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Certified Bank Director Programme

King's College Chapel, Cambridge


  • 10-day programme
  • Address major changes in banking regulation, compliance, strategy and governance

In association with the Institute of Banking, Cambridge Judge Business School brings practitioner and research-based perspectives to the issues of risk, governance, strategy and the regulatory environment faced by bank directors in the United Kingdom, Europe and globally.

We believe that continuous professional development should be a priority throughout your career and especially so at director level where responsibility for achieving business goals, ethical conduct and compliance falls squarely on your shoulders.

The Certified Bank Director Programme will provide a forum where practitioners and other specialists can learn from one another and exchange valuable experiences that will open new doors to professional and personal success.

Recent scandals involving banks manipulating benchmarks (i.e. LIBOR) and sanctions compliance demonstrate the importance of integrity and transparency in bank operations and understanding the international political environment.

Therefore, the programme will address the major changes in banking regulation and its main purposes and priorities.

Particular focus will be on how banking regulation and compliance can be integrated into bank strategy and governance. You will also explore developments in risk management and how evolving financial markets are presenting new risks for banks that must be managed and measured effectively.

The main elements of bank accounting and financial statement analysis will be covered as well as conduct risk and how it can be managed more effectively in order to preserve and enhance bank reputation.

The programme will provide a blended learning environment based on face-to-face seminar sessions and a self-paced learning structure involving readings and interactive sessions between seminar participants.

Sessions will be led by experts who have worked with global banks, advised on policy and researched the financial markets, they bring their expertise to the fore and stimulate the valuable debates that enable deeper understanding and critical thinking to take place.


The programme comprises nine modules delivered over 10 days across two blocks of five days' duration each.

A panel of subject area experts drawn from academia and industry lead each of the individual modules. The emphasis in the programme is on the application of key concepts to enhance the skills of participants and to create a learning forum where challenges can be explored and wisdom and insights dissected and shared.

Candidates play an important role in the success of the programme. Contextualising material in the day-to-day experiences of participants is an integral ingredient. Active participation and discussion to draw on each other's experiences is encouraged and facilitated by lecturers.


  • Understand the essence of a bank, the banking system, the lessons from the banking crisis, and the likely future development of banking post-crisis
  • Appreciate the implications of recent regulatory changes and the legal, regulatory and governance framework relevant to board directors
  • Know the components, measurement and control of bank risk, stress testing, funding and credit risk
  • Comprehend the unique risk profile of banking models, including the systematic and systemic implications of risk-related policies in the context of strategy and the relationship between risk appetite, profitability and stakeholder maximisation
  • Appreciate the efficacy of the internal governance processes and the application of best practice
  • Understand the behaviours required from well-functioning boards and the expectations and requirements of individual directors.

The rewards from completing the programme extend beyond participating in the programme itself:

  • Build a strong network of bank director and industry contacts from the programme
  • Recognition within the banking industry as having embraced the highest standards in your profession
  • Become part of a community of bank professionals who recognise the value of governance education and share similar values and beliefs in relation to best practice governance standards
  • Access to a forum (Certified Bank Director portal) for ensuring your own continuing professional development

Who should attend

  • Executive and non-executive directors of the main and subsidiary boards of banks
  • New bank directors and those with experience operating in a significantly changed regulatory landscape
  • Senior managers aspiring to be bank executive directors

Please speak to Programme Manager, Denise King, prior to submitting an application form.

Faculty & speakers

Kate Cullen

Dr Kate Cullen

Dr Kate Cullen is Director of Executive Education at The Institute of Banking.

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Dr Kate Cullen is a BComm (Banking and Finance), MBS (Financial Services), and PhD graduate from University College Dublin. Kate lectures extensively on business and board ethics, biases, culture and conduct.  

Having completed her doctoral scholar research on decision-making biases with University College Dublin (UCD), Kate’s research interests are behavioural in nature, focusing on the psychology of decision-making and biases, exploring the way that we make decisions and the powerful role played by organisational culture in impacting those decisions.  

