Simon leads our work to shape and implement professional standards and professional development for bankers. Simon Thompson was appointed as our Chief Executive in 2007. In 2011, Simon led the establishment of the Chartered Banker Professional Standards Board (CB:PSB). He is a Board member of the CB:PSB and chairs the CB:PSB’s Professional Standards Committee.
Before joining us, Simon was responsible for managing the International Accounting Education Standards Board (IAESB), developing ethics and education standards for accountants. He previously worked for the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), establishing ACCA in 25 countries in Central & Eastern Europe, and leading a number of EU and other donor-funded accounting education and reform programmes.
Simon holds a BA (Politics and Economics) from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and an MBA from the University of Edinburgh. He is one of our Fellows (FCIBS), and a Chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (MCIPD).
Simon chairs the Global Education Standards Committee recently established by a group of leading international banking institutes, and is a lay member of the General Teaching Council for Scotland. He is a former Vice President of the European Bank Training Network.
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Bill is Principal of McCall & Partners, a corporate finance advisory business he founded in 1999. He is a seasoned independent Director and has been Chairman of more than 50 private equity backed companies. His portfolio has included Norwegian, North American and UK based Energy and Tech/Service-related businesses. He has chaired Listed and Private Company boards in the UK, Nordic region and North America. He assisted in the start-up of broker/dealer McCall, Aitken McKenzie and is Chairman of Argyll & Buchanan a Prime advisory boutique.
From his earliest career at Clydesdale Bank passing the Institute exams, he then joined stockbroker Campbell Neill & Co, and was elected an Individual Member of the London Stock Exchange in 1990. He is a former Director of Charterhouse Tilney and was a Director of Merchant Bank Singer & Friedlander until 1999 He is a Fellow of the Chartered Banker Institute, a Chartered Banker and Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment.
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