Meet the team: Management Team

Ron Whatford

Ron Whatford

Chairman

Ron has had a long and successful career in the banking sector holding several directorships, including Group Operations, Customer Services and Customer Experience. Ron has gone on to consult with firms sharing his wealth of experience on areas such as process improvement, business transformation and distribution channel performance. In addition Ron has been a director of BACS Limited and worked with the UK Cabinet Office on capability reviews of government departments.

John Turner

John Turner

CEO

Before setting up RFS John held senior positions in the largest regulatory outsourcing companies in the UK. With over 20 years’ experience John has a proven record of successfully delivering projects. His key area of expertise is in retail banking with a focus on testing outputs, establishing the root cause of failings and implementing customer centric change.

Michael Couzens

Michael Couzens

Managing Director

Michael has 25 years of experience in conduct risk and corporate governance and has held control functions (CF 1, 10 and 11) in large regulated firms. He has a thorough understanding of SYSC and KYC/AML rules; and specific expertise in FCA conduct of business rules for Investment, Mortgages and Consumer Credit. Michael holds a MBA.

Richard Mathews

Richard Mathews

Finance Director

Richard has a background of tax consultancy having started with HMRC before moving onto a ‘big 4’ firm. More recently Richard has been a partner in an accountancy practice specialising in working with SME’s and fast growing businesses. Richard’s broad perspective enables him to create solutions for all business situations. In recent years much of his work has focused on business development and tax planning issues.

Mike Ogilvie

Mike Ogilvie

Development Director

Over the last 15 years Mike has won and delivered retained C-suite search assignments for the largest organisations in financial services. He is particularly knowledgeable in the requirements of Regulatory, AML and Leadership remits. Mike is an expert at building and managing relationships in the market and prior to joining RFS he has built two successful search boutiques.

Anthony Howitt

Anthony Howitt

Strategy Director

Anthony is an operations expert working across financial services. He has operated Globally at C level, for one of the big four management consultancies, to deliver complex change projects. His core expertise is achieving profitable growth through the implementation of governance, controls, systems and process. He also has extensive experience in developing customer, data and technology propositions.

Jan Hagen

Jan Hagen

Managing Director, Financial Crime

Jan is a financial crime risk professional with over 20 years’ experience. He has worked at a number of leading consultancy firms as Subject Matter Expert, advising senior executives in regulated businesses how to mitigate financial crime risk. He specialises in helping clients to implement the right technology solutions as well as leading on training, investigations and remediation programmes. Jan is a Fellow of the International Compliance Association.

Sam Tattersall

Sam Tattersall

Client Engagement Director

Sam has worked for retail banks, the ombudsman and has managed large scale remediation projects. He is an expert in financial services operations, adjudication and an advocate for Outcome Testing and Root Cause Analysis. Sam has developed innovative methodologies that test for fair customer outcomes and he is both robust and impartial in leading change.

Roger Emms

Roger Emms

Business Delivery Director

Roger has over 30 years’ experience in financial services across compliance, supervision and sales management. He is a strong team manager with specific expertise in auditing and quality assessment, and has led large operational teams and national networks. Roger is a qualified Financial Advisor and has a keen understanding of financial products and sales processes.

Stephen Atkins

Stephen Atkins

Senior Associate

Stephen has a lifetime of experience in financial services, formerly as the Group Compliance Director for a pan-European lender and now as a consultant. His specialist expertise in life assurance, mortgages, loans and general insurance has secured his place on the FCA skilled persons panel. Stephen has been appointed to assist firms through sections 166 and 166A and in his own right is frequently called as an expert witness in complex lending and mortgage related cases.

Frank Hickman

Frank Hickman

Senior Associate

Frank is an expert in mathematical modelling and brings data analytics to clients challenges.  He has occupied senior roles both in the largest retail banks and leading technology providers. Frank also has experience in central government and utilities companies. He has lead on european wide programmes, business process transformation, operations management and risk.  Franks holds a Phd.

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