worked for Judy Dewinter, a very
influential woman in the industry
who made her mark on his career.
He describes her as ‘the ultimate
boss’ and that it was a sign of the
times working for such a powerful individual who was a woman.
“That was the first time I worked
for a woman and women were cer-
tainly becoming more successful in
the industry, which I view as a very
significant moment in my career,”
First head of trading role
He left Instinet in 2004 after speaking with Atticus Capital, a client of
his at Instinet, who approached him
to join the firm as they looked to
establish a trading desk in London.
Conn says the move was amicable
and he considered the opportunity
a fresh challenge. He joined as a Eu-
ropean trader and within a year he
was invited to become global head
of trading. Following the global
financial crisis, Atticus Capital split
its businesses and Conn departed to
join Barings Asset Management, be-
fore moving to Edinburgh to work
at Baillie Gifford in his current role.
“It hasn’t been too nomadic but
it has been an interesting career,”
“Through Barings and Bailie
Gifford I’ve been working for the
industry and I was also very fortunate to have the opportunity to
do that with the FIX Community.
When I joined Bailie Gifford I was
“At Leaders in Trading it was great to see
the younger end of the spectrum, certainly
there’s equality and diversity, which I think
is just great.”