Our mission is to make the financial services industry safer

We simplify complexity though our independent, data-driven and digitised approach. Partnering with clients, we accelerate their path to maturity and bring objective assurance to demonstrate that they are ‘in control’.

Why Acin?

Excellence in Operational Risk is undermined by fragmented, low-quality and missing data coupled with no clear line-of-sight of what ‘good’ looks like. Moreover, the regulatory demand on institutions continues to increase.

We created Acin to remove these barriers and bring simplicity, quality and transparency to the industry and our clients. We transform your Operational Risk into a digitised and dynamic environment, enhanced with industry mark-to-market and regulatory traceability.

AI alone isn’t the solution
A human army isn’t the solution
Going it alone isn’t the solution

Acin’s unique solution uses a foundation of networked industry data, proprietary AI and subject matter expertise.

We simplify complexity at speed. We bring objective assurance and put you ‘in control’.

Leadership Team

The individuals whose strategic vision and operational expertise drive our company’s continuous growth

The Board

The experts who bring diverse experience, set strategic direction and ensure corporate accountability

Our Advisors

The specialists who provide their respective domain expertise to guide and enhance our business decisions and competitive edge

Our awards include:

Paul Ford

Managing Director

Paul has over 25 years of operational and financial services experience. Paul began his career as an Army Officer in the British Royal Engineers before joining Accenture as a management consultant. He later went on to become the Chief Operating Officer of the Ultra High Net Worth business at Barclays Wealth, and COO to the CEO in the EMEA division at Credit Suisse. He used this experience to gain an on-the-ground insight into the non-financial risk practices of financial services firms. With a strong comprehension of the industry, Paul then founded Anchura Partners, an operational risk consultancy, in 2010 and grew it to be a highly successful business, before exiting in 2018 to found Acin.

Ged Brannan

Interim Intelligence & Analytics Lead

Ged has more than 25 years’ experience focused on designing and delivering lasting change as both a consultant and in operational roles. After 12 years at Accenture, Ged took on a series of operational roles in Financial Services – initially as Head of Change and then COO of Operations at Barclays Wealth, before becoming head of client experience at Coutts. Ged’s experience of driving transformations from within led him into leadership roles over recent years at a series of data-focused startups and consulting firms both in the UK and the US. He strives in all areas to develop practical, deliverable approaches that result in long-standing positive change.

Phil Carr

Chief Operating Officer

Phil has more than 25 years of financial markets and operational experience. He has held various senior COO and business management roles within Global Markets, Sales Trading and Equity Research businesses at Credit Suisse, JP Morgan and NatWest Markets. Phil has a strong track record of leading workforce strategy and transformation programs and has significant experience operating at Board and Executive Committee level. Phil leads day to day operations at Acin. He is tasked with scaling the global platform, human capital strategy and growth of the company.

Kate Joicey-Cecil

Chief Client Officer

As Acin’s Chief Client Officer, Kate blends her skills in client relationships and analytics with her robust industry insights and experience. At Acin, Kate is responsible for leading commercial development, relationship management and marketing to further build partnerships with our clients. Kate possesses a strong background in finance, having started her career in Equity Sales Trading at Deutsche Bank, before spending 17 years at Coalition Greenwich. Kate held pivotal positions ultimately Co-Heading Coalition Greenwich as Head of Client Relationships & Development, driving expansive business growth and developing long-term trusted client partnerships.

James Mackonochie

Chief Product Officer

James is an accomplished product leader and has extensive experience in product management and strategy across diverse sectors. James has spent the past 10 years in the FinTech / RegTech domain and prior to this spent 10 years as a Management Consultant. His proven track record includes creating and scaling innovative products that tackle intricate business challenges using cutting-edge technologies like artificial intelligence and advanced analytics. James excels at building products from scratch and assembling teams that uphold quality and integrity throughout the product lifecycle.

Annabel Reid

Chief of Staff

With over 20 years’ experience working with financial services, Annabel combines a detailed industry understanding with proven expertise in business and stakeholder management. Annabel started her career at Coalition in the early stages of the company and helped to found the New York office. She also was a senior relationship manager at Grass Roots Group in Australia. She spent over 15 years as an account and relationship manager and has 7 years of business management experience. As Chief of Staff at Acin, Annabel plays a pivotal role in delivering change across the business.

