David Childs was the Managing Partner of Clifford Chance from 2006 until 30th April 2014. He previously held roles as the firm’s Chief Operating Officer and Head of the Corporate Practice. He joined the firm in 1973 and became a partner in 1981. David has an LLB from Sheffield University and an LLM from University College London.
Executive Director, Audit & Actuarial Regulation
Melanie is the FRC Board member responsible for FRC's promotion of audit quality.
Melanie joined the FRC in June 2012 and was responsible for our policy direction and implementation through the UK Corporate Governance and Stewardship Codes, financial reporting, audit and assurance and actuarial standards. Melanie has a background in professional and financial services she was a partner in PwC leaving the firm in April 2009 and prior to joining the FRC was Chief Risk Officer at Friends Life. Melanie is non-executive director and chair of the risk, compliance and audit committee and the UK Municipal Bonds Agency plc.
Peter has 30 years of experience in the investment management industry. He is a non-executive director of Civitas Social Housing plc and BlackRock Greater European Investment Trust plc. He is also a board member and chair of the investment committee for Trust for London, a charitable foundation. In the past, Peter served as Chief Executive of Old Mutual Asset Managers (UK) Ltd, and has worked for Schroders and Hill Samuel in a variety of investment roles. Peter holds an MBA from London Business School and is an associate of the Society of Investment Professionals.
Sir Brian Bender KCB
Sir Brian Bender KCB is a retired British civil servant, who served as the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (later the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) and the Department of Trade and Industry (later the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform). His many senior roles in UK Government included Head of European Secretariat and then Permanent Secretary in the Cabinet Office. He retired in 2009, and has a portfolio which includes being Chairman of the London Metal Exchange, non-executive Director at Pool Reinsurance and the Financial Reporting Council. Brian is also a Governor of Dulwich College.
David joined Ernst and Young in 1976, becoming an Audit Partner in 1986 and proceeding to run an Audit Division before leaving in 1995 to become Group CFO of BZW, Barclays' then Investment Bank. He returned to E&Y in 1998 as Managing Partner of the London Financial Services Office. In 2003, David became CFO for Deutsche Bank's global Investment Bank and also subsequently became Deputy Group CFO. David retired in 2012 and is currently a non-executive director of Morgan Stanley's European business where he chairs the regional Audit Committee.
Sean joined Peat, Marwick Mitchell & Co (now KPMG) in 1972 beginning a career which would encompass audit, taxation, financial investigations and consulting. He became a partner on his transfer to the Malaysian practice in 1985, where he led the financial services practice as well as the technical advisory department. On his return to London, he assumed responsibility for the firm's leasing practice and then the telecommunications and media practice, for which he was global leader for more than 10 years. After a second period in Asia, directing the Asia-Pacific practice from 2009 to 2012 from Singapore, he retired from KPMG. For over three years he was the Senior Independent Director and Audit Committee Chairman of Millennium & Copthorne Hotels plc. He is currently the Audit Committee Chairman for Jersey Telecom, Crown Representative at the Cabinet Office, a Member of Council of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs and Deputy Chairman for Arthritis Research UK.
Geoffrey Green was Senior Partner of Ashurst LLP, a leading international law firm, from 1998 to 2008, following which he became Managing Partner, Asia for Ashurst, based in Hong Kong, until his retirement and return to the UK in 2013. He has extensive experience as a corporate lawyer, particularly advising on M&A transactions in the UK and internationally. He is a non executive director of Vedanta Resources Plc and of a Hong Kong managed private equity and distressed debt fund
Geoffrey is also Chairman of the Financial Reporting Review Panel.
Gay Huey Evans
Gay Huey Evans is currently Deputy Chair of the FRC, She is also a Director of Standard Chartered PLC, Conoco Phillips, Itau BBA International plc and a trustee of Wellbeing of Women (UK) (charity). Formerly vice chairman, Investment Banking & Investment Management at Barclays. Prior to that Gay was President of Tribeca LLC and Head of Governance at Citi Alternative Investments (EMEA) and Director of the Markets Division at the Financial Services Authority (1998-2005).
She has also held various senior management positions with Bankers Trust Company in New York and London between 1984 - 1998.
Gay is a member of the management board and of the panel of finance experts of the Panel of Recognised International Market Experts in Finance (PRIME Finance). PRIME Finance is a dispute settlement body for the global financial markets. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, an independent, non-partisan, membership organisation, think tank and publisher and a member of Forum UK, a network for women with outstanding achievements.
Helen is SVP Head of Audit & Assurance at GlaxoSmithKline plc, a position she has held since January 2014. She is responsible for providing assurance to the Board and senior leadership that risks across the enterprise are appropriately managed. She reports to the Head of the Audit & Risk Committee and the CFO. Helen joined GSK in 2008 as SVP Head of Global Tax. She was responsible for managing the global tax affairs of GSK in over 100 countries. Prior to joining GSK, Helen held a number of roles at Reuters Group PLC, ultimately becoming Global Head of Tax and Treasury in 2003. She trained as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen in London. She is also a Trustee of the GSK Pension Scheme.
Malcolm joined Slaughter and May as an articled clerk in 1972 and became a partner in 1982. He took over as Head of the Competition group in 1995 and played a significant role in its development. He was also a key architect in the creation of the Brussels office. In that capacity, he acted for a number of FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies, as well as HMG and various sectoral regulators. On retiring from Slaughter and May in April 2009 he was appointed a Panel Member of the Competition Commission. He has recently been appointed to the Competition Decisions Committee of the Financial Conduct Authority and of the Payments Systems Regulator.
Joanna joined KPMG in April 1975 and became an audit partner in 1988, focusing on the manufacturing and service sectors. From 2001 she served as a member of KPMG's international and UK departments of professional practice, specialising in International Financial Reporting Standards. She was a member of the FRC's Advisory Panel proactively considering alternatives to IAS 12 Income Tax and has also been a lead author and reviewer of a handbook on Share-Based Payment.
Martin Slack qualified as an actuary in 1972 and spent over 40 years with consulting actuaries Lane Clark & Peacock, advising principally on pension matters. He retired in 2011 after over 10 years as Senior Partner. He is a former Chairman of the Association of Consulting Actuaries and was a member of the Occupational Pensions Board. He served on various committees for the actuarial profession; most recently acting as chairman for a number of disciplinary tribunals. He is a member of the management committee of a small Friendly Society.