LPA taps two veterans for UK consulting team

Rick Steves

“It’s inconceivable to run a high-growth fintech company and not have a significant presence in the UK. London is and will remain a pivotal financial centre for the world economy.”

LPA has appointed two key executives to expand its United Kingdom consulting team: Russell Chumbley as Director of Capital Markets Consulting, Technology, Development & Transformation and James Kirkham as Head of UK Risk Function.

The capital markets technology and advisory firm’s London office is rapidly becoming an important consulting hub for the firm, alongside Frankfurt and Zurich, with plans to grow the team further in 2022.

Experts in client relationships, strategy, architecture, implementation, risk

Last year, LPA hired Mark Reeves a Senior Advisor, Peter Leech as Partner and Head of UK Consulting, and Deniz Patel as Director, Head of UK Consulting and Software Sales.

Peter Schurau, Chief Executive Officer of LPA, said: “It’s inconceivable to run a high-growth fintech company and not have a significant presence in the UK. London is and will remain a pivotal financial centre for the world economy. Russell and James’ appointments mark only the first round of many increases to the team in a phased recruitment programme.”

Mark Reeves, Senior Advisor at LPA, said: “We welcome talent the calibre of James and Russell as we continue on our growth trajectory in the UK. Their vast capital markets knowledge and experience overseeing client relationships, strategy, architecture and implementation will help establish LPA as a leader in software solutions and consulting and take our UK business to new heights.”

Russell Chumbley and James Kirkham will join a rapidly growing team of consultants in the UK market, based in the Canary Wharf office in London.

The new Director of Capital Markets Consulting, Technology, Development & Transformation at LPA has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry.

He was most recently in an independent advisory and consultancy capacity covering industry insight, fintech, and digital transformation.

His career includes senior roles at Nomura International, where he last served as their Global Head of Enterprise Data and Corporate Technology (MD). There he helped business clients innovate, transform and deliver large-scale change.

His leadership positions covered front, middle and back-office business functions and included product development, managed services, and setting up new trading entities.

The new Head of UK Risk Function is also a 30-year veteran in risk management change programmes, having helped several big names, including HSBC, UBS and Santander.

The experienced Lead Risk Management Systems Consultant is an expert in risk model development and deployment for PIT/TTC PD, EAD and LGD models for both regulatory capital and IFRS9 provisioning, including recent QIS/PRA stress testing, and has supported a variety of Basel change programmes.

Russell Chumbley, Director of Capital Markets Consulting, Technology, Development & Transformation at LPA, said: “Disruptive forces are changing capital markets and posing major challenges for the financial services industry. LPA has been driving the digitalization of the capital market business for over 20 years, and I look forward to supporting clients in the analysis, planning, development and implementation of digital technologies.”

James Kirkham, Head of UK Risk Function at LPA, stated: “I am excited to join LPA at a time of unprecedented change in financial markets. The scale and reach of the LPA network, alongside the skills of our software and consulting teams in areas spanning advanced technologies, credit risk and change management, present a much sought-after capability to our clients and the wider capital markets industry.”

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