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FSA Managing Director Margaret Cole to Leave Post

The Financial Services Authority have announced that managing director and Board member, Margaret Cole, will leave the organisation later this year, after nearly seven years at the UK regulator.

Margaret Cole, said:

“I joined the FSA to help in the fight against wrongdoing within the financial services industry and I believe a lot has been achieved in my time here.”

“We have shown the FSA is not afraid to take on difficult cases and will not shy away from pursuing criminal prosecutions, however difficult to prove. It’s painstaking work and the legal process takes a long time but there are people sitting in prison now because of our commitment. And the next 12 months will see more trials and more convictions as the pipeline of our cases comes to fruition in the courts.”

“It has been a challenging but rewarding few years and I believe, with the help of a team of quality people, I have created a successful enforcement platform to take into the UK’s new regulatory authorities. The time has come for me to seek a fresh challenge, knowing that I leave the continuation of a winning strategy in safe hands.”

Hector Sants, FSA chief executive, said:

“Margaret has been pivotal in transforming the FSA’s approach to enforcement and she leaves a substantial legacy, widely respected in legal, regulatory and international circles. She has been a strong leader and advocate of the importance of delivering a credible deterrent to those that attempt to commit wrongdoing, as well as being an invaluable member of my executive team.”

“Her expertise across a broad range of management disciplines and the work she has done in setting up the conduct business unit has put us in good shape to develop the future conduct regulator.”

“I would like to express my personal thanks, and those of the organisation, for all that Margaret has achieved and I wish her every success in whatever future challenge she chooses next.”

Adair Turner, FSA chairman, said:

“On behalf of the FSA Board, I would like to extend my appreciation to Margaret for her outstanding contribution to the effectiveness of the FSA over the years, her strong management credentials and for the expertise and quality judgement she has brought to our Board discussions. She has made a lasting impact. We will be sorry to lose her for the organisation’s final year but she will depart with our thanks and best wishes.”

Martin Wheatley, CEO-designate of the FCA, said:

“I’m enormously grateful to Margaret for establishing the conduct business unit, which will go on to form the foundation of the Financial Conduct Authority.”