About us - London Academy of Trading

I highly recommend this course for those willing to learn about trading regardless of their experience – Reece Thomas

Fifty hours a week direct access to experienced mentors

LAT not only has experienced traders, from big banks, but they were also the only accredited academy, offering different diplomas – Adam Burt

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Who we are

The London Academy of Trading’s flagship 3 month Diploma is accredited by ABE,  our short courses are Certified by CPD and the overall Academy is accredited by BAC enabling international students to study at LAT in London on Short-Term Study Visas (STSV).

Our courses are designed to help individuals improve their understanding of financial market trading with a view to career development or to supplement existing income through trading. All students can access our trading mentors ten hours every day for advice and guidance, helping them develop robust and structured trading strategies combining theoretical knowledge and practical skills.

We are extremely flexible; you can study around other commitments, either on our London trading floor, online, or through our blended option, combining online study with days on campus.  Our courses range from two days to our accredited 12 week Level 5 Diploma in Applied Financial Trading, and our teaching faculty is comprised of experienced traders and analysts from major financial institutions including HSBC, Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse and Bloomberg.


What our students say

LAT doesn't have a “make easy money” policy instead they build up your knowledge and skills to become a successful trader.

Dmitry Vlasov
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Our team

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    Dessy Ohanians


    Dessy has been an entrepreneur for over 20 years, with an extensive experience in the education industry both in the private and public sector. Dessy is deeply involved in education projects and roles alongside her position at LAT, being a mentor for charitable foundations and serving as governor for two London schools.

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    Paddy Osborn

    Academic Dean

    Paddy brings more than 30 years of financial markets experience to LAT, and has been Academic Dean since 2011. After graduating from Reading University, Paddy traded Japanese Warrants & Convertible Bonds before joining TraderMade, providing financial software and data to global banks. Since 2006 he has provided analysis and education for several financial institutions including HSBC, CALYON, Morgan Stanley, Nordea Markets, LIFFE and LSE. In addition to his work at LAT, Paddy lectures at UK Business Schools in Financial Trading for MSc students, and provides financial articles to media outlets.

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    Ahmet Ismail

    Trading Floor Manager

    Ahmet started his trading career in 1994 on the LIFFE floor as an independent futures trader (local) with no prior knowledge of the financial world he quickly grasped how to trade and the effects of economic announcements. Trading both outrights, spread and inter-market pairs. He has completed several technical charting courses and is used to trading under pressure. Ahmet is now responsible for daily management of the LAT trading floor and technical infrastructure.

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    Asanka Weeratunge

    Trading Mentor & Lecturer

    Asanka read Theoretical Physics with German at Loughborough University, initially pursuing a career as a commercial pilot. He then found an interest in financial markets and enrolled on the Level 5 Professional Financial Trading program, received a Distinction Grade then worked as a Technical Analyst for Tradermade Systems, providing professional Technical Market Analysis for Financial Institutions within the City of London. Having stayed in touch with LAT, he was invited back to join the Team, alongside trading a private fund.

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    Steve Miley

    Financial Markets Trader & Senior Trading Mentor

    Steve brings more than 20 years of financial market experience to the London Academy of Trading (LAT), having worked at a number of top tier financial institutions including Merrill Lynch and Credit Suisse. He is a Senior Lecturer at LAT, providing mentoring and trading advice to LAT students, as well as providing regular live webinars and online master-classes. In additional to his work at LAT, Steve is the founder and primary analyst at The Market Chartist providing daily technical analysis commentaries to institutional clients.

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    Alex Ng

    Trading Mentor & Lecturer

    Alex completed his BA (Hons) in Economics from the University of Washington and moved to the UK in 2008. After years of working in non-financial related sectors, he decided on a career change and took the first step by enrolling in the Level 5 Applied Financial Trading program. Receiving a Distinction Grade with a new found knowledge in technical trading, he was invited back to take on the role as a Trading Mentor with the London Academy of Trading.

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    Ron William

    Senior Lecturer

    Ron William, CMT, MSTA, is an accomplished strategist, trader and educator/mentor, with 18-years of financial market experience, working for leading economic research and institutional firms; producing macro research and trading strategies. His market insights acquired industry recognition by multiple finalist awards, and is featured regularly across notable publications and media programs.

    Ron serves as an active trading mentor, specializing in trading psychology, using the NLP model & latest peak performance training. A big supporter of leading industry and education groups, Ron is a board member of the International Federation of Technical Analysts (IFTA), Swiss Association of Market Technicians (SAMT) and Honorary member of Egyptian Society of Technical Analysts (ESTA).

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    Gavin Pannu

    Trading Mentor & Lecturer

    Gavin Pannu, MSTA, CFTe, has five years experience trading the financial markets in addition to completing the Level 5 Applied Financial Trading program. Upon completing with a Distinction Grade, he was invited back to join the LAT team. As a Certified Financial Technician Gavin provides insights into technical analysis alongside trading a private fund. Gavin delivers regular live webinars and is a Mentor and lecturer to LAT students.

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Buchanan House, London,


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