Holly Mackay has been working in investment markets since 1998. She read Modern Languages at Oxford, with a special focus on Medieval French which was deeply interesting and arguably utterly useless. From 1998 – 2007, she worked in both Australia and the UK, for Big Global Investment Firms with Increasingly Important-Sounding Titles.
Likes: time with her kids, red shoes, the sea, surfing, India and wine (not Indian wine)
Dislikes: pompous bores, broken technology, laziness, the tube
Least boring thing: Holly was in a stand-up comedy show at the Edinburgh Festival ages ago with people who are now much more famous than she is!Contact Holly
Jim has been working in various types of research for close to 20 years.
He has worked across a wide variety of sectors including banking, insurance, technology and government.
Most recently Jim has been benchmarking banks, insurers and others against each other.
Likes: Numbers, lots of tea, nice wine, time with family and friends
Dislikes: Quiche, bad graphs, being ill, people who don’t remove their rucksacks on the tube
Least boring thing: Jim once took advantage of talented teammates to win a TV quiz showContact Jim
Georgina has spent the last 20 years working in market research agencies, focusing on financial services. She has conducted a wide range of quantitative and qualitative projects with many different financial organisations, including the FCA and the Money and Pensions Service. Georgina is passionate about using creative research approaches that help to engage consumers and enable us to really understand what they need. She is also a Certified Member of the Market Research Society.
Likes: Gin and tonic, Call the Midwife, the countryside, trampolining.
Dislikes: Whiskey, clutter, people that don’t shower daily, apostrophes used incorrectly.
Least boring thing: Georgina once took part in a 3 hour Zumbathon with her daughter (aged 3 at the time) on her back.Contact Georgina
Jen started her career in healthcare market research, speaking to professionals and respondents all over the world.
With specialisms in consumer journey and comms, Jen has worked on everything from complete bank rebrands to matching products with consumer need.
Jen has a wide range of experience yet still remains curious!
Likes: Surfing, yoga, laughing a lot, any music she can dance to, sun, beaches, getting out & exploring, banana bread.
Dislikes: rude/negative people, thrash metal, bananas.
Least boring thing: Jen was awarded 'Top Yogi' and 'Most Likely to Still Be Dancing Until the Wee Small Hours' on a surf and yoga tour of Sri Lanka.Contact Jennifer
Jess began her research career after studying Anthropology at the LSE, learning about all the weird and wonderful aspects of human culture.
Prior to Boring Money, she worked in Insight & Strategy at a Welsh building society, and more recently at a global market research firm writing reports across a range of consumer financial services markets.
Likes: 80s music, documentaries on ancient Egypt, painting trees, birds, and all things food
Dislikes: Bad weather, being late, squirrels stealing from bird feeders
Least boring thing: Jess alternated between playing second row and prop for her university and local rugby team back home.Contact Jess
Sam graduated from York University in 2016 with an integrated Master’s degree in Environmental Geography. He has previously worked as a data analyst in marketing and utilities industries, providing analysis and insight for senior leadership and stakeholders.
Likes: Food, gym, David Attenborough, the environment, horror films and people on public transport who are happy to chat
Dislikes: Slow walkers, rude people and overcrowded areas (hence why Sam lives and works in London!)
Least boring thing: Sam ran the London Marathon in April 2019 for the mental health charity 'Mind'.Contact Sam
Mahdi graduated from SOAS University of London in 2019 with a first class bachelor’s degree in Economics & Arabic. He has begun his career as a Research Analyst at Boring Money, where he participates in quantitative research – analysing and tracking investment platform performance – as well as qualitative research, such as contributing to research projects by conducting participant interviews.
Likes: Lime-filled white chocolate lindt, Lebron James and Lord of the Rings.
Dislikes: Taking Ls, long lines and Liverpool's recent success.
Least boring thing: Mahdi has been blessed with the opportunity to successfully complete ‘the walk of the free’ twice.Contact Mahdi
Carmel has worked in advertising and marketing since 2005. After 5 years at Money Marketing she joined Holly at The Platforum as Head of Commercial. From here she went to News UK to commercially run The Times and Sunday Times financial sections (winning Sales Person of the Year 2015) followed by a brief stint at Guardian Labs. But she was wooed back to join Holly at Boring Money in 2016 to tell the financial industry how they can work with us through content marketing, events and research.
Likes: French bulldogs, live music in a field and a good Scotch Egg.
Dislikes: Baked Beans, Talent shows on TV and bad manners.
