Meet the Team

Phil Shelley

Phil Shelley


After graduation from Edinburgh University, Phil served in the Armed Forces as an Officer in the Royal Green Jackets. He joined UBS in 1995 where he worked in Corporate Broking and Equity Capital markets for 15 years, culminating as Head of Corporate Broking. He joined Goldman Sachs in 2010 where he ran the Corporate Broking and Equity Capital Markets team before joining Barclays as Vice Chairman of the Investment Bank.

During his career of nearly 25 years Phil has advised on IPOs for many UK and European companies, including most recently Alfa Financial Software, Virgin Money, Direct Line Insurance Group and Saga. He has advised many companies including Rolls Royce, Prudential, Imperial Brands, ARM, BP, Vodafone, Legal and General, Anglo American, Rio Tinto, Zurich Insurance and British Land amongst others.

Brian Guckian


Brian worked at SEB, rising to head of equities. Currently, Guckian is involved with numerous startups through his work at Appital and advisory positions, as well as being an investor in a range of startups. His specialisms include business development and fundraising, both of which he looks forward to bringing to ALT/AVE. 

Chris Ansara

Christopher Ansara

Founder & CEO

Christopher Ansara is both founder and CEO of ALT/AVE, prior to founding ALT/AVE, Chris spent 3 years in one of the UK’s largest retail banks, where he discovered first-hand some of the challenges the sector faces when communicating with their customers. Over his 15-year career Chris has worked with many senior product and regulatory stakeholders to develop content and software solutions that facilitate digital transformation. Alongside many financial institutions, Chris has also previously worked with some of the world’s leading brands including Castrol, Coca-Cola, Adidas, and McDonald’s.

Christian A. Hvamstad

Christian A. Hvamstad

CSO & Co Founder

Christian A. Hvamstad is our Chief Strategy Officer & Co-Founder.  He is the founder of  Jagca Capital as well as co-founder of Wastefront . Christian has over 15 years’ experience from running a Private Office, Wealth Management, Capital market and Credit Management, having previously worked at Midas Investment Group, SEB & Nordea. Christian also serves as a Director on the ALT/AVE board and places immense value on efficiency plus building long-standing relationships with clients and colleagues alike.

Join The Team

We are always on the lookout for new talented people to join our team here at ALT/AVE.