16 October 2014
The Brewery, London

BBA Annual Banking Conference 2014


Jeremy Bennett

Chief Executive Officer, Nomura International plc


Jeremy Bennett began his role as CEO, EMEA in June 2013.
Jeremy joined Nomura in September 2010 as a Non-Executive Director for Nomura Capital Markets plc, and subsequently took Non-Executive Director roles for Nomura Europe Holdings plc and Nomura International plc. He has also served as Chair of the Board Risk Committee since March 2012.

Before joining Nomura, Jeremy was Senior Advisor to HM Treasury on the implementation of the Independent Commission on Banking (Vickers Commission). Prior to this he was Interim Chief Executive of the Asset Protection Agency of HM Treasury, where he was the chief designer of the Asset Protection Scheme. He was integrally involved in the UK bank bail-outs of 2008 and 2009, and was a Senior Advisor to Hector Sants, CEO of the FSA.

Jeremy has over 20 years’ experience in banking, with a strong background in emerging markets, structured products, derivatives, general management and bank control infrastructure. He was at Credit Suisse between 1997 and 2008, holding a number of roles including Global Head of Structuring and Global Co-Head of Emerging Markets. He was a member of the Global Securities Operating Committee and served on the Board of Credit Suisse’s main operating companies in the UK.

Jeremy is currently the Vice Chairman of the Disasters Emergency Committee. He has a long-standing interest in the economic development of the more challenged emerging market countries dating from his academic studies at Oxford and early career in India.

Jeremy is also a member of the Oxford University Investment Committee and sits on the board of Oxford University Endowment Management.

Jeremy is married with three children, is Vice Chair of the Governors at Hordle Walhampton School and lives in Hampshire and London.

Lord Birt

Former BBC Director General and Former Strategy Adviser to Tony Blair


Lord Birt has been a member of the House of Lords since 2000, and was the Prime Minister’s Strategy Adviser from 2000 to 2005. Before that Lord Birt was Director-General of the BBC from 1992 to 2000. In addition, he has been an adviser to McKinsey (2000-2005), Capgemini (2005-2010) and Chairman of PayPal (Europe 2010-2014).  Currently Lord Birt is Chairman of Host Europe Group and Vice-Chairman of Eutelsat. He has been an adviser to Terra Firma since 2005, and has been Chairman of, successively, WRG, Infinis and Maltby Capital, the holding company of EMI. Lord Birt also chairs Terra Firma’s Investor Advisory Boards.

Lord Blackwell

Chairman, Lloyds Banking Group


Lord Blackwell became Chairman of Lloyds Banking Group plc in April 2014, having joined the Board as a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Group’s Insurance Subsidiary, Scottish Widows Group in 2012.

He is also currently Chairman of Interserve plc. He is a former Senior Independent Director of Standard Life plc and Chaired their UK Life and Pensions Board. He has also been a Non-Executive Director of SEGRO plc and Dixons Group, a Non-Executive Board Member of both the Office of Fair Trading and OFCOM, and past Chairman of the Centre for Policy Studies. Before that he was a partner of McKinsey & Co. and Director of Group Development at NatWest Group. From 1995 to 1997, Lord Blackwell was Head of the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit and he was appointed a Life Peer in 1997.

Sharon Bowles

Non-Executive Director, London Stock Exchange Group


Sharon Bowles was an MEP from 2005 to 2014 and chaired the European Parliament’s powerful Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee for the entire 7th legislature (2009 – 2014). This put her at the heart of negotiating the huge range of financial services legislation following on from the financial crisis as well as the highly political economic governance and banking union legislation stemming from the Eurozone sovereign debt crisis. Alongside her in depth, hands-on engagement in amendments and key-note speeches   this regularly saw her listed as one of the most influential people in financial services legislation.  Sharon also served on the legal affairs committee and was a significant influence on legislation for accounting and audit.

