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When and where is the symposium?

Registration is at 10:30 for an 11:00 start; ending at 17:00* on Thursday 16th May at:


Newgate Communications, Sky Light City Tower, 50 Basinghall Street, London EC2V 5DE.


*Note: The symposium itself ends at 17:00 but delegates can enjoy drinks, nibbles and networking until 18:30

Why are we running this event?



This symposium in London on 16th May is part of a major 5-year international effort to deal with a troubling “elephant in the room” issue; the lack of trust in financial services. 


We believe our 5-year international project is the first serious attempt to deal with the trust deficit on an international basis, and we are bringing together key stakeholders to do it. 


We will be tackling a question of immense importance:


“How can we accelerate the rebuilding of trust

and confidence in financial services?”


Executive Summary


It is widely accepted that the public are becoming increasingly distrusting of society's once-respected institutions. 


Many believe that we are in the “last chance saloon” as far as the public’s perception of the financial services sector is concerned.


There is a very real danger that the drip, drip, drip, of adverse publicity caused by the persistent malpractice, malfeasance and miss-conduct by the mischievous minority means that the public at large are getting dangerously close to “the point of no return,” whereby regardless of what we subsequently do the situation may not be salvageable.


If people lose all trust in the sector it may never be possible for us to earn it back again. 


To be blunt, it is mission-critical that we do not sleepwalk into that situation because the long-term consequences to society and the commercial success of the sector would be dire. 


The trust deficit issue is a significant problem for politicians, policymakers, regulators, market participants and the public at large too.


However, despite the magnitude of the problem, we do not believe there has ever been a concerted international effort involving key stakeholders to attack the problem head on; until now.


The overall purpose of our symposia in London on 16th May is to begin to galvanise support for the idea that the finance sector should accelerate the rebuilding of trust and confidence in an intelligently thought-through way i.e. as part of an organised programme of activity involving key stakeholders around the world. How else could the problem be solved?


We do not believe it will be possible to solve the problem in any other way; anything else would be to under-estimate the scale of the challenge and the trouble there will be if we do not solve it.


It's too big, complicated and serious an issue to be able to solve it without bringing the key stakeholders together; and that is exactly what our 5-year international project is designed to do. 


People from righ around the world are volunteering to play their part in this major international effort. The project is all about the harsh reality that the finance sector desperately needs changing. There are too many conflicts of interest, a lack of alignment of interests, too many asymmetries of information and ongoing reputational damage for the sector as a whole because of the continuous drip, drip, drip of poor market conduct.


We will be bringing together key stakeholders from around the world including politicians, policymakers, regulators, professional associations, trade bodies, thought leaders, academics, civil society leaders, campaign groups, progressive market participants and so on; in fact anybody that has a genuine interest in positive, progressive and purposeful finance reform.


The early signs are that people want to get involved, which is great because we need all the help we can get. Fixing the trust deficit is going to take a coordinated effort over a long period of time but the idea is that lots of people putting in a little bit of effort is a better approach than just a handful trying to carry the load themselves.


It’s all about working in a collaborative, collegiate, consensus-building and coordinated way, internationally.    


We are going to be building a “dream-team” of subject-matter experts on 20+ topics; each topic is part of the solution.


In practical terms we are going to be running special meetings around the world. We are going to be holding them in every financial centre, building a global network of like-minded people who want to be part of the solution. We are looking for people that have a “stand up rather than stand-by” mindset; people that care of the wellbeing of the sector and the people it should be serving well. 


In March there were special events in Boston and New York; in May there will be special events in Amsterdam, London and Dublin and then it will continue to build month after month, city after  city.  


We know we are being very ambitious but also very realistic. It is all about “the art of the possible” and our collective interest and experience tells us that by working together we can all make difference.


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Here's the programme thus far*


Speaker photos and bios will be added towards the bottom of the page as they are added to the programme 



Registration, refreshments and networking.



Welcome to the symposium by Alistair Kellie, Managing Partner, Newgate Communications; and presentation of the White Paper specially produced by Newgate Communications and the Transparency Task Force on "How can we accelerate the rebuilding of trust and confidence in financial services?" by Alistair Kellie, Managing Partner; Shelly Durrant, Account Executive; and James Watson, Executive; at Newgate Communications



Andy Agathangelou, Founding Chair of the Transparency Task Force to introduce the Transparency Task Force and set the scene for the event, explaining the overall rationale for the major international project we have embarked on; and how we plan to make it work



Presentation by Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive, the RSA



Presentation by Janette Weir, Managing Director at Ignition House; on the the state of distrust in the pensions sector and why we need to act with urgency



Power Panel of Parliamentarians, Policymakers and Regulators talking about the importance they place on having a trustworthy financial services sector



Presentation of the Transparency Trophy; a special trophy is awarded to a champion of transparency and finance reform at each of our symposia around the world



Lunch and networking; followed by Team Photo 



Presentation delivered by Sander Eijkenduijn, Co-Founder at Scorpeo and Jonny Ruck, CEO at Scorpeo; a case study that will show the desperate need for culture reform and better alignment of interests in the financial services sector



"Short Speaking Slots"

Several attendees, including leaders of major trade bodies and professional associations will be sharing their thoughts and reflections on the trust deficit, contextualised as:


