Dame Colette Bowe has been appointed chairman of the Banking Standards Review Council, an announcement on 9 October 2014 said. She will take up her role at the BSRC on 1 November.
BSRC is a new body charged with promoting high standards across banks and building societies in the UK.
The appointment followed a process involving an independent selection panel chaired by Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, and comprising the Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Baroness Onora O’Neill, the philosopher and crossbench member of the House of Lords and Sir Charlie Mayfield, chairman of the John Lewis Partnership.
Sir Richard Lambert, the interim chairman who was asked by the banking industry to set up the new standards organisation, said:
“I am very pleased to be passing the baton to Colette Bowe. She gets
things done and I could not imagine anyone better qualified to take on this important and worthwhile job.”
Dame Colette was most recently chair of Ofcom, the telecoms regulator, and of Electra Private Equity plc. She has experience both working inside the financial industry and as a financial regulator as the first chief executive of the Personal Investment Authority.
One of her first jobs at the BSRC will be to appoint a Chief Executive and to take forward the process of getting formal sign-up to the new organisation from banks and building societies.
Governor Carney said he was delighted with the appointment. “Colette not only has a deep understanding of financial services regulation, but also a proven track record of improving standards of safety, fairness and integrity across a range of industries. I wish her every success in bringing that experience to the UK banking sector.”
Dame Colette said, “This is a very big challenge but I am confident that we are all ready to give it our best shot. I certainly am and will press on with setting up the BSRC as fast as possible.”
The BSRC was set up with the support of the UK’s six largest banks and biggest building society and will be responsible for setting standards for culture, competence and customer outcomes. Funded by the industry, it will publish an annual report showing the progress banks have made and where they are falling down. It will aim to publish an initial report on the state of banking standards and good practice in the first half of next year.