CISI Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is comprised of non-executive directors who are typically employed in senior positions in firms operating in the financial services sector. They meet five times a year to discuss all issues facing the Institute.

The Directors, who are also the Trustees of the CISI, are either elected for a term of three years by ballot of the membership at the AGM, or appointed by the Board.

alan yarrow Michael was Chair of AFME from 2015-2021, and is an independent director for JP Morgan Securities plc and Board Member of FICC Markets Standards Board. Michael previously spent 35 years with BNY Mellon, the last seven as Chair, Europe, Middle East & Africa.

He is an Advisory Board Member of TheCityUK, British American Business and a member of the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum Advisory Board. Michael is Trustee of the mental health charity, the Charlie Waller Trust and of education charity, Engage with China Ltd. He is a patron for Women in Banking and Finance (WIBF) and City Veterans Network. In 2019 he was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) from City of London Business School.

Alan Ramsay has spent the greater part of his career in financial services regulation and risk management. Alan was latterly Chief Executive of the International Property Securities Exchange, where he still serves as a non-executive director and is Deputy Chair of CISI.

Alan was previously a Senior Advisor to PricewaterhouseCoopers advising clients on a wide range of compliance and regulatory issues within their Banking & Capital Markets Practice and Global Head of Compliance for HSBC Bank Plc whom he joined from Bankers Trust International where he occupied a similar role. At an earlier stage in his career, Alan was Executive Director of Surveillance at the Securities and Futures Authority and also occupied senior positions at both The London Stock Exchange and The Securities Association.

A Chartered Accountant by training, Alan is an Honorary Fellow of the CISI, Chair of its Audit and Risk Committee and a member of both its Nominations and Remuneration Committees. He has served on the Board of the Futures & Options Association and is Visiting Professor in the Practice of Financial Regulation and Compliance at BPP Law School.

Chris Allen was appointed HSBC’s Regional Head, Global Private Banking EMEA in April 2018, having previously served as Chief Executive Officer of HSBC Private Bank in the UK with oversight of HSBC Private Banking’s businesses in the Channel Islands, France and Germany. Chris is a member of the Global Private Banking Executive Committee and the HSBC Bank plc Executive Committee, which is responsible for the UK and Continental Europe. Prior to becoming CEO of the UK Private Bank in July 2012, Chris was Chief Executive of HSBC Alternative Investments Limited, and he has over 20 years’ experience in Financial Services and Investment Management. Chris holds a first class honours degree in Land Economics from the University of Sheffield and an Investment Diploma from Cambridge University and City University Business School.

Nandika counts for over 30 years post qualifying experience in the sectors of banking and financial Institutions, mobile telecommunication industry, audit and assurance and management consultancy assignments. He currently holds the position of Chief Financial Officer of Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC since January 2008, reporting to MD/CEO. He is also a member of the Asset & Liability Committee (ALCO), Executive Integrated Risk Management Committee (EIRMC), HR Steering Committee, Procurement Committee, Executive Investment Committee, Executive Strategic Planning & Development Committee, BASEL Implementation Committee, etc., and a trustee of the Employee Provident Fund, Employee Pension Fund and CSR Trust of the Bank. Further, a regular participant of Board Audit Committee, Board Investment Committee, Board Integrated Risk Management Committee (Secretary to the Committee). Nandika has been an active trustee of the Corporate Social Responsibility Trust (CSR) of the Bank.

Prior to his career at the bank, Nandika worked as Chief Financial Officer reporting to CEO and Telstra HO in Sydney until end 2003. He is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka, Institute of Certified Management Accountants of Australia, Institute of Certified Management Accountants of Sri Lanka, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants UK, and Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment UK, Senior Associate of Financial Services Institute and a Member of the Institute of Management Accountants USA. Further, he holds BSc and PG Diploma in Management from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura university and MBA, MA in Financial Economics and MSc in Financial Mathematics from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. He is also the President - National Advisory Council Sri Lanka, President National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka and Immediate Past Chairman - Member Network Panel, ACCA Sri Lanka branch.
Debbie Clarke is Managing Director of New Clarke Ventures, providing board support and advice to private companies and their shareholders. She is a former Head of M&A at Moore Stephens and has over 20 years’ experience in both the public and private markets. Debbie started working with the CISI in 2005 helping the development of the Corporate Finance professional interest forum (PIF), which she then went on to chair from 2012-2016. She is currently a member of the joint ICAEW/CISI Diploma in Corporate Finance Examination Panel, chairs the CISI Examinations Board and is a member of the CISI Audit Committee. Debbie is also a Trustee and Non-Executive Director of a number of other not-for profit organisations including the British Triathlon Federation, the Triathlon Trust and Child’s I Foundation as well as chairing the Triathlon England Board.

