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Ben Antcliffe

Associate Director, Consumer Credit & Insurance

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Ben Antcliffe

Associate Director, Consumer Credit & Insurance

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Ben is the Associate Director leading the Consumer Credit & Insurance team He specialises in the Consumer Credit, Mortgages and General Insurance sectors, providing daily compliance services and support to a wide range of clients. Ben is a core member of the team and can frequently be found supporting his colleagues with various projects and queries. He is also an active member of the APCC.

Ben joined Cosegic in September 2020 after spending over 12 years in a selection of compliance roles where he led, developed and managed teams of Compliance Officers. Prior to his compliance monitoring and management roles, Ben also spent some time as a mortgage & protection consultant, leading into his specialism within the sector.

In addition to his experience, Ben is also highly qualified with an ICA Certificate in Compliance, an Advanced Certificate in Mortgage Advice and Practice, a Certificate of Regulated General Insurance and a BSc in Hospitality Business Management from Sheffield Hallam University.

Outside of work Ben is a keen footballer, runner and cyclist, he also enjoys horse racing, especially when going to the races at Ascot with his family.
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Jonathan Aseervatham

Director, Prudential Services

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Jonathan Aseervatham

Director, Prudential Services

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Jonathan is a Director of our Prudential team, where he specialises in helping our clients to assess their regulatory capital and liquidity requirements; to implement IFPR including developing ICARAs and wind down plans; and to assist with their regulatory reporting obligations.

He joined Cosegic in 2021, having spent almost 14 years with the top 20 accountancy and consultancy firm, Buzzacott. He joined Buzzacott as an audit graduate, working his way to become an Associate Director in their FCA advisory and reporting team. Jonathan has extensive experience advising FCA regulated businesses that include hedge-fund managers, broker-dealers, private equity, asset management and investment advisory firms. Before working with Buzzacott Jonathan spent time in accounting and finance roles at Deloitte and Basildon Town Council.

As well as being an experienced compliance professional, Jonathan is also a qualified ACA chartered accountant and a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).

Outside of the office, Jonathan enjoys playing cricket and football. He also likes to travel and listen to music, playing the piano to a Grade 7 standard.
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Stefan Babic

Associate Director, Prudential Services

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Stefan Babic

Associate Director, Prudential Services

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Stefan is an Associate Director within our Prudential Services team. He specialises in providing technical support to our clients in respect to capital and liquidity requirements, assisting clients with their with financial and non-financial risk management, supporting firms with ICAAP, ICARA and Wind-down planning and providing ongoing support to firms requiring assistance with their prudential obligations.

Stefan joined Cosegic in 2022, following a period of rapid growth in the company and our Prudential team. Before joining Cosegic, Stefan spent just over seven years with PwC as an Auditor and latterly, Senior Manager in the Investment Management Regulatory Team. In addition to his experience, Stefan is also a qualified ACA chartered accountant and fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). He also has an MA in Archaeology and Anthropology from the University of Cambridge.

In his spare time, Stefan enjoys kickboxing as a second-degree blackbelt and candle making.
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Jason Bleau

Director

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Jason, a Director in our Capital Markets Division, is a vastly experienced, senior compliance professional with over 23 years’ experience of working in the financial services industry. Jason provides technical support to our capital market clients in regard to both FCA and SEC regulatory obligations and covers areas including authorisations/registrations, ongoing regulatory compliance support, training and bespoke project work.

Jason began his career at the Financial Services Authority (FSA) in 2000, where he gained vast wholesale regulatory knowledge working within the Regulator’s Authorisations, Policy and Supervisory Teams. In 2011, he moved into wholesale financial services consultancy when he joined Kinetic Partners (subsequently Duff and Phelps), leading the firm’s Authorisations Team; assisting a varied portfolio of firms in meeting their ongoing UK, EU and US regulatory compliance obligations; and advising firms on regulatory reforms, such as the introduction of AIFMD which also included him working directly with the FCA to assist the Regulator in forming its approach to regulating specific AIFMD firms. In 2016, he joined Optima Partners as a Director, where he continued to provide wholesale firms with ongoing regulatory compliance assistance, was involved in a number of bespoke projects for large global asset managers, particularly in relation to the introduction of MiFID II and specific FCA thematic reviews.

In addition to his vast experience, Jason is also Investment Management Certificate (“IMC”) and Certificate and Mortgage Advice Planning (“CeMAP”) qualified.

