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 was elected as President, ACI UK at the Annual General Meeting on November 11 2019.   Oliver is a long standing member of the ACI UK Executive Committee and also former Chair of the ACI Financial Markets Association Board of Education.   As the new President of ACI UK, Oliver notes: “I am honoured and privileged to succeed Sue Attwood as President of the ACI Financial Markets Association in the UK.  Thanks to Sue’s leadership I inherit an association 100% focused on empowering financial professionals with the expertise and ethics to do the right thing, all of the time.Competence and conduct have never been more important in support of everyone’s ambition to restore trust in financial markets and I look forward to working with my committee to provide continued insight and value to our members.”

Oliver is Director, Cash & FX Operations Product, Client Operations at RBC Investor & Treasury Services (RBC I&TS). Previously, he worked within RBC Dexia Investor Services’ Technical Sales team, at Spitalfields Advisors Limited, an independent securities lending consultancy firm, and Santander Global Banking & Markets.

E: oliver.madden@aci-uk.com
T: +44 (0)20 7029 7841


Andy Green

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Andy Green – Vice President                                                                                            

Andy was elected as Vice President at the Annual General Meeting on November 11 2019.  A longstanding and generous supporter of Variety – the Children’s Charity, ACI UK’s chosen charity, Andy has been instrumental in our fundraising activities in recent years, including the Annual Charity Golf Day and ACI UK Quiz which in 2019 (with other fund raising initiatives) raised sufficient funds to purchase our 57th Sunshine Coach for the benefit of a school for children with special educational needs.

Andy joined C. Hoare & Co. in 2007 from Swedbank, London, and has over thirty years’ experience working within the Treasuries of a number of London banks. Andy chairs Hoare’s Deposit Committee and also sits on the bank’s Asset & Liability Committee (ALCO).

Andy was elected to the ACI UK Committee in July 2017.

E: andy.green@aci-uk.com

T: 0203 192 7420


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 2019

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


Ashley Daffin

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Ashley Daffin – Education and Conduct 

Ashley leads ACI UK’s Education effort.  His business development and solutions sales skills have been (and continue to be) instrumental in UK market take up of ACI’s flagship Conduct learning and attestation portal, ELAC.  As the Committee member responsible for ACI UK Education initiatives, he will expand his remit to develop and promote ACI’s broader education and professional development suite to market participants.

After an early career as an FX and Derivatives trader, Ashley moved to Reuters where he spent many years working on e-trading solutions and derivatives tools, specialising ultimately in Solutions Sales. He then moved to HSBC and spent 5 years running eFX sales in EMEA before embarking on a career in the energy and sustainability sector with Utilyx and decarbon.  More recently Ashley has expanded into the wider world of FinTech where he now provides consultancy on emerging technology solutions to a variety financial markets participants from banks to fintech providers themselves.

E: ashley.daffin@aci-uk.com

T: +44 (0) 7780 432 790


Alex Gilmour

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Alex Gilmour                                                                                                       

Alex Gilmour is an Associate 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


Darryl Hooker

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For over 18 years Darryl worked with EBS and other ICAP subsidiaries and has extensive experience in foreign exchange and emerging markets.  Formerly Head of Nex EBS Brokertec Market, he also held senior positions as Head of Strategic Currency Initiatives, Head of Emerging and Growth Markets and Head of Emerging Markets Sales for the EBS Market and EBS Direct platforms.

Prior to this, Darryl held senior positions with Reuters and M W Marshall in the US, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Africa, Middle East and UK. He served as a member of the Public Affairs Committee of the LBMA for five years.  A long time ACI member, Darryl’s active involvement in ACI UK began in 2007; since then he has played a key role in the ACI UK Dealing Simulation Course and supported other activities and initiatives.

E: darryl.hooker@aci-uk.com


Tina
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Tina Kane – Communications, Membership & Marketing

Tina has a long established association with ACI both in the UK and internationally. She is responsible for marketing ACI UK to target audiences and also manages membership and events.

A financial markets veteran now working as a marketing consultant, Tina previously held a number of senior roles at Markit and Logicscope and was Head of Marketing and Communications at EBS – now part of NEX Markets (from its inception through its formative years).  Prior to that she was a Director of City-based financial PR company, Buchanan Communications (a WPP company) and has worked previously in the fund management and financial publishing sectors.

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


Anne Pounds

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Anne Pounds

Elected to the ACI UK Executive Committee in November 2019, Anne is a long standing member of ACI UK and a member of the ACIFMA Committee for Professionalism Crypto Working Group.

With over 25 years experience working with financial services and market participants, technology and service providers, Anne has worked on a number of key market initiatives.    She holds a Professional Certificate in Compliance (UCD), is an Accredited Counter-fraud Technician (ACFtech) and a member of ACAMS (holding an ACAMS Certificate AML for FinTechs) and a member of ACFE (Association of Certified Fraud Examiners) and ACOI (Association of Compliance Officers Ireland) among others.

With a degree in Pure and Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, Anne’s career started at Citibank London, where she delivered the first digital pricing solution to the FX market.  Her diverse portfolio of clients includes pre start-up, start-up and established firms wishing to have strategic insight into proven and unproven business initiatives.

Her anticipated contribution to the ACI Financial Markets UK is to promote and assist in the delivery of the value proposition for members.

E: anne.pounds@aci-uk.com
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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


Jeff Roberts

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Jeff Roberts

Elected to the ACI UK Executive Committee in November 2019.   More information to follow.

E: jeff.roberts@aci-uk.com
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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

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Sue Attwood – President 2017-2019, Honorary Life Member

President of ACI UK from 2017 to 2019, previously Managing Director for many years and our 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.

Speaking for the ACI UK Committee and all who have worked with Sue on matters ACI for many years, David Clark, Honorary President of ACI UK and ACI FMA said:

“Sue’s devoted stewardship of ACI UK as President has taken place over a difficult and crucial time for the FX market and financial markets in general….Her personal passion for her market and colleagues and her integrity marked her out a long time ago as somebody to lead and deserve respect. I [pay] tribute to what she has achieved and express my gratitude on behalf of the FX market and the City of London to which she has been such a loyal servant. Sue, you have done a lot for us and we thank you sincerely.”

Currently responsible for Client Solutions for IHS Markit’s FX Transaction Processing business, Sue previously 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 developed the Bank’s liquidity management procedures and helped to launch new customer products.

Sue 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.

E: sue.attwood@aci-uk.com
T: +44 (0)20 7786 5176
M: +44 (0)7884 361 725


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.