About Us

Launched in 1995, Interactive Investor (II) is an award-winning, online investment service that provides retail investors with unbiased financial information together with the tools and trading environment they need to make confident and informed investment decisions.

As one of the UK’s leading investment and trading websites, II has 1.5 million unique users pa who contribute to one of the most engaged and active investor communities in the country; over 600,000 posts are made each year on the site's discussion boards.

Whilst, as an execution-only broker, II does not offer advice, it does offer a comprehensive range of financial services. Customers can choose from investment options including Share and Fund dealing, SIPP, ISA and Junior ISA trading accounts, an extensive research range, investment filters and a selection of ready-made investment options.

Customers have access to their valuations and holdings at all times with the ability to trade on their desktops, on II’s tablet and mobile apps, or over the phone. Over 40% of new customers are referred by friends and family, which is testament to II’s competitive pricing, systems and service.

II is at the forefront of offering quality financial information and trading services and prides itself on delivering first-rate customer service, fair and transparent pricing and market-leading content – all of which are supported by a high-quality, experienced contact centre and a robust and scalable trading platform.

Your Security and Privacy

The security of your financial assets and your account is of the utmost importance to us. II is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), and all our systems and practices not only meet industry requirements but in addition, we have further security procedures of our own, so you can be confident of our commitment to the safety and security of your account and investments at all times.

You can find full details of how we keep your personal information and investments protected in our security centre.

Ownership

Interactive Investor is privately owned by Interactive Investor plc and is not listed on any exchange.

The Group also owns Moneywise Publishing Limited, a company that publishes consumer finance titles Moneywise and Money Observer magazines and their websites:

II also operates a sister website shareprice.co.uk which specialises in the mobile delivery of real-time share price and trading.

Interactive Investor plc and its group of companies are registered in England and Wales (registered number 3699618) and is governed by the Companies Act 2006. It is required to submit audited financial accounts each year by independent accountants.

Our Executive Team

Interactive Investor is based in two locations, with our UK contact centre and share dealing operations in Glasgow and the rest of the II team in London.

Executive Committee

Adam Seale – CEO, Interactive Investor

Adam Seale – CEO, Interactive Investor

Adam began his career at the Bank of England in 1983, and spent 18 years at global consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, where he led the UK financial services practice. In 2008 he joined the retail board of HBOS as MD Specialist Banking, Bank of Scotland International, and chairman of AA Personal Financial Services and a board director of Sainsbury’s Bank. After the acquisition by Lloyds Banking Group, Adam was appointed head of Lloyds’ UK High Net Worth business. Adam was educated at Cambridge University and London Business School.

Chief Financial Officer – Barry Bicknell

Chief Financial Officer – Barry BicknellBarry has a strong financial and risk-management background having spent 6 years at HSBC Investment Bank as Head of equity derivative product control, and 5 years at Westlb Panmure as Director of Operational Risk. He also brings expertise in delivering controlled growth in online retail financial services after four years spent as Finance Director at CMC Markets.

Chief Marketing Officer – Linda Summers

Chief Marketing Officer – Linda SummersLinda joined Interactive Investor in April 2014 from Skype where she was Director of Product and Partner Marketing. In addition to her time at Skype, Linda’s experience includes working at O2/Telefonica, Red Bee Media, and BT, where she led marketing teams in the UK and globally and was responsible for the launch of many pioneering services. In 2012, she was voted one of 2012’s Top 100 Women in Tech. She is also an active member of the Tech London Advocates community, which enables growth in the UK’s tech businesses.

Director of Share Dealing – Douglas Boyce

Director of Share Dealing – Douglas BoyceDouglas has worked in retail share dealing since 1991. Having previously worked for Barclays Stockbrokers, Halifax Share Dealing and City Index, he joined Interactive Investor in 2009 to lead the development of its purpose-built Share Dealing service and direct the customer migration from its previous outsource provider. Following the migration, Douglas has been responsible for Share Dealing Operations, Dealing and Customer Service.

Douglas is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment and sits on the Wealth Management Association Retail Markets Committee, the Platform Working Group and the Wider Share Ownership Council.

Publishing Director - Jeremy King

Publishing Director - Jeremy King

Jeremy has been Publishing Director at Interactive Investor since 2004 having previously been Publisher of Moneywise magazine from 2001-2004.

He has an extensive background in the financial and media sectors having been a Director of Private Share Ownership and a Board member at ProShare, the UK Share promotion agency. From 1987-1999 Jeremy worked for Financial Times Business running a range of business-to-business and personal finance magazines, their related products and events.

IT Director – Alan Grose

IT Director – Alan GroseAlan joined Interactive Investor as IT Director in June 2013. He has been involved in the IT aspects of the Finance, Gaming and Outsourcing industry since 1975 with recent senior roles at Lloyds Banking Group and was the CIO at Sportingbet covering Europe and the Emerging Markets.



Head of Risk and Compliance – Brian Gray

Head of Risk and Compliance – Brian Gray Brian has worked in the financial services industry for over 25 years. Starting out in Murray Johnstone, he moved to Barclays and was an Operations Manager before moving to Compliance where he was responsible for the oversight of the Barclays Wealth Execution Only service and Private Banking (Scotland).

