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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Robert Dickie started his career with Clydesdale Bank in Hamilton, Scotland and following the takeover by National Australia Bank held various senior positions with NAB Group in both Australia and the UK. From 2000 to 2002, he served as Managing Director, UK Enterprise, for Zurich in the UK. From 2003-2008 Robert was Group Operations Director and a member of the executive committee of UK-based bank Bradford & Bingley plc. In 2008 he joined American International Group, Inc. (AIG) in New York where he served as Chief Operations and Systems Officer and was a member of the AIG global leadership team.
He joined Zurich in March 2014 as Chief Operations and Technology Officer and a member of the Group Executive Committee (GEC), where he is responsible for Zurich’s global IT, operations shared services, property, procurement and sourcing as well as operational transformation initiatives. Robert is a Fellow of the Chartered Banker Institute and a fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Robert holds an MBA from the University of Strathclyde Graduate Business School, Glasgow, Scotland.
Bill is Principal of McCall & Partners, a strategic 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 current portfolio includes 5 Norwegian, US 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.
Bill started his career at Clydesdale Bank passing the CIOBS diploma and associate exams, 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, participating in a management buy-out of Charterhouse Tilney in 1994. Bill was a Director of a Singer & Friedlander from 1997-1999. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Banker Institute, a Chartered Banker and Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment.