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John Aspden
John Aspden was Chief Executive and Commissioner of the Isle of Man Financial Supervision Commission (FSC) from 1998 to 2015. Since 2011 he has been Chairman of the Group of International Finance Centre Supervisors (GIFCS). In April 2017, John was appointed to the Board of the Guernsey Financial Services Commission.

John worked for the Bank of England for 15 years in a number of market supervisory positions. Subsequently, for over ten years he held a number of positions in Hong Kong where he was an adviser to the Hong Kong Banking Commission, Deputy General Manager at International Bank of Asia Ltd, and Managing Director of Matheson InvestNet Ltd.

John has participated in IMF FSAP missions to other countries, and has provided technical assistance to regulatory bodies under IMF, Toronto Centre, US Department of Justice and World Bank initiatives. He has recently participated in programmes organised by the World Bank to assist in the recovery of assets for conflict countries. John was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in January 2016 for his work in financial services supervision.

Kathryn Bishop
Kathryn Bishop is an Associate Fellow of Saïd Business School, where she directs and teaches on leadership programmes for professional service firms and other multi-national corporations. She has over 30 years’ experience working with organisations undergoing major change, in both the public and the private sector. Her background includes IT and HR and she has worked as a line director and manager, a project manager and as a consultant; she has also taken on a number of non-executive directorships.

Kathryn was appointed as the first Chairman of the Welsh Revenue Authority in April 2017, a new public body set up to collect taxes in Wales for the first time in 800 years, when some specific taxes are devolved to Wales. She served as a Civil Service Commissioner from 2012 to 2017, as one of 11 Commissioners in the UK with responsibility for regulating all appointments into the Civil Service. She has also held a number of non-executive directorships within Government, including at the UK Border Agency, part of the Home Office, The UK Intellectual Property Office and at the Welsh Assembly Government.

Before Oxford, Kathryn led and managed multi-million pound transformation programmes in various businesses and a number of merger projects in the financial services industry. From Accenture, where she specialised in financial services and change management, she joined BAT Industries and became HR Development Director at Allied Dunbar and went on to manage various large change projects for the Eagle Star Group. As a Director in Eagle Star’s Commercial business, she was responsible for a major transformation programme and for the merger of that business with Zurich Financial Services.

Kathryn has a BA (Hons) Summa Cum Laude from Wellesley College, USA, and an MPhil from Oxford.

Tim Cullen, MBE
An experienced practitioner and teacher on all aspects of negotiation, Tim Cullen has taught on various programmes at Saïd Business School (where he was formerly the Director of the Oxford Programme on Negotiation) and is a Visiting Professor at the Guanghua School of Management, Peking University, China.

Tim served as Commissioner on the Financial Supervision Commission of the Isle of Man and was the founder and first Executive Director for the Small Countries Financial Management Centre and for this work was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours. Tim is also Chairman of TCA Ltd, which teaches negotiation and governance/risk management programmes globally and worked for 21 years for the World Bank. Tim has an MA from Trinity College, University of Dublin.

Michael Gates
Michael Gates is Vice Chairman of Richard Lewis Communications and an internationally recognised teacher and writer on cross-cultural management. Michael has provided cross-cultural training in more than 30 countries to organisations such as Nokia, the World Bank, Microsoft, Rolls-Royce, Statoil, UNIDO, the EU, Eurojust, Takeda, and the Finnish and Swedish governments (as part of their preparations for the EU Presidency).

In 1997, Michael devised and implemented the world’s first online cross-cultural assessment and cultural data resource, CultureActive, which currently has a database of 100,000 users.

He has published articles on cross-cultural matters in numerous newspapers and magazines, including the Daily Telegraph, La Tribune, People Management and the HR Director.

Michael has an MA in English Language and Literature from St Catherine’s College, Oxford.

Nicola Guffogg
Nicola is the Isle of Man Government’s Assessor of Income Tax.

Nicola’s career started at the London law firm, Slaughter and May, where she qualified as a solicitor in their tax department. In 1997 Nicola moved to Barclays Bank PLC where she had a variety of tax planning, advisory and managerial roles; gaining broad experience working with the full range of financial services businesses within the Barclays worldwide group.

From Barclays she moved to the Isle of Man to take up the post of Deputy Assessor of Income Tax in 2007. She has played a key role in the Division and in the development of the Island’s tax regime and its international reputation.

