Our management team has over
30 years experience in exchange traded derivatives.
Christopher Foster, CEO and Portfolio Manager
Christopher Foster is a co-founder of Blackheath Fund Management and was the architect of Blackheath Sentiment Strategy.
Between 1989 and 2000 while Christopher was with Friedberg Mercantile Group (FMG) he first became familiar with analyzing crowd behaviour and sentiment indicators, under the instruction of FMG’s Portfolio Manager, Albert Friedberg. He started as a registered representative in futures and futures options contracts, before becoming an Associate Portfolio Manager and developing the genesis of the Blackheath Sentiment Strategy.
From 2000 to 2009, Christopher was with ScotiaMcLeod as an Investment Advisor and Director, Financial Services, as well as a Portfolio Manager in futures and futures options contracts. While at Scotia, he was the advisor for the first account to use the strategy – Blackheath Offshore Limited. In 2009, Christopher left Scotia to start Blackheath with a partner, bringing his innovative managed futures strategy to a wider audience.
Nishant Patil, Treasurer and Manager, Risk and Compliance
Nishant joined Blackheath in October of 2011 as a Quantitative Analyst and Treasurer, and has since become the firm's Risk Manager and Compliance Officer. Nishant is responsible for risk monitoring and firm level risk management. As a Compliance Officer, he assists the Chief Compliance Officer with compliance oversight and regulatory reporting. Nishant also works on developing quantitative and risk models and takes care of financial reporting and government filings.
Prior to Blackheath, Nishant was part of the volatility arbitrage team at Wealth Management Alliance for two years as an Analyst.
A graduate of the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia with a Masters in Business Administration in Finance (2009), he also received a Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Pune (India) in 2002.
Frankie Liu, Portfolio Manager and Head of Research
Frankie Liu, CFA®, is the Portfolio Manager of the Blackheath NewTrend Strategy. In addition to his responsibility for NewTrend, Frankie is the Head of Research at the firm. His responsibilities include developing proprietary trading software, building quantitative pricing models as well as conducting research in asset price dynamics.
After graduating from the University of Chicago in 2009 with Bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics and Economics, Frankie worked at Cedarcroft Capital as a trader and managed options books in commodities and foreign exchange markets. Frankie received his CFA® charter in 2013.
Michael Stendler, Director of Sales
Michael joined Blackheath Fund Management in 2011 as the Director of Sales. He has been in the commodity trading and alternative investment management business since 1984.
For six years Michael was VP of Institutional Sales for LaJolla, CA based Altegris Investments, a firm specializing exclusively in alternative investments. Before that he was a Managing Director of Meyer Capital Management, a Barrington, IL Commodity Trading Advisor.
Jennifer Coghill, Manager, Operations and Compliance
Jennifer joined Blackheath in 2009, bringing a wealth of experience from her previous operations roles, along with her training in graphic design. She holds a multi-faceted role at the firm, having started with the management of administration and client services before adding on a number of Compliance responsibilities. In addition, she works with the Director of Sales, and manages the design and production of the firm's communication materials.
A graduate of the Ontario College of Art in Communication and Design, Jennifer has now been in the financial services industry for over seven years and she is proud to say she passed both the Exempt Market Dealers exam and the Derivatives Fundamentals exam for her work at Blackheath.