She recently became a non-executive director of the London Stock Exchange Group and a member of the Systemic Risk Council led by former  US Federal Deposit Insurance Company Chair Sheila Bair.

Sharon has an academic and professional background in engineering, physics, mathematics and intellectual property and was a partner in Bowles Horton, a firm of European Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys that she founded in 1981. In that role she acted for a range of leading technology companies in UK, US, Germany, Japan, Australia and Norway and has extensive experience of commercial negotiation and legal systems.

Anthony Browne

Chief Executive, BBA


Anthony joined the BBA in September 2012 from Morgan Stanley, where he was responsible for external engagement on political and regulatory issues. Anthony previously worked as policy director for economic development for Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London. He oversaw the London Development Agency, London’s international promotional agencies and set up the London apprenticeships programme, recruiting 40,000 apprentices in one year.

Before working for the Mayor, Anthony ran Policy Exchange, the UK’s largest free market think tank. He spent the first two decades of his career as a television and newspaper journalist, covering politics, business and economics.

Lord Terry Burns

Chairman, Santander


Lord Burns is Chairman Santander UK plc and Channel 4 Television Corporation. He is a non-executive member of the Office for Budget Responsibility.

Terry Burns began his career in 1965 at the London Business School, becoming Professor of Economics in 1979. In 1980, he was appointed Chief Economic Advisor to the Treasury and Head of the Government Economic Service. In 1991 he became Permanent Secretary to the Treasury, a post he held until 1998, when he was appointed a life peer.

Previous appointments include Chairman of Glas Cymru Ltd (Welsh Water), Marks and Spencer plc and the National Lottery Commission and a non-executive director of Banco Santander SA, Pearson Group, The British Land Company plc and Legal & General plc.

Sherry Coutu

Serial Entrepreneur, Angel Investor and NED at London Stock Exchange Group


Sherry Coutu is an Entrepreneur, Investor and Advisor to Companies, Universities and Charities.

She currently serves on the boards of Zoopla Property Group, The London Stock Exchange Group, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge Assessment, Raspberry Pi, Cambridge University Finance Committee and Artfinder. She also serves on the advisory boards of LinkedIn and Care.com.

She was awarded a CBE in 2013 for “Services to Entrepreneurship” and was recently appointed by the Mayor of London as an Ambassador for London.

Sherry is currently leading a report recommending how to boost UK GDP by shifting our attention to ‘supporting high growth firms as they scale up’ their operations.

Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles

Senior Adviser to the Group Chairman and Group Chief Executive, HSBC


Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles joined HSBC Holdings in October 2013 as Senior Adviser to the Group Chairman and Group Chief Executive. Sherard advises the Group Chief Executive on a range of business and client issues. He advises the Group Chairman on public policy issues.

Before HSBC Sherard worked for two and a half years as Business Development Director, International, at BAE Systems plc. Earlier he spent over 30 years in the British Diplomatic Service, which he joined straight from reading Classics at Oxford. He served in Cairo, Washington and Paris. He was also Principal Private Secretary to the UK Foreign Secretary, the late Robin Cook, and was Head of the Foreign Office Hong Kong Department from 1994 up to the handover to China in 1997. His final diplomatic jobs were as the UK Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (2009 – 2010), Ambassador to Afghanistan (2007 – 2009), Ambassador to Saudi Arabia (2003 – 2007) and Ambassador to Israel (2001 – 2003).

Sherard is also Chairman of the Financial Inclusion Commission; a Board Member of the China Britain Business Council; UK Chairman of the Omani-British Friendship Association (business council); and Chairman of the Saudi-British Society and of Pitzhanger Manor Trust. He is the author of two books about his diplomatic experiences: Cables from Kabul and Ever the Diplomat. He speaks French and Arabic, some Hebrew and rudimentary Pashtu.

