ACI UK EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The ACI UK Executive Committee is elected by Members at the Annual General Meeting.  In accordance with ACI UK Constitution and Statutes, all Committee positions are subject to election/re-election at the AGM.  All ACI UK members are eligible to stand for election to the Committee, subject to being nominated and seconded by other Members.


Oliver Madden

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Oliver Madden – President 

Oliver is a long standing member of the ACI UK Executive Committee and former Chair of the ACI Financial Markets Association Board of Education.

Oliver is an experienced business development and client relationship leader. Most recently Oliver was Director, Securities Finance at IHS Markit where he had responsibility for strategic account management and beneficial owner business development in the EMEA region. Prior to that, Oliver held a held a variety of senior technical sales, business and relationship management positions at RBC Investor & Treasury Services where he worked for 14 years.

Oliver began his career at Abbey National Treasury Services plc, now Santander Global Banking & Markets, working in its business management and securities finance divisions.

E: oliver.madden@aci-uk.com
T: +44 7925 621873


Steven Singer

Steven Singer – Treasurer

Steve is the Treasurer of ACI UK.  His career in financial markets spans almost 30 years. He joined CIBC in 2006 as Director of Liquidity and is actively engaged in day to day business and operational processes to ensure compliance with regulatory policy. Previously, he held a variety of positions with Qatar National Bank in both London and the Middle East, including Head of FX and Head of Money Markets.

Steve passed the ACI Diploma, with Merit, in 1995.

E: steven.singer@aci-uk.com

T: +44(0) 20 7234 6492


EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS AS AT NOVEMBER 2020

Clare-Louise Cotter

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Clare-Louise Cotter       

Clare-Louise Cotter is a Senior Relationship Manager at Barracuda FX where she is responsible for the overall relationship of existing eFX clients through understanding their business objectives and goals, conducting strategic reviews and regular planning with clients to advise and/or address future service/product needs.

Prior to joining Barracuda FX, Clare-Louise worked at HSBC in Hong Kong & UBS in London as a Senior FX Salesperson on the asset management desk.  Her passion and interest in Foreign Exchange started on the graduate scheme at ABN AMRO where she had the opportunity to transfer to Chicago and join the FX sales desk.

E: clare-l.cotter@aci-uk.com


Sonia Gianasi

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Sonia Gianasi                                                                                                  

Sonia is a purpose-focused marketer with over 21 years’ experience, specialising in financial services branding and marketing. Sonia has delivered dynamic campaigns across a range of geographies, cultures and business lines through her roles at HSBC, Capital Markets and Investor & Treasury Services at Royal Bank of Canada.

Sonia is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and is currently studying for a certification in coaching psychology. Sonia was elected to the ACI UK committee November 2020.

E: sonia.gianasi@aci-uk.com


Alex Gilmour

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Alex Gilmour                                                                                                       

Alex Gilmour is a Director – FX Distribution at UBS Investment Bank with a specific focus on FX Sales-Trading to banks, brokers and hedge funds. In addition to traditional voice dealing, his role also encompasses active participation in E-FX distribution and E-FX trade data analysis.

Prior to joining UBS, Alex traded FX spot and FX options at Western Union for 5 years, managing risk within EMEA.  His City career and passion for FX began when he joined London-based hedge fund Armajaro as an analyst.  Alex was elected to the ACI UK Committee in July 2017.

E: alex.gilmour@aci-uk.com


David Hastings

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David Hastings                                                                                                 

David Hastings has over 35 years professional financial market experience trading Foreign Exchange within global institutional banks. For the past 10 years he has been an independent management consultant, advising clients on FX execution strategies. He has advised companies such as Shell UK and Leander Wealth Management in FX execution strategies and centralisation of treasury functions.

David has supported a number of FinTech start ups to establish operations within the UK and to build successful sales teams. David has written educational articles on FX that provide information and advice on the evolution of the market and has been engaged by the London Stock Exchange and Greenwich University to lecture on Foreign Exchange Markets, including how corporates use foreign exchange as part of their hedging strategies.

E: david.hastings@aci-uk.com


Katharine Leaman

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Katherine Leaman 

Katharine is a regulatory compliance consultant with expertise in technical areas of the rules such as market conduct, CASS, SMCR and Outsourcing. Katharine has worked in financial services for thirty years in insurance, banking, distribution, and regulation. During that time Katharine developed a passion for supporting smaller financial services firms because they so often find they are expected to be across a broad range of regulations sometimes to a technical depth that takes time to understand and implement.

