Our panel of speakers are:
Omar Ali, Managing Partner EMEIA FSO Client Service & Managing Partner UK Financial Services, EY LLP
Omar is currently the Managing Partner of EY's UK Financial Services business and serves on the Board of the UK Firm. Having joined EY in 2001, Omar is also a board member of TheCityUK, where he chairs the Long Term Competitiveness Group. He is also a member of both the Department for International Trade's Fintech Trade & Investment Steering Board and the Innovate Finance FinTech Strategy Group
Matthew Streets, Managing Partner, Foster + Partners
Matthew has been Managing Partner at Foster + Partners since March 2014. Foster + Partners is a global, world leading, architectural design and engineering practice with an innovative, research based and sustainable approach. Matthew joined Foster + Partners in 2007, as CFO, as part of a succession strategy. His previous roles have included CFO of Cannons Group ltd and Group Financial Director of Northern Leisure plc.
Chris Sood-Nicholls, Managing Director, Head of Professional Services, Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking
Chris has 20 years' experience in banking and financial services and has worked in client facing roles in the UK, Europe and Asia. His focus has been predominantly commercial banking and corporate finance, and as an industry sector specialist he has covered the Aerospace, Defence, Transport, Leisure and Business Services sectors and is now responsible for global coverage of the Professional Services industry. Chris is a Master of Arts graduate in Japanese and Economics from Oxford University, and also holds an MBA.
Matthew Jones, Fellow in Professional Services Leadership and Strategy, Cambridge Judge Business School
Matthew is a Fellow in Professional Services Leadership and Strategy at Cambridge Judge Business School as well as a consultant, non-executive chair and leadership mentor. He is former CEO of the UK, Middle East and Africa Region and former global board and global management committee member of Dentons LLP. Before assuming a full time leadership position, Matthew was a practicing solicitor for more than 20 years.
Jeavon Lolay, Head of Economics and Markets Insight, Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking
Jeavon manages the Economics & Market Insights team, primarily focusing on the UK and global developments that impact major financial markets. The team communicates the views of the bank externally, both through regular written commentary and formal presentations. Jeavon regularly presents at events across the UK and internationally.
Malcolm Simpson, Managing Partner, Walker Morris LLP
Malcolm Simpson is the Managing Partner of Walker Morris. By background, he is a leading litigation lawyer with nearly 30 years' experience handling commercial disputes. Since 2018, however, he has had overall responsibility for the Leeds-based firm, the largest single-site law firm outside of London. Walker Morris is a full service law firm with particular expertise in the manufacturing, real estate and financial services sectors. Malcolm has steered the firm through a strong period of growth, increasing the client base both within the UK and overseas.