Sir Jon Cunliffe

Deputy Governor, Financial Stability, Bank of England


Bank of England | About the Bank | People & governance | Sir Jon Cunliffe – Deputy Governor, Financial Stability

Sir Jon Cunliffe became Deputy Governor for Financial Stability on 1 November 2013. Jon is a member of the Bank’s Financial Policy and Monetary Policy Committees, the Bank’s Court of Directors and the Prudential Regulation Authority Board. He has specific responsibility within the Bank for the supervision and oversight of Financial Market Infrastructures, for Resolution and for the provision of Emergency Liquidity Assistance. He is a member of the G20 Financial Stability Board Steering Committee, the Bank for International Settlements’ Board of Directors and the European Systemic Risk Board.

Before joining the Bank, Jon was the UK Permanent Representative to the European Union, effective from 9 January 2012. From July 2007 to December 2011, he was the Prime Minister’s Advisor on Europe and Global Issues and the UK Sherpa for the G8 and G20 and the Cabinet Office Permanent Secretary responsible for EU coordination.

Between 2002 and 2007, Jon was Second Permanent Secretary at HM Treasury, Managing Director of the Macroeconomic and International Finance Directorate. He was responsible for UK macroeconomic policy, international and EU policy and financial services and the Government’s representative at the meetings of the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee.
Between 1990 and 2002, Jon held various posts at HM Treasury, including Managing Director for Financial Regulation and posts on EU and international finance. He led the Treasury’s work on operational independence of the Bank of England; European Monetary Union; and the international financial system. Prior to that Jon held a number of posts at the Department of Transport and the Environment.
Jon was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath in the New Year Honours 2001, and made a Knight Bachelor in the New Year Honours 2010. He has a Master of Arts in English Language and Literature from the University of Manchester and spent some time as a Lecturer on English Literature at the University of Western Ontario, Canada.

Julian David

CEO, techUK


Julian David is the CEO of techUK. Julian was appointed as the director general of Intellect in March 2012 and led its transformation to techUK in November 2013. techUK represents the companies and technologies that are defining today the world that we will live in tomorrow. More than 850 companies are members of techUK. Collectively they employ more than 500,000 people, about half of all tech sector jobs in the UK. Julian is also a board member of Digital Europe, the association for digital technology companies in Europe and represents techUK at WITSA, the World IT and Services Association.

Ron Emerson

Non-executive Chair, British Business Bank


Ron has spent the majority of his career in international banking. He has held a number of senior management positions with Bank of America, Nomura Bank International and Standard Chartered Bank, where he was a member of the group management committee and Group Head of Corporate Banking. Since 1996 he has divided his time between non-executive directorships, business advisory work and as an active member of the Faculty of Management Studies at Oxford University, where he is an Associate Fellow.


He is currently Chair of Fairfield Energy.  As a non-executive he has served on a variety of boards ranging across listed (main board and AIM), private equity funded, large, high impact subsidiaries, private family owned, and regulated and unregulated sectors. He has also acted as a Senior Advisor at the Bank of England and the Financial Services Authority.

Adam Farkas

Executive Director, EBA


Adam Farkas is the first Executive Director of the European Banking Authority, a position he has held since 2011. Previously, he was the Chairman of the Hungarian Financial Supervisory Authority in 2009-2010. Prior to joining the regulatory and supervisory community, he held senior positions in the banking sector including three years as the Co-CEO of Intesa Group’s subsidiary in Budapest, and another three years at the helm of Allianz Bank, setting up a retail banking operation for the market leading insurance company in Hungary. Before that he spent four years as a central banker as a Managing Director and Member of the Board of the National Bank of Hungary with responsibility for reserve management and market operations. He started his career as an assistant professor in Finance at Corvinus University, Budapest and was a visiting fellow at London Business School and also at Erasmus University. He holds a doctorate in Finance from Corvinus University, and an M.Sc. in Computer Based Simulation and Modelling from Sunderland University (UK).

John Griffith-Jones

Chairman, Financial Conduct Authority


John became Chairman of the new Financial Conduct Authority in April 2013, and Chairman of its subsidiary, the Payments System Regulator in April 2014.

