About Us

B-Compliant was formed in early 2018 with the prime focus of providing hands-on compliance support to clients and setting ourselves apart from the audit approach to compliance.

With over 20 years’ of regulatory experience, our compliance consultants are trusted experts within the field.

Assisting with all aspects of regulation, from general compliance support through to training, ensuring we provide the best outcomes for your firm.

Whilst our head office is located in the North; Manchester to be precise, we do service the whole of the UK.  Some of our current clients can be found as North as Aberdeen, as East as Ipswich and as South as London.

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Meet the Team

Vicky Pearce
Director

Vicky is a highly qualified compliance professional, holding Advance Financial Planning Certificate and the designation Chartered Financial Planner. Her 20 years’ experience in the financial services sector started as a cashier in a small building society, working her way up the ladder to become a mortgage advisor and financial planner within the bank assurance world, before changing focus towards compliance.

She has gained vast experience having held various roles within a National network, compliance support firms, and most recently running the compliance department of a medium-sized wealth management firm with an HNW client bank. This puts her in an ideal position to understand the compliance challenges faced by your firm, and what support you’re likely to need.

Jeremy Smith
Director

Jeremy has worked within the sector for over 25 years, initially as an advisor before moving into compliance. Becoming a freelance consultant in 2000 has resulted in him being very adaptable and able to be proactive with firms from the early stages of engagement.

Having had extensive interaction with the FCA and ‘big 4’ as project lead for s166 work (including large-scale remediation activities), and through the authorisation of new & private equity-backed management buyouts. More recently he has gained considerable experience at the board level of several National FS firms, having held the positions of Risk & Compliance Director (CF10 & 11), and Chief Risk Officer. Whilst Jeremy specialises in structural and governance activities, with focus on Risk & Control Frameworks and direct FCA contact, his broad experience allows a pragmatic approach to most regulatory challenges.

Jeremy is diploma qualified.

Annabel Gray
Compliance Consultant

Annabel has worked within Financial Services for 25+ years holding a variety of roles.  During the last 15 years she has sat firmly within the Compliance and Supervision side.  She has worked with small to medium directly authorised financial adviser firms providing in-house support of both compliance and supervision.

Annabel has also worked for the national network, Tenet Group as a field Training and Competence Supervisor, and national IFA Tilney providing both compliance and supervision support.

Her strength is practical support to enable businesses and advisers to grow within a compliant framework.

As Annabel is based close to Birmingham, she is ideally situated for our southern clients.

Zoe Crimes
Office Manager/PA

Zoe joined the Bee Hive, bringing with her over 7 years’ experience of office management, specialising in companies in their infancy. She has gained varied experience in her positions, ranging from administration, to finance, to leadership, and everything in between, which makes her an excellent fit for B-Compliant. Zoe is responsible for all back-office processes to ensure smooth running for the other teams. She also acts as PA to the Bee Hive’s bosses.

She is an enthusiastic member of the team, very approachable and personable, which is why Zoe is the perfect person to be your initial point of contact when getting in touch with B-Compliant.

Gill Thompson-Daly
Compliance Consultant

Gill is a skilled and experienced compliance professional, who holds the International Advanced Certificate in Compliance and Financial Crime.

She has 20 years’ experience in the offshore financial services sector, having started in sales for a retail bank, and then moving into management. She found her forte however, in the compliance field whilst working for wealth managers.

She brings to the business significant expertise in the compliance/AML arena having held the roles of Compliance Officer and MLRO for 13+ years. Her experience is wide and varied, including regulatory work, monitoring and surveillance, file reviews, risk assessments, and other technical work such as developing compliance monitoring programmes, policies and procedures.

 

Gill also holds the Investment Advice Certificate and Chartered Membership of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.

Maria Fox-Leonard
Compliance Consultant

Maria has a background in Private Banking, where she developed her client-facing skills. She has 5 years of Compliance experience. Her journey into Compliance started as a Suitability Reviewer of investment management portfolios, where she developed her Compliance knowledge and became a Compliance Generalist. She has worked on both the Monitoring side (Suitability, PA Dealing, Best Execution, Telephone monitoring) and Advisory side (Gap Analyses, Financial Promotions, Complaints Handling, Cross Border, SMR, Policies and Procedures). She has created and implemented a Suitability Monitoring Programme and has trained other Compliance staff. Her roles have had a great focus on TCF, customer outcomes and Conduct Risk.

Maria is therefore familiar with the FCA handbook, in particular COBS and SYSC. She holds the ICA Diploma in Compliance.

Joanne Smith
Compliance Consultant

Having worked in financial services since 1990 in varied roles Jo has extensive knowledge of the regulatory rules and guidance that are essential for authorised firms to understand and implement. 

Jo has brought with her many years of dealing directly with the regulator and has an in-depth knowledge of how they operate and their requirements, putting her in an ideal position to support your firm.

She has fantastic attention to detail, identifying errors and omissions quickly and providing proportionate solutions for your business, which is crucial. 

Jo regularly keeps her knowledge updated, attends courses and gains qualifications.

Why we're different

At the heart of our business are our core values.

  • b-different

  • b-flexible

  • b-honest

  • b-part of a team

It has become the norm for firms like yours to accept tick lists of compliance tasks to complete yourselves.  This is why we are different.  Our Compliance Consultants provide hands-on support, just like being a part of your team.  We are flexible to your requirements, whether that is working alongside on site, or remotely from our offices, we will always do what is right for you.  And finally, we will always be honest.  If we feel that your compliance requirements will be better suited elsewhere, we will tell you.

What is the APCC?

The Association of Professional Compliance Consultants, or APCC, is the body for compliance consultants who advise firms regulated in the UK.

To become a member you must abide by their professional standards, which we are very proud to state that we do.

The Association of Professional Compliance Consultants Member

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