National Member Group Directors
Sonia holds a Managing Director position in Standard Chartered’s Global Transaction Banking business based in London. She has over 20 years’ experience in cash management, trade and securities services across sales, product management and operations. Sonia is currently responsible for capital and balance sheet management for Transaction Banking, having led product groups in over 45 markets across Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Americas and Europe. She also manages and delivers Transaction Banking working capital capabilities and solutions across cash management and trade finance for corporate clients, and securities and clearing for financial institution clients.
Sonia is currently chair of the UK National Member Group and chairs the SWIFT UK Ltd Board.
Russell is the Managing Director of Global Payments at Lloyds Banking Group. He has successfully established an industry leading global control environment to keep LBG payments processes compliant and customers safe. Russell has over 25 years’ experience in banking, specialising in operations, compliance and change management. He is respected as a collaborative leader of industry payments strategy and change, and welcomed within LBG as a trusted expert and broker who provides leadership across divisions to support business growth.
Russell is SWIFT SCRL Board Director for the UK.
John joined the Royal Bank of Scotland (previously NatWest) in 1985 and has extensive experience of operations management at executive level covering payments, transaction banking and retail banking. He is currently Director of Shared Services with senior executive responsibility for a range of activities across the bank including compliance services, property and operations globally.
John is SWIFT SCRL Board Director for the UK.
Brian is the Global Head of Business Management, Strategy and Innovation for Global Liquidity and Cash Management at HSBC, a business unit that provides cash management solutions to corporates and financial institutions across 50 markets. In this role, Brian is responsible for developing and driving the Global PCM business strategy, target operating model and annual operating plan, in order to capture growth opportunities and strengthen HSBC's position in the market. He is also responsible for identifying customer needs and designing and delivering new innovative solutions to meet those needs, collaborating with financial technology companies and third party vendors to bring new digital solutions to market. Brian has extensive experience in cash management and transaction banking, having held numerous roles in the industry over the past 10 years spanning product management, business development, strategy, business management and innovation.
Leigh Cleasby is an Executive Director and EMEA Head of Shared Services Operations at Nomura with extensive operational experience across a wide range of middle and back office functions. His current responsibilities include management and oversight of all settlement functions, asset servicing, network management and reference data for EMEA with global responsibility for network management. In addition, Leigh is a member of the EMEA Operations Management team and the Global Shared Services leadership group.
Leigh started his banking career at Lehman Brothers where he spent seven years working in a variety of operational roles across the back and middle office functions. Post the acquisition by Nomura, Leigh was responsible for the build out of the equity financing function and subsequently moved to lead the asset servicing group globally including the project management of a new infrastructure build. Leigh moved into his current role in 2013.
Matthew joined Deutsche Bank in December 2016. In his current role, Matthew is the Global Head of Online Channel Products responsible for defining and executing Deutsche Bank’s online channel strategy, delivering institutional and corporate cash management solutions globally in collaboration with fintechs. Matthew has worked in the financial services industry for over 20 years with extensive experience in cash management and securities services. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, he held various roles at HSBC, BNY Mellon and RBS covering a range of responsibilities in transaction banking, digital strategy, product management, e-Commerce and client technology services.
Harcus is responsible for SWIFT, Host-to-Host and EBICS connectivity propositions and Information Services globally for corporate clients and Non-Bank Financial Institutions. Harcus has over 23 years’ experience in Cash Management developed across a number of roles covering multiple disciplines during his 27 years with Barclays.
Peter is based in London and co-heads the Product Management team for Europe, Middle East and Africa. His direct responsibilities include Financial Institutions, Network Expansion and Liquidity Management. Prior to joining Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Peter spent 12 years at Citi, based in Paris and London. During that time he was responsible for a number of areas within the GTS business including Head of FI Payments, Head of Domestic Payments, SEPA Program Director and European Clearing Product Manager.
Peter’s prior involvement in the industry includes CHAPS Board Director and shareholder representative for EBA Clearing and EBA Association.
Nicholas is currently European Markets Head of Fixed Income Middle Office at JPMorgan. He has worked in financial services for 20 years in the business and operations of Fixed Income operations, client services, financing and regulatory activities. He is also leading Fixed Income new business, change management and infrastructure development programmes. Externally, Nicholas is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment, member of the SWIFT UK Securities Advisory Group, the Market Regulatory & Matching User Groups and Chair of the ICMA European Repo and Collateral Operations Group. He is a regular speaker in post-trade forums.
User Group Chairman
Chris joined the Royal Bank of Scotland in 2005 with over 20 years’ experience within investment banking managing the development, deployment and support of payment and SWIFT systems/solutions.
He is currently responsible for industry engagement within the high value payments area of RBS, mainly focused on developments (infrastructure, regulatory, market practices) in relation to liquidity, collateral and settlements. Chris was previously responsible for strategic planning for the technology SWIFT platforms at RBS (UK and EMEA), with oversight globally.
Chris represents RBS at a number of payment industry working groups including CHAPS, EBA, TARGET2, Payments Council Standards Policy Group, ESA BPWG and various SWIFT UK working groups. Chris is also the SWIFT UK User Group Chairman.
Dennis is responsible for actively monitoring any change in regulation, market practice and potential system or industry change which could benefit or impact Société Générale. This includes active participation in industry forums and maintaining a tight network of relations with competitors, vendors, regulators, government and industry bodies.
In 2015, Dennis joined Société Générale from Newedge Group where he had 17 years’ continuous service. He was previously Head of European Cash and Collateral Management for Lehman Brothers in Europe.
Ed is responsible for the operation of Bank of England’s high value payments infrastructure. He joined the Bank in 1986 and was originally involved in the development and design of the Bank’s major book-entry transfer systems. Prior to his current role he was Settlements Manager in the custodial area of the Bank and, before that, Service Development Manager within banking services.