He previously joined the FSA Board as a Non-executive Director and Deputy Chairman on 1 September 2012.

John worked at KPMG from 1975 to 2012. He spent eleven years in Audit and fifteen years in Corporate Finance before becoming CEO of KPMG’s UK firm and subsequently Chairman and Senior Partner of the UK in 2006. In 2007 John became Joint Chairman of KPMG Europe.

John is currently Vice Chairman of the National Numeracy Trust, whose role is to promote numeracy across all parts of society. He is a Council Member of Heart of the City. He sits on the Advisory Board of the Cambridge Judge Business School. He studied Economics at Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He was the Chairman of the Every Child a Chance Trust, a special purpose charity which completed a major project, in collaboration with the Government, on numeracy in primary schools.

Geoffrey Howe

Chairman, Nationwide


Group Chairman
Geoffrey Howe joined the Board of Nationwide in 2005 and became Chairman of the Society in July 2007. He has held a number of Non-Executive Directorships and is currently also Chairman of Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc and a director of Close Brothers Group plc. Geoffrey was formerly Chairman of Railtrack Group plc, a director of Investec plc, a director and General Counsel of Robert Fleming Holdings Limited (1998-2000) and Managing Partner of international law firm Clifford Chance (1989-1997).

Cathy Jamieson MP

Shadow Financial Secretary to the Treasury


Cathy is the Labour and Co-Op MP for Kilmarnock and Loudoun and is currently the Shadow Financial Secretary to the Treasury.

Prior to her election to the UK Parliament in 2010, Cathy was MSP for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley and served in the Scottish Cabinet as Minister for Education and Young People, and Minister for Justice.

In opposition, Cathy also served as Labour’s Parliamentary Business Manager, Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health, and Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Housing and Regeneration.

She was Deputy Leader of Labour in the Scottish Parliament from 2000 until June 2008.

Prior to her political career, Cathy worked as a frontline social worker and on specialist projects for young people in trouble. She was Principal Officer of Who Cares? Scotland, the advocacy organisation for children and young people in residential care, from 1992 to 1999.

Eddie Keal

Industry Leader, Banking & Financial Markets UK & Ireland, IBM


Eddie Keal has worked exclusively in the Financial Services Sector for all of his career. He has in-depth knowledge across the Banking and Insurance industries and has worked with most of the largest European and African financial institutions. His expertise covers a spectrum from Investment Banking to Online Retail Banking and includes Life and Pensions experience. He has recently returned to the UK after a short assignment in Central and Eastern Europe, and can now speak a little Russian.

Eddie’s current focus area is the future of retail payments and the effect of regulation and convergent commerce on the Payment Card Industry, where Digital Banking, Immediate Payments and Mobile Commerce will shape the future of money.

During his career, Eddie has been involved in core banking, payments and front office transformation projects with many industry participants and new entrants. He has deep knowledge of the realities of complex banking projects, and is a regular conference speaker. He has often appeared in the press, and occasionally on radio. His current responsibilities include Financial Markets clients, with a particular emphasis on post-trade services and transaction banking.

Colm Kelleher

President, Institutional Securities, Morgan Stanley


Colm Kelleher is President of Morgan Stanley Institutional Securities and CEO of Morgan Stanley International, a leading global financial services firm.

Between October 2007 and December 2009, Mr. Kelleher was the Firm’s Chief Financial Officer and Co-Head of Corporate Strategy. Previously he was Head of Global Capital Markets, a position he held from February 2006 to October 2007. He joined Morgan Stanley in 1989 and was elected Managing Director in 1996.

Mr. Kelleher graduated with an M.A. degree in History from Oxford University and qualified as a Chartered Accountant at Arthur Andersen & Co. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, serves on the board of Americans for Oxford and is also a member of the TheCityUK Advisory Council.

