The Board & ExCo

The Board & Executive Committee

Skilled, Experienced, Diverse

Our highly experienced Board of Directors is comprised of 5 Independent Non-Executives Directors, 2 Non-Independent Non-Executives Directors, and 3 Executive Directors. The day-to-day running of our company is conducted by the Executive Management Team, which reports to the Board of Directors, who together drive the strategic direction of the business.

Jeremy Parrish
Chair, Independent Non-Executive Director

Jeremy joined in 2017 as Chairman of the Board of Crown Agents Bank and Crown Agents Investment Management following a near 40 year career in international banking. During his career Jeremy held numerous senior positions at Standard Chartered plc, including Global Head of Financial Institutions, Regional Head of Wholesale client relationships Europe,  CEO Japan, CEO UAE and CEO Switzerland. He has deep first-hand knowledge of many of the markets where both companies operate. He also brings extensive understanding of the principal products and services we offer. Additionally he has worked closely with Banking and Asset Management regulators in several jurisdictions, including both the UK’s Prudential Regulation Authority and Financial Conduct Authority.

Jeremy also serves as an independent NED at Julius Baer International Ltd in London and Chairs their Risk and Audit Committee. He also acts as Chairman of the Trustees of The Challenger Trust, a U.K. registered charity helping underprivileged children prepare themselves for the workplace. He also works closely with Deloitte LLC as an advisor in the Financial Advisory division.

Albert Maasland
Chief Executive Officer

Albert Maasland started his career in banking at Chase Manhattan Bank – later J P Morgan – and during his 11 year career was involved in transforming and building a range of highly successful and profitable business units. This included launching the world’s first generation of cross-border electronic transaction banking services and setting up sales teams in global cash management, institutional and custody areas before taking over as Head of FX sales.

Albert later became Global head of Business Development at HSBC Markets before tackling the transformation of the FX business at Deutsche Bank, helping steer them from 24th to the number one FX provider worldwide. He took on various other roles before joining the Deutsche Bank Wholesale and the Investment Bank’s Management Committee.

He founded or co-founded a number of start up businesses before returning to banking and helped establish the global e-commerce business at Standard Chartered before moving to Saxo Bank where he fulfilled numerous roles including CEO of Saxo Bank UK and then Chairman of Saxo Bank Capital Markets UK. He was CEO of Knight Capital Europe and subsequently KCG Europe before becoming Group CEO of Crown Agents Bank and its sister Asset Management Business.

Mel Tsiaprazis
Group Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President

Mel Tsiaprazis is the Group COO, Executive Vice President and a member of the Executive Board of Crown Agents Bank. Based in London, she brings a technology-focused business growth and development approach to help the Bank move at the blitz-speed necessitated by its ambitious expansion plans.

A Harvard Alumni with a passion for doing good, Mel firmly believes that financial inclusion coupled with education can drive positive outcomes for future generations. She is also a champion for women in the workforce and an active supporter for inclusion and diversity – both in the work place as well as local communities. She actions this belief through angel advice/investment in start-ups that support such vision.

Previously, Mel held international and global positions in Europe, Asia and Oceania in companies such as MasterCard, London Stock Exchange and Lloyds Banking groups. She has been responsible for employing new business models around the world as well as large scale global change portfolios ranging from product development to client implementation to new technology platforms.

David Parker
Group Chief Information Officer

David Parker is Crown Agents Bank’s Chief Information Officer. David oversees the Bank’s use of technology to help drive efficient business growth, market leadership and to support operational efficiency while ensuring stringent cybersecurity best practices are adopted.

Carole Machell
Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee, Independent Non- Executive Director

Carole, who is a Chartered Accountant and has over twenty-five years of financial services experience, is the Chair of CAB’s Audit and Risk Committee. She has held senior executive roles at Merrill Lynch, JP Morgan and Barclays, which have given her a deep understanding of infrastructure and control remediation as well as an ability to see risk and audit issues and solutions from a front office perspective. In addition, Carol has strong operations, infrastructure, technology and digital experience, overseeing large teams and budgets. Throughout her career she has established a track record of building relationships internally and with regulators, with expertise in stabilising problem areas while building them into sustainable businesses.   Carole has extensive experience as a Non-Executive Director and Chair and member of Risk and Audit Committees. Currently Carole is also a NED for Weatherby Bank and London First.