Outside of work Jason enjoys cycling and playing football and is an avid fan of Liverpool Football Club.
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James Borley

Managing Director, Payment Services

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James Borley

Managing Director, Payment Services

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James, our Managing Director for Payment Services, is a highly qualified financial services expert and a familiar name to many in the payments and e-money community. James leads our Payment Services Practice and provides technical support to our clients, specialising in payment services regulation and new firm authorisations. James represents Cosegic as a member of ‘Project Regulator’ at the Payments Association; The Association of Foreign Exchange and Payment Companies (AFEP); and as a Director of The Association of Professional Compliance Consultants (APCC), where he chairs the FCA Authorisations Liaison Group.

Before joining Cosegic, James spent over 22 years’ as a regulator at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). During his time with the FCA, James held a number of significant roles including: Head of Passporting 2005-2010; Authorisations Manager 2010-2016; and PSD2 Accountable Executive 2016-2017, where he was responsible for the project to implement PSD2 into UK regulation. James was also a member of the European Banking Authority working group which developed the information requirements set out in the EBA’s authorisation ‘Guidelines’

James' additional qualifications include: an International Diploma in Financial Crime Prevention andSpecialist Certificate in AML – NPPS, from the ICA; a Financial Planning Certificate and Mortgage Advice Qualification from the CII; and Certificates in Mortgage Advice & Practice, Regulated General Insurance, and Supervising in a Regulated Environment from the Institute of Financial Services

Outside of work James has many sporting interests including rugby, as a retired county player, and football, where his allegiance lies with his favourite team, QPR.
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Jack Braddick

Director

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Jack began his career in wholesale financial services consultancy in 2013 at Kinetic Partners (subsequently Duff and Phelps) where he assisted firms in obtaining FCA authorisation, with monitoring reviews and the provision of ad-hoc compliance support. During this time, he was also seconded into a number of regulated entity as an inhouse resource; the most significant being a year assisting a highly regarded global investment management firm. In 2016, Jack joined Optima Partners as a consultant and was quickly promoted to senior consultant, where he was tasked with managing a diverse portfolio of FCA and SEC regulated clients; with these including hedge fund managers, asset managers, private equity and property managers. He also assisted his clients through the MiFID II and GDPR implementation process.
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John Burns

Senior Advisor, Payment Services

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John Burns

Senior Advisor, Payment Services

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John is one of the UK’s foremost compliance experts in payment services, and he is Senior Advisor in our Payment Services Practice.

Assisting Banks, Payment Institutions and E-money Institutions manage their compliance and plan their future commercial strategies in the light of changing regulations, and has unparalleled experience of relevant payments legislation and regulation.

Immediately before joining Cosegic, John was Senior Manager, Compliance Advisory, for Global Transaction Banking at Lloyds Bank where he also acted as subject matter expert on payments. Prior to that he was the FSA’s Technical Specialist on Payments, dealing with the UK implementation of the Payment Services Directive and the 2nd E-Money Directive.

He was the first editor of the FSA’s PSR Approach Document and assisted with the development of PERG 15 in the Handbook, as well as assisting HM Treasury with the drafting of the UK legislation. At EU level he was a member of the European Commission’s Payments Committee, the ECB’s Forum on the Security of Retail Payments and the EBA’s Standing Committee on Consumer Protection and Financial Innovation.
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Jennifer Cahill

Associate Director

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Jennifer Cahill

Associate Director

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Jennifer is an Associate Director at Cosegic. She has significant experience in advising clients and conducting assurance reviews on a variety of topics including governance frameworks, compliance effectiveness, conflicts of interest, systems and controls, and authorisation applications. She has also supported clients in implementing key regulatory changes, including SMCR and Consumer Duty.

Jennifer has been a consultant for three years, having previously worked for the Financial Conduct Authority in the Approved Persons Interview Team assessing individuals who applied to take on senior roles at regulated firms, including interviewing those individuals. She also worked in the New Banks and Insurance Authorisation Team, where she assessed and authorised new regulated firms.

Jennifer started her financial services career with a retail bank, where she worked in a variety of first and second line roles including providing compliance support to the bank’s branch network, assessing loan and mortgage applications for personal and business customers and managing the bank’s complaints function. She also acted as the bank’s liaison officer with the Financial Ombudsman Service.
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Daniel Chessher

Associate Director, Capital Markets

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Daniel Chessher

Associate Director, Capital Markets

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Daniel, a Senior Consultant in our Capital Markets Division, joined the firm in December 2023 and is an experienced compliance professional with over 10 years’ experience working in the final services industry. Daniel supports the Firm’s capital markets clients in a number of different ways, namely authorisation / registrations, ad-hoc regulatory advice, undertake compliance monitoring reviews and delivering regulatory training.