Marisa Lago

Assistant Secretary for International Markets and Development, US Department of the Treasury


Marisa Lago was confirmed by the United States Senate to serve as the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Assistant Secretary for International Markets and Development. In this position, Lago is responsible for leading Treasury’s role on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. She will also direct Treasury’s portfolio on international financial services regulation, trade, banking and securities, development, technical assistance and climate finance.

Lago most recently served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Empire State Development, where she pushed forward important long-term development projects, including the revitalization of Erie Canal Harbor in Buffalo, the expansion and renovation of the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan, and the construction of Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Immediately prior to joining New York State government, Lago spent five years as the Global Head of Compliance for Citigroup’s corporate and investment bank. Before joining Citigroup, Lago headed the Office of International Affairs for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. As the head of the office responsible for all aspects of the SEC’s international activities, Lago played a key role in numerous international initiatives involving trade in financial services, international accounting standards, securities activities on the internet and enhancing financial regulation in off-shore financial centers.

As Boston’s Chief Economic Development Officer from 1994 to 1997, Lago headed the Boston Redevelopment Authority and was also responsible for the city’s public housing, affordable housing, neighborhood development and job training agencies. From 1990 to 1994, she was General Counsel for New York City’s Economic Development Corporation. Lago earned a J.D. cum laude in 1982 from Harvard Law School, and a B.S. in physics from Cooper Union in 1977.

Sir Richard Lambert

Banking Standards Review Council


Chancellor of the University of Warwick. Chairman of The British Museum. After reading history at Balliol College, Oxford, he joined the staff of the Financial Times, where he edited the Lex Column, became New York bureau chief, and then the deputy editor. He was editor from 1991 to 2001. After leaving the FT, he wrote the Lambert Review of Business/University Collaboration for the Government, and was an independent member of the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee from 2003 to 2006. He was Director General of the CBI from 2006 to 2011. Chairman of the Banking Standards Review Council tasked with establishing an independent organisation to raise standards of competence and behaviour in the Banking Industry 2013 to 2014.

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Andrea Leadsom MP

Economic Secretary to the Treasury


Andrea Leadsom is the Member of Parliament for South Northamptonshire. She was appointed to the position of Economic Secretary to the Treasury on 9 April 2014.

After attending Tonbridge Girls Grammar School in Kent, Andrea went on to read political science at Warwick University.

Andrea served on the Treasury Select Committee from 2010 until she was appointed to the position of Economic Secretary to the Treasury in April 2014.

Andrea worked in the banking and finance industry for 25 years, most recently as Head of Corporate Governance and Senior Investment Officer at Invesco Perpetual, one of the UK’s largest retail fund managers.

Rachel Lomax

Non-Executive Director, HSBC and Chair, HSBC Conduct & Values Committee


Rachel Lomax is Chair of the Conduct & Values Committee and sits on risk and audit committees at HSBC. She is Chair of the International Regulatory Strategy Group and a director of City UK. She is currently a non executive director of several financial and non financial companies, including HSBC Holdings, RGA and Heathrow Holdings and a trustee of Imperial College London and the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) (of which she is President). She is an economist with long experience of policy making at the highest levels. She was a Deputy Governor of the Bank of England and a member of the Monetary Policy Committee between 2003 and 2008. Previously she was a senior civil servant, who headed three Government departments. Her earlier career included a short spell as Chief of Staff to the President of the World Bank in Washington and a long spell at HM Treasury. She was educated at Cambridge University and the London School of Economics.

Steven Maijoor

Chair, European Securities and Markets Authority


Steven Maijoor is the Chair of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA). He took up office on 1 April 2011 and is the first chair of the authority and has been appointed for a term of 5 years. He is responsible for chairing ESMA’s Board of Supervisors and Management Board.

Prior to taking up this role, Steven was Managing Director at the AFM, the Dutch financial markets regulator, where he was responsible for, amongst other areas, overseeing the integrity of financial markets, financial reporting and auditing, and prospectuses and public offerings. In his regulatory role Steven has held a number of international positions, including the Chairmanship of IFIAR (International Forum of Independent Audit Regulators).

