The CSFI Governing Council sets the overall direction
for the Centre and reviews its activities.


Sir Malcolm Williamson is chairman of the Governing Council. He is the senior independent director of Aviva plc and chairman of NewDay Group Ltd, the Cass Business School Strategy and Development Board and the Board of Trustees for Youth Business International. He was previously chairman of Friends Life Group Limited, Clydesdale Bank plc, National Australia Group Europe Limited, Signet Jewelers Limited, CDC Group plc and Britannic Group plc.

Geoffrey Bell is the founder and secretary of the Group of Thirty, and president of Geoffrey Bell and Company in New York.

Rudi Bogni is chairman of Northill UK, an independent director of Moody’s (UK, FR, D) and a trustee of LGT and the educational charity Common Purpose. During his career he was an executive committee member and treasurer of Midland Bank plc and an executive board member and global head of private banking of UBS AG.

Philip Brown is managing director of risk for Citi Microfinance. He is a member of the Advisory Council of the Centre for Financial Inclusion, and a former chairman of the Strategic Planning Society.

Mohammed El-Kuwaiz is chairman of the Capital Market Authority (CMA) of Saudi Arabia. He co-founded Derayah Financial Corp. in 2006, and held positions at Samba Financial Group and Arab National Bank prior to joining the CMA as vice-chairman in 2016.

John Heimann is a former chairman of and senior advisor to the Basel-based Financial Stability Institute (which he helped set up). He is also a former US Comptroller of the Currency and chairman of Merrill Lynch's global financial institutions group.

John Hitchins is a non-executive director of Aldermore Bank plc, where he is chair of the Audit Committee, and is Deputy Chair of the Financial Reporting Review Panel at the Financial Reporting Council. He previously led PwC's Banking & Capital Markets Practice and is a former board member of the Financial Services Faculty of the ICAEW.

René Karsenti is president and a member of the board of directors of ICMA. He is a former director-general of finance of the European Investment Bank and treasurer of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Henry Kaufman is president of Henry Kaufman & Company in New York. He is a former managing director at Salomon Brothers, Inc.

Walter B. Kielholz is chairman of Swiss Re, vice-chairman of the Institute of International Finance, a member of the European Financial Services Round Table, and of the board of Avenir Suisse, and chairman of the Zurich Arts Society.

David Lascelles is senior fellow and joint founder of the CSFI. David authors many of the Centre's papers, including its popular Banana Skins series on financial risk. Before joining the CSFI in 1996, David was with the Financial Times, where he held a number of senior positions including New York Correspondent, Banking Editor and Resources Editor. He is author of several books on banking, and has been active in academia and bank governance.

Sir Andrew Large is a founding partner of Systemic Policy Partnership LLP.  He is a former deputy-governor at the Bank of England.

John Plender is a columnist at the Financial Times.

David Potter is a former ceo of Guinness Mahon Holdings and deputy chairman of Investec Bank (UK) Ltd. He is currently chairman of Gresham House Strategic and Illustrated London News and a director of Fundsmith Emerging Equities Trust.  He is a fellow of King's College London.

Belinda Richards is a non-executive director of Morrisons, where she is chair of the Audit Committee, at Grainger plc, where she is a member of the Audit Committee and chair of the Remuneration Committee, and at Aviva UK Life and Pensions. She serves on the Advisory Group of Audit Committee Chairmen at the Financial Reporting Council, and was previously global head of Merger Integration and Separation Advisory Services for Deloitte.

Mark Robson is head of the Bank of England's statistics and regulatory data division. He is also an honorary research fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, the honorary treasurer of the Royal Economic Society and a board member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

David Rule is a director of the Prudential Regulatory Authority / Bank of England responsible for supervision of large international UK banks.

Carol Sergeant is non-executive director at Danske Bank, Secure Trust Bank and Martin Currie Holdings and chairman of the British Standards Institute Strategy and Policy Committee. She is chairman of the UK Whistle Blowing Charity, Public Concern at Work, trustee of the Lloyds Register Foundation and a member of the Cass Business School Strategy and Development Board. She was previously at the Bank of England, managing director of the UK Financial Services Authority and chief risk officer of Lloyds Bank.

Sir Brian Williamson is a director of NYSE, Euronext Inc. He was previously a non-executive director of HSBC Holdings plc.

Peter Wilson-Smith is a director of Meritus Consultants, advising on strategic communications and reputation management. Previously he worked at Quiller Consultants, after a career in journalism spanning newspapers and broadcasting. He is also chairman of the Oxford School of Drama and a trustee of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.