“If I had just 5 minutes to comment on how we can accelerate the rebuilding of trust and confidence in financial services, this is what I’d say…”


Each of their speaking slots and the ideas, insights and issues they articulate will form the basis of a subsequent Q&A and discussion session


The line-up for this part of the programme features the following, so far:


- Dr Anna Tilba, Associate Professor in Strategy and Governance, Durham University Business School


- Professor John Wilson, Pro Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Business and Law at Northumbria University, Newcastle


- Professor Michael Mainelli,  Executive Chairman, Z/Yen Group


- Mark Turner, Managing Director, Duff & Phelps


- Sunil Chadda, Director, Cairn Consulting


- Henry Tapper, CEO, AgeWage


- Dan Brocklebank, UK Director, Orbis Investments


- Corinne Carr, Responsible Pay Consultant, PeopleNet



Refreshments and further networking



Continuation of our "Short Speaking Slots"


- Heather Buchanan, Director of Policy, All Party Parliamentary Group on Fairer Business Banking


- Tony Greenham, Executive Director, South West Mutual


- Graham Boyd, Founder, evolutesix


- Jennifer Tankard, Chief Executive, Responsible Finance


- Brandon Horwitz, Principal Consultant, NomBon Consulting Limited



The Great Big Open Debate; where all attendees and speakers will have the opportunity to freely discuss the key issues raised and explore what action to take in relation to the challenge to accelerate the rebuilding of trust and confidence in financial services. 


This is perhaps the most important part of the whole event!


Ultimately, we shall seek to build consensus on the best way to make the 5-year plan to accelerate the rebuilding of trust and confidence in financial services work succesfully; with the idea of driving progress in a constructive, collegiate, collaborative and civilised way. 


Every attendee will have the opportunity to share their thoughts on which of the Finance Development Goals they are best aligned to; and whether they want to play a part in leading the project in the UK by becoming part of the UK Steering Committee.



Further networking over drinks and nibbles.



Final close

The other special meetings so far:


The Boston symposium; held on 12th March:

The New York symposium; held on 14th March:

Further Information about the Project


What do we believe?


We believe that there has been so much poor conduct in the sector that we are now at a critical point in time. The question to be asked is whether the financial services sector can do what is necessary to salvage its reputation; or whether it's more a case of “a leopard can’t change its spots”.


At the Transparency Task Force, we believe that:

  • The innocent vast majority are paying a heavy reputational price for the poor conduct of the "mischievous minority"
  • Whilst we are not be to blame for the situation it is in our collective interest to try to solve it
  • Everybody involved in the sector has a moral, ethical and professional duty to help rebuild trust and confidence
  • If the key stakeholders work together in an organised and coordinated manner, serious and systemic improvements would be made
  • Margaret Mead was right when she famously stated that “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has”
  • Whilst we do not know how successful our attempts to make a difference will be; we do know that the only way we can truly fail is to not even try


Part of an international effort


This special meeting in London on 16th May is part of an international effort to help the finance sector get a grip with the trust deficit problem. 


Here’s our programme of meetings for 2019:

  • Boston on 12th March, kindly hosted by Mercer and completed successfully
  • New York on 14th March, kindly hosted by Davies Ward Phillips Vineberg and completed successfully
  • London on 16th May, kindly hosted by Newgate Communications
  • Dublin on 29th May, venue wanted
  • Amsterdam on 6th June, kindly hosted by AON
  • Zurich on 18th June, kindly hosted by SharesInside
  • Brussels on 20th June, venue wanted 
  • New York on 9th September, kindly hosted by Grant & Eisenhofer
  • Boston on 12th September, kindly hosted by First Republic Bank
  • Hong Kong on 10th October, venue wanted
  • Sydney on 15th October, kindly hosted by Dimensional Fund Advisors
  • Melbourne on 17th October, kindly hosted by Mercer
  • Singapore on 22nd October, venue wanted
  • Plus dates to be confirmed for Chicago, Washington D.C, Brussels, Luxembourg, Frankfurt, Toronto and Paris.

Beyond those listed above our plan is to run events in any major City with a significant financial services community where we can find a room that takes 20+ people and facilities to use for free. We will take care of everything else including the speakers, promotions and marketing. 


Please do let us know if you/any of your contacts might be able to provide a room we can use in any suitable City. 


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Please note that the motivation for creating and leading the Transparency Task Force has never been about making money. 


In fact a substantial reduction in income and earnings has been experienced as a direct result of moving from running a successful consultancy business built over 15 years to now running a collaborative, campaigning community dedicated to driving up the levels of transparency, truthfulness and trustworthiness in the financial services sector. 


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The Finance Development Goals


How could the Trust Defecit be solved?


We believe the best way to solve the trust deficit is to bring together the key stakeholders, internationally, and to embark on a well-organised and carefully coordinated programme of change.


Central to that well organised and carefully coordinated programme of change will be the creation of the Finance Development Goals. 


