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Bank of England’s Bailey named FCA chief executive

The new chief executive of the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has been named as Andrew Bailey, the Bank of England’s deputy governor for prudential regulation and chief executive of the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA).

Bank of England’s Bailey named FCA chief executive


Bailey, who has been appointed for a five year term, is expected to take up his new role in July 2016.

Chancellor George Osborne on Tuesday said: “Andrew Bailey is an outstanding candidate to be the next chief executive of the FCA.

“He has already done a superb job at the PRA; where he has shown how effective he is as a leader, able to build strong relationships and use his fine judgment to steer the PRA through its formative years.”

Hot potato

Filling the role of FCA chief executive proved to be more problematic than most expected, with several high profile candidates making themselves unavailable for the role. 

Bailey replaces interim chief executive Tracey McDermott, who stepped in to fill the breach after Martin Wheatley resigned in mid-July after the chancellor advised him that his contract would not be renewed.

McDermott was mooted to take on the role permanently, but elected to withdraw her name from consideration in early January, stating that she did not want the job on a full-time basis. 

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