She was appointed Assessor of Income Tax (Head of the Income Tax Division) in 2013. She has responsibility for the administration of and policy in relation to direct tax and national insurance contributions.

Nicola sits on the Steering Group of the OECD Global Forum on Tax Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes, and is one of its expert assessors.

Renier Lemmens MSc
Renier Lemmens is the London Institute of Banking and Finance’s (LIBF) Senior Advisor and Visiting Professor of Fintech and Innovation. Renier currently also serves as board member of Revolut, and Chairman of TransferGo and Divido. In the past, Renier served as CEO of PayPal EMEA and a member of its global executive team. He was COO of Barclays International Retail and Commercial Banking. Renier was an officer of GE Capital where he served as Chairman and CEO of Budapest Bank, and SVP Business Development for the Americas. Renier was a partner with McKinsey & Company in London, New Delhi, and San Francisco. He is a frequent speaker at Fintech Conferences and holds an MSc with distinction in Computer Science and an MBA with Distinction from INSEAD, France.
Dr Rory Macleod
Rory is Managing Director of Objective Analysis Ltd. in Oxford, UK, consulting on macro-economic analysis, conduct of monetary policy, debt management and bond market development, with a focus on oil-exporting developing economies. Current and past clients include the central bank of Saudi Arabia (SAMA) and Government of Angola.

He is especially interested in the debt dynamics of monoline oil producers.

Prior to running his own consultancy, Rory was Head of Fixed Income and Currency at Baring Asset Management (1997-2003), Head of Global Fixed Income at Mercury Asset Management (1991-1997) and resident adviser at SAMA in Riyadh (1985-1989). He was Lecturer in Politics at Mansfield College, Oxford from 1976-1978.

He is the co-author with Ahmed Banafe of : The Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency 1952-2016-Central Bank of Oil (Palgrave Macmillan 2017).

Rory has been an annual speaker since 2009 at the Isle of Man (UK) Small Countries Financial Management Programme (SCFMP).

Richard Pratt
Richard has been a consultant in financial services regulation since 2003, providing technical assistance and training in Europe, the Caribbean Central America, Africa, Asia and the South Pacific. He has worked with the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the Asia Development Bank, the Toronto Centre and the other development organisations. Prior to his consultancy work, he was the Director General of the Jersey Financial Services Commission. He spent the first 25 years of his career as a civil servant in HM Treasury in the UK and spent three years in the City of London with a derivatives exchange. Richard is also an Ombudsman for KPMG UK and is a Justice of the Peace.
David Trevaskis
David Trevaskis

David is an experienced director, speaker coach and facilitator. He and his team specialise in working with senior leaders helping them improve both their listening and speaking skills, particularly when facing difficult conversations.

David is fascinated by interpersonal communication, he combines his skills as a director with his experience in the business world to offer a unique insight into how we build our messages and how they are received. David works in a practical way utilising the power of experiential learning. He works with groups and individuals to fine tune their message and deliver it in a powerful and authentic way, ensuring they land their key message.

David has a degree in Theology from the University of St Andrews and a Post Graduate Certificate in Professional Acting from the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts. He worked at Bupa for ten years in business development and training and now works at board level with major multi-national clients. He has worked throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia and north America.

Dr Dirk Willem te Velde
Dr Dirk Willem te Velde is the Head of the International Economic Development Group at ODI, covering trade, investment, economic transformation and international economics. He is a Director of the Supporting Economic Transformation Programme and a Research Leader of the DFID-ESRC Growth Research Programme.

He was a specialist advisor to the UK House of Commons Inquiry into the future of the development finance and on CDC reform and to the UK House of Commons Trading out of Poverty Group. He has written extensively on G20 and development, facilitating a range of high-level G20-Commonwealth meetings.

His research features regularly in the Economist, Financial Times, Guardian, China Daily and other media. He has advised donor agencies (e.g. DFID, Sida, and Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Gates Foundation), developing country governments (e.g. Belize, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Nepal, Mauritius, St Lucia,) and multilateral bodies (e.g. World Bank, Commonwealth, European Commission, UNCTAD, UNDESA, UNIDO, ILO, AsDB, WTO).

He has written and edited a dozen books (incl. Growth strategies for small states in a globalising world: the role of Knowledge-based and Service Industries, published by the Commonwealth), 30 peer reviewed articles and 40 book chapters related mainly to investment, trade and growth issues.

He holds a PhD from Birkbeck College, University of London.

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