Chris Woolard, former interim CEO at the financial conduct authority (FCA) has joined EY in a new leadership role.
He will join the EY’s UK Partnership in April 2021 to lead its EMEIA financial services regulatory capabilities and chair the EY Global Financial Services Regulatory Network.
Woolarld served as interim CEO at the FCA between March and September 2020, leading “UK regulation through the initial phases of the Covid-19 pandemic”. During this period he was also a member of both the Prudential Regulation Committee and the Financial Policy Committee of the Bank of England.
Prior to the CEO role, he was the executive director for strategy and competition at the FCA, a position he held since January 2013.
Woolard will replace John Liver who will be retiring in September 2021 to “focus on new priorities”.
Anna Anthony, UK financial services leader at EY said: “I am thrilled that Chris is joining EY. He brings a unique perspective and an unrivalled depth of knowledge and understanding of the financial services regulatory environment.”
“Markets across Europe are now navigating the post Brexit world and starting to shape out their future, and as the UK in particular forges new relationships and looks to build out its green and digital capabilities, strong, innovative and progressive financial regulation will be a crucial component.”