Here's an overview of the topics from which the Finance Development Goals will be created:


  • Culture: Ethics, Values, Professionalism, “Principle Before Profit”, Values-Based Leadership, MQ and Leadership Development
  • Governance: Market Integrity, Compliance, Regulatory Master Plan, Audit, Custodianship, Risk Management,  Stewardship, Revision of the Credit Rating Agencies, Litigation and Whistleblowing
  • Technology: Fintech, Online Data Integrity & Privacy, Cyber Security
  • Transparency:Clear and intelligible information to enable well-informed decision-making, transparency on costs & charges; standardisation of reporting on performance and risk, removal of information asymmetries, Data Analytics, Data Reporting, Data Benchmarking, Index Development, the Global Transparency Index
  • Product Design: Product Accreditation, Asymmetries of Information Audits, Transparency Accreditation
  • Communications: Consumer Engagement, Simple Benefit Statements, Reputation Management and Positive PR
  • Metrics: to measure, monitor and manage trust
  • HR Strategy: Incentive Design, Responsible Reward, Cultural Transfusion, Inclusion and Diversity
  • Purposefulness: Impact Investing, Sustainability, Climate Change, ESG, Socially Responsible Investing, Social Finance, Social/Responsible Stock Exchanges
  • Oaths: The Codes of Conduct & Professional Oaths of Trade Bodies, Professional Associations and Standard Boards
  • Regulatory Reform: Duty of Care, Fiduciary Duty and Best Interests
  • Financial Consumers' Bill of Rights
  • Alignment of Interests: through progressive fee structures 
  • The Economic System: Shareholder Primacy evolving into Stakeholder Primacy; diversity of ownership structures
  • Policymaking: making sure serious mistakes are not made
  • Financial Stability
  • Education; for the public and people within the sector

The Finance Development Goals will be defined by the groups of subject-matter experts working on them – they will have responsibility for developing the best strategies to make the greatest difference in the most pragmatic way possible. 


Each team of subject-matter experts will work collaboratively to pool their collective though leadership, articulated within a chapter of a book that they will write; a book all about "How can we accelerate the rebuilding of trust and confidence in financial services?"


Do you or people you know have subject-matter expertise that can be put to good use in developing the Finance Development Goals?


Perhaps you or people you know would be credible contributors to the writing of a Chapter in the book? The book is important because once completed, the book will be the roadmap that can take the whole sector forward towards a state of greater transparency, truthfulness and trustworthiness. 


The Scientific Committee

The Scientific Committee will be made up of academics, researchers and think-tank leaders who will have oversight and governance responsibilities for the technical development of the Finance Development Goals, the writing of the book and the technical integrity of the project as a whole.

Their thinking and decision-making will be guided by academically-robust evidence-gathering. 


The First Five Years

It will take more than 5 years to solve the trust deficit but by the end of the first 5 years we believe we can:

  • Initiate and facilitate a global conversation about the problem and how a collaborative, coordinated effort can solve it
  • Develop The Finance Development Goals, whereby each of the 20+ goals correlates directly to an underlying cause of mistrust
  • Create a global network of engaged stakeholders willing and able to make a difference 
  • Recruit an international Dream Team of subject-matter experts for each of the Finance Development Goals
  • Recruit an international Scientific Committee of academics and researchers who will have technical and governance oversight of the output being developed in response to each of the Finance Development Goals
  • Put in place metrics to measure, monitor and manage trust


Please become part of the solution by getting involved in what we are doing. The more good people we have involved the more progress we can make. 


We're going to be trying very hard to make a difference. The cause is both necessary and noble; and we're not afraid to ask for help. That's what the symposium is all about. 


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Background and Context


Why does this really matter?


The finance sector needs to be trusted to truly flourish but the harsh reality is that it isn’t trusted as much as we’d like it to be.


Within the Transparency Task Force we fully understand that “sunlight is the best disinfectant” and we have first-hand experience of succesfully harnessing the transformational power of transparency to help fix what's wrong. 


Interestingly, some people think of the trust deficit problem as a cultural issue; some as a commercial issue; but many as both. Regardless of what you think the underlying causes might be, there is clear consensus that the trust deficit costs the finance industry a fortune in lost revenues.


For example, in the UK we now have the lowest savings ratio since records began in 1963, according to the UK’s Office of National Statistics; and that means a fortune in lost business for the banks, pension companies, asset managers, financial planners and pretty much the whole value chain.


Why should all stakeholders be asking..


“How can we accelerate the rebuilding of trust

and confidence in financial services?”

The Trust deficit is a problem for government departments and policymakers who are struggling to implement policies that result in people making full use of the many great products and services the sector can provide; and it’s also a problem for the financial regulators, whose very existence is all about creating safe and trustworthy markets. It is crystal clear that the “establishment” needs and wants a trustworthy finance sector; and the sector would benefit enormously if it were to be trusted; but there is a mountain to climb to get there. 


It is clear that the trust deficit is a problem for all stakeholders; and that’s why we believe that bringing all stakeholders together to work collaboratively to drive up trust and confidence in the sector makes complete sense.


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An overview of the project


What is its purpose?


The project is about managing out the trust deficit in financial services, globally; because the trust deficit is a systemic problem that casts a long shadow over the financial services sector and it gets in the way of the sector realising its potential as a force for good in society.


The trust deficit is also a drag on the commercial success of the sector - it acts like a “ball and chain” and therefore constrains the profitability of the market as a whole. 


It is a problem for everybody including policymakers, regulators and of course financial services companies; so whether you look at the problem from an altruistic or commercial perspective it adds up to the same thing - a problem that needs taking care of. 


What is the project NOT about?


This initiative is NOT about pointing fingers or attributing blame for what has happened in the past. This is not about "banker-bashing" or anything like that. 