Brian is a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment and sits on various Wealth Management Association Committees including Regulatory, Financial Crime Committee and Risk Officers Forum.

Board of Directors

Peter Dicks – Non Executive Chairman

Peter Dicks – Non Executive ChairmanPeter is a founder Director of venture capital company Abingworth plc, Chairman of Private Equity Investor Plc and is a director of several quoted and unquoted companies, including Polar Capital Technology Trust plc, Graphite Enterprise Trust plc and Standard Microsystems Inc, a US NASDAQ quoted company. He has been Chairman of Foresight VCT plc and Foresight 2 VCT plc since their launch in 1997 and 2004, respectively, and has been Chairman of Foresight 3 VCT plc and Foresight 4 VCT plc since July 2004. He is also Chairman of Unicorn AIM VCT plc.

Mark Horrocks – Non Executive

Mark Horrocks – Non ExecutiveMark has been the owner and Partner of Intrinsic Value Partnership Limited and Intrinsic Capital LLP since 1999. He previously served as a Portfolio Manager at Guardian Asset Management, GREA PLC, from 1984 to 1997. Mark is an ex-institutional life and pension fund manager for over 20 years, and now focuses on small company investments in the financial and media industries.

Bruce MacFarlane – Non Executive

Bruce is the founder of venture capital investor MMC Ventures, where he sits on the Investment Committee and is actively engaged with the portfolio companies. Before founding MMC, Bruce was a Managing Director at Merrill Lynch, where he was head of UK Investment Banking, and Bankers Trust, where he was the Partner and Senior Managing Director responsible for UK client origination. Previously he practised as a US securities lawyer at Skadden Arps in New York.

Tim Levine – Non Executive

Tim Levine – Non ExecutiveTim is the founder of Augmentum. Augmentum has built a portfolio of investment in internet-focused companies, and is wholly backed by RIT Capital Partners plc.

Nicholas O. Brigstocke - Non Executive

Nicholas served as Managing Director of BZW’s UK corporate brokerage business. Prior to that he served as Head of Equity sales at BZW.

Adam Seale – CEO, Interactive Investor

Adam Seale – CEO, Interactive Investor Adam began his career at the Bank of England in 1983, and spent 18 years at global consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, where he led the UK financial services practice. In 2008 he joined the retail board of HBOS as MD Specialist Banking, Bank of Scotland International, and chairman of AA Personal Financial Services and a board director of Sainsbury’s Bank. After the acquisition by Lloyds Banking Group, Adam was appointed head of Lloyds’ UK High Net Worth business. Adam was educated at Cambridge University and London Business School.

Chief Financial Officer – Barry Bicknell

Chief Financial Officer – Barry BicknellBarry has a strong financial and risk-management background having spent 6 years at HSBC Investment Bank as Head of equity derivative product control, and 5 years at Westlb Panmure as Director of Operational Risk. He also brings expertise in delivering controlled growth in online retail financial services after four years spent as Finance Director at CMC Markets.

Governance

Interactive Investor Trading Limited is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and is obligated to abide by their rules and regulations.

You can contact the FCA on 0800 111 6768 (8.00am-6.00pm, Monday to Friday, 9.00am-1.00pm, Saturday). You can write to them at the FCA Consumer Help Line, 25 The North Colonnade, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5HS or visit www.fca.org.uk.

You can find us on the FCA’s Register by entering our FCA reference 190551 at fsa.gov.uk/register/firmSearchForm.do

As well as being regulated by the FCA, we are:

  • A London Stock Exchange member firm – member firm 315
  • An HM Revenue & Customs ISA Plan Manager
  • Participants in the Financial Services Compensation Scheme
  • A Corporate Member of the Chartered Institute of Securities & Investments
  • A member of the Wealth Managers Association
  • A member of Tax Incentivised Savings Association (TISA)

Financial Services Compensation Scheme

If Interactive Investor Trading Limited should cease trading, your assets will be covered by the provisions of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) up to the value of £85,000 for cash and to £50,000 for stock. For full details of the FSCS, detailing the restrictions and financial limits that apply, you can contact the FSCS either by telephone on 0800 678 1100, visit their website at fscs.org.uk or write to them at FSCS, 10th Floor, Beaufort House, 15 St Botolph Street, London EC3A 7QU.

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Press office contact details

All media enquiries should be directed to:

Lora Coventry
Quill PR
T: 020 7466 5059

E: Lora@quillpr.com

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Opening an account is easy and you will need:

  • Your address details for the last three years
  • Your debit card details including bank account number and sort code
  • Your National Insurance (NI) number

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Please be aware of the risks involved. The value of investments, and any income from them, can fall as well as rise so you could get back less than you invest. Past performance is no guarantee of future performance. Tax treatment depends on your individual circumstances and may be subject to change. If in any doubt, please seek advice.

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Support

Our trading service offers you:

  • One-to-one telephone seminars - you can structure your seminar to get the most from our service
  • UK call centre open 7.45am to 9.00pm Monday to Friday
  • Active discussion boards giving you support from like-minded investors
  • Award-winning financial news and editorial from our team of journalists
  • Educational guides and video tutorials

Contact us

Call our UK team on: 0845 200 3637