Katharine setup Leaman Crellin Limited to do the leg work for these companies and to provide practical roll out ready documents available from the Leaman Crellin online shop. Her regulatory compliance consultancy practice specialises in providing practical and proportionate solutions for all sizes and types of FCA and PRA regulated business.

E: katharine.leaman@leamancrellin.co.uk

Sharma Rambocus

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C. Sharma (Sheilesh) Rambocus

Elected to the ACI UK Executive Committee in November 2019, Sharma has a long and prestigious history supporting ACI Financial Markets Association, including spearheading its presence and continuing development in Africa.  He has held a number of positions within ACI including Chair of ACIFMA Mauritius and Head of Education for ACI South Africa.  He is also a Committee Member of the ACI Board of Education.

Now based in the UK with Society Generale Corporate and Investment Bank, Sharma is  an experienced Head Of Trading with an established record working within the financial services industry.  His strong professional skills include Capital Markets, Money Markets, Market Making, Financial Risk, Structuring and Banking, with a track record of high performance in Fixed Income.

In his professional capacity, Sharma is responsible for building the African sales portfolio across a mix of diverse relationships across African Francophone/West African and Anglophone countries including Cote D’Ivoire, Maroc, Senegal, Egypt, Nigeria, Mauritius, Mozambique, Kenya etc.  Specifically he is responsible for client execution in terms of FX products and has a strategic FX sales focus to grow African business specifically for Global Development Organizations (US, EU), South African outbounds & Global Corporates for Rest of Africa.

E: sharma.rambocus@aci-uk.com
M: +44 7870984583


Anne Maria Rothenstein

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Anne-Maria Rothenstein

Currently Head of Compliance for B2C2, Anne-Maria Rothenstein is an internationally experienced, bi-lingual compliance executive and consultant, with over three decades of experience and a deep expertise in International Capital Markets (FICC) and Financial Markets Regulation and Compliance (FLOD & SLOD). She has a demonstrable track record of strategic, commercial and operational success working internationally (London, New York, Frankfurt & Brussels) with global financial institutions/investment banks, exchanges and clearing houses.

Prior to her consultancy and compliance career, Ms Rothenstein enjoyed an extensive career in financial markets selling and trading OTC derivative and cash products (Rates, Currency, Equity, Credit) to a variety of ‘buy-side’ clients (Corporates – Multinationals, SMEs; Institutional- regional banks, asset managers, hedge funds and retail).Most recently Ms Rothenstein has been operating as the EMEA Head of Capital Markets Compliance & Treasury/Chief Compliance Officer/CF 10/SMF 16 for a global custody bank.

As well as sitting on the ACI UK Executive Committee, Ms Rothenstein is a member of the ACIFXC – the global FX Committee of ACI Financial Markets Association and the ACIRWG –the global cross-asset regulatory committee of  ACI. In this capacity, she has authored/co-authored ACI’s consultation responses to various global and national regulators including its response to ESMA on MIFID 2 Transparency Addendum, as well as ACI’s response to BoE/FCA/HMT consultatoin on the Fair and Effective Markets Review.  She is also Compliance Committee Chair for Quorum 15 and sits on the Lysis Advisory Board.  Ms. Rothenstein has an EMBA from Henley Business School and is a graduate (January 2020) of the FT NED post-graduate Diploma programme.

E: annemariarothenstein@gmail.com

Jeff Roberts

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Jeff Roberts

A focused and analytical financial professional with extensive experience of global foreign exchange markets, Jeff is currently a Business Manager for CME Group (formerly Business Manager NEX). 

His FX career began with Bank of America in FX Investigations before he moved first to the middle office then to the trading floor, starting as a desk assistant before becoming a Spot trader, and subsequently moving into an e-commerce role as the industry became increasingly ‘electronic’.

Prior to NEX (CME) Jeff worked for Lloyds Banking Group as a senior staff member responsible for all FX requirements – and the bank’s order book – during the APAC timezone.

E: jeff.roberts@aci-uk.com


Noel Singh

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Noel Singh

Noel Singh is Head of eFX Business Development at Sucden Financial, leading the firm’s expansion of its non-bank FX prime brokerage business. He has over 25 years of experience in banking and currency trading and joined the company from ABN Amro Clearing Bank, where he managed their OTC FX clearing business.

