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All our consultants are former full time Compliance practitioners and since 1996 we have developed a reputation with our clients as the most professional recruitment consultancy in service as well as technical knowledge, whilst at the same time candidates learnt that more than any other competitor we put their career planning and interests first as well as being able to bring our experience of working in the role to bear.  

David Symes (Group MD) – David qualified as a Chartered Accountant then moved to Banque Indosuez in Audit. In 1988 as the original Financial Services Act 1986 came into force he joined the Guardian Royal Exchange (a FTSE 100 Insurance Group, now part of AXA) to help set up their first Compliance Department as Deputy Head of Group Compliance, in charge of Fund Management and later all Regulated Insurance activities. In 1994 he moved into recruitment, setting up CRS in 1996 and also working as a Compliance Consultant as well as assisting various UK bodies on Compliance or HR issues e.g.

  • chair of the Institute of Chartered Accountants London Area Compliance Group which he co-founded in 1988
  • was co-chair of the UK Chapter of ACAMS (the global largest international membership organisation in AML & Financial Crime) 2013-2017 
  • has advised the UK's leading technical publishers & conference organisers on the history & current operation of Compliance & Regulation and structured the first bespoke matrix Compliance Salary Survey as to sectors & levels/responsibilities
  • writes technical articles and has spoken at Conferences (recently APCC & CISI) and on LBC Radio several times on similar

Gary Collins (Director) – Gary served in the military before joining EY where he managed the team looking after Audit and Compliance for Regulated Funds for three years. He was then headhunted to join Deutsche Bank in their Asset Management division where he worked in both Compliance and Risk covering the UK & Offshore for a further four years. In 1999 he moved into recruitment joining Compliance Recruitment Solutions shortly after, helping to grow the UK brand before moving to Australia and after several years running the APAC Region, returned to the UK in 2010. Gary also runs our Search & Selection division, Symes Collins

David Crook (Manager) David worked for a variety of major City firms (including Aviva Global Investors, Goldman Sachs and UBS) in Compliance and Risk roles for over 10 years until moving into Compliance Recruitment in 2013 and joining CRS in 2017

Rachel Jupp (Senior Consultant) - Rachel graduated in Archaology from Durham University (and has a Post Graduate Law Qualification) and worked in Compliance, Legal & Risk roles across a variety of financial services sectors (as well as in house Law Firm Compliance) from 1999 until 2020, before joining CRS 

Dr Manuela Nieto Rostro (Scientific Advisor) - Manuela graduated from University in Madrid then did a PhD at the University of East Anglia in Norwich before joining University College London as a Researcher in Neuroscience in 2001. She has assisted in technical interviews for European based Pharmaceutical compliance roles and advises on Life Sciences, Medicare & Pharma generally.

 

Ireland

We operate in partnership with AML Solutions Group, which provides MLRO and other AML services to clients in Ireland, the UK and the Cayman Islands. Sam Stewart is a founder and director of AML Solutions Group and also runs our Irish office, whilst David Symes and Gary Collins assist on delivering assignments.

Sam Stewart – Sam has over 25 years compliance experience gained as a practitioner, advisor and regulator. He originally qualified as a Chartered Accountant and has held Compliance Officer and MLRO positions in both Ireland and the UK including as EMEA Head of Compliance for both Northern Trust and State Street Global Advisors. Before that he was a Director at Deloitte’s Regulatory Consulting division having started his compliance career as Head of Asset Management Investigations at the UK's Financial Conduct Authority (as it is now known).

Please contact us on +353 1 563 4310 or info@compliancerecruitment.ie

Spain 

We operate in Spain independently with our main offices in Madrid but also represented in Barcelona, managed by Enrique Aznar and supported by Gisselle Uruena Pelaez. 

Enrique Aznar, MA - Enrique is a dually-qualified lawyer admitted to practice in Spain and the UK.  He has been Chief Compliance Officer for several major multinational corporations since 2005, including Nokia Siemens Networks, Tyco and VimpelCom/VEON (the latter is a NASDAQ-listed company where he was a member of the Management Board). He currently lectures on Compliance and Ethics at different programs in IE University and other institutions in Madrid, Barcelona & Guatemala and has recently been named Academic Director of the IE-Elecnor Observatory on Sustainable Compliance Cultures. In the past, he spent five years as Regional (Southern Europe) Legal Counsel for Dell in Madrid, having started his legal career in Big 4 Accountancy firms in Barcelona and London, before joining a Magic Circle (England) Law Firm in Madrid. 

Gisselle Uruena Pelaez  - Gisselle graduated in International Business & Marketing then worked for EFF (the largest educational organisation globally operating in 50 counties) as a Team Leader from 2017-2019. In 2019 she joined CRS in Madrid  and undertook intensive training in Compliance in London whilst regularly attending AML & Compliance technical conferences & seminars in Barcelona & Lisbon as well as Madrid.  

Please contact us on +34 669 779 533  or info@compliancerecruitment.es

 

Switzerland

We operate in Switzerland in partnership with AME Switzerland GmbH in Zurich whilst Ijeoma Aghanya FCCA MBA runs our Geneva office together with David Symes (and we can work in French & German).

Ijeoma Aghanya – Ijeoma trained with a Big 4 auditing firm in London then moved into Compliance with FTSE 100 Insurance & Investment Groups. He then joined the London office of a leading Swiss Private Banking Group in Compliance and having been asked to move to head up their Swiss-based team, has spent the last 10 years in Switzerland including also working with a major UK Bank in Financial Crime.

Please contact us on +41 2255 22818   or info@compliancerecruitment.ch

 

USA & APAC

We are very experienced in both Regions having had manned offices previously in both Hong Kong & Sydney as well as on Wall Street until several years ago whilst David also visited regularly, meeting both clients and candidates in HK as well as NYC. However we now operate in a network of other specialist & vetted recruiters, hence can service candidates & clients anywhere in the world in any sector across all of our specialist functions.  

Please contact David Symes on +44 20 7330 6966 or david@compliancerecruitment.com