Edward Blad – Founder & Managing Director

Edward started his career in Independent Research in 2007 upon joining Eden Financial. In 2011, following their acquisition by Marex Spectron, Edward was promoted to manage Business Development for the Independent Research team.

He has developed and imparted to Institutional Investors unrivalled insight and skills in evaluation across IRPs. Edward has established and developed working relationships with over 1,000 Providers, setting up countless introductions as well as effectively managing the rapidly expanding series of long-lasting relationships which have ensued. This grounding led him to set up IRF in 2016.

+44 (0) 20 3405 7120
LinkedIn: Edward Blad


Alexis Vatistas, CFA - Business Development

Alexis joined IRF in 2017 and brings extensive relevant industry experience, having worked as an active Equity Fund Manager. Roles on the Buy-side include running an S&P-rated top-quartile fund at Singer & Friedlander, and 7 years co-managing a £2bn fund focusing on Pacific Equities at Universities Superannuation Scheme - USS.

He has intimate knowledge of the research sector, and an expert eye for what constitutes differentiated research output and specifically its economic value; skills honed during the process of unbundling research payments from execution costs during his time at USS. These qualities are invaluable to the IRF due-diligence process, assisting in ensuring that only the highest-quality IRPs are selected to join the suite of Providers.

+44 (0) 20 3405 7123
LinkedIn: Alexis Vatistas


Jenny Metta - Business Development

Jenny joined IRF in 2018 and brings extensive sales experience in the financial services industry. After completing an MSc in Banking and International Finance at Cass Business School she started her career in the City as a derivatives broker then progressed into Sales. She worked on the Buyside for one of the major hedge funds, MAN Investments, and at Fitch Ratings, Deutsche Boerse and GimmeCredit, where she headed up their respective Sales teams.

She is very determined and takes a very detailed and thorough approach to the sales and after sales process. She has built an extensive network among institutional investors across the UK and Italy and thrives in maintaining high level relationships between the buy side and research providers.

+44 (0) 20 3405 7126
LinkedIn: Jenny Metta 


Liz Applebee - Operations

Liz joined IRF in 2019 and brings a wealth of experience in operations including accountancy, compliance, legal, and administration. She was most recently at London based Independent Research Provider, GFC Economics, where she was Managing Director and Head of Operations. She is a CIMA qualified management accountant.

With over 20 years’ experience having worked in London and Sydney, in Financial Services companies, Liz provides the support required for a business to thrive.  

+44 (0) 7779 328 558
LinkedIn: Liz Applebee


Jamie Stewart – Senior Advisor

Jamie was heavily involved in the emergence of Independent Research in Europe, having been the first London professional to set up a leading Global Independent Research Consultancy and Intermediation business - at Instinet, as from 1999, before moving to Eden Financial and later Marex Spectron.

He was a co-Founder and Board Member of AIRP (Association of Independent Research Providers) and Chairman of the AIRP Markets Advisory Committee. He has written numerous pieces for financial publications, spoken on panels and held anchor-roles on CNBC, BBC World News and Bloomberg.

 +44 (0) 1886 812 881
LinkedIn: Jamie Stewart