Danny is a senior manager with 40 years’ experience of the wholesale financial markets as a London based Director, Managing Director, and CEO leading teams across a range of asset classes including bonds and derivatives. He also has extensive international experience having worked locally in the markets of Moscow, Sydney, Tokyo, and others.

He has worked as a banker, trader, and broker, for a dozen firms, has written 5 books on the markets and has an extensive network in the city. He has sat on various central bank committees and was seconded to London Clearing House, a crucial part of the global market infrastructure, as part of an industry wide response to the default of Lehman Brothers to lead the closure of its trading books.

Danny and his co-founders launched London Reporting House, a fin-tech start-up in April 2023, has funding, wonderful employees, and a perfect little office in the alleyways of Bow Lane.

Danny is also a Trustee and Board member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI), which sets the examinations and continuing professional development for people engaged in the financial markets and chairs its International Committee. He spent years promoting the City of London with non-for-profit promotional bodies including the Lord Mayor / Mansion House and was formerly Chair of the Eurasia Group at TheCityUK.

He graduated in Economics from the University of Liverpool in 1981 and has an MBA (Finance) from City University. He is married to Kerrie, and they are proud parents of three sons; an actor James (Mark Anthony in RSC’s Julius Caesar, Edmund to Sir Ian McKellen’s King Lear & adviser to Boris Johnson in Sky TV’s ‘This England’), Ben a co-founder of London Reporting House and an earlier survivor of ‘Dragon’s Den’ and Luke a governor, tutor and accomplished professional chef who is finding his way in the world.

Danny is a retired Football Association coach having led Hampstead FC youth teams to glory in the 2000s… and he was an occasional referee.

Tracey joined Handelsbanken from Barclays in 2003 to help to establish banking operations in the UK, where she then became Senior Vice President and Head of Northern UK in 2010. Having successfully secured the acquisition of Heartwood Wealth Management Limited, In 2013 she joined the company as Executive Director, where she led the integration and business development agenda. Tracey subsequently became Chief Executive Officer in 2014 and is now Deputy CEO of Handelsbanken Plc. She remains the Chair at the newly renamed Handelsbanken Wealth and Asset Management.

  • Board Member of the Personal Investment Management & Financial Advice Association (PIMFA)
  • Board Member at the Chartered Institute for securities and investments (CISI)
  • Chair of the Integrity and Ethics Committee at the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments (CISI).
Tracey holds the IAC certificate from the CISI and the ACIB qualification from the London Institute of Banking & Finance.
Petros Florides has over 25 years financial services experience in areas of private banking, fund management, stockbroking, private equity, proprietary trading and microfinance. He is currently employed by World Vision International as Senior Director of Global Governance for the regions of Europe, Middle East and Asia. Petros has published numerous articles on governance and related areas, and was the lead author of the Code for Public Sector Governance which, after five years of public consultation, was approved by the Cyprus Council of Ministers in July 2019.

Pertos is also a Non-Executive Director of Windsor Brokers, NetU Consultants and Pearlscope. Petros is Co-Founder of the Cyprus National Advisory Council for the CISI, and has also served on its UK Board of Trustees since June 2019. In addition to being thrice Chartered (Chartered FSCI, CDir, ACMA), amongst holding other academic and professional qualifications, Petros is also accredited in two different methods of psychometric testing - that helps him integrate an understanding of human behaviour in his teaching of professional and bespoke executive courses in the areas of governance, risk, leadership and ethics through CISI Accredited Training Providers. Petros is also a regular speaker and panellist at public events on the same subjects.
Robert has served on the Board for three years and is seeking re-election. He chairs the Investment Committee, sits on the Integrity & Ethics Committee and is chair elect of the Audit & Risk Committee. He is a Chartered Wealth Manager and is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute.

After graduating from University and Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, Robert served as an Army Officer for four years before joining the City stockbrokers Laurence Keen (acquired by Rathbones in 1995). Robert is an Investment Director at Rathbones and has 30 years’ experience managing risk-adjusted multi-asset portfolios for wealthy private clients, trusts, pensions, and charities. Robert has had several senior leadership roles within the business and spent 12 years on the Executive and Management Committees. Robert is an Alderman of the City of London and Past Master of the Guild of Investment Managers. He is also on the Board of the Impact Investing Institute.

