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OUR TEAM

Our team consists of highly experienced Partners with the combined skill-sets of Practice Directors and Talent Directors, and an established track record in financial services transformation and change. 

 

As a team they have worked together for a many years and have a market leading reputation for delivering the highest standards of service to our clients.

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COLIN WEBSTER

Chief Executive, The FISER Group (parent company of IBAM Consulting)

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Colin is an engineering graduate from St Edmund Hall, Oxford. He started his career at EY where he spent 10 years providing a range of consulting and advisory services to his clients and since then has built up over 17 years of senior leadership experience in human capital.

After advising Imprint plc on its IPO, Colin joined its board as CFO in 2004 and oversaw its growth from a £0.3m profit business to a 500-person group with turnover of £90m and profits of £12m, before its sale in 2008.

In 2010, Colin co-founded The FISER Group and has been instrumental in its growth over the past 10 years as a financial services specialist covering consultancy, executive search and contingent recruitment solutions.

Colin is an active day to day partner within IBAM Consulting and enjoys providing excellent service levels to our clients.

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FRANCESCA WHITELEY

Partner

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Francesca has over 20 years' human capital management experience in the banking and financial services industry, specialising in regulatory, operational excellence, risk change management and transformation.

Prior to joining IBAM, Francesca framed her career in the recruitment sector and has built an enviable reputation, through her extensive knowledge of her sector and outstanding quality of service. 

Francesca has a specific focus on developing IBAM’s client experience and overall project delivery.
 

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JONATHAN ASTBURY

Partner

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Jonathan has over of 26 years’ experience serving a wide array of banks, buy side firms and consultancies located in UK, Europe and increasingly United States.

Functionally he has covered most areas across oversight and control including risk, compliance, financial management and regulatory reporting. Additionally he has helped firms build new front office platforms within most asset classes.

Jonathan also has expertise working with clients in an advisory capacity and the scope of this is varied. Recent projects have covered near and offshore planning and assisting clients in securing strategic and joint venture partnerships.
 

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MICHAEL MIHAYLOV

Partner

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Michael has over a decade of experience in financial services business change and consultancy, with specific exposure to buy side change and technology requirements across the UK and Europe. 

He has been responsible for oversight of numerous change and IT staff augmentation programmes and has extensive experience advising C Suite asset management leaders in best practice and change structure. 

Prior to joining IBAM, Michael worked for a European business transformation and technology change consultancy, responsible for their asset management change and technology delivery capability. 
 

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NICK KEYS

Partner

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Nick is a mathematics graduate from The Open University with 10 years’ experience working in human capital. Prior to this, Nick held project management positions in transaction banking and worked closely on the RBS & ABN AMRO acquisition along with some divestment initiatives.

 

Nicks’ experience covers capital markets and wider financial services where he has worked on large scale regulatory & technology change programmes acting in both advisory and oversight capacity.

 

Prior to joining IBAM, Nick worked for a small niche consultancy where he was responsible for origination and was engaged on some large, complex change programmes across UK & Europe.

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STEVE HIGGS

Partner

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Steve Higgs is a highly experienced professional with over 15 years of industry experience in project resourcing, client management, and complex customer operations. He is known for his ability to communicate effectively with all levels of management, and for his expertise in financial crime, fraud, complaints, remediation, and other complex operational issues.

 

Steve began his career as an entry-level role at a Prudential and quickly demonstrated his talent and potential. Over the years, he gained experience in various areas of the business, including project resourcing, client management, and operational risk management.

 

As a resourcing expert, Steve is responsible for ensuring that the right people were assigned to the right projects at the right time. He develops a keen understanding of his client’s needs and can leverage his network and industry knowledge to identify and recruit top talent. Steve's expertise in client management enabled him to build and maintain strong relationships with key clients, ensuring that their needs are met, and their expectations exceeded.

 

Steve is well versed in most of the complex operational issues faced by the UK Banking and FS markets. He has a deep understanding of these areas and is often sought out as a trusted advisor by senior management. Steve is known for his ability to navigate complex regulatory and operational environments and develop effective solutions that mitigate risk and ensure compliance.

 

Throughout his career, Steve has been recognized for his, strategic thinking, and business acumen. Overall, Steve Higgs is a highly respected professional with a wealth of experience and expertise in project resourcing, client management, and complex customer operations.

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