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The Rethink risk Steering Group

As we set out to rethink risk, we will be guided by the insights and expertise of our Steering Group, who are drawn from a range of industry backgrounds. Together, we will investigate the risks and opportunities facing individuals, organisations and society, resulting in a practical agenda for action to be published in autumn 2021

Steering group profiles

Stephanie Bruce, Chief Financial Officer, abrdn (Group Chair)

Stephanie was appointed Chief Financial Officer on joining the Board in June 2019. She is a highly experienced financial services practitioner with significant sector knowledge, both technical and commercial. She brings experience of working with boards and management teams of financial institutions in respect of financial and commercial management, reporting, risk and control frameworks and regulatory requirements. Before joining abrdn, Stephanie was a partner at PwC, a member of the Assurance Executive and led the financial services assurance practice. Stephanie is an associate of the Association of Corporate Treasurers. She is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and served as the chair of its audit committee.

Stephanie Bruce

Lord Gavin Barwell, Strategic Advisor, PwC

Gavin Barwell served as Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister from June 2017 to July 2019. As the Prime Minister’s senior political adviser, he was intimately involved in Brexit negotiations. His career has spanned British politics from grassroots campaigning through party headquarters, local government, Parliament, Ministerial office to the very centre of government. He was the Member of  Parliament for Croydon Central from May 2010 until June 2017, during which time his roles included Government Whip and Minister of State for Housing & Planning and Minister for London at the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Lord Gavin Barwell

Kieron Boyle, Chief Executive of Guy's & St Thomas' Foundation

Kieron Boyle is Chief Executive of Guy's & St Thomas' Foundation, one of the world's oldest health philanthropies. He is a leading voice on urban health. He previously led the UK government's work on impact investment. Prior to this he worked at No.10 Downing Street, the Department for Business and the Foreign Office. Kieron is on the Boards of the Design Council and Big Society Capital, and chairs LIPH — a global coalition of institutional investors working to improve people’s health. In 2014 Kieron was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Kieron Boyle

Shadrick Massie, Director of Global Controls & Security, PepsiCo

Originally from Dallas, Texas, now Director of Global Controls & Security, PepsiCo, Shad Massie brings over 15 years of international leadership in business process and risk assessment across various industries, including energy, chemicals, technology, and fast-moving consumer goods. Leveraging his experience in procurement, supply chain, data analytics, audit, and risk management, Shad has been successful in driving the future designs and practices for PepsiCo’s global risks and controls agenda.

Shadrick Massie

Mark Ripley, Risk & Assurance Director, HM Government Finance Function

Mark has spent over 30 years in enterprise risk, internal audit and assurance roles in central government and the private sector. Mark is currently Governance, Risk & Assurance Director at the Ministry of Justice and in parallel leads on risk and assurance within the Government Finance Function. He led the revision and publication of the central government principles and concepts for the management of risk (The Orange Book) and is Chair of the cross-government Heads of Risk Network. He also facilitates work for the Civil Service Board to analyse and present cross-cutting risks to highlight areas for collective consideration and decision-making.

Mark Ripley

Michael Wignall, Azure Business Group Lead, Microsoft UK

As Azure Business Group Lead, Michael is responsible for leading strategy, operations and marketing across all Azure capabilities in all UK markets. He joined Microsoft in 2008 and has worked in several roles including UK’s Chief Technology Officer, leading the technology strategy across the subsidiary, before that as the Government Industry Manager responsible for solutions and partners, and in the public sector team for Microsoft Dynamics. Prior to joining Microsoft, Michael worked as a CTO in the telecoms/tech start-up focused on secure cloud solutions. 

Michael Wignall

Stella Amiss, Tax Partner, PwC UK

Stella is the leader of the Tax Regions business and is a member of the Tax Leadership Team. By background, Stella is an International Tax Partner. She has spent most of her career working with multinational business across all our markets. After some time working in PwC New York she returned to the UK to help build our International Tax offering in the listed market. Her current client portfolio is made up of a mixture of both large inbound groups alongside UK FTSE listed companies.

Stella Amiss

Mohammad Khan, General Insurance Leader & Partner, PwC UK

Mohammad is PwC’s general insurance leader and has advised clients for over 20 years on insurance issues.  Mohammad has led client engagements on all aspects of business including strategy, ESG, regulatory, front office, middle office and back office transformation and cost reduction and customer experience transformation. Mohammad is always thinking about what's next in general insurance and is often interviewed and quoted in the press on insurance issues. Mohammad is a qualified actuary with the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.

Mohammad Khan

Sam Samaratunga, Head of Risk, PwC UK

Sam is PwC’s UK Risk leader. During his career, Sam has primarily been focused on banking, capital markets and financial services market infrastructure, advising clients on the analysis of risk, control and change within complex information systems. He has specialised in financial services and led client engagements with a range of major banks, clearing houses, regulators and stock exchanges. Sam is a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Sam Samaratunga
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