Before joining the AFM, Steven was the Dean of the School of Business and Economics at Maastricht University, and had pursued a long career in academia which included a variety of positions at Maastricht University and the University of Southern California.

He holds a PhD in Business Economics on the regulation of financial reporting from Maastricht University, and is currently a Professor at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam.

Daisy McAndrew

Conference Chair


Formerly Economics Editor and Chief Political Correspondent of ITV News, Daisy McAndrew is a high-profile TV and Radio commentator whose knowledgeable analysis of finance and economics makes her a respected and popular corporate host and facilitator. She was ITV News’ most senior female reporter.

Since joining in 2005 – as well as reporting for ITV News – Daisy has also presented ITV’s Lunchtime and Weekend News and ITV’s Moral of the Story. Before joining ITV she presented (as Daisy Sampson) the BBC’s Daily Politics and was BBC Breakfast News’ political correspondent. She also had her own drive time show on LBC Radio and has presented Channel 4’s Powerhouse, the BBC’s Heaven and Earth Show and BBC Weekend News. She has been on Have I Got News for You? three times and has been a regular on The Wright Show and Despatch Box and many Radio 5Live programmes.

Before moving into broadcasting in 2001 she spent a decade working in Westminster, starting off as a 19-year-old Tory researcher before writing for many newspapers from the Press Gallery, profiling MPs in The House Magazine – which she ultimately edited – as well as working for Lib Dem leader Charles Kennedy as his Press Secretary. She was a consultant on the BBC’s A-Z of Politics and edited The Politics Companion, published by Chrysalis books.

Daisy McAndrew is an experienced keynote speaker – in the areas of finance and politics – as well as an excellent conference chair and awards ceremony host having done numerous corporate and charity events. Daisy is a patron of the St John’s Hospice and actively supports Crisis.

Roger McCormick

Managing Director of CCP Research Foundation CIC and the Conduct Costs Project; former Visiting Professor at LSE and former partner of Freshfields; author of Legal Risk in the Financial Markets (2nd edn. OUP 2010)


Roger McCormick is the Managing Director of CCP Research Foundation CIC and a former Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics, where he ran LLM courses on Legal Risk in Financial Markets and Project Finance. The second edition of his book, “Legal Risk in the Financial Markets” was published by Oxford University Press in December 2010. [1]

Roger retired from full-time private legal practice in 2004, having practised law in the City of London (principally as a partner of Freshfields) for nearly thirty years.

Roger is a past co-chairman of the International Bar Association’s Banking Law Committee and contributed the UK chapter to the IBA’s Task Force Report on the Financial Crisis (October 2010). He is also a past Chairman of the Banking Law Sub-committee of the City of London Law Society.

[1] According to a review published in January 2012: “…a legal analysis of a very high standard, offering a perfect blend of theory, academic discussion and views from practice on the nature and impact of legal risk in the context of financial markets.”

Ross McEwan

Group Chief Executive, RBS


Group Chief Executive
Date of appointment: 1st October 2013
Ross McEwan became Chief Executive Officer of The Royal Bank of Scotland Group in October 2013. Between August 2012 and September 2013, Ross was Chief Executive Officer for UK Retail, joining from Commonwealth Bank of Australia where he was Group Executive for Retail Banking Services for 5 years. Prior to this he was Executive General Manager where he was responsible for the branch network, contact centres and third party mortgage brokers.

Ross has more than 25 years experience in the finance, insurance and investment industries. He joined RBS in August 2012 as Chief Executive Officer for UK Retail, having previously been Group Executive for Retail Banking Services and Executive General Manager responsible for the branch network, contact centres and third party mortgage brokers at Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Managing Director of stockbroking business First NZ Capital Securities, and Chief Executive of National Mutual Life Association of Australasia Ltd/AXA New Zealand Ltd.

