Les is a Chief Operating Officer and Operational Risk Manager with over 30 years’ experience building businesses in the Australian Financial Markets. He joined Aitken Investment management in May 2015 to manager the launch of the AIM Global High Conviction Fund. He has lectured globally on Operational Risk, Leadership and performance improvements, and market conformity. Les has worked in partnership with regulators in Australia to develop sound practices in the Financial Markets and was the Chairman of the Australian Treasury Operations Association. He has been awarded an honorary degree by the Securities Institute of Australia for services rendered to the Australian Financial Markets. Les managed the spin out of the MST proprietary trading team from UBS, establishing the MST Capital Markets Macro hedge fund in Australia. Previously he held roles at Goldman Sachs. Les was employed to facilitate an increase in business activities for the proprietary trading room including reviewing the IT infrastructure, create effective reporting of existing risk and emerging risks. Les also served as the Chief Operations Officer Asia Pacific for Dresdner Bank AG from 1997 to 2001.