Amyr Rocha Lima, CFP® is a certified & chartered financial planner who specialises in helping successful business owners and senior professionals with their retirement planning. He is a partner at Holland Hahn & Wills LLP, a financial planning and wealth management firm based in Kingston upon Thames. Amyr is a frequent commentator on financial planning and wealth management matters for both national and specialist media.

A graduate of the Bayes Business School (City, University of London) his professional accreditations include, Amyr is also the chair of the CISI Financial Planning Forum - working with over 6,670 members to champion the financial planning profession in the UK.

Originally from Brazil, Amyr has lived around the globe, spending his childhood in Australia and completing his education in the USA and the UK. His summers were spent back on his family’s farm, where he got involved with raising cattle and horses – even helping set up an apiary.Amyr and his wife, Patricia, have two young children.Outside of the office, Amyr enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He is a keen traveller, has a passion for world cinema and can often be found in one of London’s eclectic array of restaurants.

Catherine is a financial services professional and elected member (Common Councillor) of the City of London Corporation. She served as the City’s Chair of Policy & Resources 2017 – 2022, leading on its work with the financial and related professional services sector. As Policy Chair she was deputy chair of The CityUK, and a member of the Professional & Business Services Council (where she still co-chairs the International Trade Group). Catherine has a long interest and involvement in education and training. She is on the Council at City, University of London, has chaired the City of London Corporation’s Education Board and the City of London Academies Trust, and has been a board member of the Financial Services Skills Commission. Catherine is currently leading a government-commissioned taskforce aimed at boosting socio-economic diversity at senior levels in UK Financial and Professional services.

She is a participant in a number of green finance initiatives, including the Steering Committee of the UK Voluntary Carbon Markets Forum, the Distinguished Advisory Group of the Integrity Council for the Voluntary Carbon Market, and is also a member of the Scottish Taskforce for Green and Sustainable Financial Services. A solicitor by training, she practised in financial services law for several years. Catherine studied PPE at St Anne’s College, Oxford.
Clair Mills is the Chief Operating Officer for the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), within the Bank of England, and is responsible for PRA operations, which includes delivery of the PRA’s Operating Strategy, Budget, Internal Communications and the Investment and Change Portfolio. Other areas of responsibility include managing Data Innovation, RegTech and the PRA’s preparation for Brexit across the organisation. Clair has over 20 years’ extensive financial services experience operating at board level and leading successful strategic and transformational change in a number of complex organisations, having started her career in the Building Society and Retail Banking sector, before moving into Operational and Technological Change Management and Consultancy. Clair joined the Financial Services Authority in 2011 to lead the Internal Twin Peaks programme to transition to the PRA and FCA regulatory model, moving across to the Bank of England with the PRA. In her current role, as well as providing the leadership, management and vision necessary to support the business and to ensure that the proper operational controls, administrative and reporting procedures, and people systems are in place, Clair is also responsible for driving a demand led data approach for the PRA, this includes giving key note speeches both in the UK and internationally on topics such as Regulatory Technology (RegTech) and how regulators can take advantage of the advances in technology in the work we do.
Peter Moores currently holds the position of Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for overseeing all Raymond James’ businesses in the UK including wealth management, capital markets and corporate finance. Peter started his career with Chase Manhattan Bank in New York where he completed both the Associate Development Programme and the Financial Analyst Programme. Peter spent 10 years working at Chase Manhattan in New York, Frankfurt and London initially as a Relationship Manager, Chase International Institutional and then in Chase Asset Management & Mutual Funds as Vice President, Regional Sales Director – Europe. Peter then joined DAB bank, in Munich, Germany as Head of Group Development. Peter was seconded to DAB’s UK subsidiary, SELFtrade UK, as Managing Director and Senior Country Officer. He then joined Raymond James Investment Services in December 2004 as Managing Director and became CEO in February 2005. Peter was appointed as Raymond James Country Manager for the UK in July 2013, at which point he assumed responsibility for its capital markets businesses in addition to wealth management, and subsequently the Corporate Finance business when it opened in the UK in September 2017. Peter chairs the Raymond James TCF Committee. In addition, he is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment, and a member of its Membership Committee. In addition, Peter is a member of the Institute of Directors and a mentor to start-up businesses in London Business School’s Summer Entrepreneurship Programme. Born in Dublin, Ireland, Peter read Business Studies at Trinity College, Dublin and was conferred with both a B.B.S (hons) and an M.A. degree. Peter has also completed executive education programmes at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and the London Business School. For five years in a row, 2017-2021, Peter Moores has been named one of the PAM 50 Most Influential. He is also an ambassador for Co-operation Ireland’s Youth Leadership Programme that seeks to identify and intervene with specific young people who are at risk.

