The appointment of the new Chairmen of the three independent FCA Practitioner Panels have been announced today:  

  • Graham Beale, Chief Executive of Nationwide Building Society, has been appointed Chairman of the FCA Practitioner Panel;
  • Andrew Turberville Smith, Finance Director and Chief Operating Officer of Weatherbys Bank, is to be Chairman of the FCA Smaller Business Practitioner Panel;
  • Paul Swann, President and Managing Director, ICE Clear Europe, will chair the FCA Markets Practitioner Panel.

The Practitioner Panels will play an important statutory role in providing input and challenge at an early stage to policy developments for the FCA.  John Griffith-Jones, the chairman designate of the FCA, expects that the Panels will provide an injection of senior industry expertise and opinions directly in to the FCA Board’s deliberations.

In addition, Alison Brittain, Group Director of Retail at Lloyds Banking Group, and Michael Dobson, Chief Executive of Schroders, have both joined the FSA’s Practitioner Panel this year, in readiness for transfer to the FCA Practitioner Panel, and replacing two former members.