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Thomas David Astor


07796 171 671

Work Experience

August 2016 – Present – 18 Anhalt Road Ltd – Director

Two successful small aquaponics systems, currently developing a commercial system in a barn.
Researching commercial aquaponics, visiting existing farms in a developing countries and the UK.
Volunteered at World Water Week in Stockholm, read multiple books on food production and reports on aquaponics.
Meetings with aquaculture, horticulture, hydroponics, heating, biotechnology, restaurant and private equity experts.
November 2012 – August 2016: Polar Capital Partners – Operations Executive

Trade support, day to day trade matching along the lifecycle of a trade, setting up and maintaining markets to trade in, liaising with PMs and compliance, FX dealings, reconciliations with back office and custodians.
September 2011 – November 2012: Polar Capital Partners – Investment Analyst

Research analyst to the Financials team with specific responsibilities for Latin American & US financials (won the Lipper Fund awards for 2009-12 for its sector,shortlisted for Fund Manager of the Year Award).
Research assistance for financials stocks, inputting data and assisting with scoring and valuation systems, monitoring news flow, attending company management meetings and introducing new stocks to coverage.
Broader exposure to financial stocks (primarily banks, insurance and property stocks) in Asia.
December 2010 – May 2011: Chalet Perdu: Head Chef

Planned meals to cater for a range of dietary requirements. Prepared, cooked and presented meals. Managed all food inventory.
June 2009 – September 2009 & June 2010 – August 2010: Hiscox Insurance – Compensation Analyst

2010 – Lead the creation and distribution of compensation statements for the majority of employees and overseeing the project for the remainder worldwide, totalling around 1100 people.
2009 – Assisted the project. Raised anomalies in various employee benefits within the UK and worldwide, resulting in company policy revision and a more uniform benefits package.
June 2008: Smith & Williamson – 1 week introduction to investment management

May – June 2008: HIM Capital – Database manager and Analyst

Setting up a new contacts database for the company and integrated Microsoft Outlook.
Updated financial models.
July 2004 : CLA Gamefair – Site Team


August 2015 – Investment Management Certificate

September 2010 – December 2010 – Edinburgh New Town Cookery School

Passed with Merit. 3-month beginners cookery certificate, inc. first aid, health and safety and WSET courses.
September 2006 – June 2010 – University of Edinburgh

BSc (Hons) Scientific Geography.
Outside courses in Economics, Economic History, History of Art and Social Anthropology.
September 2001 – July 2006 – Eton College

A-levels: Geography (A), Economics (A), Mathematics (B).
AS-Levels: Economics (A), Geography (B), Mathematics (B), Biology (C). Oral module in French (B).


South America, I set up a twitter account to keep up to date with current affairs, having visited in 2011.
Sports – Football, golf, tennis and hockey (3 week tour of South Africa with Eton College in 2005, raising money for the Starfish charity). Not an avid cyclist but have cycled to Santiago de compostela from Cherbourg.
Cooking, food and restaurants.

Hiscox: Georgina Roberts, HR Manager.
Polar Capital: John Yakas, Partner. Nicholas Farren, Head of Operations.