We are future-focused. Yes, we will be referring to the past to make sure we learn lessons from it. We believe that “progress begins with realism” so it is vital we create a safe environment where we can have candid conversations about where we have been and where we really are; but the emphasis will be on looking forward and solving the problem, not looking back to place blame. 


The whole approach is to be solution-orientated.


We need to collectively display the honesty, maturity and integrity to recognise where we are on the trust rebuilding journey and to explore how to get to where we all want to get to.


It’s all about moving from distrust and low confidence to trust and high confidence in financial services; and that can only be done if we find ways to move forward together. 


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What will get covered at the events?


What will we be doing at the events?


Our plan is to:


  • Provide insight on a special White Paper we have commissioned. The Paper explains how the public have responded to the malfeasance, malpractice, misconduct and miss-selling by the "mischievous minority" that has plagued financial services in recent years. It is a compelling Paper that contains insight and analysis on a wide range of related issues.


  • Have speeches from thought leaders focusing on particular issues relating to their subject-matter expertise.


  • Have short presentations by a wide range of stakeholders including regulators, politicians, leaders of trade bodies/professional associations, senior representatives of financial services firms (banks, insurers, asset managers and so on), civil society leaders, campaign groups, academics, asset owners, pension funds and so on. They will be sharing their thoughts on “How can we accelerate the rebuilding of trust and confidence in financial services?” Some of the speakers will be Ambassadors of the Transparency Task Force. You can see who they are here:


  • Have “Discuss and Report Back” sessions to enable all attendees to explore their own thoughts on “How can we accelerate the rebuilding of trust and confidence in financial services?” This will be a particularly energised and engaging part of the programme.


  • Provide an outline of the full 5-year project that will act as the vehicle to drive forward the output from all the events around the world, harnessing the camaraderie, collegiality and willingness to collaborate that the project will cultivate. Because the Transparency Task Force always applies a highly inclusive and consensus-building approach to our work we are confident we will get good buy-in. We are finding the question “How can we accelerate the rebuilding of trust and confidence in financial services?” is a question that people want to respond to and engage with. It is like a “watering hole” that people want to come to and is therefore a rather rare thing in the world these days – a unifying influence around which consensus can be built and energies can be aligned and combined.


  • Give an explanation of the multiple work streams that are going to be created. The central premise we are working to is that the best answer to the “How can we accelerate the rebuilding of trust and confidence in financial services?” question is to have a multi-faceted response, with carefully and intelligently co-ordinated efforts around key themes.


  • Provide an explanation of how we will apply constraints theory to decide what our priorities are and therefore the one project that each workstream will focus on


  • Begin the recruitment of a Steering Group (Strategy) and a Project Management Group (Operational) for each geography.


  • Explore the idea of video interviews being arranged of the key stakeholders. This will enable the messaging to get to a much wider audience than just the attendees at each of the special meetings. We will be able to use social media to raise awareness of the video content and thereby attract further interest to the project from right around the world.  


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From 2020 and beyond


What is planned for the balance of the 5-year project after 2019. i.e. 2020 through to 2024?


We will be repeating the events in each location at least once a year, building momentum form year to year. There will also be ongoing activity with all engaged stakeholders throughout the period, with emphasis around supporting each of the work-streams being able to create worthwhile output that will make a difference.


Of course, we do not think the extensive reputational damage the sector has suffered over several decades will be repaired in just 5 years. Our realistic expectation is that in the 5 year period we will be able to:

  • Develop a global network of key stakeholders including politicians, regulators, trade bodies, professional association, campaign groups, think tanks, civil society groups, subject-matter experts, practitioners, thought leaders and so on; all actively engaged in responding to the question “How can we accelerate the rebuilding of trust and confidence in financial services?”


  • Put in place metrics so that the trust deficit can be measured and monitored; and thereby managed


  • Carry out further primary, secondary and meta-study research to guide the best way forward; we will continue to be Evidence-Based


  • Gather valuable thought-leadership and subject-matter expertise


  • Run numerous collaborative projects to advance the cause


  • Made a positive difference


  • Put in place a very well-considered plan for the next 5 years i.e. through to 2029; and the whole process can be repeated until the finance sector has the kind of reputation we can all be proud of.


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What's the scope?


What questions and concerns will we be addressing?


Whilst the over-arching question is


“How can we accelerate the rebuilding of trust

and confidence in financial services?”


...within that that great big question, there are many issues and concerns to be dealt with including:

  • Why must the trust deficit must be treated as a top priority?


  • Can transparency really be a powerful driver for transformational change?


  • The commercial value of values


  • A constructive critique of the Corporate Governance paradigm


  • The significance of the Information Matrix


  • To what extent are the US financial regulators behind the curve compared to other markets such as the UK and the Netherlands?


  • Why is there a need for a cultural transfusion in Financial Services; and what needs to happen for it to occur


  • Why regulation alone can never be the answer


  • The damage caused by asymmetries of information


  • Why transparency, in and of itself, is a condition necessary, but not sufficient


  • Who/what is preventing the pursuit of best interest outcomes?


  • How can the tension between the pursuit of profit and the application of principles be reconciled?


  • What are the latest developments on the Fiduciary Rule?


  • What role should politicians be playing in the finance reform agenda?