Prior to completing her doctoral research, Kate  worked for nearly a decade in wealth management and management consulting, where she held a variety of financial services advisory roles. In 2009, Kate joined the College of Business in UCD a member of the academic faculty. She also became an associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants during that time. 

Kate joined the Institute of Banking, a recognised college of UCD, in 2016 where she is currently Director of Executive Education. Kate remains an associate assistant professor for UCD, lecturing on a variety of their executive education programmes. 

Margaret Cullen

Dr Margaret Cullen

Margaret Cullen is a specialist in the areas of corporate and investment fund governance. 

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Margaret holds a BA in Economics from University College Dublin, an MSc in Investment and Treasury from Dublin City University and a PhD in corporate governance from University College Dublin. Her doctoral research explored the role and effectiveness of boards of directors in investment fund governance.

Prior to completing her doctoral research, Margaret worked for 12 years in the financial services industry. She has held senior positions at ABN AMRO International Financial Services Company, the Central Bank, JP Morgan Bank Ireland and RBC Dexia Investor Services Ireland where she gained significant experience in the areas of treasury management, investment fund regulation, compliance and risk management.

Dr Cullen lectures extensively on corporate governance including on the Professional Diploma in Corporate Governance for the UCD Centre for Corporate Governance in the areas of executive remuneration and behavioural aspects of boards.

In 2009 she carried out independent research on behalf of the Irish Stock Exchange and the Irish Association of Investment Managers, on compliance by Irish listed companies with the Combined Code (now the UK Corporate Governance Code).

The recommendations contained in the final report led to the publication by the Irish Stock Exchange of the Irish Corporate Governance Annex as an accompaniment to their Listing Rules.

She represented the Centre for Corporate Governance on a Consultative Committee that prepared a Code of Best Practice for Governance Assessment in Ireland (Swift 3000) and was part of the committee’s editorial team. Margaret is a former director of the Corporate Governance Association of Ireland and the Qualifications and Quality Authority of Ireland, She is a non-executive director of The Progressive Building Society and chairs its remuneration committee.

Alan Jagolinzer

Alan Jagolinzer

Professor of Financial Accounting

PhD (Pennsylvania State University)

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Kevin McConnell

Kevin McConnell

Kevin, a Chartered Financial Analyst, has more than 15 years of experience in the investment industry, specialising in the banking and insurance sectors. 

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For the past five years, he has been an external strategic advisor to a number of banks and to a range of international debt and equity investors in the sector.

He has worked on both the buy and sell side of the capital markets. Kevin is a senior lecturer on the Masters in Finance programme, Trinity College Dublin, and delivers the Institute of Banking’s Professional Certificate in Complex Financial Instruments in International Financial Services.

He also serves as the examiner for the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) accreditation for FPSB Ireland. Kevin is a principal with K3 Consulting and Gem Strategic, which specialise in executive-level strategic consulting in the financial services arena.


Marwa Hammam

Marwa Hammam

Marwa Hammam is Executive Director of the Cambridge Master of Finance Programme (MFin).

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Marwa currently holds the post of Executive Director of the Cambridge Master of Finance (MFin) programme with overall responsibility for the day to day running of the programme, curriculum review and enhancement, corporate development, careers coaching and marketing. She developed the credit component of the programme and teaches the core fundamentals of credit and advanced credit courses. Marwa is also a regular guest speaker on credit risk management and stress testing and authors case studies on a range of finance related topics. Marwa is also a Fellow of the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) and is an alumna of the Cambridge MFin. Prior to re-joining CJBS in her current capacity, she held the role of Portfolio Banker managing a $9Bn Western European Power and Utilities portfolio with Citigroup in London and had a Senior Credit Officer designation.

