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Board of Governors Details Page


Dr Paul Fisher

Paul Fisher was a senior figure at the Bank of England for 26 years, including 5 years on the Monetary Policy Committee, 2 years on the interim Financial Policy Committee and a spell on the Board of the Prudential Regulation Authority. After retiring from the Bank in July 2016, he will be, from September, the first independent, non-executive Chairman of the London Bullion Market Association.

Paul has a wide range of interests in economic and financial policy, with posts including a Senior Associate at the Cambridge University Institute of Sustainability Leadership; a visiting professor at the University of Richmond in London; and a member of the Systemic Policy Partnership. He has written and spoken extensively on diverse subjects such as business cycles, modelling of the UK economy, conditions in financial markets, central bank operations, regulatory reform and the risks arising from climate change. He achieved his PhD in macroeconomic modelling at the University of Warwick in 1990 where he had worked as a full-time researcher for the previous ten years.

Board Members

Peter Bishop

Peter Bishop is Deputy Chief Executive of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Deputy Chairman of the ICC World Chambers Federation International Certificate of Origin Council. He is a former Chairman of the ICC WCF ATA Carnet Council.

At the LCCI he is responsible for its international trade activities including Enterprise Europe Network office, export documents, international trade events and missions. In a typical year, the London Chamber issues over 140,000 export and import documents, answers 5,000 trade enquiries, and organises 40 export seminars and trade missions. Peter also has responsibility for the Chamber's Chinese and Indian business associations and information service, and is the editor of London Business Matters magazine.

He holds and MSc in International Business from London University, and is a writer and consultant on the mechanics of international trade, including procedures and regulations. His books include the Export Handbook and the International Trade Manual (co-author).

Professor Moorad Choudhry

Moorad Choudhry is at the Department of Mathematical Sciences, Brunel University. He is also Honorary Professor at Kent University Business School and Visiting Teaching Fellow at the Department of Management, Birkbeck, University of London.

He has over 25 years experience in investment banking in the City of London, and was latterly IPO Treasurer at the Royal Bank of Scotland. Prior to that he was Head of Treasury, Corporate Banking Division, at The Royal Bank of Scotland, Head of Treasury at Europe Arab Bank, Head of Treasury at KBC Financial Products, and Vice-President, Structured Finance, at JPMorgan Chase Bank. He began his career at the London Stock Exchange in 1989.

Moorad is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment, a Fellow of the Global Association of Risk Professionals and a Fellow of the Institute of Sales and Marketing Management. He is Editor of Review of Financial Markets, Managing Editor of the International Journal of Monetary Economics and Finance, and on the Editorial Boards of Qualitative Research in Financial Markets, the Journal of Structured Finance and American Securitization. He is author of The Principles of Banking.

Wendy Chowne

Wendy Chowne is the ifs University College Academic Community representative on the Board. She is a Senior Lecturer at ifs University College, and an active member of many ifs University College committees, as well as the Academic Board. She is also an external examiner for Coventry University College and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Wendy's close association with ifs University College began in 1989 when she started her lecturing career delivering a marketing module through an academic centre. Since then she has lectured on both the professional and full-time programmes, including a post at the University of Surrey.

Wendy's academic approach is firmly rooted in 14 years of practitioner experience gained at HSBC, where she worked within Retail, Internal Audit, Human Resources and Project Management. She is qualified to postgraduate level and holds an ACIB. She is currently examiner and lecturer for two modules on ifs University College full-time degree programme.

Professor James Devlin

James Devlin is Associate Dean and Professor of Financial Decision Making in the Department of Marketing at Nottingham University Business School. After studying Economics at the University of Loughborough, James worked for five years in the retail financial services sector with Lloyds Banking Group. James joined the University of Nottingham in 1991 and completed his PhD in the area of marketing and consumer behaviour in financial services in 1996. James joined City University (now Cass) Business School in 1997 and in 2000 took up the position of Deputy Director of Nottingham University Business School Malaysia Campus in Kuala Lumpur. James returned to the UK in 2003 to continue his academic career with the University of Nottingham and was appointed to a Professorship in 2006.

James is the author of over 80 journal articles and conference papers covering consumer behaviour and policy issues in financial services and beyond, as well as marketing financial services and other marketing issues. He has also contributed to three books and has presented at numerous national and international conferences.

James has worked with HM Treasury, the Thoresen Review (on behalf of HM Treasury), Financial Services Authority, the Office of Fair Trading and others on a number of policy related issues, both in a consultative capacity and as a member of expert panels, dealing mainly with behavioural issues in financial services markets.

James serves as Director of the Centre for Risk, Banking and Financial Services, and he is a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.

Christopher Egerton-Warburton

Christopher Egerton-Warburton (Edge) is a Founding Partner of the merchant banking firm Lion's Head Global Partners and is an expert in the structuring and execution of innovative financing solutions.

Prior to establishing LHGP, Edge spent 14 years at Goldman Sachs within the Debt Capital Markets group. In his last role he was Head of the Sovereign, Supranational and Agency team. He spent six years within the EEMEA emerging markets team, where he worked primarily in Greece, Hungary, Israel, Turkey and South Africa.

In 2002 Edge joined the European Sovereign Financing team, which he headed from 2006, providing vanilla and innovative financing solutions to Goldman Sachs' leading franchise in this sector. During this time he worked on transactions in Belgium, Germany and the UK.