  • Which politicians seem the most committed to help rebuild trust and confidence in financial services?


  • Which financial trade bodies and professional associations are part of the solution; which ones might be part of the problem?


  • What is “parading the problem” and why does it work?


  • What impact does the media have? Do they typically “bring the truth?”


  • What is the correlation between transparency, truthfulness and trustworthiness? …and why does it matter


  • How much of the “heavy lifting” can be taken care of by important advances in technology that are under development right now?


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Who should be included?


For whom is this a not-to-be missed event?


We want to improve things for all right-minded market participants including financial planners, investment consultants, fiduciaries, asset managers, pension planners, bankers, brokers, custodians and so on.


Anybody that truly deserves to call themselves a “financial services professional” and who wants to “stand up rather than stand by” should want to put their weight behind this initiative.


If that includes you, then please be sure to attend and take part in the symposium – your views matter and we want to hear them. 


Beyond market participants, this event will also appeal to:


 - Economists

 - Retail and Institutional Investors

 - Industry Observers, Commentators, the Media in general

 - Academics and Researchers

 - Campaign and Civil Society Groups

 - NGOs

 - Policymakers

 - Fiduciaries, Trustees, Fiduciary Managers 

 - Members of the Department of Labor

 - Bankers and representatives of Banking organisations

 - Risk Management Professionals

 - Compliance Professionals

 - Legal Professionals

 - Technologists

 - Pension Professionals

 - Actuaries; and in addition, the initiative requires policymakers, politicians, trade bodies, professional associations and so on to get behind it; and the signs are very encouraging that they will. 


Let’s not under-estimate the potential for like-minded people to drive transformational change so please do whatever you must to get to this event – just rearrange your schedule if you have to, because your input and response to what we're going to be covering might make the difference that makes all the difference; and if it is physically impossible for you to take part, at the very least make sure your organisation is represented – you are welcome to forward a link to this information to your colleagues and contacts if you personally are unable to attend.


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The rest of the story so far


Please read on if you would like to know more about the Transparency Task Force and what we have been doing to get to this point.


The trust deficit is recognised as a serious and systemic problem that adversely impacts everybody. The trust deficit is a lose/lose situation and our ambitious international project is our contribution to solving that problem.


This is the first ever attempt to respond to the question “How can we rebuild the trust and confidence in financial services?” in a serious and coordinated way. It is an ambitious project that gets to the heart of the trust deficit problem; a problem that is a serious worry for politicians, policymakers and regulators right around the world.


We are initiating a global push for finance reform that will help to rebuild trust and confidence in the financial ecosystem as a whole and we are confident of its success because our message of “let’s all work together to drive the cultural transfusion the finance sector needs” is being well-received everywhere we go.


To fully understand the project it is necessary to first understand what the Transparency Task Force is all about…


What is the Transparency Task Force all about?


The Transparency Task Force is unique. We seek to operate in a collaborative, collegiate and consensus-building way; focusing on solutions not blame. We seek to effect the change that the financial services sector needs and the consumer deserves. 


Here’s an overview of what we are about and what we have been doing:

  • Since May 2015 we have worked very hard to build a collaborative, campaigning community dedicated to driving up the levels of transparency in financial services. Our community is made up of people who are motivated to work together, collaboratively, to help improve the way the finance sector works for the benefit of its own reputation and the millions of people it serves


  • We believe there is a strong correlation between transparency, truthfulness and trustworthiness; so if we want the finance industry to regain trustworthiness we all need to act in a consistently transparent manner. Our community believes that high levels of transparency are a pre-requisite for fairer, safer more stable and more efficient financial markets being able to drive better outcomes and better value for money for consumers. The people involved in our community share the view that the financial services sector is profoundly important to the wellbeing of society; but also that there is a great deal wrong with it that needs to change


  • We have organised and mobilised over 530 people into 21 Special Interest Groups; with each Special Interest Group having a clearly defined finance reform objective. For example, we have Special Interest Groups on Asset Management, Pensions, Banking, Foreign Exchange and so on. For more information about our Special Interest Groups see here:



  • We have created a highly credible Advisory Board, Chaired by John Howard, former Chair of the Financial Conduct Authority’s Financial Services Consumer Panel. John also presented the BBC’s consumer programme, "You and Yours" for over fourteen years. For details of who else is on our Advisory Board, see here:


  • We have already run 26 successful symposia; each one carefully designed to galvanise support for the idea of finance reform. Most of these symposia have had direct involvement from the financial regulators and each one has  built momentum for the cause from one to the next


  • We have been regularly featured in the trade press; and we have been mentioned in the national newspapers including an important piece that covered some of our research which appeared on the front page of the Financial Times. We have been on BBC Radio 4 three times; the most recent being in a special programme entitled The Transparency Detectives. You can listen to it here:


  • We have responded to numerous regulatory consultations and published several White Papers. We have an excellent working relationship with the UK regulators


  • We have published the Transparency Times every month since May 2016. It carries articles from people wanting to share their insights and experiences and it now goes to well over 10,000 people each month


  • We have awarded 25 Transparency Trophies to champions of campaigning and finance reform


  • We have developed a strategy for driving change, which is to bring together two groups of people: 


#1, those with a sense of ‘passion & purpose’ about what needs to be done – such as the members of our Special Interest Groups and our Ambassadors. They are  ethically-minded financial services professionals, enlightened market participants, pro-consumer campaigners and leading academics who are involved in our community; and...


