David Brain – Partner at Bovill (Financial Services Regulatory Consultants)

David Brain – Partner at Bovill (Financial Services Regulatory Consultants)

  How did you get into regulatory consulting? I took a dream job at the NCIS (National Criminal Intelligence Service) as an undercover officer investigating football hooliganism.  Two days before starting, I was somewhat disappointed to learn that there had been a re-jig and I was asked to join the financial intelligence team instead.  During my time at NCIS I took my anti-money laundering diploma. I then moved into industry as a financial crime officer at Russell Investments and progressed…

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Tim Reid – Director, Financial Services Group at Grant Thornton

Tim Reid – Director, Financial Services Group at Grant Thornton

  How did you get into regulatory consulting? Whilst working for the PIA (Personal Investment Authority) I was head hunted by Robson Rhodes to run their pension outsourcing unit.  Grant Thornton then approached me for a regulatory consulting role, which I initially ran in parallel with pension review work.   Was regulatory consulting your first career choice? No, it wasn’t at the time as I didn’t have a specific career plan.  I left university with an economics degree and applied…

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Mark Holmes – Founder and Managing Director at Holmes Search Limited

Mark Holmes – Founder and Managing Director at Holmes Search Limited

  Was recruitment your first career choice? No it wasn’t, although I knew that I wanted to forge a career in a business and sales related role.  A friend was working as a recruitment consultant at the time.  I learned a bit about the industry from him and felt that it was a good fit for my competencies and competitiveness.  Recruitment is an industry where you can earn a good salary early on.  It’s also meritocracy based, so I was confident…

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David Kenmir – Partner, Conduct, Culture & Licencing, FS Risk & Regulatory Practice at PwC

David Kenmir – Partner, Conduct, Culture & Licencing, FS Risk & Regulatory Practice at PwC

  How did you get into regulatory practice? By accident!  I’m a qualified accountant and that was my first job.  I enjoyed accountancy, but I wanted to use my experience in a broader role.  I called a recruiter and, from the two jobs I was offered, I chose to accept a role in the London Stock Exchange supervision team. Was working in a regulatory practice your first career choice? No.  I planned to move into general management once I had…

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Career tips that every junior must follow to reach the top!

Career tips that every junior must follow to reach the top!

As part of our interview series we’ve been asking our experts what career tips they would give to juniors starting out in their career.  We’ve consolidated the common themes and top tips here. Want to hear more?  Click here to see the latest interviews in our series.

Interview with Antony Lowther – Head of Regional Compliance UK & Europe (ex Germany) at Commerzbank

Interview with Antony Lowther – Head of Regional Compliance UK & Europe (ex Germany) at Commerzbank

How did you get into compliance? I initially started by doing an economics degree, but transferred to a law degree as my original plan was to become a lawyer.  I really liked the idea of working in the City however, so I wrote a letter to the human resources departments in most of the large banks. Was compliance your first career choice? As mentioned, my aim was to become a lawyer. How did you obtain your first job in compliance?…

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Interview with Ed Maguire – MD – Regional Head of Financial Crime Compliance Europe at Standard Chartered Bank

Interview with Ed Maguire – MD – Regional Head of Financial Crime Compliance Europe at Standard Chartered Bank

  How did you get into financial crime? I spent nine years in Customs & Excise, the last five with the National Investigations Service, prosecuting Money Launderers. In February 2002 I moved across to the private sector as the DMLRO for DrKW. Was financial crime your first career choice? No, I wanted to be an Officer in the Royal Marines, but didn’t pass the Navy’s Admirals Interview Board.  None the less it was a great learning experience. How did you…

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Interview with Ian Sayers – Regional Head of Legal & Compliance Europe at Standard Chartered Bank

Interview with Ian Sayers – Regional Head of Legal & Compliance Europe at Standard Chartered Bank

  How did you get into compliance? I’ve worked at Standard Chartered Bank for over 25 years. For the first few years, I was the Deputy Company Secretary.  From there, I moved into Risk and then on to compliance about 15 years ago.   At that time, in the central compliance team there was just me, the Global Head of Legal and Compliance plus one secretary, so I was brought in to build the central compliance team. Was compliance your first…

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Interview with Andrew Clark – Financial Crime Leader EMEA, Partner at PwC

Interview with Andrew Clark – Financial Crime Leader EMEA, Partner at PwC

  How did you get into regulatory consulting? I joined PW in 1987 and qualified there as a Chartered Accountant. I moved into the Forensic practice soon after, where I specialised in fraud and criminal investigations. Was financial crime your first career choice? No, I did a degree in Materials Science and took a summer placement in a copper smelter in Australia. The accountant in this firm seemed to be doing most of the interesting and important work, and made…

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