Noeleen Cowley

Noeleen Cowley

Partner, Financial Service FS Ops Trans

KPMG in the UK

Noeleen leads our UK Financial Services Risk and Regulation Driven Transformation practice. She specialises in driving large-scale Capital Markets and Banking transformations, partnering with clients to lead radical change front-to-back from design through to execution.

Relevant experience

  • Led transformational change in one of the largest UK banks to prevent regulatory censure and build capability to address urgent financial crime risks that were a pressing concern for the Board. This work required a multi-year transformation and a £1bn business case to build a bank-wide financial crime management utility.
  • Led transformation of the investment banking business of a European bank. This entailed redefining and implementing the strategic business model, delivering revenue growth and cost savings.
  • Led development and execution of Consumer Remediation strategy for a major high street bank to save £8bn in redress fees, resolve a major (RMBS) legacy obstacle for the bank.
  • Managed delivery of Brexit readiness for multiple financial institutions (including a major US Bank, Australian Bank and a Japanese Commodity Broker) – addressing the full range of  location, preferred structure and restructuring route issues – taking into account legal, regulatory, tax, capital, liquidity, accounting and employment law considerations.
  • Led design of the future operating model for the Ring Fenced element of a European Universal Bank and developing a digital transformation that has already realised significant cost savings.
  • Acted as a Programme Lead responsible for the design and build of a Greenfield Investment Bank, including developing an approach to full replatforming.
Education and qualifications
  • BEng Software Engineering, Lean Six Sigma, University of Ulster

Areas of expertise
  • Programme leadership

  • front2back (F2B) transformation

  • Restructuring

  • Complex global environments

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