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The QCA Team

We are a small team with big ambitions: to represent our members' interests with government, regulators and the media. We are organised into three areas: policy and research; membership, sponsorship and operations; marketing, events and communications.

Chief Executive

James Ashton

James Ashton is Chief Executive of the Quoted Companies Alliance, the members’ organisation that champions small and mid-sized companies whose shares are publicly traded. James was City Editor and Executive Editor of the Evening Standard and Independent titles and before that City Editor of the Sunday Times. He is the author of several business books and chairs Oscar’s Book Prize, the annual search for the UK’s best picture book. James is also a non-executive director of Finsbury Growth & Income, the FTSE 250 investment trust.

PA and Office Manager

Cleo Watson

Cleo is the PA to the CEO. Cleo is the secretary for the board of directors and is responsible for the general management of the office.

Head of Operations

Hayley Zeff

Hayley is the Head of Operations and joined the Quoted Companies Alliance in 1997. She is responsible for the development of member benefits and services, ensuring that members needs are addressed and helping members to make the most of their memberships. She also manages and develops sponsorship opportunities.

She previously worked at BDO LLP.

Membership Manager

Chris Stapeley

Chris is the Membership Manager and joined the Quoted Companies Alliance in 2001. Chris ensures our members’ needs are addressed and is responsible for providing daily assistance to new and existing members.

Communications Officer

Ruby Halabi

Ruby is the Communications Officer and joined the Quoted Companies Alliance in May 2021. She is responsible for communication activities around policy, membership and events.

Her background is in Corporate Communications & PR, Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability and she holds a Msc in Global Governance and Public Policy from Birkbeck University.

Marketing and Events Executive

Claire Patterson

Claire is our Marketing & Events Executive and joined our team in August 2023. She is responsible for coordination of events for the Quoted Companies Alliance & supporting the Head of Marketing & Events.

Head of Policy

Jack Marshall

Jack is the Head of Policy and is responsible for building the organisation’s policy positions and strategy, leading on engagement with policymakers and regulators, responding to consultation papers and maintaining and updating the QCA’s Corporate Governance Code and various guides and reports.

Prior to joining the Quoted Companies Alliance, Jack worked in a Public Affairs role for a major international charity and also worked for Victoria Prentis MP in her constituency office and interned for Andrea Leadsom MP. Jack holds a BA (Hons) in International Relations from the University of Leeds.

Policy Officer

Ben Cornwell

Ben is the Policy Officer and joined the Quoted Companies Alliance in February 2023. He is responsible for coordinating the work the of the seven policy expert groups, responding to consultation papers and contributing to the organisation’s policy positions.

Prior to joining the QCA, Ben worked in both Policy and Grant Fundraising in the charity sector. Ben holds a BA (Hons) in Politics from Newcastle University and an MA in Legal and Political Theory from University College London (UCL).

Policy and Research Manager

Iqra Ahsan

Iqra is the Policy and Research Manager at the QCA. Her role involves leading on the development and production of key reports and publications to provide a robust evidence base to support the organisation’s work. She monitors the market for any political and regulatory developments whilst also working on consultation responses in collaboration with members of the QCA community.

Prior to joining the QCA, she was a senior research analyst at a legal research firm. She holds an MSc in International Public Policy from UCL and a BA (Hons) in English Literature from the University of Kent.

Management Accountant

Khin Soe

Khin is a financial accountant with an over 15-year career in financial accounting. Her professional journey has encompassed roles in the private sector and entrepreneurship before she joined her current position as a Management Accountant at QCA, where she is responsible for all financial aspects of the organisation.

Join Our Team

Want to join us? The QCA periodically has vacancies, which will be advertised on our website, with members and via our social media channels.

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