#2, those with the ‘power & position’ to make change happen – such as the regulators, politicians, financial services leaders, trade bodies and professional associations. 

The build-up:

About our Special Events at the

House of Commons


Our international project is very ambitious. We are very confident of its success in the UK because we have unusually high levels of connectivity and engagement with all the key stakeholders including regulators, politicians and the main financial services trade bodies and professional associations.


Of course, it is going to take time to build a similar supportive network in other countries but we have a plan to do that and our events outside the UK in 2019 are part of that plan. 


We have run 3 special events in the UK at the House of Commons. They are being explained now to show that we have managed to convene successful meetings in the past:

  • Our first was a very a successful Summit, held on 12th September 2016 at the House of Commons. It was Co-Chaired with Tom Tugendhat MBE MP (who is now the Chair of the UK’s Foreign Affairs Committee). The Summit was all about the lack of transparency in financial services, and the main focus was the pensions market. We had speeches from all the relevent regulators who were represented at a senior level; plus numerous senior executives of financial services trade bodies/professional associations; plus progressive financial services thought leaders and so on. The event was very successful - it led to the opening of an enquiry by the Work and Pensions Select Committee on Pensions Costs Transparency (at which we gave evidence in person in September 2018, at the House of Commons).


We had approximately 50 people in attendance; here is a picture of some of them; and beneath that some pictures of the inquiry it led to:

  • Our second was on 26th June 2017, at the House of Commons. It was Co-Chaired with Lord Cromwell and was about the need for reforms in the banking sector. The Transparency Task Force’s Special Interest Group on Banking presented a White Paper to the Financial Conduct Authority about the need for the Banks to be more transparent on how they make money when customers fall into unapproved overdraft. Our thoughts were fed straight into the FCA’s policy consultation on banking reform. Here’s a picture of some of the people that were there, which includes the Financial Conduct Authority's Head of Retail Banking, Karen McTeague: 
  • Our third was on 7th February 2018 at the House of Commons. It was Co-Chaired with Lord Cromwell, about the need for an All Party Parliamentary Group on “How can we mitigate the risk of another Global Financial Crisis?”. All the relevent regulators were represented including The Bank of England/Prudential Regulatory Authority, The Financial Conduct Authority, The Pensions Regulator; and so on. We also had several parliamentarians, some of whom spoke (Such as Sir Vince Cable). We are proud to explain that the APPG we campaigned to create is being launched. Lord Lindsay has assisted in writing the draft purpose statement for it: “The Purpose Statement for the new APPG on Financial Stability is: to respond to the universal shared interest in avoiding another Financial Crisis by providing a helpful forum for parliamentarians to work cross-party, developing fledgling policy initiatives to buttress the resilience of our financial system; supported by participation from industry, academics, experts, think tanks, civil society, campaign groups and regulators”. Here’s a picture of some of the people that were there:

We can bring people together, build consensus and campaign for positive, purposeful and progressive change


In many ways, a key success factor for the overall project is whether we can bring key stakeholders together. We believe we can do that very well, and one reason for that is we already have a good working relationship with a very extensive network of key people. 


As Founding Chair of the Transparency Task Force, Andy Agathangelou has an extensive contact base of key stakeholders such as:






But in addition, the other roles he holds now or has held in the past also help to provide a large, natural network of interested parties, enabling the bringing together of many people including the key stakeholders who can drive positive, purposeful and progressive change that is in the interest of both the consumer and the finance sector itself. 


The other relevent roles are:


  • He conceived, helped to create and lead the Association of Member Nominated Trustees, becoming the Founding Chair of its ‘Friends of’ Group. The AMNT provides a unique community for pension scheme trustees who have a very important part to pay in the governance and stewardship of pension schemes


  • He conceived, helped create and lead Friends of Automatic Enrolment, becoming its Founding Chair. This group helped ensure the successful implementation of the Government’s policy on pensions automatic enrolment by bringing togethor all stakeholders including the Pensions Regulator, technology bodies, pension companies, asset managers, payroll bodies and so on. It was instrumental to the development and successful launch of PAPDIS, the Pensions and Payroll Data Interface Standard


  • He is the Chair of the Interoperability Steering Group whose membership includes senior representatives from The Financial Conduct Authority, The Pensions Regulator, The Department for Work and Pensions, The Digital Cabinet Office, The Competition & Markets Authority, the Tax Incentivised Savings Association, The Pensions Administration Standards Association and many more. The Interoperability Steering Group is working collaboratively to drive up the levels of interoperability of data throughout the financial services sector, which will lower the cost base of the sector and thereby improve outcomes. We are looking at the UK initially but with an eye on what improvements can be made internationally too


  • He is also a Governor of the UK’s Pensions Policy Institute, which is the independent research and educational, organisation with a charitable objective to inform the policy debate on pensions and retirement income provision.


  • Fellow, of the RSA, the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Its purpose is to enrich society through ideas and action. The RSA believe that all human beings have creative capacities that, when understood and supported, can be mobilised to deliver a 21st century enlightenment. The RSA has 29,000 Fellows around the world, sharing powerful ideas, carrying  out cutting-edge research, building networks, and creating opportunities for people to collaborate, helping to create fulfilling lives and a flourishing society. 