Past positions include Head of FX Prime Brokerage for SEB and senior roles at Integral Development, Dresdner Kleinwort, EBS and also Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank, prior to its merger.

E: noel.singh@aci-uk.com


Gavin Wells

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Gavin Wells

An active supporter of ACI UK and frequent Moderator and Speaker at ACI events, Gavin was elected to the ACI UK Executive Committee in November 2019.

Most recently (March 2019) Head of Europe at Digital Asset, the New York-based provider of distributed ledger solutions, Gavin previously spent eight years at LCH, building its Foreign Exchange and Credit Default Swap clearing services (and a member of LCH’s Executive and Executive Risk Committees).  Previously, Gavin worked at Citi for fifteen years in a variety of leadership roles spanning FX trading, e-commerce, algorithmic trading and prime brokerage.

Before the City, Gavin served for eight years as an officer in the Royal Artillery. He is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the charity Action Breaks Silence and a founding member of the Women’s Equality Party.

E: gavin.wells@aci-uk.com


David Woolcock

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David Woolcock  – ACI FMA Committee for Professionalism/ACI FMA FX Committee

David is an experienced FX trader with good knowledge of the detailed workings of the FX market and related matters gained through a variety of roles in the industry. He is currently serving on the Market Participants Group for the Central Bank FX Working Group at the BIS on the new FX Global Code of Conduct.

David is Chair of ACI’s Committee for Professionalism and vice-Chair of the ACI FX Committee; he has broad knowledge of and experience in writing Codes of Conduct for ethical, fair & transparent OTC markets.

David is passionate about education and training in Best Practice and Ethical matters. After working for a number of banks, specialising in e-FX from 1998, in 2002 David set up a consultancy practice (eFX, FX Prime Brokerage, FX CCP clearing).  Following a stint at FXall, leaving when it was sold to Thomson Reuters, David then took up a position as Global Head of Sales and Business Development for Eurobase Banking Solutions.

Outside of ACI, David  splits his time between Eurobase and Derivative Consulting Ltd, undertaking strategic advisory work and Expert Witness assignments.

E: david.woolcock@aci-uk.com


HONORARIUM

Sue Attwood

Sue Attwood – President 2017-2019, Honorary Life Member

President of ACI UK from 2017 to 2019, previously Managing Director for many years, and the longest serving ACI UK Committee member, Sue stepped down as President in 2019.  Her fantastic contribution to ACI UK and ACI Financial Markets Association globally is acknowledged by the many tributes sent by colleagues and ACI friends and was acknowledged formally by granting Honorary Life Membership to Sue at the Annual General Meeting on 11 November.  Sue was instrumental in creating and driving ACI UK’s charitable effort which has raised well over £1 million to support Variety – the Children’s Charity and fund the purchase of an incredible 157 Sunshine Coaches that have been donated to schools and institutions for disabled and disadvantaged children. Sue is also responsible for developing and running the hugely successful ACI UK Dealing Simulation Course and new FX Masterclass, launched in November 2019.

Prior to working in a number of senior e-commerce roles at Markit, Logicscope and other companies, Sue spent 23 years at the Bank of England, where as Deputy Chief Dealer she headed the Money Market and Forward FX side of its operations for UK Reserves, Bank of England Reserves and the customer book.  Sue also represented the front office on the Bank’s Risk Advisory Committee as well as being the Bank of England representative on the ACI UK Committee.

Tina Kane

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Tina Kane – Honorary Life Member

As marketing communications adviser and as a Committee member, Tina has a long established association with ACI both in the UK and internationally. Over many years, and under the direction of a number of Presidents, she worked closely with ACI UK Executive Committee to provide guidance on – and delivery of – activities and events generated within ACI UK’s Represent, Inform, Educate and Charity streams.

A financial markets veteran and specialist marketing, communications and media consultant, Tina held a number of senior roles at Markit and Logicscope and was instrumental in the creation, launch and early success of EBS, driving its Marketing and Communications strategy and policies through its formative years.  (EBS is now part of CME Group.)  Prior to that she was a Director of City-based financial PR company, Buchanan Communications (now part of the  WPP group) where she worked on multiple IPOs/corporate activities across many sectors (biotech to banking).

Tina was awarded Honorary Life Membership in April 2021 when she stepped down from her ACI UK role, in recognition of her long service and commitment to ACI in the UK and globally.

