International finance and risk expert Wilson Leech joins thevaluecircle as Executive Chair

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thevaluecircle is proud to welcome Wilson Leech as Executive Chair of our UK and international business.

International finance authority Wilson joins the team at a time of growth and development. He will provide advice and counsel to the leadership team during a period of significant expansion. Wilson will also support our business in the financial services sector, and through his personal interests, will further establish our leadership position in health and education.

Managing Partner David Cockayne said: “It is not overstating the case to say that Wilson has been at the forefront of risk management, governance and regulation in financial services for more than 30 years. His reputation and values are something that we can all aspire to, and we have been proud to call him a friend of the business for several years.

“We are delighted that Wilson accepted the invitation to chair our business. On a personal level I am looking forward to listening to and learning from his senior international experience and advice. I know he will help take us to the next level of delivery for our clients, across all sectors.”

Wilson commented: “I am delighted to be joining the team at thevaluecircle having followed their progress over recent years. I first worked with David during a governance review at the University of Greenwich and was immediately impressed by his expertise and guidance.

“This is an exciting business, delivering a fresh approach and genuinely innovative thinking. I can see a host of opportunities to apply this dynamism to a wide range of businesses – both public sector and private – which will benefit from the insight thevaluecircle team can provide.

“All of us at thevaluecircle look forward to combining our knowledge and experience for the benefit of clients and prospects across existing and new sectors.”

Wilson Leech Biography

Wilson has worked in financial services for nearly 40 years. He began his career as an accountant, qualifying in 1986 after which he held several financial management positions, including as CFO. Wilson’s career has been focused in the asset servicing, asset management and associated banking markets, serving some of the largest institutional investors across the globe.
Wilson recently retired from The Northern Trust Corporation after 16 years of service, finishing his career as Group Chief Risk Officer based in the bank’s headquarters in Chicago. Wilson also served as a member of the bank’s Executive Management Group and ran the bank’s Business Risk Committee. In prior roles for Northern, Wilson served as CEO for the EMEA region and Global Head of the Funds Servicing Business, as well as CFO for EMEA and APAC. Prior to joining Northern, Wilson worked for Royal Bank of Scotland plc and State Street Bank and Trust Co.

Having operated within highly regulated environments, Wilson has a depth of experience serving on boards in Europe, Middle East and the US, with responsibility for controls, governance and oversight. He led governance reviews in both the private and public sectors and has designed and implemented enterprise risk frameworks for boards, including the construction of board membership and responsibilities for individual board members. He specialises in helping set risk appetite thresholds and designing the reporting frameworks against which performance and risk is measured.

Outside of his professional career, Wilson served as a member of Court at The University of Greenwich and was the Chair of the University’s Business School Advisory Board for several years. Wilson has been a Type 1 Diabetic since he was 16 and is proud to have sat on the board of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) during his time in Chicago.

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