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, Risk & Analytics
Employer:Barclays Plc., 5 The North Colonnade, 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

October 2008 - Present: VP, Technology, Barclays Plc

Responsibilities: I design, develop and maintain critical pricing and risk infrastructure components, working primarily in C# and F#, with some C++ & SQL. I am currently responsible for the integration of our next generation Quantative Analytics Interface into our existing market data and analytics platform, and play a key role in the interaction between the Quant and IT functions.

Previous Employment

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.

Recent Projects

Top Skills


Linguistic Abilities

Personal Interests

Musical Abilities

Musical Achievements

I am also a keen composer. A small selection of my compositions is available online here.


1997-1998: Observations Secretary, Cambridge University Astronomical Society
1998-1999: Chairman, Cambridge University Astronomical Society
1999-2000: Secretary, Cambridge University Astronomical Society
2001-2003: Advisory Committee, Cambridge University Astronomical Society


Other Interests

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 am currently working on a Science Fiction novel, and a popular review of the history of modern science. I am aiming to publish the latter at some point in 2015.


Provided on request.

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