Prior to joining Cosegic, Daniel worked as a Principal in Promontory Financial Group’s Wholesale Banking and Capital Markets practice where he supported clients on a number of key regulatory issues, specifically those related to market abuse, best execution and transaction reporting. Daniel also undertook several reviews that assessed the overall effectiveness of the firms’ Compliance governance and control frameworks and assisted firms in establishing, monitoring and executing large-scale remediation programmes following regulatory scrutiny.

Daniel also worked at KPMG in their Banking Authorisations Team where he supported non-EEA banking clients obtain authorisation from the FCA.
Adam is our Chief Finance Officer and a highly qualified banking and financial services expert with over 25 years in experience in related roles and businesses. Adam leads our Finance and Operations teams, focusing his time on influencing and communicating our strategic performance, and implementing initiatives that increase the organisation’s efficient scalability.

Adam joined Cosegic in 2022 following four years at NorthRow, where he held the positions of Chief Finance Officer and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to this Adam also worked for Tandem Bank and The Royal Bank of Scotland, where he held Finance Director positions across the group for over 12 years.

In addition to his vast professional experience, Adam is also highly academically qualified, with BA, MA and Meng degrees from the University of Cambridge, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.

Outside of work Adam is a keen cyclist, having completed a number of famous events including the Nove Colli, the Marmotte, an ascent of the Col de Joux Plane and a stage of the Tour de Yorkshire… so far. He also plays bass guitar in a band, although not as regularly as he would like.
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Colin Iles

Associate Director, Capital Markets

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Colin Iles

Associate Director, Capital Markets

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Colin is a Senior Consultant within our Capital Markets team. He works with a number of clients mainly covering the Mortgage, Insurance, Corporate Finance, Wealth Management and CFD sectors. On a day to day basis, Colin supports his clients by helping them to meet their regulatory obligations and assists them with their questions, queries and projects.

Colin joined Cosegic as an Associate Consultant and Training Director in 2009 and spent nearly 10 years in the role before joining our Capital Markets team in 2018. Since then, he has become a valuable member of the team and progressed to a Senior Consultant. Before joining Cosegic Colin worked at HBoS for 33 years during which time he held senior positions in the branch network and Training departments. During his last 15 years at HBoS Colin worked in Risk and Compliance where he held the positions of Regional Risk Manager and Manager of Risk and Compliance for Retail Telephony Sales.

In addition to his experience, Colin is also Associate Chartered Institute of Banking – Institute of Financial Services, Associate Chartered Securities Institute – CISI and he has a Diploma in Management Studies.

When he isn’t supporting his clients, Colin enjoys watching rugby union, gardening and reading up on history.
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Nancy King

Senior Managing Director, Funds

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Nancy King

Senior Managing Director, Funds

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Nancy has worked in compliance for nearly twenty years, including over 14 years working for several compliance consultancies dealing with over 300 FCA regulated Firms. These include Hedge Funds, Asset Managers, Fund of Funds, Broker Dealers, Private Equity and Property Fund Managers. She has also worked at a variety of Asset Managers and Banks including HSBC, Russell Investments and National Bank of Dubai where she held the Compliance Officer and Money Laundering Reporting Officer positions.
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Tom Lockwood

Associate Director, Capital Markets

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Tom Lockwood

Associate Director, Capital Markets

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Tom is an Associate Director within our Capital Markets Division, renowned for his extensive expertise in compliance. His contributions to the team are multifaceted, centring on navigating the complex terrain of UK and global regulatory frameworks. Tom's advisory capacity extends to both UK and international firms, where he collaborates closely to tackle regulatory challenges in most areas of financial regulation.

Tom’s tenure includes significant roles at the Financial Conduct Authority, where he made impactful contributions in both the Enforcement and Market Oversight (EMO) and Authorisation Divisions. Notably, Tom's work on high-profile cases such as the Barclays FX fine, the Deutsche Bank mirror trading investigation, and the KeyData “death” bonds litigation. As part of the MiFID II implementation team, he facilitated crucial collaborations across major FCA stakeholders, further showcasing his pivotal role in shaping regulatory standards.

Beyond financial regulation, Tom is a trained barrister, called to the bar at the Inner Temple in 2013. His legal acumen was honed through advocacy in Employment Tribunals for the Free Representation Unit, demonstrating a strong foundation in legal practice before his transition to financial regulation.

