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AFB Annual Regulatory Conference 2024

We are delighted to invite you to the AFB’s Annual Regulatory Conference in partnership with and hosted by Simmons & Simmons in CityPoint, and supported by Avyse Partners, Focusync and Whistlebrook.

The conference will focus on the following topics:

  • A keynote speech from Phil Evans, Director of Prudential Policy at the PRA
  • The Senior Managers & Certification Regime Review, and HMT’s response to the Call for Evidence, due in Q1 2024
  • The future direction of UK financial services regulation as the regulators work to embed their new secondary growth and international competitiveness objectives following the publication of metrics by HM Treasury at the end of 2023
  • What the regulatory landscape could look like if the Labour Party wins the forthcoming UK general election in light of its ‘Plan for Financial Services’, published on 31 January 2024

Who should attend?

AFB members with an interest in ongoing changes to the UK regulatory environment and the development of financial services regulation.

Conference Agenda:

08:30 – 09:00            Registration, Breakfast and Networking


09:00 – 09:15             Welcome and Introduction

Alex Ainley, Partner, Simmons & Simmons

Andrew Brooke, Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs, AFB


09:15 – 09:45             Keynote Speech and Q&A

Phil Evans, Director of Prudential Policy, PRA


09:45 – 10:45             Metrics for the Regulators’ Secondary Competitiveness Objectives – How to Make Them Work?

Panel Discussion and Q&A

Caroline Hunter-Yeats, Partner, Simmons & Simmons

Chloe Ong, Regulatory Counsel, Santander

Ian Runacres, Regulatory Reform Manager, FCA

Chaired by Robert Kemble, Senior Associate, AFB


10:45 – 11:15              Break


11:15 – 12:15              Future of the Senior Managers Regime – the Impact on Third Country Branches and Subsidiaries of non-UK banks

James Murphy, Senior Manager (Conduct and Compliance Programmes), Bank of Nova Scotia

Kate Robinson, Principal, Avyse Partners

Chaired by Penny Miller, Partner, Simmons & Simmons


12:15 – 13:15              What would a Labour Government Mean for non-UK banks and the financial services sector? – An Assessment of the Outcome of the ‘Financing Growth: Labour’s Plan for Financial Services’

Rebecca Park, Managing Director, Global Counsel

Lisa Quest, Partner, Oliver Wyman

Chaired by Andrew Brooke, Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs, AFB


13:15 – 14:00             Lunch and Networking


With further speakers to be confirmed, including AFB member firm representatives.

There is no additional fee for AFB members to attend this conference. Please note that due to limited capacity, the event will be restricted to 5 people per member bank.

If you have already booked your place but can no longer attend, please let us know by emailing as soon as possible so that we can offer your place to another member.


Cost: No fee. This event is included in AFB Membership

Location: Simmons & Simmons LLP, CityPoint, 1 Ropemaker St, London, EC2Y 9SS. Get directions

Date: Tuesday 30 April 2024

Time: 08:30 – 14:00 (There will be four sessions taking place during the day. Refreshments and lunch will be provided).

Hosted by


The smartest business solutions come when we work together – international, but operating as one integrated team.

Collaborative, agile and partner led: that’s Simmons & Simmons. A law firm that challenges, creates new possibilities and offers opinions not just option. A law firm that acts as your business partner and works with you, not for you.

We focus on four highly regulated sectors (asset management and investment funds, financial institutions, healthcare and life sciences and technology, media and communications) – using our specialist skills to understand your business, and the forces at play around it. All grounded in exceptional knowledge of the legal detail.

 This is how we consistently deliver smarter, more efficient ways to tackle our clients’ most complex challenges.

Find out more on the Simmons and Simmons website

Supported by


Avyse Partners are regulatory consultants whose expertise covers Governance, Conduct, Financial Crime and ESG. They provide practical expertise to navigate both the volume and complexity of regulation. On average Avyse consultants have 14 years’ experience which will always include working in house. They understand compliance challenges from a firm’s perspective. Their core customer base is UK based foreign banks.

Avyse Partners look to bring everything back to purpose. Their purpose philosophy is aligned with (current) FCA thinking on outcomes – what is regulation trying to achieve? Avyse are of the view that this can sometimes get lost within the sheer volume of regulation.

In March 2022 Avyse Partners were appointed to the FCA’s Skilled Person Panel for four Lots – Governance, Risks and Controls, Conduct of Business and Financial Crime. And since then they have undertaken 13 of these reviews across all Lots, applying their common sense, proportionate, outcomes focused perspective.

Find out more on the Avyse Partners website


Focusync is a provider of Regulatory Reporting solutions to the UK Banking community. We offer a full scope (Bank of England, PRA, FCA etc), end to end platform on cloud or on premise with a focus on quality of both product and projects (for which we have a 100% record for delivering on time and on budget).

Our reporting solution supports an integrated ‘No Touch’ workflow minimising operational risk, combined with innovation such as AI driven predictive liquidity to provide the most reliable, forward looking solution possible.

We are committed to providing robust, reliable tools that ensure precision, establish a solid basis for compliance while pioneering forward-thinking approaches to anticipate the evolving needs of the financial landscape – giving our clients the confidence to navigate regulatory challenges and embrace a future where efficiency meets foresight.

Find out more on the Focusync website


For over 25 years, Whistlebrook has supported our financial services clients. We provide integrated, data-driven software products to efficiently manage our clients’ regulatory, planning, forecasting and risk management disclosure requirements.

Whistlebrook works with a wide range of different sized firms, including members of the Association of Foreign Banks. We also operate in partnership with our clients to develop innovate new software products, which are designed to meet the evolving regulatory, risk management and individual customer requirements.

Whistlebrook provides mission-critical software products for the financial services industry. Our proven, integrated suite of products, connected by a centralised database ensures that a consistent ‘single version of the truth’ is provided across all of our applications.

Whether you are looking for a single solution to a specific reporting or compliance challenge; or you require a fully integrated product suite, our applications are scalable and can grow with your business.

We would like to hear about your specific challenges and explain how we may be able to assist you.

Find out more on the Whistlebrook website