Bluerock Consulting hires Andrew Shiels from avantage Reply Ltd

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New lead for Financial Services Risk Management & Regulatory Risk Consulting Practice

Andrew Shiels

Bluerock has a very strong leadership team and strong backing, so our prospects are exciting.

Bluerock Consulting, the financial services management consultancy, has hired Andrew Shiels as Partner to lead the company’s Financial Services Risk Management & Regulatory Risk Consulting Practice. Andrew Shiels joins from avantage Reply Ltd and has in excess of 20 years experience in financial services.

Andrew started his career with Royal Bank of Scotland on their Accelerated Management Development Programme, rapidly gaining experience in retail and corporate banking, treasury & capital markets, group internal audit and laterally holding a senior finance and strategy role with Royal Bank Insurance Services Ltd. He subsequently broadened his industry sector experience, holding senior risk management roles in industry with Baillie Gifford & Co, Royal London Group and Standard Life plc. In more recent years he has applied his wide risk and regulatory experience in senior management consulting roles, most recently with KPMG and avantage Reply.

Vaughan Jenkins, CEO of Bluerock Consulting said: “Having Andrew on board as a partner is a great asset to our team and significantly boosts our already successful financial services practice. We are finding more and more clients come to us for this sort of work, particularly banks and insurance companies, so we are well placed to make a big push into this market in 2013. This appointment is another significant milestone in Bluerock’s growth, following the recent significant investment made by Italy’s B.E.E. Team.”

B.E.E. Team is an international consulting, technology and outsourcing business, listed on the Italian stockmarket, with eight offices in Italy and a team of over 1,000 staff. Working together, B.E.E. Team and Bluerock Consulting are well placed to take advantage of cross-border opportunities as well as serving their UK client base.

Andrew Shiels said: “I am delighted to be joining Bluerock Consulting as the Partner leading the Risk Management & Regulatory Risk Practice during a particularly exciting, but challenging, time for the financial services industry, both in the UK and globally. Financial services firms need to build trust and manage risk like never before, whilst operating within a highly regulated environment, and that is what I am looking forward to helping our clients do. Bluerock has a very strong leadership team and strong backing, so our prospects are exciting.”

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Andrew Shiels biography:
Andrew has significant industry experience of working with UK financial institutions in a variety of sectors (retail banking, general insurance, life and pensions, treasury & capital markets and investment management) as a senior risk practitioner. He has worked in industry for Royal Bank of Scotland plc, Baillie Gifford & Co, Royal London Group and Standard Life plc. In more recent years, Andrew has used this valuable industry knowledge and experience as a senior management consultant working for KPMG and, more recently, avantage Reply.
Andrew has a rare combination of skills & experience in financial services risk management, regulatory risk, corporate strategy and business performance improvement. This has enabled him to work with many of the world’s leading financial services firms (often at CEO/Board level) in helping them enhance their management of risk, effectively implement major organisational change and improve their ultimate performance and profitability. He has particular depth of knowledge and experience around the management of operational, strategic and conduct of business regulatory risk and managing large and complex projects for major financial services clients. He has also led a number of large FSMA Section 166 Skilled Persons Reviews on behalf of the FSA.
He holds an MBA degree from the School of Business at Oxford University, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland (FCIBS), holds a Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment qualification, and is a Member of the Chartered Management Institute and the Institute of Management Consultants.

About Bluerock Consulting:
Bluerock Consulting was established in 1999. It specialises in the financial services sector, especially asset management, life & pensions, cards and wealth management. Clients include major retail banks, life offices, private banks and international card providers. The firm is backed by B.E.E. Team, an international consulting, technology and outsourcing business based in Rome and Milan, and quoted on the Italian Stock Exchange.

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