Examination Board


Bill _Howarth William Brian Howarth
President of ICA

Bill is the President of ICA having been one of its original founders and the Chief Executive Officer of the ICA since 2001. Bill is from a legal and academic background, having worked in universities and professional bodies around the world for most of his career. Bill has taken on a new role as the Head of Risk and Compliance at Wilmington plc and is responsible for a number of global Compliance Information and Training businesses.

Bill has published extensively on legal and compliance matters and is a key speaker at international conferences on the "Professionalisation of the Compliance Function and Standards of Competency in Compliance, Anti Money Laundering and Financial Crime Prevention."

 

Pekka _Dare Pekka Dare
Director ICT Training, Learning and Development

Pekka has oversight of the delivery and development of ICT programmes worldwide. His role involves management of the ICT Training Faculty, where he has developed a world class faculty that delivers best in class training and education programmes across a range of jurisdictions.

Pekka's other responsibilities include managing the ICT Research and Development Team which creates new and innovative programmes to respond to emerging regulatory and industry issues.

Pekka is instrumental in business development and engages with clients across a range of industry sectors, including Banking, Insurance, Betting and Gaming, Telecoms, Oil and Gas, and the Public Sector (in particular law enforcement agencies and regulators). He has developed training programmes with a range of clients in multiple jurisdictions and has been instrumental in tendring for and securing key in house clients and programs.

Pekka continues to deliver engaging and innovative training himself and is regularly asked to lead training personally by clients. He acts in an ambassadorial role for ICT, speaking at industry events and providing insight into emerging best practice and regulatory trends in respect of anti-money laundering, financial crime prevention and government risk and compliance issues. Pekka is chairman of the Money Laundering Officer's Discussion Group (MLODG), a body which shares best practice amongst practitioners.

Pekka has extensive experience as a practitioner, including roles as an MLRO for a multinational life and pensions firm and Head of Financial Crime Prevention of a division of a major UK bank. A qualified solicitor in the UK and New Zealand, Pekka has conducted prosecutions for tax evasion and provided legal advice in respect of organised crime groups, complex frauds and corporate tax evasion. He has also worked for the UK Department of Trade and Industry (now BERR) in the investigation of corporate fraud and misfeasance.

 

 Jonathan _Bowdler Jonathan Bowdler
UK Head of Governance, Risk and Compliance

Jonathan is responsible for all of the ICT programmes. Having 19 years of financial services industry experience, holding senior Compliance roles for the last ten of these, Jonathan has a wealth of practical compliance experience. With an MBA from Henley Business School and a Diploma in Management from Reading University, Jonathan is also highly qualified in business management and is therefore able to place compliance management within the context of wider corporate strategy. He is also a fully qualified investment and mortgage advisor and is a member of a number of industry forums.

 

Sharon _Ward Sharon Ward
Chief Examiner (Governance, Risk & Compliance)

Sharon is Chief Examiner (Governance, Risk & Compliance) at the International Compliance Association (ICA), the Module Director for the Financial Services Compliance Elective of the Chartered Banker MBA programme (CBMBA) at Bangor Business School and teaches on professional education programmes both in the UK and worldwide, including those of International Compliance Training (ICT).

A former senior compliance practitioner in the UK, Sharon is a financial services compliance specialist, involved in a number of ongoing related projects, including the development of the Journal of Business Compliance, of which she is an Editor and a memeber of the Editorial Board. She writes on a wide range of Governance, Risk and Compliance topics, is the author of educational text The Changing Face of Compliance, has contributed to key industry initiatives within the industry over a number of years and has served as Chair of the Compliance Institute in the UK, where she was alsi a member of its Professional Educational Board.

A Fellow on the ICA , Sharon is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors (CIEA), holds an MSc in Financial Regulation & Compliance Management and is currently undertaking doctoral studies at Bristol University.

 

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