Speakers 2012

Andrew Sheen, FSA

Andrew Sheen manages the Risk Frameworks and Governance team within the FSA's Risk Specialist Division. This team provides a specialist resource to Supervisors wishing to review a firm’s operational risk framework or governance arrangements. Before joining this team Andrew managed the Operational Risk Policy team and was responsible for the operational risk rules and guidelines that apply to all BIPRU firms.
Vicky Kubitscheck, Police Mutual, UK

Vicky Kubitscheck is Chief Risk Officer at Police Mutual, UK largest affinity friendly society and an independent advisor to boards on governance and risk management.  She has over 25 years experience in leading and managing the strategic development of governance, risk, regulatory and assurance frameworks in major financial services firms.  She was responsible for establishing early templates of enterprise risk management ahead of current regulatory hurdles and also writes in her areas of expertise.
Leslie Bryce, Fortinbras Risk Consultancy

Leslie Bryce works with John at Fortinbras Risk Consultancy.  She has many years experience in the insurance industry, mainly in internal audit, risk management and financial crime unit set-up and management
John Armstrong, Fortinbras Risk Consultancy

John Armstrong has over sixteen years of experience in the investigation, management and identification of financial crime in the Financial Services and Estate Agency sectors.  He is now the director of Fortinbras Risk Consultancy, based in Perth.
Andrew Smart, Manigent

Andrew Smart is the co-founder and CEO of Manigent, a specialist strategy execution and risk management consultancy. Manigent’s solutions are based around the Risk-Based Performance Management methodology. Andrew helps organisations enhance their strategic execution by working with them to develop an integrated approach to strategy and risk management. He is the originator of the Risk-Based Performance Management methodology and has more than 15 years experience delivering strategy execution and risk management solutions in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. His professional focus over the last two years has been delivering Risk & Control Frameworks and RMP/Section 166 projects, primarily in the City of London. He holds an MBA from Henley Business School and is a Professional member of the Institute of Operational Risk.

Prior to starting Manigent, Andrew was a freelance management consultant working within public and private sector organisations. He was also the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of a pioneering Business Intelligence and Performance Management software company. While at this organisation Andrew was heavily involved with Balanced Scorecard implementations and was instrumental in helping establish them as an early leader in this space.
Andrew regularly undertakes speaking, training and consultancy engagements in the area of strategy execution and risk management and has a book due to be published in the first half of 2013.
George Clark, Independent Consultant

George Clark has 37 years experience in the financial services sector ultimately leading both business and risk functions at a senior level in a large international bank. He has been actively involved in industry issues since the launch of Basel II requirements in the UK, speaking at a number of international conferences either as a senior risk professional with experience of managing risk framework implementation and dealing with global regulators or representing the Institute of Operational Risk where he was a Council member, Chair of the Executive Committee and Company Secretary. Since 2007, George has worked as an independent contractor with some of the world’s largest financial services firms, most recently working internationally in Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands.
Alan Esson, FCCA, Scottish Widows Investment Partnership

Alan Esson, FCCA, is a senior manager within Scottish Widows Investment Partnership (SWIP), a leading asset management firms and currently provides in-house risk advisory services to SWIP’s executive and senior management team.  

Alan obtained ACCA membership in 2001. He served on the Edinburgh & East of Scotland Member Network panel from 2008 to 2009 and has been a member of the Scotland Committee since 2006. Alan was elected as deputy president of committee in 2011 and has been appointed as a member of the ACCA’s Global Risk Advisory Forum. In addition to his activities with the ACCA, Alan represents SWIP in the Investment Management Association’s Compliance and Operational Risk advisory groups.

Prior to joining SWIP, Alan held a number of positions within risk and assurance functions throughout Standard Life plc and has also held a variety of risk assurance roles within The Royal Bank of Scotland plc. In addition to being a Fellow of the Association, Alan has completed the Chartered Institute of Bankers (Scotland) Associateship exams and also holds qualifications in IT service management.
Tony Blunden, Chase Cooper  

Tony Blunden is Head of Consulting and a Management Board member of Chase Cooper. His areas of focus are the identification and development of clients’ needs, the development of Chase Cooper’s profile and product set, and the provision of training both internally and to clients.

His previous client engagements have included advising and guiding clients on risk frameworks and governance, risk and control assessments, key indicators, loss databases and their use, modelling of operational risk, risk reporting and stress testing and scenario analysis.

Tony has worked in the City of London for over 30 years, primarily within risk management, compliance and related areas in financial services organisations.  Prior to joining Chase Cooper, he spent four years as a Director in Ernst & Young’s Financial Services Risk Management practice.