Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Paul Moore, ex-HBOS, whistleblower, speaking in Belfast on Thursday night

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A quick reminder that the annual Catherwood Lecture is this Thursday night at 8pm. As a consequence of the fire at Union Theological College, the venue has switched from its Chapel to around the corner at Fitzroy Presbyterian Church.

The event is free, so if the title, the whistleblowing speaker or the organisation intrigues you, feel free to pop along on the night.

Paul Moore - Finance and Faith: Can Mammon and the Common Good be Reconciled?

Paul Moore is the former Head of Group Regulatory Risk at HBOS and was the only senior risk and compliance executive in the UK banking sector to speak out publicly in the aftermath of the financial crisis about what he saw from the inside of a bank.

Paul came came to public attention in late 2008 as a whistleblower after claiming that he had been fired for warning HBOS about its excessive risk-taking.

His influential evidence given to the Treasury Select Committee in February 2009 was widely publicised in the media and led directly to the resignation of Sir James Crosby, the Deputy Chairman of the FSA. He maintained that failures in governance, risk management, compliance and regulatory supervision were at the primary causes of the banking crisis.

Paul was educated at Ampleforth College, an independent school run by a Benedictine Monastery. He re-found his faith in the last ten years. This has given him the strength he needed to speak up.

You can read a little more about his background or come along and hear him on Thursday 26th at 8pm.

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