Outside the professional sphere. His passion for acting has led him to share the screen with the likes of Olivia Coleman in season 3 of "The Crown," highlighting a creative side that complements his regulatory expertise. Additionally, Tom was a GB rowing trialist, but whose sporting are now more equine in nature on the polo field.
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Martin Lovick

Director, Capital Markets

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Martin Lovick

Director, Capital Markets

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Martin is Director of Capital Markets. He advises a wide range of financial institutions, including leading hedge fund and private markets managers, brokers and corporate finance firms. Prior to that, Martin Lovick was a Director within ACA Group’s Regulatory Consulting Practice.

Martin combines a decade of working at a top rank consultancy with over 30 years’ experience in front-office trading and investment management roles. In his career in compliance consultancy, he has been the lead relationship manager in both retained and project client engagements, as well as being seconded to several in-house compliance roles. Martin also played a leading role in developing responses to successive pieces of EU and UK legislation, notably AIFMD, the Market Abuse Regulation, MiFID II, SM&CR and IFPR. Martin’s clients value his advice for its practical good sense as well as it being firmly grounded in the obligations of the FCA Handbook and relevant legislation.

Martin regularly writes articles on key regulatory developments and issues in publications such as the AIMA journal, FT Advisor, Reuters, Global Risk Regulator, and Compliance Practice Insight. Recent topics have included the Edinburgh Reforms, financial sanctions, financial promotion reforms, and IFPR remuneration and public disclosure requirements. He took a keen interest in the impact of Brexit and is now closely following the implications of regulatory divergence between the EU and UK.

Martin gained an MA in Modern History from the University of Oxford and an MBA from Manchester Business School. He holds the CISI Diploma in Investment Compliance and the CFA Investment Management Certificate.
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Philip Naughton

Chief Executive Officer

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Philip Naughton

Chief Executive Officer

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Philip has over 35 years of financial services experience, 31 of which have been in UK Compliance. He has extensive knowledge of both retail and wholesale compliance responsibilities and obligations, the last 10 of which have been predominately focused on the wholesale sector.

Before joining Cosegic, Philip spent 10 years working with ACA Compliance based in London. He was jointly responsible for a team of over 50 compliance professionals and a turnover of £11m. He joined the ACA group as part of its acquisition of Cordium in September 2018. At that time he was a Managing Director responsible for Cordium’s UK Compliance practice.

His first role in compliance was in 1995 when he worked as an Enforcement Officer for the Life Assurance and Unit Trust Regulatory Organisation, known as ‘LAUTRO’. He then spent subsequent years in compliance roles for The Hartford, that served the UK IFA market, with Compliance First (now part of SimplyBiz) and with National Australia Group.

He has extensive hands on technical knowledge experience with IFAs, banks, hedge funds, private equity/venture capital firms, corporate finance firms, and other more niche regulated and unregulated entities.
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Gary Paulus

Associate Director, Capital Markets

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Gary Paulus

Associate Director, Capital Markets

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Gary is a Senior Consultant within our Capital Markets team and a core member of our Prudential practice. He provides day to day compliance support to a range of clients across the investment sector, managing a variety of projects and providing specialist advice. Gary specialises in supporting Investment Management, Corporate Finance and Crowdfunding clients, helping them to maintain their compliance and meet their regulatory obligations.

Before joining Cosegic in 2011, Gary worked in a number of compliance roles, most notably, Compliance Director for a Financial Services Group that includes a Financial Advisory and Investment Management arm. While in this position, Gary held FCA controlled functions CF1, CF10 and CF11 (now SMF3, SMF16 and SMF17) and was responsible for all compliance matters within the group. After nine years in this role, Gary joined Cosegic.

In addition to his extensive experience, Gary also holds a number of qualifications including a Diploma in Business and Finance and a Level 4 Diploma in Financial Planning from the Charted Insurance Institute (CII). Gary is also an active member of the Association of Professional Compliance Consultants (APCC) Investment Firms Prudential Regime (IFPR) working group.

Outside of work Gary has many sporting interests but has a special place in his heart for his football team, Arsenal, who he has been a season ticket holder for, for over 35 years.
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Stephen Roberts

Director

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Stephen is an experienced compliance professional with many years’ experience working in the financial services industry. He started his career at the Financial Ombudsman Services (“FOS”) in 2013 where he was responsible for adjudicating on complaints about financial services firms. In 2016, he joined the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) where he worked in the regulator’s Authorisation Team. Between 2018 – 2020, he worked for March Compliance LLP, a boutique compliance consultancy, assisting with FCA authorisation and providing ongoing compliance support to a variety of wholesale financial services firms. Stephen has successfully completed the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (“CISI”) Level 6 Diploma in Investment Compliance and holds a Law degree from the University of Reading.
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David Rodriguez

Associate Director, Payment Services

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David Rodriguez

Associate Director, Payment Services

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David is a Consultant within our Payment Services team. He is responsible for the delivery of consultancy services and specialises in supporting firms with their FCA authorisations, AML registrations and the management of their ongoing compliance obligations. In addition to his knowledge of the payment services sector, David also has an avid interest in cryptoassets and represents Cosegic in our membership with CryptoUK.

