Margaret Cole

Chief Risk Officer and General Counsel, PwC United Kingdom

Margaret joined PwC as a partner in September 2012. She is the UK firms Chief Risk Officer, General Counsel and a member of the Executive Board. Her responsibilities include Reputation & Regulation, Risk & Quality and Compliance.

Prior to joining PwC, Margaret was Managing Director of Enforcement and Financial Crime at the Financial Services Authority (FSA) and a member of the FSA’s Board. She also held the role of Interim Managing Director of the Conduct Business Unit for a period prior to the creation of the Financial Conduct Authority.

Before the FSA Margaret spent over 20 years in private practice as a Solicitor specialising in commercial litigation with an emphasis on financial services. Margaret led the Dispute Resolution Department at the London office of International Law firm White & Case from 1995 to 2000. Before that she was a partner at Stephenson Harwood.

Margaret is a graduate in Law from Murray Edwards College (formerly New Hall), Cambridge, where she was recently made an Honorary Fellow. She has served as a Non-Executive Director of the National Skills Academy for Financial Services., and since 2012 has been a Trustee of the Institute for Fiscal Studies. In 2012 the University of Law awarded Margaret an honorary Doctorate of Law in recognition of her services to the legal profession.