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Executive Team

Catherine Raines was appointed AFB CEO in December 2019.  She has extensive executive and INED experience across several sectors and has worked in the UK, USA, Sweden and China.

Catherine spent 25 years in the global pharmaceuticals sector, holding senior roles such as Group Head, Corporate Audit and VP, Corporate Development (China) for AstraZeneca.  In 2013, she was appointed by PM David Cameron to lead UK-China trade efforts, based in Beijing. Her teams led on all commercial aspects of bilateral economic/trade dialogues, growing trade outcomes twelve-fold in two years. Subsequently, she was appointed global CEO at UK Trade & Investment, leading 2700 staff across 108 countries to facilitate UK trade. She conceived and delivered the world-first digital trade platform (great.gov.uk) and was a founder member of the Board of the Department for International Trade. She also sat on the Boards of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and UK Export Finance.

In 2016, Catherine was named by the Sunday Times as one of the 100 most influential people in the UK.  In 2017, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Keele University.  She is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of International Bankers.

Andrew qualified as a solicitor in 1990 and worked in the City as an in house counsel and compliance officer in various investment banks until 2015. He has worked for Credit Lyonnais and Credit Suisse in their investment banking legal departments and also for Nomura as the conflicts officer for its investment bank in EMEA. During this period he focused both on transactional matters in capital markets and lending and also EU and UK regulatory compliance issues. In 2015 Andrew joined the Association of Financial Markets in Europe (based in London) and led AFME’s equity capital markets and corporate finance divisions in its interactions with regulators and the publication of industry guidance. He joined the AFB in November 2019 and is responsible for developing and implementing the AFB’s policy and regulatory initiatives.

Fiona joined the AFB in June 2020, in the role of Director of Practice and Events. She has over 30 years’ experience in financial services, working for a number of global financial institutions, most recently for BNY Mellon. She has specialist knowledge of the transaction banking industry from an operational, relationship management and marketing background. She has extensive experience working in EMEA, managing strategic marketing initiatives for the region.

Amy joined the AFB in October 2019, in the role of Director of Member and Stakeholder Engagement. Amy leads and delivers the ‘profile and impact’ segment of the AFB value proposition which includes marketing and communications strategy, membership engagement and segmentation and sponsorship acquisition. Amy has over 17 years’ experience working in membership organisations, most recently Amy was Director of Commercial Development and Corporate Events for the CBI where she worked for ten years, Amy sat on the Management and Commercial Boards. She has extensive experience building, developing and managing commercial partnerships and understands how to deliver value for customers.

Ilza joined the AFB in December 2019. Working alongside the Director of Practice & Events and the Policy & Regulatory Affairs team, Ilza establishes key policy areas for events, conferences, training and publication. Her work involves liaising with senior members of the industry across AFB’s eight platforms, partner firms and stakeholders, to gather relevant intelligence and deliver what is important to our membership. Ilza co-hosts AFB’s Advisory Committee meetings and takes the lead on delivering the Expert Panels. She has also been appointed as AFB’s spokesperson on matters relating to London & the UK’s competitive strengths and collaborates with organisations such as the City of London Corporation. Ilza has a Master’s Degree in Leadership in Global Business and a Bachelor’s Degree in Law.  She previously worked in the Risk, Strategy & Planning team at Barclays, where she gained first-hand experience of regulatory affairs. Prior to that, Ilza completed placements at leading sets of Chambers in Hong Kong and London and interned at Thomson Reuters and Wolters Kluwer. She is a member of Women in Finance Asia and JUSTICE. Outside of work, Ilza enjoys volunteering, playing tennis and travelling.

Having joined the AFB in March 2006, Finn is the longest serving member on the AFB team. Her responsibilities include bookkeeping, providing management information for the CEO and Board and ensuring the AFB meets its corporate obligations. She has a broad range of experience, with previous roles in the Renewable Energy Association, the Royal Institute of International Affairs and Cancer Research Campaign (now Cancer Research UK), giving her a wide range of interpersonal and management skills.

Dami joined the AFB in January 2020 in the role of Associate, Policy and Regulatory Affairs, following the completion of a master’s degree in International Political Economy at the University of Warwick. Dami works alongside the Policy and Regulatory Affairs Director in developing and implementing the AFB’s policy and regulatory initiatives.

Sara has worked at the Association of Foreign Banks (AFB) since July 2018. She is the Executive Assistant to our CEO, and a team assistant for the Practice & Events team and our Director of Member and Stakeholder Engagement. She provides support to senior management with scheduling, correspondence, human resources and meetings. Sara takes responsibility and ownership of office organisation, deadline compliance, and important company information. Her supportive role contributes to the overall productivity at all levels of the organization to help achieve the wider goals of the AFB.

Sara has 8 years of experience in assisting wider company goals through her ability to support a wide range of company stakeholders.

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