Bill Michael

EMA Head of Financial Services, KPMG


As KPMG’S EMA Head of Financial Services, Bill Michael is responsible for over 2,000 professionals across banking, insurance and funds. He has over 20 years’ experience specialising in corporate and investment banking and has conducted significant regulatory, advisory and transaction work in Buenos Aires, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Melbourne, New York, Sao Paulo, Tokyo and Zurich. He has led major regulatory and advisory projects, finance and risk governance reviews, antimoney laundering reviews, cross border due diligence and reviews of high level controls of major global organisations. During the credit crisis, Bill conducted extensive reviews of global financial institutions, covering balance sheet and risk exposure across a broad range of complex products and geographies. Bill was a Special Advisor to the UK Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards and has subsequently contributed to the Banking Standards Review. He advises Boards on how to strengthen governance arrangements and best practices in ethics and culture.

Chris Popple

Managing Director, Digital, RBS

Will Samuel

Chairman, TSB


Mr Samuel is Chairman of TSB Bank plc, Chairman of Howdens Joinery Group and Chairman of Ecclesiastical Insurance Group plc. Prior to this he was Senior Advisor to Lazard & Co Ltd and Senior Advisor to the Prudential Regulation Authority (formerly the Financial Services Authority), a director of Schroders plc, Co-Chief Executive Officer at Schroder Salomon Smith Barney (a division of Citigroup Inc), Vice Chairman, European Investment Bank of Citigroup Inc, Chairman of H P Bulmer plc, Deputy Chairman of Inchcape plc, a non-executive director of the Edinburgh Investment Trust plc and a Trustee and Honorary Treasurer of International Alert.

Mr Samuel is a Chartered Accountant and has a first class Honours Degree in Chemistry.

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Tim Shipman

Political Editor, The Sunday Times


Tim Shipman has been a national newspaper journalist for 16 years and has more than a decade of experience reporting on British and American politics and international relations. Currently Political Editor of The Sunday Times, Tim has been a member of the Parliamentary lobby since 2001. Previously he worked as Deputy Political Editor of the Daily Mail. He was a regular blogger for Chapman & Co. on the Right Minds section of the Daily Mail website and has a growing following as a witty, waspish and sometimes irascible observer of the political scene on Twitter, @ShippersUnbound

Tim has covered four British general elections in 1997, 2001, 2005, and 2010 and three US Presidential elections in 2000, 2004 and 2008.

Between 2007 and 2009, Tim was the Washington Correspondent with the Sunday Telegraph and reported the historic 2008 election contest between Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain from 42 states.

He has also written for The Spectator, Total Politics, the Daily Telegraph and the Cambridge Evening News.

Anthony Thomson

Founder and Chairman, Atom Bank


Anthony Thomson is the founder of Metro Bank, Chairman of the Financial Services Forum, Chairman of the National Skills Academy for Financial Services, an NED of agilti, a company providing banking software as a service and the chairman of atom, which when it launches in 2015, will be the first real alternative to the High Street banks.

Metro Bank plc is the first new ‘High Street bank’ in the UK for over 150 years. It offers unparalleled levels of customer service and convenience, open seven days a week, 361 days a year.

Metro Bank has opened 26 locations and attracted over 300,000 customer accounts.

Anthony served as the first chairman from 2009 until 2012, before leaving the bank in December 2012

The Financial Services Forum is an independent membership organisation for senior executives with an interest in financial services marketing effectiveness, with a remit to ‘improve financial services marketing on the basis that good marketing is good for consumers’.

The National Skills Academy for Financial Services is an independent employer-led, charitable organisation which is a leading body for training & development in the financial services industry.

He is co-founder of Moneyspinners, an annual charity cycle ride for financial services executives.

In 1987 Anthony founded City Financial Marketing which, by the time he sold it to Publicis in 1997, was Europe’s largest financial services marketing and communications group.