Marwa has 14 years of banking experience and began her career with Citi in EMEA, where she held a number of roles in relationship management, Investment Banking, credit, country and market risk management between 1996 and 2002. Between 2002-2006, she held a business origination role at the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubish UFJ covering the European Oil and Gas space in addition to co-leading a mid-tier client conversion initiative. Marwa joined Société Générale Bank as Vice President and Senior Credit Analyst in 2006, covering a portfolio of Western European Construction, Media, Industrial and Consumer Goods clients and worked closely with coverage and product areas including derivatives, structured finance, securitization and trade finance. Marwa also had responsibility for monitoring and managing names with evident migration in credit quality and was actively involved with a number of remedial management situations during her time with SocGen.

Marwa holds a Masters of Finance Degree from the Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, an MBA from Birmingham Business School and a BA in Business Administration and Economics from the American University in Cairo. Marwa undertook credit risk training with Citi in the late 1990s in addition to completing the six months Chase Manhattan credit course.

Jan-Peter Onstwedder

Jan-Peter is the Global Industry Head for Risk Management, Energy and Commodities at Citi.

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Jan-Peter has been with Citi since 2011 in his current role as the Global Industry Head for Risk Management, Energy and Commodities. In that role he has responsibility for Citi’s credit portfolio in those industries, across large corporate clients. Jan-Peter’s team comprises of approximately 15 risk managers in London and Houston. In addition to managing that team he has approval authority for specific large transactions in energy and commodities globally. Jan-Peter also manages the commodity trading unit’s independent market risk team. 

In addition to the Risk role, he is one of four co-chairs of the Institutional Group’s New Product Approval Committee. That Committee evaluates and approves all new complex and structured transactions and new products, including new derivative instruments and new corporate electronic banking services, across the Europe, Middle East and Africa regions.

Prior to 2011 Jan-Peter worked for 3i, a British private equity firm, as portfolio risk manager. From 2001 through 2007 he set up and ran the risk management function for BP’s internal supply and trading division, one of the world’s largest energy trading businesses; he covered market, credit and operational risk. Prior to BP he worked in credit and market risk for RBS and Barclays in London, ran a small trading and funding business, and developed arbitrage trading software and algorithms for Barclays in New York. Jan-Peter started his career at Citi in New York in Global Electronic Markets where we developed the first live FX trading platform for corporate clients. 

Jan-Peter has an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a MSc in mechanical engineering from Delft University of Technology.

Paul Pritchard

Paul Pritchard

Dr Paul Pritchard has wide experience in sustainability risk management with a focus on financial services and value chains. 

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Following research on modelling heavy metal contamination he specialised in due diligence support for property investment.  He then led the operational risk function at RSA insurance Group with particular responsibility for capital management and model development. Since leaving RSA he has worked as an independent adviser and investigated integration of sustainability risks and finance as a Fellow at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.

Martin Stewart

Martin Stewart

Martin is the Director of Banks, Building Societies and Credit Unions at the Bank of England’s Prudential Regulation Authority. 

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He joined the regulator in 2010 from the IFG Group where he was Managing Director of their expatriate financial advisory, tax advisory and asset management businesses operating in the UK, Europe and Australia. For PA Consulting Group and in his own business, he has worked as an advisor to banks, building societies and insurance companies in the UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Across 11 years he held a series of roles for Yorkshire Building Society, including six years as a member of their Group Board. Martin has a MEng in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College, London.

Dr Andrew Street

Andrew is a world-renowned speaker, educator and consultant on financial risk and its regulation, control and management.

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For more than three decades Andrew has been involved in the forefront of the pricing, trading and management of financial risk in world markets. He has direct experience of running and regulating large financial institutions, including being trading head of an investment bank and a senior adviser at the Bank of England. He is a world-renowned speaker, educator and consultant on financial risk and its regulation, control and management.