Nick Beecroft
Chair of the Remunerations and Nominations Committee & Independent Non- Executive Director

Nick Beecroft joined the Board in March 2010, and is the Chair of the Remuneration and Nominations Committee, and a member of the Audit and Risk Committee. Nick graduated from Oxford University with an MA in Physics and served for twenty-seven years in FICC treasury functions with Citibank, Deutsche Bank and Standard Chartered Bank. He was appointed as UK Treasurer for Citibank in the UK. At Deutsche Bank he was Global Head of Spot and Proprietary FX trading, then he became Global Head of FX at Standard Chartered, and was invited to join the Bank of England Foreign Exchange Joint Standing Committee.

Subsequently, he was Senior Markets Consultant for Saxo Bank in London for six years, with frequent media contact and numerous quotations in the business press on macro-economics, geo-politics and markets; including the FT, the Times & the Huffington Post and many appearances on Bloomberg TV, CNBC, Reuters TV, Sky TV, and BBC World. Concurrently, he set up and ran a global macro hedge fund.

He now holds three Non-Executive Director positions in financial institutions, two as Senior Independent Director, with a Chairmanship of an Audit and Risk Committee. He is also trustee and director of the Hoxton Hall theatre.

Arnold Ekpe
Non- Executive Director

Arnold Ekpe has more than 30 years of financial services experience including as the CEO of Ecobank International from 2005 to 2012 and as the managing director of United Bank of Africa from 2002 to 2004. While at Ecobank, he was responsible for setting up Ecobank Paris’s subsidiary, EBI S.A., which is a wholesale subsidiary of the Ecobank group approved by the Banque de France and focused on trade finance, correspondent banking, commodity financing, foreign exchange and cash management, with a representative office in London.

Arnold is chairman of SFRE, a Luxembourg registered and approved investment company focused on small banks serving the real economy and Chairman of Atlas Mara, a listed Africa focused banking group. He is the Honorary President of the Business Council for Africa, a UK registered institution that promotes business and investments in Africa. He also served as a board member of the Nigerian Sovereign Wealth Fund. Previously, he served as Vice Chairman of ADC (the German financial services holding group acquired by Atlas Mara) and head of Corporate and Structured Finance at Citibank London, 1991-1996. Arnold holds a First Class Honours Degree in Engineering from Manchester University and an MBA from Manchester Business School.

Raj Bhatia
Independent Non- Executive Director

Raj joined the Board in December 2016 and is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.

His career spans over 20 years in financial services. In his early career he spent time with J.P Morgan, Deutsche Bank, ANZ Investment Bank and ING Barings. In 2000 he joined Standard Chartered, during which time he held the positions of Global Treasurer and Group Head of Market Risk. Following this he moved to the role of Treasurer at Co-operative Bank and since 2014 has been a Partner with Parker Fitzgerald a global leader in risk management solutions for the banking and capital markets industry. He is a practitioner in all areas of financial regulation, with extensive working knowledge of the international regulatory architecture and expectations of supervisors in relation to capital and liquidity management, asset & liability management, credit, market and liquidity risk management practices.

Derek McMenamin
Independent Non- Executive Director

Derek McMenamin joined the Board in June 2013. He was a non-executive director of the bank’s former parent, Crown Agents Limited, from June 2011 until July 2014. He is a retired solicitor having been a partner for 21 years at Linklaters LLP in its London and Hong Kong offices, where he specialised in all aspects of corporate work, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, public offerings of securities and the establishment of onshore and offshore offshore investment vehicles. His practice included transactions in the UK, Europe and the Far East, as well as the Middle East and India. He been a trustee since January 2015 of the Scotts Project Trust, a charity based in Tonbridge, Kent for adults with learning disabilities.

Simon Poole
Non- Executive Director

Simon brings to the board broad finance and administration experience across a range of businesses in numerous African countries.  Previously, he was a CFO with Intela Global Ltd, Lawson’s Corporation and Celtel International (in Burkina Faso, Chad and DRC).  Earlier in his career he held finance and accounting roles with Price Waterhouse, Bank of America and BT.  He serves on boards of directors of HTN Towers, Interswitch Limited and Helios Towers Africa Limited.  He received his BSc in Geography from Exeter University, UK.  He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse, and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Richard Hallett
Chief Financial Officer & Director

Richard Hallett is the Chief Financial Officer of Crown Agents Bank and of Crown Agents Investment Management, having joined in June 2016. Richard’s career span’s more than 25 years in top tier financial services organizations with an extensive track record across Investment Banking, Commercial and Retail Banking sectors both regionally and globally. He was formally CFO of Barclays Africa and CFO of Absa Capital. Previous roles to this include UK & Europe CFO and Global Business Unit Controller at RBS, Managing Director, European Head of Fixed Income Product Control and Global Head of Interest Rates Product Control and Morgan Stanley, Director and Global Head of Expense Management at Credit Suisse First Boston. Richard started his career at Price Waterhouse, is a qualified accountant and holds a BSc. (Hons) in Chemistry from the University of East Anglia.

