Robert O’Brien, Director
Rob graduated from University in Nottingham and joined a chemical company that sponsored him through his degree. After working with the business for a year after graduation, he was part of the management team that integrated a group of companies in to the wider business. He went on to join First Rate FX in the Canary Wharf while the business was in its formative stages, becoming just the 6th team member. First Rate FX was a small business, so Rob had to learn every aspect of the job very quickly and started off in back office. He later became a trader and went on to run the trading team before going back to run the back office as it was starting to struggle as the business grew. Rob eventually become a director, where he was overseeing a large team of 50+ staff. He was quite often abandoned by the rest of the management team and the only director in the office so pretty much ran the company on a day to day basis, while reporting back to the board and investors at each board meeting. While a steep learning curve, it stood him in great stead for his future career. After 10 years at First Rate FX, Rob decided to spread his wings and set up Vorto with Chris and Bobby.
Bobby Ward, Director
Bobby joined First Rate FX in Canary Wharf at just 15 and was known the be the happiest tea boy in London! He could be found boiling the kettle and doing the most boring admin jobs, but he knew this was the start of his working career. At 15 you have amazing drive (and probably don’t know any better!). After a couple of months Bobby was promoted to the accounts team and secured his own desk. Rob, his now Vorto business partner, was the Operations Director at FRFX and took Bobby under his wing to help him understand how the industry worked. After spending a year or two in the accounts and compliance department, he learnt on the job about how the ‘back office’ worked. Rob was aware Bobby always wanted to join the sales and trading team, so he made sure Bobby knew operations inside out before joining the front office, which has ultimately led to Bobby owning his own FX business.
Daniel Dornan-McGowan, Senior Trader
Daniel has been in the FX industry for 10 years. Starting back in 2008 he has always enjoyed the FX market, and has seen the good times but also the really bad times when the recession hit. The one thing he loves about the industry is that no matter what happens in the economy, whether it pushes the rates up or down, there are always clients who can benefit from the movement and volatility, and that keeps the job and working at Vorto fresh and exciting!
Starting out many moons ago (Daniel’s words!) as a junior trader for another company, he went on to own his own business which he sold after a few years as he had intended to step away from the industry for a while to concentrate on other ventures. After setting up a nursery school with his wife he decided he missed the buzz of the City and met with the team at Vorto. He didn’t look anywhere else once he met the guys because they clicked, and Daniel really liked their setup while being confident he could bring something to the table.
Just over a year on Daniel still gets a buzz going to work as the Vorto team are down to earth but always looking at new ideas and keeping it fresh. Vorto is a team effort and the Directors know and trust that Daniel will always do the job he’s there to do, creating a great working environment that makes it an absolute pleasure for him to go to work each day (we think he might be after a pay rise…….!)
Chen Xu, Trader
Chen joined Vorto Trading early in 2017. Chen is an FX specialist and made a big impact at Vorto when they were initially setting up their Chinese trading desk. Prior to joining, Chen was part of HooCapital, also based in London. With a master’s degree in international finance from the University of Glasgow, Chen can be relied on for the right answer for the Vorto clients, with whom he has built up strong relationships. Chen has an interest of philosophy outside the work place, but we guess if you work as a trader you sometimes have to be a little bit philosophical some days anyway!