Andrew was formerly Executive Director - Head of Arbitrage and prior to that Director - Head of Equity and Commodity Derivatives (which included market making and creating hybrid complex structured products) at Mitsubishi Finance International (now Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ). Before moving to Mitsubishi, he was Head of Equity Derivative Trading at Nomura International and Senior Equity Derivatives Trader at Paribas Capital Markets (BNP-Paribas). He has also traded rates, currencies, bonds and most asset classes professionally. He has worked in Europe, Asia and North America. Andrew began his career in the City in the mid-1980s as a fixed income quantitative analyst and structured products specialist at Barings. 

In addition to his extensive market practitioner experience, Andrew has been a senior financial regulator including being Head of Traded Risk at the Financial Services Authority (FSA), Risk Advisor to the Bank of England and Assistant Director - Head of Market Risk at the Securities and Futures Authority (SFA). This has provided him with a unique insight in to the control, regulation and modelling of financial and other types of risk across the whole spectrum of financial and trading institutions. He ran a large team responsible for on-site risk inspections and was heavily involved in the development of risk-based supervision in the UK. 

Andrew has also authored a number of articles/books on risk management and structured finance including "Over the Rainbow" (Risk Magazine), The Handbook of Risk Management (Wiley) and The PRMIA Risk Hand Book. He holds advanced science degrees in theoretical physics from the Universities of Durham and Oxford and is a part-time external finance lecturer at universities both in the UK and US, including Cambridge and New York Universities. He is currently very active in international risk consulting and training with his company Value Consultants whose clients include central banks, regulators, international banks, fund managers, insurance companies and hedge funds. It runs many public courses and leads in-house training on Risk Management for the International Faculty of Finance (IFF). He also acts as a mentor to non-executive and executive directors in banks on issues surrounding risk management and regulatory compliance.

John Sutherland

John Sutherland

John's career spans 44 years in financial services. It has included leading major divisions in payment services, retail branches, back office operations and technology.


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Latterly he has worked for the Bank of England as Senior Adviser in the Special Resolution Unit, Senior Adviser at the FSA, Senior Adviser at the PRA and is now a Senior Adviser at the FCA. He is also a member of the Audit Committee of the European Investment Bank and an Independent Member of the Financial Infrastructure Board at the Bank of England.

In August 2012 he was seconded to the team supporting the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards and worked closely with the five Peers and MPs on the Commission. 

He is currently mentoring several senior executives and regularly speaks in the UK and abroad on leadership and culture. He is a Leadership Fellow at the University of Exeter where he studied and achieved both an MBA and an MA in Leadership Studies.

Michael Willis

Michael Willis

Senior Faculty in Management Practice

PhD (Wharton School of Business)

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Dates & fees

The Certified Bank Director programme is delivered two times per year in Dublin. From 2016, the programme has also been delivered once a year in England and from March 2018 in Cambridge.

Dates Duration Fees *
9-13 March 2020 (block 1) 2 blocks of 5 days £12,000 (for the two, five-day blocks)
27 April-1 May 2020 (block 2) 2 blocks of 5 days £12,000 (for the two, five-day blocks)

Some participants may be subject to an additional VAT cost.

* Fees include instruction, materials, lunch and breaks. Please note prices pre-registration are subject to change.

For information regarding payment terms, cancellation rights, transfer policies and fees, please see our terms & conditions documents:

Terms & Conditions for Self-funded Applicants (pdf, 277KB) (updated 4 September 2019)
Terms & Conditions for Organisation-funded Applicants (pdf, 295KB) (updated 4 September 2019)

Registration closes at midday two working days before the programme start date.

Participants are expected to attend the full programme.

If you have any questions or would like to have a chat about this programme and how it could benefit you or your organisation, please get in touch with the programme advisor:

Denise King

Programme Manager, Executive Education
Institute of Banking

Tel: +353 (0)1 6116536

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Version 3 (8 October 2019)


2 blocks of 5 days


9-13 March 2020 (block 1)
27 April-1 May 2020 (block 2)

Please contact the Institute of Banking to book your place on the programme.


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