Meet our seasoned team of professionals with a passion for ethical finance and who have been active in the sector over the last 20 years.

Our Global Steering Group brings together experienced practitioners with deep knowledge in their areas of expertise, such as banking and law. With their combined knowledge, they represent and lead GEFI and its values on a global stage.

Led by the Global Steering Group, our strong operational team supports their vision with contextual and current knowledge and brings it to life on a daily basis.

Global Steering Group


Dame Susan Rice

Susan is the Chair of the GEFI Global Steering Group.

Dame Susan Rice, a Chartered Banker, chairs the Financial Services Culture Board and was founding chair of the Chartered Banker: Professional Standards Board. She also chairs Scottish Water, Business Stream and the Scottish Fiscal Commission, Scotland’s independent economic and fiscal forecaster.  In addition, she is Senior Independent Director of J Sainsbury, and of the North American Income Trust. The first woman to head a UK clearing bank, she was Chief Executive and Chairman of Lloyds TSB Scotland plc, then Managing Director of Lloyds Banking Group.  She was previously a Non-Executive Director of the Bank of England and energy company SSE. She has helped develop approaches to social finance in the US and UK, led work on cultural and ethical standards for bankers, chaired Scotland’s 2020 Climate Group and now works with P-CAN. Previously, she was Senior Vice President at NatWest Bancorp in New York and, earlier in her career, a Dean at Yale and Colgate Universities in America and a published medical researcher. At GEFI, Susan oversees the activities as Chair of the Global Steering Group.

David Pitt-Watson

David Pitt-Watson

David is the Chair of the Scottish Taskforce for Green and Sustainable Financial Services

David is a leading thinker and practitioner in responsible investment, and serves as a Member of GEFI’s Global Steering Group and Chair of the Scottish Green Finance Taskforce. Born and brought up in Scotland, he was co-founder, and CEO of Hermes Focus Funds & Equity Ownership Service. These became the largest responsible investment group of any fund manager in the world. Throughout his career he has been deeply involved in policy, particularly in the field of corporate governance and financial market regulation. He has led numerous initiatives to improve the performance of the financial system. At GEFI, David is the Chair of the Scottish Taskforce for Green and Sustainable Financial Services, for which GEFI is the secretariat.

Thom Kenrick

Thom is the Principal Advisor for GEFI’s Ethical Finance Global Summit.

Thom Kenrick is Head of Social Strategy & Impact at NatWest Group. His team is responsible for driving the bank’s approach to social issues (e.g. financial wellbeing, human rights, controversial sectors) and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The team also lead and deliver the bank’s flagship financial education programme, MoneySense, which is used in over 60% of UK schools.  Thom is a Fellow of the Institute for Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability (FICRS), and a Fellow of the RSA (FRSA). He is a Trustee of the School for Social Entrepreneurs; a Trustee of B Lab UK; and on the Advisory Board of the Global Ethical Finance Initiative (GEFI).

Lord John Alderdice FRCPsych

Lord Alderdice FRCPsych patrons for GEFI’s Edinburgh Finance Declaration.

Lord Alderdice’s professional background is as a clinical and academic physician and psychiatrist. He was a consultant psychiatrist in psychotherapy in Belfast and senior lecturer in psychotherapy at The Queen’s University of Belfast (UK) from 1998 to 2010. He has also been a Visiting Professor, at the Department of Psychiatry and Co-Chairman of the Critical Incidents Analysis Group, at the University of Virginia (USA), and for some years until recently a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry of the School of Medicine at the University of Maryland in Baltimore (USA). Lord Alderdice’s main focus now is as Director of the Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict (CRIC) established in Harris Manchester College at the University of Oxford where he concentrates, with colleagues in the Department of Politics and International Relations and the School of Anthropology, on analysing, understanding and engaging with the problems of religious fundamentalism, political radicalization and violent community conflict, including the intractable difficulties between First Nation populations and incoming people. At GEFI, John has a critical role in promoting ethical finance and pioneering an Interfaith shared values framework, the world’s first shared values framework towards finance.

Further members

Amy Clarke

Chief Impact Officer for Tribe Impact Capital

Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar

Chairman, Leadership Council of the Malaysia International Islamic Finance Centre (MIFC); Global Sterring Group, Global Ethical Finance Initiative

Jamison Ervin

Nature for Development, UNDP

Simon Thompson

Chief Executive, Chartered Banker Institute UK

Dr Hayat Sindi

Founder & CEO of the Institute for Quality

Tariq Shaikh

President RJ Fleming ME

Judith Cruickshank

Managing Director, Commercial Mid Market at Royal Bank of Scotland

Institutional partners

Operational Team


Managing Director & Co-founder, SDG platform

Omar Shaikh

Co-founder and Senior Advisor, Host of Ethical Finance Roundtable

Graham Burnside

Consultant

Gail Hurley

Chief operating officer and Strategic Initiatives

Chris Tait

Senior Advisor

Allan Watt

Chief Digital Officer

Alasdair Currie

Consultant

Jon “JB” Beckett

Host of Radical Old Idea

Kaisie Rayner

GEFI Project Support Administrator – Islamic Finance

Oyindamola Bamgbose

Project Analyst

Angus Clelland

Managing Director & Co-founder, SDG platform

Omar Shaikh

Omar is the Managing Director of the Global Ethical Finance Initiative (GEFI).

