Meet The Team

Peter Charalambous - Founder and CEO

Peter has worked in the stock market for almost 20 years. Upon graduating with a degree in Law, he commenced his City career at Phillips & Drew Fund Management, before subsequently honing his trade as a private client stockbroker for investment boutiques specializing in IPO’s and fund raisings for the London Stock Exchange’s AIM Market.

Peter has been involved with several of the largest fundraises on the AIM Market, and has personally raised millions of pounds for some of the most successful SME’s in the UK, the USA, and Asia.

Away from work, Peter is actively involved in the local community, working alongside local charities and his church on community matters. A fitness enthusiast, Peter has run several marathons and half-marathons raising awareness and vital funds for his chosen charity, Children With Cancer UK. Peter’s other sporting interests include golf and football, but his main passion is sea fishing,


Antony Charalambous - Founder and Managing Director

Antony is the Managing Director and co-founder of Direct Market Touch, with the firm embodying the key facets acquired throughout his City career spanning over two decades.

Following his degree in Business and Mathematics Antony honed his craft at Phillips & Drew, the fund management arm of Union Bank Switzerland, latterly UBS, before, in the late 1990’s, he subsequently specialized at a boutique City Investment House on AIM Market fundraises.

The ensuing dot-com bubble fuelled heady days at the start of the 21st Century, which saw stock indices of industrialized nations spike to all-time highs, including the FTSE AIM-index, which closed at what remains a record high of 2,745.8 in February 2000. During this time Antony oversaw a number of fundraises for AIM Market companies, raising significant sums and building a wide-ranging network of corporate clients and contacts.

His experience during this time has led him to write extensively on speculative bubbles, including tulip mania of 1636-37, and the South Sea bubble of 1720. Consequently at the core of his investment philosophy is a focus on fundamental analysis, identifying stock specific investments, a philosophy that is reflected in the culture and thinking at Direct Market Touch.


Robert Whipple – Head of Operations

Robert has been at Direct Market Touch since inception. A graduate from Reading University having read French and Economics, Robert has played a fundamental part in growing our client base and has been integral in the development of our processes.

Robert is directly involved in working closely with companies looking to raise funds through intial public offerings and continues to act as client liaison maintaining close client contact with institutions looking to float and high net worth individuals.


Elliot Stanley – Trader

Upon graduating from the University of Leeds with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics with Finance, Elliot joined Goldman Sachs International working in credit derivatives, where he gained a full understanding of the array of instruments within this market. Elliot is fully RDR qualified, and is a keen technology enthusiast, researching the latest trends and movements in the sector, and identifying investment opportunities.