E: tina.kane@aci-uk.com
T: +44 (0)1842 813 787
M: +44 (0)7887 947 329


David Clark

David Clark
Honorary President, ACI UK and ACI International

David Clark spent over 40 years working in currency and capital markets for firms including Bankers Trust, Commerzbank, HSBC and Bankgesellschaft before moving into non-executive director and advisory positions. He is Chairman of Charity Bank, a non-executive director of CafBank (both owned by the Charities Aid Foundation), is Senior Independent (SID) non-executive director of Tullett Prebon, and a non-executive director of Westpac Europe Limited. He was a senior advisor to the UK’s Financial Services Authority and has sat on a number of Basel II working groups.

He was President of ACI, The Financial Markets Association from 1992-95 and is an Honorary President of both ACI and ACI UK. In March 2006 he was appointed Chairman of the Wholesale Markets Brokers Association and the London Energy Brokers Association. He is also a Senior Advisor to GFTA, an FX overlay fund manager, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).


Alan Clarke

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Alan Clarke – ACI UK Supporter

Alan has over 30 years’ experience in a variety of front office FX roles. He was a Managing Director in the Global Markets business at HSBC, where he held a number of management positions that included an eight year period as a trader of Spot, Forwards and Emerging Markets before moving into a Sales role in 1989. Initially Chief Dealer of FX Sales in London, Alan became Head of FX Sales for Europe. Alan was also instrumental in the creation of the global e-commerce unit at HSBC and during that period became a founding board member of multi-bank platform FXall.

After leaving HSBC, Alan joined the Spanish Bank BBVA as Managing Director with the goal of creating a global FX business encompassing Trading, Sales and e-commerce; as the Global FX Product Manager his role also encompassed the COO function of the FX business, a role which he held until the end of 2016.

Alan has been a keen supporter of the ACI and its charity fundraising over the years and also assists on the UK Dealing Simulation Course held annually.  He is also an Independent Committee Member of the WM/Reuters Benchmark Oversight Committee.

Alan joined the ACI UK Committee in August 2017.

E: alan.clarke@aci-uk.com


IN MEMORIAM

Paul Chappell

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Paul Chappell  – 29 June 1953 – 24 June 2018     

ACI UK Executive Committee/ACI FMA Director of Education /ACI FMA FX Committee

A long-standing and active participant of ACI’s Foreign Exchange Committee, in the past few years Paul had stepped up his involvement in ACI activities considerably, joining the ACI UK Executive Committee to support its local efforts and then, in 2017, becoming ACI’s first full time Director of Education.  In this role, he worked tirelessly to promote ACI’s services in support of the new Global Code and to continue ACI’s influence in guiding industry best practice.  Paul was especially engaged with ongoing industry debate around ‘last look’, chairing the ACI Working Group on the subject and bringing a voice of reason to this controversial topic. Paul was a stalwart of the foreign exchange market; both as a market practitioner and a committed proponent of industry best practice.

Paul was the epitome of an ‘industry veteran’, having enjoyed a long, illustrious and varied career in financial markets. He was, particularly, at the forefront of the modern foreign exchange industry, initially on the ‘sell side’ with roles at Chemical Bank, and for a long period, Bank of America, where in the late 80s and early 90s he was a major influence on the development, launch and take up of EBS (Electronic Broking Services).

An active and vociferous member of the original EBS consortium (representing Bank of America’s stakeholder interests) Paul’s commitment and support for the (then) market-changing EBS proposition, and his determination to ‘change dealer behaviour’ – starting on his own trading floor – contributed greatly to its early market adoption (and its great success).

Paul went on to create C-View, an FCA-regulated Investment Manager named – rather neatly – after his lovely holiday home, Sea View, in the Isle of Wight, where he enjoyed many happy vacations with his young family (and which he ‘shared’ on occasion with friends).  As Chief Investment Officer of C-View, Paul gained first hand insight into the ‘buy side’ experience of trading relationships  and more recently, the challenges of implementing mandates and directives like EMIR and MiFID.  He channelled this experience into providing consultancy to other market participants and regulators.

At a time in his life when he could have taken life much more easily – and with plans in place to enjoy his retirement with his wife Ann now his children were grown – he chose instead to embark on this new ‘career’, travelling extensively to spread the ACI word at industry conferences and events, meeting regulators and industry groups across the globe, and supporting ACI National Associations.

Paul was a devoted family man and committed Christian whose great pride in all of his family’s achievements were evident to everybody who met him.  He is a great loss to our industry and to so many of us personally.  We all miss him very much.