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Paula Smith

Partner and Head of Banking

KPMG in the UK

Paula has been a Partner at KPMG since January 2013 and became the UK Head of Banking in June 2019. Paula leads KPMG’s UK banking team which brings together the best professionals to help UK banks grow responsibly and sustainably. Paula is a seasoned banking professional with over 20 years’ experience in senior finance and operational roles at a number of major global banks. Much of her career has focused on management responsibility for control and reporting functions, encompassing oversight of multiple capital market business lines as well as extensive experience in the financial planning and analysis space. Paula has worked within a variety of finance operating models in global, highly regulated organisations since the late 1990s and has had extensive involvement in senior governance and oversight including significant direct contact with global regulatory authorities.

Paula Smith

Education and qualifications

  • Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), University of Birmingham & ACA (ICAEW)

Areas of expertise

  • Management Reporting and Analytics / Performance Reporting / Regulation

  • Advisory / Capital Markets / Fixed Income / Commodities / Product Control

  • Operations / Financial Services / Investment Banking

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