Andrew Jacobs

Director & CTO

Andrew has been involved in commercial software development since 1983 and since 1993 has specialised in the creation of financial systems for trading, risk management and settlement.

Andrew Jacobs

His current interests lie in developing efficient solutions for 'Straight Through Processing' (STP) using techniques from Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) and 'Business to Business' (B2B and e-Business) messaging.

Whilst at IBM UK he was involved in the formation of the FpML organisation and held a position on its standard committee. He has been a member of the Architecture working group since its inception and is the current chair. He also co-chairs the FpML Validation working group. He has been closely following the development of XML standards in the finance industry for many years, in particular the ISO 15022/20022, FpML, FixML, TWIST and MDDL standards.

Andrew holds a BSc. in Software Engineering from the University of Birmingham.

Ian Stretten


Ian is an experienced financial manager who brings business perspective and focus to HandCoded. Before moving into software, Ian held finanical positions in the City of London with Reuters, Abbey Life and Albany Life.

Ian is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales. He is a qualified Prince2 practitioner and Member of the Project Management Institute (PMI).