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Simon Lewis OBE

Simon Lewis was appointed Chief Executive of the Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME) in October 2010. Previously, Simon was Director of Communications and the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman at 10 Downing Street. He has held a number of senior corporate roles including Director of Corporate Affairs at Vodafone, Centrica and NatWest. Simon was appointed as the first Communications Secretary to The Queen in 1998. He is a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University from where he has a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Simon also holds an M.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley as a Fulbright scholar. He is a Visiting Professor at the Cardiff School of Journalism. Simon is a member of the Chatham House North American Advisory Council, and a member of the Council of University College School (UCS) in Hampstead, North London. Simon is a Patron and former Chairman of the Fulbright Commission. He is married with three children. Simon was appointed an OBE in the 2014 New Year Honours List for public service and services to international education through the Fulbright Commission.

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Chief Executive

Simon Lewis OBE

Chief Executive Officer

simon.lewis@afme.eu

+44 (0)20 7743 9344

Deborah Botwood Smith

Deborah Botwood Smith is Director of Marketing and joined AFME in early 2013 and heads AFME's marketing area. Previously she was global Head of Corporate Communications at Investcorp, the transatlantic alternative asset manager, in private equity, real estate investment and hedge funds. There she had responsibility for corporate public relations, issues management, corporate creative services and media relations activities for the firm as a whole, and for its six business lines. Deborah has been Director of Group Corporate Communications for the Coutts private banking group, and Vice President, Corporate Relations, for Visa's Europe, Middle East and Africa region. She has an MA in Law from the University of Cambridge and a Certificate in Corporate Finance from the London Business School. She is a Trustee and Member of the Finance and Fundraising Committees of the charity Women & Children First.

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Marketing

Deborah Botwood Smith

Director

deborah.botwoodsmith@afme.eu

+44 (0)20 7743 9337

Gerry Cross

Gerry Cross is Head of AFME's Brussels Office and Managing Director for Advocacy. Gerry started his career as a lecturer in Law at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. For eight years he worked for the UK Financial Services Authority, latterly as Manager, Credit Risk Policy. He spent four years at the European Commission (2001-2005) where he worked in the Internal Market Directorate General on the implementation of Basel II in Europe. Prior to his work at the AFME, Mr. Cross worked as a deputy director in the Regulatory Affairs Department at the Institute of International Finance in Washington. Mr Cross is a barrister by training. He has a Law degree from University College Dublin and Master of Laws from Cambridge University.

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Advocacy

Gerry Cross

Head of Brussels Office

gerry.cross@afme.eu

+32 (0)2 401 8715

James Kemp

James Kemp is the Managing Director of the Global FX Division at the GFMA (Global Financial Markets Association), having been hired to establish the Division in October 2010. The Global FX Division has since grown to 22 members, between them accounting for over 90% of the global FX market. The Division is now represented in Europe, N America and Asia and seeks to work with key regulators and Central Banks and other interested parties to monitor policy and regulatory developments that could affect the FX markets and to seek to put in place harmonized regimes and infrastructure to ensure an effective market for all participants. James also sits on the senior management team of AFME in London. Prior to this James was the founder and managing director of the financial markets technology company, Stentra, a market leader in FX e-trading, as well as commodities, fixed income and swaps. Six years after the company was established it was sold to ION Trading in 2008. Following the sale, James remained with ION in a group corporate development role. Other roles have included Head of Equities and Fixed Income Products at Reuters and as a business strategy consultant at The LEK Partnership, working out of London and Chicago.

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Global FX

James Kemp

Managing Director

james.kemp@afme.eu

+44 (0)20 7743 9319

Michael Lever

Michael Lever is head of the prudential regulation division. Michael has spent almost his entire career in the banking sector including nearly 20 years as one of the UK's leading analysts. Before joining AFME in April 2011, he was a partner with Brunswick Group LLP, advising a number of banks and insurance companies on a wide range of financial and corporate reputational issues. Prior to that, he spent over five years as a managing director of Credit Suisse, initially leading its pan-European banking equity research team and latterly as an advisor to a number of major companies in the bank's Corporate Broking division. Between 1986 and 2002 Michael led banking equity research teams at Smith New Court, Nomura and HSBC. He started his career at the Bank of England where he was engaged in banking supervision and contributing to the formulation of regulatory policy.

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Prudential Regulation

Michael Lever

Managing Director

michael.lever@afme.eu

+44 (0)20 7743 9506

Paul McGhee

Paul McGhee is Director of Strategy and joined AFME in August 2011. A former senior civil servant, Paul began his career at HM Treasury, working on EU financial services. From 2005 until 2007, he was seconded to the European Commission as a national expert on financial regulation, working in DG Competition and then in DG Internal Market. Prior to joining AFME, Paul worked for the Scottish Government as head of capital investment and infrastructure finance. He has an MA (Hons) in Politics from the University of Edinburgh and an MSc in Economic History from the London School of Economics.

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Director of Strategy

Paul McGhee

Director of Strategy

paul.mcghee@afme.eu

+44 (0)20 7743 9505

David Waller

David Waller joined AFME as Director of External Relations. Previously, he was Head of Communications for the Man Group, and earlier held a similar post at Allianz and Dresdner Kleinwort. David established a successful financial public relations company, and worked at the Maitland Consultancy, a financial public relations company. He has also been a journalist at the Financial Times, where he was Frankfurt correspondent, as well as a writer for the Lex column. He is a published author, with two business books and two biographies to his name. He holds a degree from Oxford University.

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External Relations

David Waller

Director

david.waller@afme.eu

+44 (0)20 7743 9504

Rick Watson

Rick Watson is Managing Director and Head of Capital Markets at AFME, the Association for Financial Markets in Europe. In this role he leads staff whose member committees include all the main fixed income and equities-related cash products across Europe, AFME’s growth-related initiatives, as well as AFME’s investor and corporate relationships. Previously, Mr. Watson was Managing Director, Structured Finance, for FGIC UK Limited. Prior to joining FGIC, Rick held positions as head of securitisation origination at HSBC Bank plc and Bear Stearns in London, and before then worked at UBS Limited, Morgan Stanley and Freddie Mac. Mr Watson received an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. In September 2013 he was appointed to the EIOPA Insurance and Reinsurance Stakeholder Group and in January 2006, he co-edited the Euromoney Books’ publication "Asset Securitisation and Synthetic Structures: Innovation in the European Credit Markets”.

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Capital Markets

Rick Watson

Managing Director

rick.watson@afme.eu

+44 (0)20 7743 9333

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