After a year off he co-founded The Financial Services Forum, which he ran until 2007, at which point he became chairman.

In 2007 he had the idea for a new, customer-led bank, which he launched in 2010.

Hobbies include collecting guitars and wine. He plays the guitars badly and drinks the wine.

He has been included in Marketing Magazine’s ‘Power and influence top 100’ and named by the Evening Standard as ‘one of the 1000 most influential Londoners’ and one of the 60 most influential in the City.

From 2011 to 2014 he served as visiting professor to London Metropolitan University Business School

José Viñals

Financial Counsellor and the Director of the Monetary and Capital Markets Department, International Monetary Fund


José Viñals is currently the Financial Counsellor and Director of the Monetary and Capital Markets Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He is a member of the Financial Stability Board, representing the IMF.

His professional career has been closely tied to the Central Bank of Spain, where he served as the Deputy Governor after holding successive positions. He has also held the positions of Chairman of the European Central Bank International Relations Committee; and Chairman of Spain’s Deposit Guarantee Funds.

He has been a member of: the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) Committee on the Global Financial System; the European Central Bank Monetary Policy Committee; and the high-level group appointed by the President of the European Commission to examine economic challenges in the European Union. He was also a member of the European Union Economic and Financial Committee and a Board Member of the Spanish Securities Authority, the Comisión Nacional del Mercado de Valores.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Valencia; a Master’s degree in Economics from the London School of Economics; and Master’s and Doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in Economics from Harvard University. He is a former Faculty Member of the Economics Department at Stanford University.

His awards include the Premio Rey Jaime I (King James I Prize) in Economics in 2001.

Sir Nigel Wicks

Chairman, BBA


Sir Nigel Wicks is the Chairman of the British Bankers’ Association and a Director of The Edinburgh Investment Trust plc.

He served as non-executive Chairman of CRESTCo, the settlement system for UK and Irish securities, from 2001 until its merger with Euroclear plc in 2002 when he became Deputy Chairman and Chairman in 2007.  He stood down as Chairman of Euroclear on December 31st 2013.

Sir Nigel served, on appointment by the UK Prime Minister, as Chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life between March 2001 and April 2004.  He was a non-executive director of Morgan Stanley Bank International Limited from 2004 to 2006.  He was a Commissioner, Jersey Financial Services Commission between 2007 and 2012. He was a member of the EU Committee of “Wise Men” on European Securities Regulation (the Lamfalussy group) from 2000 to 2001.

Sir Nigel was a member of the British Civil Service for thirty-two years. From 1989 to 2000, he was Second Permanent Secretary and Director of International Finance at HM Treasury. Before this, he was Principal Private Secretary to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher; Economic Minister at the British Embassy in Washington DC; UK Executive Director at the World Bank and the IMF; and Private Secretary to Prime Ministers James Callaghan and Harold Wilson.

He began his career at British Petroleum and studied Business Administration at Portsmouth College of Technology (UK). He holds degrees in History from the Universities of Cambridge and London.

Mike Wright

Executive Director, Jaguar Land Rover


Mike Wright was appointed to the new position of Executive Director, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) in December 2010, reporting to CEO – Dr Ralf Speth, a role created to focus on the development of corporate strategies to deliver the company’s growth ambitions.  His direct responsibilities include leadership of Group Strategy; Global Financial Services; worldwide Government Affairs; Corporate & Social Responsibility and the new Special Operations division.

Mike Wright began his career in the automotive industry at Rover Triumph in 1975. He has held a variety of senior sales and marketing positions in a number of international markets – including four years in Germany – working at different times for Rover, Land Rover, Jaguar and Jaguar Land Rover under the ownership of BAe, BMW, Ford and now Tata.

In June 2014 he published an independent review of advanced manufacturing supply chain commissioned by the Labour Party.  Mike is Chair of CBI West Midlands Council and the Advisory Board of Aston Business School.  He is also a director of EEF Ltd, and an RSC governor.