Freddy Williams

Head of Relationship Management

Freddy is an accomplished professional with a decade experience in client-facing roles within the financial services industry. Currently serving as the Head of Relationship Management at Acin, Freddy has honed a skill set that emphasises building successful teams and elevating client satisfaction. With a background as a consultant at the Chemistry Group, and Head of Business Development at Coalition Greenwich, Freddy brings a unique experience to client problem solving and strategic planning. Her track record reflects a commitment to driving standards of excellence and fostering enduring client relationships.

Graeme Wynn

Chief Technology Officer

Graeme is an accomplished technology leader with over twenty years of experience in financial services technology and innovation. Throughout his career, he has held diverse roles spanning quantitative modelling, engineering, data architecture, and running large change programmes. Graeme is currently Acin’s Chief Technology officer and excels in building teams and products to solve complex problems. He is driving the build of software to embed Acin data into client’s internal architecture, develop the Acin client experience and lead the enhancement of Acin’s AI and data capability. In his earlier career Graeme worked from Schroders Investment Management.

Malcolm Brooke

Malcolm is Chief of Staff to the Group Chief Operating Officer at Barclays, prior to this he was Group Chief Controls Officer. Before Barclays Malcolm was the Head of Business Continuity including Shared Services Operational Risk and Cyber Risk at Credit Suisse. Malcolm brings his wealth of experience of the financial services industry to the Acin Board, with expertise across IT Strategy, Information Security, Banking and Stakeholder Management.

Stephen Chandler

Stephen is the co-founder and managing partner of Notion Capital, a leading early-stage venture capital firm focused on Business Software and FinTech companies in Europe. An entrepreneur and investor with 25 years’ experience founding, advising and investing in technology businesses, in his earlier career Stephen worked at both Deloitte and UBS before being part of the founding team at MessageLabs’ where he lead its $700M exit to Symantec during the global financial crisis. Stephen is a board member at several other tech companies, including Arqit, GoCardless, Griffin, Paddle, Stable and VirtualStock.

Sally Clark

Sally has over 30 years’ experience in financial services, having worked for JP Morgan Chase, RBS and Barclays, where, as Chief Internal Auditor, she managed a large global team and championed diversity and inclusion initiatives. Sally joined Barclays in September 2012 from RBS where she was Head of Operational Risk, Global Banking and Markets. In addition to her role as a Non-Executive Director for Acin, Sally is also the Chair of the Audit Committee for Citigroup Global Markets Ltd. She is Chair at Regtech Kore Labs and a Non-Executive Director at Allied Irish Bank and Bupa.

Tracy Clarke

Tracy has extensive experience in international banking and financial services. With a career spanning over 35 years, she was most recently the CEO, Private Bank at Standard Chartered Bank and CEO, Europe and Americas. Tracy held a range of executive positions at Standard Chartered since joining in 1985 having worked within Retail, Commercial and Corporate Banking, Corporate Affairs, Human Resources and Compliance. Until December 2020 she was also Chair of the Supervisory Board (Aufsichtsrat) of Standard Chartered AG, the Chair of Standard Chartered Yatirim Bankasi Turk AS and Director of Zodia Holdings Ltd. In addition to her role as a Non-Executive Director for Acin, she also serves on the boards of Haleon, TP ICAP plc, Starling Bank Ltd, and SchoolOnline Ltd.

Cris Conde

Cris has been actively involved with early-stage companies for many years, mentoring management teams to help businesses scale. Cris spent 24 years at SunGard, heading the firm as President and CEO for over ten years. In 2005 Cris led the delisting and sale of SunGard to a consortium of seven private equity funds, in what at the time was the largest-ever LBO. Post sale, Cris continued to head SunGard and grew it into a Fortune 500 company employing 25,000 and having over $5 Billion in revenue. He currently serves as a Senior Advisor to Accel, nyca Partners, and 13books Capital. Cris is a mentor at the NYC and London FinTech Innovation Lab, and at TechStars.

Florence Fontan

Florence has a deep understanding and extensive experience of wholesale bank and in particular the securities services industry with more than twenty five years of experience in the global finance sector. She held various positions at BNP Paribas Securities Services including Head of public affairs, Head of Company Engagement, in charge of asset owner clients or General Secretary. Currently, She is the chief conduct and control officer for both Global market and the whole of BNPPARIBAS CIB. Florence joined BNP Paribas in 1998 following a 10-year career in management consulting at Arthur Andersen. She has co-authored an ECB occasional paper on the securities custody industry and graduated from ESSEC Business School.

David Good

David has comprehensive experience spanning several industries and has been the Head of Mergers and Acquisitions and Business Development at Fitch Solutions since May 2023. Prior to this, he worked as a Managing Director at MacKay Gardner Capital, LLC. and Managing Director, Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, and Chief Financial Officer at CreditSights. David also worked at Instinet Incorporated as a Senior Vice President, at Citi as a Vice President, and at GE Capital as Counsel RFS/ECG.

