deliver award-winning service.

In her spare time Alicia enjoys getting out and about on the Gold Coast, paddle boarding, camping and hiking.

Neil Lawry

Neil Lawry - Head of Marketing

Since joining TorFX in 2005 Neil has specialised in driving acquisition through digital channels (with a particular focus on PPC and Comparison websites).

Neil oversees the marketing requirements for all the TorFX branches and manages a team of web developers, search specialists, marketing executives and content writers.

Neil is based in the UK Head Office and has extensive experience in SEO, PPC, content, email and social media marketing. He also has a keen interest in boats and fishing and enjoys cycling in the stunning Cornish countryside – weather permitting! 

Tom Pearman

Tom Pearman - Head of Compliance

Before joining TorFX in 2017 Tom spent 17 years in banking, including 11 years with the Commonwealth Bank and holding positions with Deutsche Bank, Citigroup, Royal Bank of Canada and Lloyds.

As Head of Compliance Tom ensures that the company functions in a legal, ethical and risk-averse manner while meeting its business and clients goals.

In his spare time Tom enjoys surfing, fishing, kayaking, boating… basically anything that gets him out on the water!

Stuart Giles

Stuart Giles – Head of Business Development – APAC

Stuart has worked in the Financial Services sector for over 20 years, spending the last 15 focused on financial lending, wealth investment and management advisory for private and corporate clients.

Stuart joined TorFX in 2019 and, as Head of Business Development APAC, is responsible for managing our partnerships across the Asia-Pacific region. Stuart also leads business development activities to heighten brand awareness.

In his spare time Stuart enjoys going to the beach, travelling and spending quality time with his wife, family and dog!