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Dr Kay Swinburne

Vice Chair of Financial Services

KPMG in the UK

Dr Kay Swinburne is the Vice Chair of Financial Services at KPMG in the UK. 

Kay served as Vice Chair of the European Parliament’s influential Economics and Monetary Affairs Committee, playing a pivotal role in shaping EU and global financial services legislation, including setting up the EU supervisory bodies (ESAs, SSM, SRM), capital markets union (EMIR, MiFID II, Prospectus, CCP Recovery & Resolution), and the broader banking union files. This, alongside her role in both MIFID II and EMIR, saw her recognised in 2016 as one of the most influential women in finance by Financial News. In 2013, Dr Swinburne was declared Winner of Financial News’ Women in Market Infrastructure Award, and in 2018 received the IFLR’s Regulatory Reform Award for her career contribution to financial legislative reform. 

She was a Member of the EU Delegation for Relations with the United States, and formerly a Chair of the financial regulatory think-tank NEX Reg. 

Recent project experience includes: 

  • Extensive legislative experience across all Financial Services, including Banking, Markets & Market Infrastructure, Asset Management covering all post-crisis EU legislation (>100 files). 
  • Member of the negotiating team which established the European Supervisory Authorities (EBA, ESMA, EIOPA, ESRB) and the formation of the Eurozone Single Supervisory Mechanism and Single Resolution Board. 
  • Vice Chair and Bureau Member of the Economic & Monetary Affairs Committee of the European Parliament overseeing EuroGroup, ECB, and monitoring Tax and Competition issues across the Union. 
  • Technical expert on market structure and risk establishing the EP/EU position with respect to CCP recovery and resolution, settlement and T2S. 
  • Advised successive FST and Chancellor on UK FS Strategy in relation to EU and global competitiveness. 
  •  Regular presenter and panellists at events and round tables on the ESG regulatory agenda and the impact for UK & Global FS clients.
Education and qualifications
  • Bachelor of Science, King’s College London

  • Masters of Business Administration (MBA), University of Surrey, England

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), King’s College, London

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