Jamie Hamilton

Jamie has extensive industry experience. Presently serving as the Group Chief Controls Officer at Barclays, his expertise includes Strategy, Technology, Data, Management Consulting, Banking, Prime Brokerage, and Fixed Income. Before assuming his current role at Barclays in London, Jamie held prominent positions at Citi, JP Morgan, and Standard Chartered, in New York and Singapore.

Darren Jarvis

Darren Jarvis is the Head of Controls for Banking & International at Citi, based in London. He works with Business and Legal Entity leadership, Second Line functions and Internal Audit partners to improve operational risk management and control. With nearly 30 years of experience in Controls across top-tier wholesale banking institutions, Darren has held senior roles in all three lines of defence. Darren sits on the Risk Advisory Committee of the Association of Foreign Banks and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAEW) where he sits on the Members and Commercial Board. He is a Board member for ACIN Limited, a private Operational Risk company using innovative technology to improve clients control frameworks

Nitesh Patel

Nitesh has had an extensive career in risk and control, currently the Operational Risk Specialist in the Risk Division at LBG, and before that a Chief Auditor for Technology, Operations, Change and Third Party Risks across Commercial Banking and Wealth businesses. He has also previously held senior manager roles including Chief Auditor for Investment Banking. Nitesh has 25 years of risk experience, including smart control design, risk culture and methodology transformation.

Joe Rondinelli

Joe’s career at JPMorgan spans over three decade and his journey has been marked by diverse roles across various businesses. After joining the firm in New York in 1989, he spent a significant portion of his career based at the company’s London Headquarters. Over the years, Joe has held various front office positions, gaining extensive experience in Investor Services, Correspondent Banking, Corporate Cash Management, and Trade Finance. Currently, Joe holds the position of Managing Director in Markets Business Control Management. In this role, he leverages his wealth of knowledge and expertise to ensure effective oversight and control across the firm’s market-related activities.

Shea Wallon

Shea is a Managing Director at Fitch Group and leads the Fitch Ventures team. He has a considerable understanding and extensive experience in financial services, following a career of over 25 years. Before joining Fitch, and its parent company Hearst, Shea was the head of the principal investment team at Bank of America that supported the global commercial & investment banking businesses and consulted for R3 in its efforts to deliver blockchain technology to the financial services industry. Shea began his career as an investment banker at Bear Stearns, before joining GE Capital in their private equity, leverage finance, and special situations units.

Tom Williams

Tom has almost 15 years’ experience investing in and building companies, mostly at Talis Capital where he was a General Partner. Specialising in subsets of fintech, B2B software and marketplaces, Tom has led investments in many companies including Bondaval, StockStory and Acin. Tom also co-founded KOYO, once served on the board of Right to Dream and is an active mentor to young entrepreneurs via LaunchIt.
Before Talis, Tom held various roles at TD Waterhouse, NW Brown and Dart Capital. Tom has an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Leeds, a Masters in Wealth Management and is a CFA charterholder.

Simon Ball

Simon has an extensive career across senior finance and operational roles. He was the CFO/COO at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, the CFO at Robert Fleming, the Director General, Finance, for HMG Department for Constitutional Affairs, and the CFO for 3i Group. Simon served as the Chair of Audit and Risk on the Organising Committee for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, and as Senior Independent Director for Commonwealth Games England. His previous non-executive roles include Deputy Chair and SID at Cable and Wireless Communications plc, and the boards of Morgan Stanley International, AIB Group plc, AIB Mortgage Bank, Leica Geosystems AG and Tribal Group. He is currently NED and Chair of Risk & Audit for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

Richard Barnett

Richard is an accomplished digital product innovation and transformation leader with experience in conceiving, driving and managing some of the most impactful digital product initiatives across the finial industry. Over this time he has devised and overseen key initiatives across Bloomberg (responsible for Bloomberg’s Launchpad and Instant Messager), Thomson Reuters (Global Head of Product), JP Morgan (Head of Product and UX) and Goldman Sachs (MD, Head of Digital Strategy). In 2018, he moved from New York to London and set up his own digital transformation consultancy advising companies in the fin-tech, prop-tech, reg-tech and information services sectors.

