Colin Frayn - Online CV

Name: Colin Michael Frayn
Date Of Birth: 05/Jun/1978
Nationality: British
Marital Status: Single
Address: On request

Current Position:VP, Equity Derivatives Technology
Employer:Citigroup Inc., 33 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London


PhD. Research    (Sep/99 - May/03)

Awarded By: Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge University.
Thesis Topic: "What is Population II?" : Using Computational model-fitting methods to analyse the formation history of nearby galaxies.
Supervisor: Prof. Gerard Gilmore, Deputy Director, Institute of Astronomy

Undergraduate Degree    (Oct/96 - Jun/99)

Robinson College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
MA (hons) Astrophysics - 1st Class

Secondary Education    (Sep/89 - Jul/96)

King Edward VI School, Lichfield, Staffs, UK
GCE 'A'-levels : Physics (A), Maths (A), Further Maths (A), French (A), General Studies (A)


Current Employment

July 2018 - Present: VP, Equity Derivatives Technology, Citigroup Inc.

Responsibilities: I am responsible for a substantial slice of the pricing functionality within equity derivatives technology, including owning a desktop pre-trade pricing application, an Excel toolkit used by many thousands of front-office and back-office users and a set of utility packages that define our IT-Quant interface. I am also responsible for the build-out of pricing functionality in our strategic pricing/booking application.

Previous Employment

October 2008 - July 2018: AVP, VP, Technology, Barclays Plc

Responsibilities: I designed, developed and maintained critical pricing and risk infrastructure components, working primarily in C# and F#, with some C++ & SQL. I was responsible for the integration of our next generation Quantative Analytics Interface into our existing market data and analytics platform, and played a key role in the interaction between the Quant and IT functions including owning development and training in our in-house functional language.

April 2007 - October 2008: Developer, Netcraft, 2 Belmont, Bath, BA1 5DZ
Responsibilities: I was in charge of a number of research projects connected with the automated harvesting and analysis of large datasets, mainly in the realm of commodities and property. I developed several large, automated systems, primarily in Perl and a combination of scripting technologies.

September 2003 - March 2007: Research Fellow, Cercia, School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT
Responsibilities: As a member of a world-leading group within a (UK RAE) 5-rated research department, I was expected to maintain an excellent research and publication record, delivering consistently high quality academic work in the international arena. As a member of a team tasked with the commercialisation of cutting-edge research, I was required to work with industrial contacts, to explain the relevance of our technologies to non-experts, to investigate the application of novel technologies within established industries, and to write high-quality technical reports.

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Personal Interests

Musical Abilities


Apart from my musical interests, I enjoy reading, walking, cooking, philosophy, gardening and gaming.

I also enjoy writing in a range of genres. The first book of my fantasy trilogy "Wilderness" has been published online here, and my light-hearted travel-diary Partout le Magasin is available here. My large scale travel-diary / comedy-spy-adventure Four Euros Only is published here. A few years back I wrote a book on the topic of evolutionary psychology and cognitive neuroscience. The introduction is available here. I then followed that with a book on the history of science through the eyes of Isaac Newton, which you can find here.


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