Least boring thing:Contact Carmel
Janine joined Boring Money to work with Asset Managers and Life & Pensions Providers, to help with regulatory projects. At Legal & General Investment Management, Janine was responsible for the Personal Investing distribution strategy, to encourage younger clients and women to invest. Previous to this, Janine worked at a number of large financial institutions such as Vanguard and MetLife.
Janine graduated holds a Bachelor of Social Science in International Studies and French, as well as a Masters in History.
Likes: Travelling (anywhere) and Asian street food.
Dislikes: Expensive coffee (why?) and people coughing in my face on the underground.
Least boring thing: Very dexterous with my feet, I can write, pick things up and open jars!Contact Janine
Kit started work in the M&A markets before moving to Hong Kong, where he unearthed a dormant obsession for spicy food and good wine. Once he got his wine degree Kit started selling boutique wine and sake to HK’s top restaurants, before moving to Australia to grow grapes. Eventually a friend convinced him to give up the constant sunburn to help launch a Forex start-up, where he provided real-time macro analysis to institutional clients.
Likes: Go, backgammon, wine, tea, and cooking
Dislikes: Bland food, bad manners, and grey weather
Least boring thing: Much to the surprise of everyone, himself especially, Kit won an amateur Muay Thai fight by TKOContact Kit
Mikhail started out as an investment analyst before crossing over to marketing and comms for asset managers and investment solutions providers.
During his post grad he worked as a project manager for start ups in media production before returning to financial services.
He oversees client content production, comms, and web content at Boring Money.
Least boring thing: During a prolonged stint as child stunt performer, Mikhail found a niche playing fantasy creatures and feral children.Contact Mikhail
A creative who cares, Jamie always finds a way to give the people more!
As a Dementia Care Assistant he painted murals and wrote cheeky poems.
As a Newspaper Editor he organised workshops and started a society.
And now, after years as a Copywriter, he’s helping Joe Public and Mr Moneybags become firm friends. Power to the people!
Likes: Drag queens, dogs and David Bowie.
Dislikes: Rude people, dull writing and tea without sugar.
Least boring thing: Can make you practically anything out of papier-mâché…Contact Jamie
Phoebe began working life at the pan-European stock exchange Euronext, after finishing her MA Viking & Anglo-Saxon Studies masters degree (yep, you read that right!). Having turned her hand from Old Norse runestones to financial marketing, she loves the challenge of heading up our social media & Ask section, updating our site, and dabbling with design & video.
Phoebe takes every opportunity to learn more about the finance industry.
Likes: knitting, dogs, and eco-friendly living
Dislikes: ketchup, ’reality’ TV, and sunburn.
Least boring thing: Phoebe is a commissioned photo-realistic pet portrait painter.Contact Phoebe
Claire has many years’ experience in office management and administration, working within both the financial industry and charity sector. She is highly organised and helps Boring Money to stay on top of everything.
She is an accomplished bookkeeper and huge fan of Sage, Xero, and Excel, as well as being a former Lady Mayoress of the City of London!
Likes: Walking, yoga, eggs for breakfast, Bolt the family dog, my hairdresser, drinking wine with friends & audiobooks.
Dislikes: Slow walkers on the way to work, beer and cider, most sport, people chewing gum, mansplaining.
Least boring thing: Started re-training as a midwife at the age 52 and delivered four babies.Contact Claire
Matt started work at BT developing applications to locate telephone cables over 20 years ago. The excitement was too much so he moved into digital/web development and have worked for a variety of different brands from Sainsbury's to Nike, as both a developer, and in more recent years, a manager of developers.
Technology doesn’t have to be difficult. Matt's a pragmatist and just like to get things done.
Likes: Football (West Ham), 80’s action movies, My mad Schnauzer (Barney), Good coffee
Dislikes: Bad coffee, The only way is Essex – in fact all Z list celebrity, real life programs, The Tube
Least boring thing: My boys and my dogContact Matt
Chief Feline Officer Mog joined Boring Money after a short career at the North London Cats Rescue Centre in Archway.
She has ideas above her station and has been known to refuse Ocado free-range chicken. As well as having an c-attitude problem, she tends to sleep through important meetings and yawn at our videos. She is currently in a disciplinary process although proving rather hard to fire.
Likes: Baked beans, Magnums, shrews, pensions
Dislikes: Baths, dogs, Whiskers cat food.
Least boring thing: She staged a failed coup against Grumpy Cat.Contact Mog