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Managing risk real-time and leveraging all the technology we have available is a great opportunity for businesses, but incentives prioritising long-term stewardship over short-term targets need to be in place for leaders too.
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Treasury, finance, risk and compliance
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Growing up, Simon always wanted to make his mark in the City. Inspired by a trader family-friend, and with an entrepreneurial streak and fascination for the markets, he set his sights on banking, joining an investment bank to trade currencies as soon as he could. Rising through the ranks as the Euro was introduced, and at the front line during the financial crisis, he was stunned by the gaps he saw in regulatory and risk oversight. Driven to do his bit to avoid similar industry crises in future, Simon turned his skills to risk consulting for banks, joining Baringa in 2017.
Simon thrives on the opportunity that working at Baringa gives him to have an outsize impact on the industry - translating his treasury and risk expertise not just to financial services clients, but also to organisations in other industries that have big balance sheets to manage risk. He designs and implements best practice risk frameworks for them, and in doing so, helps put the safeguards and processes in place to weather unexpected global shocks.
Simon loves using relatable personal finance examples to illuminate the concepts and practices he embeds in client businesses. Always hungry for new insights on emerging risks in his industry, he relishes bringing together teams with diverse experiences and opinions. Spotting, and being ready to adapt to new or emerging threats is fundamental. A trusted guide to his clients, and with a wealth of hands-on experience to draw on, he’s happy to challenge and give direct and honest feedback to reach the best outcome.
Simon is married with two children and lives in the countryside outside London, enjoying the great outdoors on his doorstep. A huge sports fan, on weekends you’ll find him managing and training his sons’ football team, a role he took on many years ago and loves – watching the team’s skills and their friendships develop over time.
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