He was the lead banker on a new multilateral development institution - the International Finance Facility for Immunisation (IFFIm) - on behalf of the governments of France, Italy, Norway, Spain, South Africa, Sweden and the UK.

Edge received an MA in Biochemistry from Christ Church College at Oxford University.

Amanda Francis

Amanda is Managing Partner and Chief Executive of Buzzacott LLP. She was previously Head of the Buzzacott Charity Team, working with a wide range of charity and not-for-profit clients, providing audit, accounting and advisory services. Her particular interests lie with religious, welfare and service charities.

She is a contributor to a number of conferences aimed at the charity sector and, in particular, conferences held by the Association of Provincial Bursars. She is co-author of "Charity Accounting and Taxation" published by Bloomsbury Professional Publishing.

Amanda joined the charity team at Buzzacott in 1987 and became a partner in 1996.

ifs University College Alex Fraser profile photoAlex Fraser

Alex Joined ifs University College as its Principal in March 2015 from Cass Business School, City University London, where he was Chief Operating Officer for six years.

His career has encompassed management roles in the private, public and voluntary sectors. He spent ten years working for a number of investment banks in a variety of operational roles; his last such post was as Head of Operations at Schroders in the late 1990s. Alex was appointed Logistics Director at HM Customs and Excise in 2000 and subsequently worked for a number of organisations in the not-for-profit sector prior to joining Cass in 2009.

Catharine French

Catharine is the Group Corporate Relations Director at Barclays and Chief of Staff to the Group Chief Executive.

Catharine has overall responsibility for Corporate Communications, Brand and Marketing and Citizenship and Government Relations across Barclays, as well as overseeing delivery of the Group CEO's strategic agenda and office.

Catharine joined Barclays in 2003 and prior to her current role, she served as Consumer & Corporate Affairs Director for UK Retail Banking and subsequently as Corporate Affairs Director for Retail and Business Banking.

Catharine graduated in History & Economics from Oxford University. She initially trained as an investment analyst at Cazenove & Co, before moving to work for the Treasury Select Committee at the House of Commons on economic and regulatory issues. She then worked at the Bank of England and Financial Services Authority leading the supervision of major UK and European financial services groups.

David Kennedy - ifs University College Board of GovernorsDavid Kennedy

David Kennedy has been Headteacher at the John Warner School in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, since 1999. He previously worked in secondary schools in London, Kent and Buckinghamshire, and has over 33 years' experience in total.

He was educated in Bristol and at the Universities of Lancaster and Birmingham, and has taught history, politics and economics. He has a special interest in financial education, and the school he leads has had a number of innovative programmes in this field.

He was previously a National Leader of Education, and works as a consultant for the Prince's Teaching Institute. He has also worked extensively with the Goethe Institute over the past eight years, trying to encourage the teaching of German in British schools.

Simon Lloyd

Simon Lloyd is General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer at Santander UK.

Simon originally qualified as a solicitor and spent some years in private practice as a corporate lawyer.

Simon moved from private practice to work for Lloyds as an in-house lawyer before joining Bristol & West PLC as Company Secretary. During his time at Bristol & West, Simon took on a number of functional responsibilities for Bank of Ireland in the UK, including HR, Premises and Shared Services.

Simon joined Alliance & Leicester in 2003 as Group Secretary, and became Group Secretary and HR Director in 2007. Simon was People & Talent Director for Santander UK between 2009 and 2014, and until recently Chief People Officer & General Counsel.

Ian StuartIan Stuart

Ian has over 35 years' experience in the banking industry across a number of financial institutions and holding a number of senior leadership roles within RBS, Barclays and most recently HSBC, where he is Head of Commercial Banking, Europe.

In his current role Ian leads a business of over 8,000 people, covering Corporate and Business Banking segments and associated product lines. Ian holds responsibility for all aspects of customer service, channels and product offering across commercial banking in Europe, covering 19 markets. Ian is also a member of the Global Commercial Banking Executive Committee.

Prior to joining HSBC in April 2014, Ian was Managing Director, Barclays Corporate, UK & Ireland.

Alastair Tyler

Alastair was appointed to the Board of Governors in June 2010 as representative of ifs University College academic community.

Alastair joined Deloitte as Senior Manager in their Banking & Capital Markets team in 2013. Prior to that he held a wide range of roles within major UK banks, including heading up the big ticket asset finance team at Barclays. He has also worked in Debt Finance at RBS, Abbey National Treasury Services and NatWest.

Alastair has maintained a long and close association with ifs University College. Following completion of his Associateship in 1990, he became a workshop tutor, and in the past 20 years he has undertaken a number of teaching roles at Levels 4-6, as well as being an examiner and author.

Alastair has a BSc (Hons) degree in Economics from the University of Bristol and a PGCHE from
ifs University College.

Dr Carol A Vielba

Carol Vielba was until recently Associate Dean for Academic Quality and Standards at Cass Business School, part of City University, London. After postgraduate studies at Oxford, the State University of New York, and London School of Economics, Carol worked briefly in local government. Before joining City University, she held research and lecturing posts at the University of Birmingham, the former Polytechnic of the South Bank and London Business School.

She retains her connections with City University as an Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow in the Faculty of Management of Cass Business School.

She is active in the field of business and management evaluation and accreditation. Carol is a QAA reviewer and has undertaken similar roles in the Middle East as well as chairing and acting as a panellist for professional business and management accreditation bodies in the UK, Europe and North America.

Carol has researched and published in the field of management and management education. In recent years she has also developed further an interest in history, in particular local and medieval studies.