Christopher Green
Chief Risk Officer, Director Designate

Steven Marshall
Chief Commercial Officer

Steven Marshall is CAB’s Chief Commercial Officer and a member of the Executive Committee. He began his career at CAB in October 2016 as the Head of Payments and Cash Management and was promoted in May 2017. Steven joined the firm from the United Nations Migration Agency. He began his career on the Graduate Training Programme at Barclays where he held a number of positions in his 7 years with the bank. He left in 2008 to join Standard Chartered where he was the Global Head of Public Sector and Development Organisations. He holds a B.Sc. in Medical Bio Chemistry from Glasgow University and a M.Sc in Immuno-pharmacology from Strathclyde University.

Marcia Jones
Group Head of Human Resources

Marcia Jones recently joined the Bank as Group Head of Human Resources for Crown Agents Bank and Crown Agents Investment Management. Marcia started her career in the public sector and subsequently moved to the financial services sector working for several UK and international broker-dealers, investment banks and asset management. She has held a range of senior Human Resources Management roles at International and Global level with small, medium and larger institutions, such as ING Bank, Calyon Financial, Newedge, Knight Capital Group. Marcia joins us from BlueBay Asset management where she was working as a HR Consultant.

Marcia is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD), she has an MA in HR Strategy and is also a qualified executive and master coach and a qualified accredited mediator.

David Bee
Head of Global Markets

David Bee joined in March 2018 as Executive Vice President , Head of Global Markets

David has over 30 years of senior banking experience in the Fixed Income, Currency and Commodity (FICC) industry. David gained financial product, sales, risk and governance expertise from working within Investment Banking, Wholesale, Corporate, Private Banking and Wealth Management at Country Head , Regional and Global levels with Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, Standard Chartered and Lloyds Banking Group.

Starting his career in London, and moving on to lead and build high performing client focused businesses in Tokyo, Singapore, Milan, Stockholm and New York, David brings international outlook and growth experience to Crown Agents Bank.

Susanne Chishti
Non-Executive Director

Susanne Chishti has over 20 years’ industry expertise, including board-level experience, with a strong focus on organisational governance and the small and medium size enterprise (SME) market. Her experience draws on 15 years in finance, having held senior positions at Deutsche Bank, Lloyds Banking Group, Morgan Stanley and Accenture.

Susanne is the CEO of FINTECH Circle, Europe’s 1st Angel Network focused on fintech opportunities. She is also the founder of the FINTECH Circle Institute, the leading fintech learning platform offering classroom innovation workshops and online courses to C-level executives.

Susanne holds an MBA from Vienna University of Economics and Business. A bestselling author, Susanne co-edited “The FINTECH Book” series, which has been translated into 10 languages and sold across 107 countries. Her wealth of experience led her to being recognised in the European Digital Financial Services “Power 50” 2015, an independent ranking of the most influential people in digital financial services in Europe. In addition, she was selected as a “City Innovator – Inspirational Woman” in 2016. She has been a guest lecturer on financial technology at the University of Cambridge and has also appeared as a fintech commentator on CNBC.

    Jennifer Johnson-Calari
    Non-Executive Director

    Jennifer is one of the principal architects and former Director of The World Bank’s Reserves Advisory and Management Program (RAMP). She brings over 37 years of financial services experience. Having started her career as a financial analyst for the Federal Reserve Board in international bank supervision, she then moved to become portfolio manager at the International Bank for Reconstruction & Development, the first of five member institutions that make up The World Bank Group.

    Jennifer later became Director of Sovereign Investment Partnerships at The World Bank, during which time RAMP became the world’s leading provider of consulting and capacity-building services to public sector asset managers. During her tenure, she worked with over 50 official sector asset managers in emerging economies – including central banks, sovereign wealth funds and national pension funds – to strengthen governance and build investment management capacity.

    Jennifer has contributed to several books and journals relating to commodity fund revenue and central bank reserves management. Drawing on her extensive experience in official reserve management, she recently co-authored a series of White Papers on policy issues relating to central bank reserves management and contributed to the upcoming book, Central Bank Asset Management, to be published by Cambridge University Press in 2019. In collaboration with Blackrock and Central Banking Studies, she was the editor and contributing author of Sovereign Wealth Management, on the evolution and best practice in sovereign wealth management.