A Chartered Accountant by profession, he specialises in ethical/responsible finance, Islamic finance and private equity. He has extensive experience in financial services and has advised multiple governments and regulators as a leading advocate for sustainable and Islamic finance and specialises in ecosystem building. His background includes working with EY London where he qualified as a CA and was the former Head of Islamic finance.

Through his work he has established a number of initiatives including the Path to COP, finance for nature project and SDG Financial products platform with UNDP which promotes innovative financing structures for the SDGs, the Global Islamic Finance and UN SDGs Taskforce launched with UK Government and IsDB and the award winning interfaith Edinburgh Finance Declaration the world’s first shared values approach to finance between Islamic finance and the Church.

Omar received a BAcc from the University of Glasgow and holds select board advisory roles including the UK Islamic Finance Council and The Prince’s Trust Scotland.

Co-founder and Senior Advisor, Host of Ethical Finance Roundtable

Graham Burnside

Graham is Co-founder and senior advisor of the Global Ethical Finance Initiative. He is host of the Ethical Finance Round Table.

Graham is a recognised expert in banking and finance law, specialising in particular in structured finance and capital markets, along with debt trading and financial product documentation. He pioneered the legal development of Islamic finance within Scotland on which he is now considered the country’s leading expert, having structured and documented the first (and so far only) Islamic mortgage products operating under Scots law and the first fully Sharia-compliant commercial real estate financing in Scotland. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Islamic Finance Council UK. The latest edition of Chambers & Partners Guide to the legal profession conferred on Graham the accolade of “Senior Statesman” in banking and finance law in Scotland, the only lawyer so recognised.

Consultant

Gail Hurley

Gail is an international development and sustainable finance professional and is currently Director of Advisory at Finance Earth, an impact investment firm that mobilises private investment in the environment, climate actions and communities. Gail was previously a Consultant with GEFI and has also held senior advisory roles at the United Nations, including with the World Food Programme (WFP) and UNDP where she worked to develop innovative finance mechanisms like social impact bonds and debt-for-development swaps. Gail has also worked as a researcher on development finance, and served as a Fellow with Development Initiatives, a leading development organisation in the UK. She is an author and contributor to multiple research papers on development finance. Gail holds advanced degrees in development studies and economics and also serves as an Ambassador to the non-profit organisation Tobacco Free Portfolios.

Chief operating officer and Strategic Initiatives

Chris Tait

Chris is the Chief Operating Officer of GEFI and leads on strategic initiatives.

Chris is an experienced Chartered Institute of Marketing and PRINCE 2 qualified marketing, business development and project manager. Specialising in B2B marketing, Chris has occupied roles, across the UK, within the construction, facilities management, education, professional and financial services sectors. During his time at a Scottish law firm Chris developed an interest and expertise in ethical finance and he has since helped to grow the Ethical Finance Round Table series into winners of the prestigious EFICA Awards.

Senior Advisor

Allan Watt

Allan is a senior adviser to Global Ethical Finance with wide experience in public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK and overseas.

He has been UK Chief Executive and also Scotland Director for the Prince’s Trust which helps young people into work or education and provides microfinance and start-up mentoring. Allan spent thirteen years at RBS with responsibility for communication, sponsorship, marketing and CSR activities in Edinburgh-based global roles and for three years in Hong Kong, as a member of the RBS Asia Pacific executive management team. This included work on affordable finance, lending in disadvantaged areas and impact investing.

Earlier in his career, he worked for the Scottish Development Agency and as Development Director for the Wise Group, a UK wide social enterprise. Most recently he has been carrying out interim work and consulting roles, including a year as Communications Director for Abellio, a Dutch-owned UK transport operator. Allan has been an advisor to the UK Government on employment and financial inclusion and has been a board member for a number of community, charitable and trade bodies.

Chief Digital Officer

Alasdair Currie

Alasdair leads on GEFI’s digital presentation and output.

Alasdair Currie is the Agency and Creative Lead at MultipliedBy. With 15 years experience across brand, print, web and AV design, his practice is constantly evolving to meet the needs of clients and the community he serves. With a background in marketing, entrepreneurship and innovation, Alasdair seeks to inject intelligence and values in to the creative and communications process. The result is an agency known for well-considered design that makes a difference to the client. His company recently rebranded as Multiplied By to help articulate the exponential impact of providing creativity, intelligence and values-based communication. Alasdair’s creative extends beyond the studio and enjoys creating film, art and audio, including an ongoing two year project to publish a multi-platform music documentary.

Consultant

Jon “JB” Beckett

JB is an experienced investment professional, writer, non-executive director, trainer and guest lecturer. He is the author of ‘New Fund Order’, a controversial and outspoken ex-investment gatekeeper and emeritus member of the Association of Professional Fund Investors. JB has long been a campaigner for sustainability, technology and better investment governance.

Host of Radical Old Idea

Kaisie Rayner

GEFI Project Support Administrator – Islamic Finance

Oyindamola Bamgbose

Oyindamola Bamgbose is a GEFI Project Support Administrator – Islamic Finance. She is an internationally trained lawyer with experience working in social justice. She has an LLM and an MSc in Islamic Finance from the University of Dundee. She is now focused on working in the Islamic Finance and economic justice field.

She has held a variety of roles including being a State Coordinator in a government parastatal in her home country – Nigeria and working in the Secretariat of the Independent Investigation Panel on Allegations of Human Rights Violations by the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad and other Units of the Nigerian Police Force (IIP-SARS).

Project Analyst

Angus Clelland