Stéphane Besson

Stéphane is a seasoned expert in the financial services and technology industries with extensive experience in driving growth and building teams. He has a notable track record, most prominently as the CEO of Coalition Greenwich, a leading provider of Benchmarking Analytics to the financial service industry, where he served for more than 15 years in New York and London. Prior to Coalition, Stéphane was a consultant at McKinsey & Company for 7 years advising global and European investment banks on their Global Markets and Global Banking activities in Paris, New York and London. Prior to McKinsey, he worked at BNP Paribas. Stéphane is also on the board of Accelex, CUBE and SESAMm and serves as the Chairman of Validis. Stephane graduated from Ecole de Mines de Paris and Harvard Business school.

Ian Ewart

Ian is a financial services veteran with over 30 years of international experience driving strategies and growth at the Exco and Board levels across leading firms. Throughout his career, Ian held key leadership positions, including Head of Marketing at HSBC Private Banking and Barclays Wealth, and later served as Head of International Marketing at Bank of America. At RBS/Coutts, he assumed the role of Head of Products, Services, and Marketing. Currently, Ian serves as an advisor to fintech and martech firms, including CHEQ, Own New, Wealthie, Yext, Kore Labs, and Instinct Digital, in addition to advising several incubating firms.

Patrick Gilday

Patrick has deep connections within the UK and European start-up community. He was a member of the Deep Tech team at Speedinvest, a leading European VC for digital start-ups and was also an investor for Global Founders Capital, the largest Tech Fund in Europe. Currently Patrick is a Venture Partner at Circle Rock Capital and holds a number of mentor roles. He serves as an advisor with Intel Corporation and with Nato’s Innovation Programme as well as supporting Rise, a Barclays community to accelerate innovation and growth within financial services. Patrick also helps with fundraising, both funds and angels and advises pre-seed to Series B companies.

David Hitchcock

David has over 30 years experience working in the City of London, most recently co-founding companies to facilitate equity investment into UK SMEs. His experience is concentrated particularly in the UK Life Sciences, Financial Services and Precision Engineering sectors including listings onto the London Stock Exchange. David spent over 17 years at JP Morgan where he was a Managing Director serving as Head of Investor Client Management where he managed the bank’s most senior client relationships with its most important institutional asset managers and hedge funds in the UK and EMEA. He began his City career in Equities at Goldman Sachs in 1992. Before finance David served as a British Army Officer with The Sixth (Queen Elizabeth’s Own) Gurkha Rifles. He is a graduate of Pembroke College,Cambridge and The Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.

Peter Irvine

Peter is an experienced leader in the Investment Banking industry from his time running Sales and Trading businesses at ABN Amro, NatWest and Credit Suisse. Most recently he was a Managing Director at Credit Suisse where he was Head of Group FP&A, and subsequently Group Head of Capital Management. Latterly in his career he has specialised in CFO roles helping start-up and scale situations at a diverse range of business from Regtech to Electric Vehicle Charging solutions.

John Kosobucki

John is a business leader with over 30-years’ experience in financial services. He has a proven track record of building successful businesses and management teams that deliver transformational experiences to clients. Early in his career, John joined a startup which was acquired by SunGard; he stayed on and launched a risk management division. As COO of the capital markets software division, he pioneered the transition of traditionally in-house applications to SaaS offerings across broad range of trading, risk management, operations and financial platforms resulting in significant revenue growth and margin expansion. An investor in several early-stage businesses, John acts as both as an advisor and as a mentor with the objective of accelerating growth. He has recently launched OX.DH a disruptor in the healthcare technology space.

Iain Plunkett

Iain has spent over 30 years as a leader within the financial services industry. During his extensive career, he has served across business transformation, technology, and operational roles. Most recently, as the Chief Operating & Transformation Officer at Santander, he successfully led a comprehensive restructuring of the business. Previously, he held prominent CxO level roles at TP ICAP, Aberdeen Asset Management, Barclays and UBS, and served on many boards including the Executive Advisory Board of Microsoft Services. Iain now combines his expertise as a Non-Executive Director with his work as a leadership advisor, leveraging his proven track record in developing high performing leaders and organisations.

Stephen Sanders

Stephen is a senior advisor and consultant specialising in regulation, compliance, and risk management. Stephen was formerly a Managing Director and member of Exco at JP Morgan, where he was EMEA Head of Regulatory Policy, and subsequently EMEA Chief Compliance Officer. In a 38 year career, he also held management roles as a market regulator with the London Stock Exchange, and in compliance and risk with J. Rothschild Group, Deutsche Bank Group and RBS Group. He has written and edited books in his specialist fields and taught for City University Business School and the ISMA Centre at Reading University, and is now a Visiting Professor at Kingston Business School.