David joined Cosegic in 2017 as part of our graduate programme after working in the International Affairs Office at the Central Bank of Venezuela for four years. Since starting with Cosegic, he has worked with a vast portfolio of clients and joined the Association of Compliance Consultants (APCC) Crypto working group as an active member.

David has a CISI Level 3 Award in Combatting Financial Crime, a Financial Institutions Specialist MSc from Andres Bello Catholic University (UCAB) and a BSc in Economics from Central University of Venezuela (UCV). David was also awarded the Chevening Scholarship Award (Scholar 2016-17) by the Foreign Commonwealth Office UK. Chevening Scholarships enable outstanding emerging leaders from all over the world to pursue a one-year master’s degrees in the UK, allowing David to achieve an MBA in Global Banking and Finance from the University of Birmingham.
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Harpartap Singh

Managing Director, Prudential Services

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Harpartap Singh

Managing Director, Prudential Services

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Harpartap Singh is responsible for the for the development and expansion of Cosegic's prudential services offering and client service delivery. He has substantial experience helping firms manage their prudential regulatory obligations, including investment firms' ICARA and banks' ICAAP and ILAAP reviews; SREP remediation; REGDATA reporting; recovery and resolution plans; wind down planning; regulatory capital restructuring; and M&A due diligence. Whilst he has substantial experience helping firms across all sectors to comply with their prudential regulatory obligations, his particular strength is helping investment firms and credit institutions.

Harpartap joined Cosegic in 2020 having spent four years leading Bovill’s Regulatory Capital and Liquidity Team. His career started in the mid-1990s as a barrister, before becoming a Chartered Accountant and Prudential Consultant in the early 2000’s working for consultancies including PwC, Grant Thornton and Buzzacott.

While working, Harpartap also supports the wider community as a regular speaker at conferences and industry seminars and he also regularly writes about the management of prudential risk.
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Louise Suchak

Head of Marketing and Communications

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Louise Suchak

Head of Marketing and Communications

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Louise is the Head of Marketing and Communications at Cosegic and team leader within the marketing department. She brings over 11 years’ experience working in the financial regulatory compliance industry with particular knowledge of marketing within the Capital Markets sector.

Previously Louise worked at Cordium (now ACA Compliance) where she was Global Marketing and Communications Director and successfully helped to position the firm as the leading compliance consultancy in the Wholesale Industry.
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Jo Truscott

People Director

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Jo Truscott

People Director

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Jo joined Cosegic in May 2023 and brings 24 years of HR experience in senior HR roles across retail, technology and Cyber Security service sectors. She has, during her career, supported the significant upscale of an SME business in the UK into international markets through acquisitions and organic growth, ensuring people continue to be at the heart of the agenda. Jo holds a BSc (hons) in Psychology and is accredited by the CIPD.

In her previous roles as Head of HR, Jo has helped organisations achieve The Sunday Times 'Outstanding Employer' status as well as winning awards for HR Excellence, Success Through People and ISO accreditations.

Jo's team are responsible for driving our Cosegic people strategy to support our company objectives, along with our management team, to ensure Cosegic is a rewarding, inclusive and exciting place to work and thrive.

Outside of work, she is a proud mum and has a passion for art; enjoying painting classes and visiting galleries for her inspiration.
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Corinna Venturi

Director, Financial Crime

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Corinna Venturi

Director, Financial Crime

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Corinna has worked in both the financial and professional services industries since 1996, first in front line services and then moving into financial crime prevention in 2007. Corinna leads our Financial Crime Team and is focussed on supporting our clients by providing them with expert advice, assurance on their systems and controls, remediation and training.

Corinna joined Cosegic in 2022 having been a consultant since 2017. Prior to that she was the Money Laundering Reporting Officer and Head of Compliance for the UK arm of one of the world’s largest Trust and Corporate Services Providers.

After deciding to pivot her career from client relationship management to financial crime prevention in 2007, Corinna completed the International Compliance Association’s Diploma in Anti Money Laundering whilst simultaneously tackling her first MLRO role. Then in 2012 she became a Fellow of the ICA.

When she’s not preventing financial crime, Corinna is usually pursuing something related to health, wellbeing or tech. She has run 2 marathons, holds a BSc. Hons in Nutritional Therapy, and although she’s a bit rusty, could code a website from scratch.