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From regulator to riches? Life after Canary Wharf for 10 ex-watchdogs

As Christina Sinclair, the FCA’s acting director of retail, quits to join Barclays we take a look at life after Canary Wharf for 10 more ex-regulators.

Christina Sinclair, the acting director of retail at the FCA, has become the latest high-ranking regulator to move over to a big bank or accountancy firm. Sinclair will join Barclays in October as global head of compliance for wealth and investment management. Sinclair’s move will see her reunited with her old boss Hector Sants who was previously chief executive of the Financial Services Authority, but joined Barclays last year. Sinclair has spent 18 years at the regulator and played a leading role in campaigns to provide redress for the mis-selling of payment protection insurance and interest rate hedging products.

Hector Sants

Former, and the last, chief executive of the FSA, Hector Sants joined the regulator in 2004 during the era of light-touch regulation ahead of the banking crisis. Sants tried to resign in 2010 but was persuaded to stay on to oversee the FSA’s transition to its twin peaks structure.

He resigned again, this time successfully, in March 2012, and was on gardening leave until December when he joined Barclays to take up the newly created role of head of compliance and government and regulatory relations.


Jon Pain

Former head of supervision at the FSA, Jon Pain joined accounting and consultancy firm KPMG nine months after announcing plans to leave the regulator the regulator in June 2010.

Pain was responsible for oversight of IFAs, banks and insurers but decided to step down when he decided that the split of the FSA into the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority would not leave him with a suitable role.

Margaret Cole

Margaret Cole, former managing director of the FSA followed the example of Pain and took a job at another one of the ‘big four’ accountancy firms, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

Cole is now a senior legal adviser at PwC, where she reportedly doubled her FSA salary of £340,000.

Fiona Fry

Fry worked at the FSA for 10 years before jumping ship to KPMG where she became head of RDR.

She also sits on the Financial Services Consumer Panel.

Katharine Leaman

One of architects of the RDR Leaman left in August 2011 to join Royal Bank of Scotland.

Leaman, had been manager of the FSA professional standards policy team, having joined the regulator in 2000.

She had been a constant presence on the RDR team, whose leadership has been passed from Amanda Bowe to Dan Waters and most recently on to FSA director of conduct policy Sheila Nicoll over its five-year development.

Amanda Bowe

The architect of the RDR Bowe held a number of roles at the regulator including planning and leading the RDR.

After parting ways with the FSA Bowe became head of strategy of Consumer Financial Education Body (CFEB), later to be called the Money Advice Service (MAS).

In April 2011 she joined life company Aegon as compliance director.

Dan Waters

Former head of conduct risk and asset management Dan Waters announced plans to exit the FSA in November 2010.

Waters has family based in the US, and said he wanted a more flexible role than his FSA job.

He has since returned to financial services as managing director of the trade body ICI Global which aims to bring together fund groups from across the globe and become a touch point on fund industry issues, guidance and policy.

Sally Dewar

Former head of risk Sally Dewar left the FSA and got back into finance in February 2011, when she announced plans to join JPMorgan Chase as a managing director.

Dewar joined the FSA in 2002 and was appointed markets director in 2005 before being promoted to managing director responsible for all market activity in 2008.

She now leads the investment bank’s response to regulation from European Union and the United States.

Peter Smith

Bucking the trend to join a high powered City firm Peter Smith, former head of investment policy, left the regulator in June to take up a position with Dubai’s regulator, Dubai Financial Services Authority.

Smith had been at the forefront of drafting up investment policies for the RDR and had been a constant on the RDR team since September 2009.

David Severn

Severn left the FSA in 2004 having worked there and at its predecessors the Personal Investment Authority and Securities and Investments Board for 16 years.

He was head of retail policy at the FSA and unlike many of his peers at Canary Wharf did not depart to a financial firm, instead becoming director general of the Association of Independent Financial Advisers for a year.

He is currently an independent consultant as well as governor of the Pensions Policy Institute, and a non-executive director of The IFA Centre.