Events Archive


We looking forward to welcoming Gary Wright as the guest speaker at the November SIMA NextGEN meeting. As Chairman of the ISITC Blockchain DLT Working Group Gary will dispel some myths and hype surrounding DLT, and will firmly outline some potential future benefits that could be game changing in the financial markets.  




Gary joined the City in 1969 and managed a Stock Jobber towards Big Bang and in that time managed the Talisman settlement system implementation and preparation of technology for Big Bang. He has worked as head of European operations at Salomon’s, Robert Fleming and Panmure Gordon before becoming a consultant to software developments establishing BISS Research as a company to benchmark systems performance in financial markets. He has served on numerous City committees in his career including as Deputy Chairman of SIMA in the early nineties. He is now Chairman of the Blockchain DLT Working Group for City based trade organisation ISITC that focusses on providing a forum for change in financial markets including regulatory, standards and technical innovation alongside leading Universities. He most recently presented DLT realities in Frankfurt to the ECB T2S committee.


Event Date Wednesday, 22 November 2017



Mark Yeandle is the lead author and co-creator of the Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI) which ranks the competitiveness of global financial centres. Previously, Mark’s background was in consumer goods marketing and he has held senior marketing management positions at companies including Liberty, Mulberry, Sanderson and Carlton. His experience includes launching new brands, company acquisitions & disposals and major change management programmes. 



Event Date Tuesday, 10 October 2017





David Morrey, Regulatory Partner, Head of Investment Management




David is a Regulatory partner in the Financial Services Group (FSG)'s regulatory risk management practice, and is also Head of Investment Management.


He help clients dealing with the challenges of current regulation or emerging requirements. David is one of the most active individuals in the UK carrying out 'Skilled Person Reviews' instigated by the regulator, alongside frequently advising firms on how to respond to regulatory investigations.


He has specialist expertise in a wide range of conduct matters, both wholesale market issues within the securities and investment management sectors, and retail issues within the wealth management, advisory and lending sectors.


He will be covering Brexit and the impact on Financial Services – and will likely also give a brief overview of current regulatory change including the impact of MiFID II, SM&CR.


Event Date Tuesday, 26 September 2017


Following the AGM, Alexander "Alex" Deane who is an English writer, political commentator and consultant will address the membership.

Mr. Deane has more than 10 years’ experience in advocacy and has worked with numerous high profile individuals and companies in a senior advisory capacity. A Cambridge graduate, Mr. Deane practiced as a barrister for several years. He served as the founding Director of Big Brother watch and often appears in the media as a political commentator; he is a Sky News regular and a BBC Dateline London panellist An active member of the Conservative party since 1995, Mr. Deane served as Chief of Staff to David Cameron and Tim Collins during their respective periods as Shadow Secretaries of State for Education in opposition. In 2007, he was asked to serve as an adviser to the Liberal Party's campaign for re-election at the federal polls under John Howard. For six years, Mr. Deane was an elected Common Councilman in the City of London, serving on the main decision-making body, the Policy and Resources Committee.




Event Date Tuesday, 19 September 2017

As a successful corporate financier, director and senior manager who has specialised for 18 years in the Oil & Gas and Mining sectors, Frank is passionate about helping companies to achieve their goals and develop great businesses. 

During his career he has advised on or managed over 135 successfully completed corporate finance transactions, comprising 40 flotations and reverse takeovers as well as significant numbers of other equity fundraisings, acquisitions and disposals (including hostile and recommended bid and defence situations).

Frank is also a published author and has lectured on corporate finance and related matters in the UK, Europe, Africa, South-East Asia and North America.

Event Date Tuesday, 18 July 2017