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Bios of key participants

provided thus far*

Andy Agathangelou, 

Founding Chair,

Transparency Task Force


Andy's overall objective for the event is to galvanise support for the idea that through bringing together good, collaborative people, who would "rather stand up than stand-by" it is possible to accelerate the rebuilding of trust and confidence in financial services. 


Andy formed the Transparency Task Force following a meeting he led at Senate House, University of London on 6th May 2015. The meeting was about how the Financial Services sector seems to have a pre-disposition to reputational self-harm, through displaying untrustworthy behaviour; and the part that greater transparency could play in fixing some aspects of what is wrong in financial services. Andy believes that 'sunlight is the best disinfectant'. 


Since 6th May 2015 Andy has recruited, organised and mobilised over 500 volunteers around the world into 21 Special Interest Groups, namely:


 - Market Integrity

 - Foreign Exchange


 - Pensions 

 - Fintech

 - Communications

 - Banking

 - Financial Planning

 - Anti-Scams


 - Asset Management

 - Financial Stability

 - Global Transparency Index


 - Americas

 - Investment Consulting & Fiduciary Management

 - Compliance / Legal / Audit / Regulatory / Governance / Custodian / Risk Management

 - Private Equity

 - Hedge Funds

 - Whistleblowing


Our 21 Special Interest Groups are the 'engine room' of the Transparency Task Force's work. Each SIG is focused on a particular set of opacity-related challenges whereby subject-matter experts work together on a voluntary basis to develop and implement strategies to overcome those challenges.


 Andy is also:

  • Chair, the Interoperability Steering Group
  • Governor, Pensions Policy Institute
  • Fellow, the RSA
  • Former Founding Chair, Friends of Auto Enrolment
  • Former Founding Chair, Friends of the Association of Member Nominated Trustees

Henry Tapper, 




Henry is a blogger at, the Founder of Pension PlayPen (a fintech promoting confidence in workplace pensions) and a Director at First Actuarial.


He has campaigned for greater transparency in the pensions industry for many years and is very well known for his belief that there is a tremendous need to restore public trust in the pensions and investment industry, such that savers at large and ultimately the industry itself prosper in the long-term. 


In particular, Pension PlayPen has long campaigned for greater transparency on what happens to the pension contributions created by auto-enrolment.


Henry sees social media as a key means to get messages out to the public. When he's not at work he is on a boat in the summer and supporting Yeovil Town if it’s not.

Brandon Horwitz, 

Principal Consultant,

NomBon Consulting Limited


Brandon Horwitz is the Principal Consultant of NomBon Consulting, a boutique management consultancy helping firms with the design and delivery of engaging customer propositions for advised and non-advised distribution. His focus includes investment and pension products and the governance of these propositions both during change management programmes and business-as-usual.

Brandon’s previous roles include leading the launch of the Vitality Invest proposition, an exciting new entrant to the UK market combining managing wealth and health.


Prior to this Brandon was Head of Financial Planning at HSBC UK Retail Banking and Wealth Management, with responsibility for design and management of retail investment/retirement planning products and advice propositions. Other roles include: asset management Technical Specialist at the FSA (now the FCA), Relationship Manager and investment Portfolio Manager at Morgan Stanley and Morgan Stanley Investment Management as well as investment consulting Analyst at Watson Wyatt (now Willis Towers Watson).


Brandon is a qualified actuary and holds a M.Sc. in Finance and Economics from the London School of Economics as well as a B.Sc. (Honours) in Actuarial Science/Maths of Finance from WITS university.


Brandon’s Non-Executive Director experience includes being Chair of the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries Finance & Investment Board from 2014-2016 as well being a Board member since 2009.

Brandon is also a Non-Executive Director of a charity which specialises in helping unemployed people build confidence and skills to find work. Previously he has been a Non-Executive Director of a hospital school in North London for young people with severe eating disorders.

Sander Eijkenduijn,




Sander Eijkenduijn is co-founder and board member of the SCORPEO Group and COO of Scorpeo US LLC.


He is responsible for directing and overseeing all financial, legal and operational activities of the firm. Before founding SCORPEO, he was responsible for Delta One Structuring at Nomura, having joined from Barclays Capital where he was Vice President.


Sander began his career at PWC in Amsterdam. He then moved to London as a senior manager in the PWC FS Tax Group where he advised on cross-border investment structures.


He also headed the Financing Sustainability initiative for FS Tax. Sander holds a Master’s Degree in Tax Law from the University of Amsterdam, and a post-doctoral in European Tax Law from the Erasmus University Rotterdam.


He has published various articles in Dutch law reviews. Sander is an FCA Approved Person.

Jonny Ruck



Jonny Ruck is co-founder and board member of the SCORPEO Group and CEO of SCORPEO US LLC.


Jonny has 15 years’ experience in all facets of corporate actions trading before founding SCORPEO.


He was the head of corporate event arbitrage for Nomura and his previous roles include corporate event trading at Paloma Partners and Lehman Brothers.


Jonny holds an LLB and LPC in Law from the University of East Anglia. Jonny is an FCA Approved Person.

Dr Anna Tilba,

Associate Professor in Strategy and Governance,

Durham University Business School


Dr. Anna Tilba is an Associate Professor in Strategy and Governance in Durham University Business School. She holds a PhD in Corporate Governance from the University of Liverpool Management School.


