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Helping you comply smarter

Founded in 2017, SteelEye brings together a diverse team with deep and cutting edge expertise in trading, compliance, cloud computing, data science and machine learning.


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Our mission is to help financial firms comply smarter and fully leverage their data. With SteelEye, firms can future proof themselves in a world where data intelligence is a key source of competitive advantage.


  • Alicia Ariffin, Head of People and Culture, SteelEye

    Alicia Ariffin

    Head of People and Culture

    Alicia is the Head of People and Culture at SteelEye and has over 14 years’ experience within Human Resources. Alicia started her career as an M&A recruiter, before moving on to resourcing for senior roles within asset management firms. After this, Alicia spent several years within the HR team at a global bank, supporting senior leadership teams across the corporate, international and business banking groups. Her current area of focus is on ensuring that SteelEye attracts and retains the best talent in the tech space, implementing robust HR policies, strategies and processes to continuously develop the culture in a positive way. Alicia holds a Psychology degree from UCL and a MPhil in Social & Developmental psychology from Cambridge University.  

  • David Haines

    David Haines

    Chief Operating Officer

    David has been architecting, building and steering innovative solutions for more than two decades across multiple industries including healthcare, banking, telecommunications, retail and commodities. Most recently, he designed the architecture of the SteelEye product and produced the roadmap to realize it. David co-founded Polyglotted with Shankar in 2015. Its data platform, Abaci, has become a technology cornerstone for both Argus Media and TP ICAP.

    Prior to Polyglotted, David headed up an engineering division spanning three continents for Noble Group. He fostered a new engineering culture and envisioned a bold new way to architect applications. He developed the seminal version that led to widespread adoption across engineering groups, massive visibility for the global data platform and dramatically reduced time to market.

    Prior to Noble, David served as CTO and principal engineer of a small startup while building and scaling the technology behind its next generation platform for online personalization and recommendations. He integrated its first client that led to increases in product sales up to 27% in certain markets.

  • Helen Bevis, SteelEye

    Helen Bevis

    Head of Operations and Strategic Partnerships

    Helen Bevis is the Client Relationship Director at SteelEye and has over 21 years of experience in compliance & trading within the financial sector. Throughout her career, Helen has worked within tier 1 Investment Banks, Asset Managers and leading Technology Vendors, with a strong background in banking and trading floor technology.

  • Matt Smith

    Matt Smith

    Chief Executive Officer

    Matt is the CEO of SteelEye, the compliance technology and data analytics firm. Matt has over 20 years of technology and management expertise throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Matt has worked at Bloomberg as a senior RegTech product manager helping evolve the product strategies for a range of financial regulation and compliance solutions, trading and analytics platforms. Prior to this, he was the Chief Information Officer at Noble Group, a global commodity trading firm where he oversaw regulatory technology and the deployment of big data, trading and analytics platforms.

    Throughout his career Matt has helped teams to implement major development initiatives and IT infrastructures, including derivative and physical trading systems, ERP solutions, risk systems, finance systems and regulatory solutions.

  • Matthew Storey

    Matthew Storey

    Chief Product Officer

    Matt’s area of expertise involves developing dynamic, workable analytics and data visualisation solutions that can bring efficiency and insight to a business. Drawing on his mathematical, financial, management consultancy and technology experience means he can respond to challenges in a unique and effective way.

    Matt has implemented and supported business intelligence & analytics projects internationally for firms in Commodity Trading, Regulation, Investment Management, Legal, Healthcare & Banking.

    His years of experience integrating large and complex data consolidation & analytic solutions combined with his client engagement mind set ensures he is able to build trust and relationships with his user community. Matt brings a level and pragmatic approach to understanding and solving complex business challenges with the technical competency to deliver solutions on this understanding.

  • Rob Bernstein, SteelEye

    Rob Bernstein

    Chief Financial Officer

    Rob is an experienced finance executive within the FinTech sector, having joined SteelEye from RegTek Solutions and prior to that TIM Group where he held the position of CFO for 2 and 7 years respectively. During his career, he has successfully led both organic and acquisition growth strategies, debt and equity financing, and executed on three trade sales of tech-enabled fast growth businesses: a telecommunications business and more recently, the fintech firms RegTek Solutions and TIM Group. In 2013, Rob was recognised as one of the top 20 “hottest” financial directors in the TMT sector by a panel of industry leaders and financial services firms.

  • Shankar Vasudevan

    Shankar Vasudevan

    Chief Data Officer

    Shankar is an expert in data and search technologies and has been building innovative platforms for financial and trading companies over the past two decades. He knows intrinsically the complexity within financial and trading markets and understands the opportunities and dangers of a changing data landscape. He along with David, co-founded Polyglotted. He architected the Abaci(TM) data platform at Polyglotted, which forms a foundational technology layer for the leading brokerage platform at the blue chip brokerage firm TP ICAP Plc.  Shankar architected the blueprint and vision for the global data platform that became the backbone of the technology infrastructure and ‘hands on’ helped deliver the first successful version. He developed the innovative cross platform language model and a global database that redefined how applications were built at Noble moving forward.

    Prior to Noble, he oversaw the data architecture for two of the largest award winning financial trading systems, namely Morgan Stanley Matrix and UBS Neo. In the past, he has been involved in several successful startups in the bay area.

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