Graham Nicoll is Managing Director and Head of Midlands at Alantra, leading a team of corporate finance professionals who advise ambitious mid-market businesses on fundraising, acquisitions, and exits. He has over 20 years of experience in investment banking, wealth management, and digital transformation, collaborating with clients across various sectors and geographies.

Graham is enthusiastic about the development of advisors and industry professionals which is one of the reasons he became an NED of the CISI. He is a Chartered Fellow of the CISI and chairs the Examination Board.

Away from work Graham is married, with two boys, enjoys staying fit with cycling and running and is often found standing on the touch line at weekends watching his boys play rugby or football.
Claire is a Managing Director and the UK Head of Exchange Traded Funds at State Street Global Advisors. She is responsible for the distribution of index products to institutional investors, wealth managers, family offices and retail platforms.

Prior to joining State Street, she was a Managing Director at BlackRock where she was UK Head of iShares Wealth Management and Retail Sales. She also served as Co-Head of BlackRock’s Women’s Network for EMEA. She joined iShares in 2008.

She spent the first nine years of her career at UBS – in Emerging Markets institutional sales, and in business development within Wealth Management.

Claire is a graduate in Money, Banking & Finance from the University of Birmingham, holds the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designation, and is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.

She is also non-executive director of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment, also serving on their Investment Committee and the Editorial Panel of their quarterly journal
Puranam Hayagreeva Ravikumar (P.H. Ravikumar) is the Chairperson of CISI’s India Advisory Committee. He is a banker by profession, a commerce graduate and an associate of Indian Institute of Bankers, Mumbai and of Chartered Institute of Bankers, London. He is an Honorary Fellow of the CISI.

He is currently the Director and co-founder of Vastu Housing Finance Corporation Ltd, an affordable mortgage lending entity in India. He was Chairman of Board of Directors of Bharat Financial Inclusion Ltd, the largest listed microfinance entity in India, which merged with Indusind Bank in July 2019. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of several listed and unlisted entities spanning financial sector segments such as mutual funds and pensions.

Becky is Managing Director of Aurea Financial Planning Ltd based in Peterborough working with both individuals and companies creating long term Financial Plans. As a CFP licensee and Fellow of the Institute of Financial Planning, Becky is a strong believer in the six stage Financial Planning process and the need for cashflow planning. She has a strong drive to help provide Financial Planning to all clients, not just those of Aurea and was instrumental in the project to launch the Accredited Financial Planning firm in the UK and is also a regular speaker on Financial Planning subjects.

Becky is the current President of the Institute of Financial Planning. She has been the UK member of the International Council of the Financial Planning Standards Board since 2012 and was part of the Governance review of the organisation in 2014. She also chaired the launch of the Member Advisory Group which was formed as a result of the governance review.
Jane Valls joined the GCC Board Directors Institute (GCC BDI), based in Dubai, in January 2016 as Executive Director.

Jane has over 20 years of international experience in corporate governance and working with boards of directors. She is an accredited Corporate Governance trainer with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), part of the World Bank Group, and is an accredited trainer with the Ethics Institute, as well as being a Certified Ethics Officer.

From 2010 to 2015, Jane was the CEO of the Mauritius Institute of Directors (MIOD), one of the leading Institutes in Africa. She was the first Chairperson of the African Corporate Governance Network from 2013-2015, a network which she helped to found, bringing together 17 Institutes of Directors from across the African continent. She was also the Deputy Chair of the Global Network of Director Institutes from 2021-2023.

Before joining the MIOD, Jane held senior positions and directorships in a wide range of business sectors with leading companies including British Airways, Air Mauritius, Sun International and The Rogers Group, amongst others, as well as running her own management and training consultancy.

Jane holds a BA Hons in French and Italian from Birmingham University, UK. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree by the University of Middlesex for services to business, women’s empowerment and social justice and she was decorated by the Republic of Mauritius as a Commander of the Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean (CSK) for services to corporate governance.