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During his working life, Justin has worked
on vineyards around Europe and also worked
on Southampton Docks where he was even
elected as a Trades Union shop steward. From
studying law at Southampton University he
trained as a barrister however, recognising
his astonishing lack of talent went into
international corporate and trade finance in
Uganda and in South East Asia where he lived
Returning to the UK he was involved in the
development of Big Bang in 1986 with BZW.
From this he, with others, went on to found
Broker Services which eventually went to
become Barclays Stockbrokers where he was
Corporate Development Director.
He is an enthusiast for greater financial
education and the reform of investment
structures for both investors and companies
needing easier access for funding. As a
result he has helped in the establishment of
educational body Proshare, and also the
development of the AIM market.
is keen on developing reforms for government
privatisations as well as the development of
regional investment structures for
businesses of all sizes. He is a regular
commentator and columnist on the media and
is often called upon to demystify
complicated financial jargon and stories.
He and his business partner of many years
founded Seven Investment Management (7IM) in
2001 to provide some "radical common sense"
to change "a lazy, lethargic and
self-satisfied" investment industry which
they saw as being primarily run for the
benefit of itself rather its clients.
He is also an amateur archaeologist and in
the summer of 2015 went to Rome with his old
university to take part in an archaeological
dig. Justin has an Irish wife and an
Indonesian daughter, two cats, one motor
cycle and a British racing green 1964 Morris
In March 2015 Justin won The Spectator Money
Award for Lifetime Achievement.