She is known for her research in pension fund governance, accountability and transparency within the UK Financial Services and institutional investor compliance with the codes of best practice. Dr. Tilba publishes in top tier international academic journals and has years of experience of working and advising the UK policy makers, including the UK Law Commission, FCA, CMA and the Pensions Regulator.


She is regularly invited to speak at the financial services industry events dedicated to improving governance and accountability standards within financial services. She presented her newly published research into pension fund fiduciary duties and intergenerational fairness at the Royal Society. 


Dr Tilba advises on strategy to UK’s largest pension funds. She is an Ambassador for the UK Transparency Taskforce and a Policy Fellow at Cambridge University’s Centre for Science and Policy.

Prof. John Wilson,

Pro Vice-Chancellor for the

Faculty of Business and Law, Nothumbria University, Newcastle


Prof. John Wilson is a Pro Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Business and Law at Northumbria University, Newcastle. Professor Wilson joined from Newcastle University Business School where he has been the Director since November 2012.


With an academic record as a world-class researcher, his previous roles have included Professor of Strategy and Director of Programmes at the University of Liverpool Management School and Director of Research and Professor of International Business, University of Central Lancashire.


Professor Wilson has been researching British business history for almost forty years and has published fifteen books and over seventy journal articles and chapters, which offer a range of insights into the way British business has evolved over the last 250 years.

Tony Greenham,

Executive Director,

South West Mutual


Tony has over 25 years’ experience as a banker, company director, and policy researcher in sustainability and banking.


Tony supports the CDC Pensions Forum and the Fellow-led regional banks initiative.


He is a expert on banking reform, inclusive finance and sustainability and was the RSA’s Director of Economics from July 2015 to September 2018, before leaving to lead South West Mutual – one of the new regional start-ups seeking a banking licence.


Tony’s career has ranged from blue-chip professional services and banking experience with PwC, Barclays Bank and Credit Suisse, through small business start-ups and social and environmental NGOs to economic policy research.

He is author and co-author of many books and reports on economic reform including People Powered Prosperity: Ultra-local approaches to making poorer places wealthier, the Reality of Now: how social processes drive organisational behaviourStakeholder Banks: the benefits of banking diversity and the best-selling economic textbook, Where Does Money Come From? A guide to the UK monetary and banking system


He is a Senior Fellow of the Finance Innovation Lab and on the Advisory Committee for Lion Trust Asset Management, a leading investment manager.


Tony is an alumni of Oxford University and the London School of Economics and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Janetter Weir,

Managing Director,

Ignition House


Janette is one of the founding directors of Ignition House. Ignition House is a specialist financial services research agency which has a reputation for excellence built around the skills, knowledge and experience of our senior team.


Janette has more than 30 years research experience and brings a broad range of research and consultancy skills from her previous roles. She started her career as an economist at the Department for Work and Pensions, where she spent five years advising ministers and policy makers. She moved to be Chief Economist at the Association of British Insurers. From there, she led a team of analysts covering all aspects of Financial Services as Head of UK Financial Services Research at McKinsey and Company.  


As Managing Director of Ignition House Janette has built a solid practice of bespoke and syndicated work for financial services companies, economics consultancies, regulators, and trade associations. Janette is seen as an expert on asset management, savings, pensions and retirement saving, having worked on more than 50 projects in this area over the past three decades. She has also developed a strong skillset in behavioural economics.

Janette is an industry expert in conducting pension research with consumers, and has been actively involved in understanding consumers’ reactions to the pension liberalisation reforms announced in the 2014 Budget. She has personally spoken to over 1,000 people in depth about their intentions and actions.

Janette is regularly called upon to present her research at industry conferences and events.

Jennifer Tankard,

Chief Executive,

Responsible Finance


Jennifer joined Responsible Finance from the Community Development Foundation, where she was Director of Advocacy and Research and Director of the Community Investment Coalition, which campaigns for access to fair finance.


From 2008 to 2013, Jennifer worked as an interim manager and freelance consultant in the public, private, not for profit and higher education sectors. In this time she advised organisations on a range of management issues, including reputation and crisis communications management. 


Before this, Jennifer held senior roles at the Improvement and Development Agency for local government (IDeA), the Audit Commission and in private sector consultancy.

Heather Buchanan,

Director of Policy,



Heather Buchanan is the Director of Policy for the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Fair Business Banking.


The APPG is one of the largest cross-party parliamentary groups, with over 120 members.The Group is currently campaigning to reform the dispute resolution landscape for businesses in the UK, including calling for the establishment of a Financial Services Tribunal, and for a public inquiry into the treatment of businesses in turnaround units.


Heather is also the lead on commercial finance for the Transparency Task Force’s (TTF) Banking Team and is a member of the panel of TTF’s Financial Stability Team. Heather was on the Steering Committee of the Banking Futures project and is a member of the UK Finance SME Advisory Group.


She has also contributed to the Lending Standards Board Standards of Lending Practice for Business Customers, and regularly advises MPs, peers, Government departments, regulators, trade bodies and civil society on the commercial relationships between businesses and their lenders.


“I’m pleased to be part of TTF’s Advisory Board because I have seen first-hand the human consequences of the lack of transparency in the commercial lending market. The TTF will be a key driver to change this in the future.”

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