John Higgins

Head of Assurance, Conduct and Compliance, with over 30 years of advisory, audit, assurance and consulting experience in performance improvement, risk management, compliance, people and change, and major programmes and projects, including 10 years as a PwC partner. Wide experience in highly regulated industries including 8 years within financial services. International investigation, remediation and insolvency experience. Working knowledge of and relationships with various regulators and enforcement agencies.

John’s financial services experience includes global investment banking, corporate, retail banking and insurance and his subject matter expertise includes business governance, conduct and ethics, SMcR, UK Bribery Act, US FCPA, AML / KYC, fraud, sanctions and export controls, programme and project management, change management and learning and development.

Prior to OCREUS, John developed a long and highly successful career within PWC. Previously as a PwC partner John worked on numerous large profile client engagements including the Lehman Administration and large global multinationals. Through these complex multi year engagements John drew on his senior programme, compliance, business conduct and legislation experience to oversee and ensure the successful implementation of new operating frameworks, facilitating interim management to evolve into the leadership, resourcing and operating models in place at these organisations today.

John works with the Boards, Chief Compliance Officers and General Counsel of large highly exposed multinationals to advise on compliance governance, compliance strategies, compliance programme design and implementation.

John has regularly led Board and senior executive workshops focused on governance, risk, regulation and compliance for international clients, represented his firm at the WEF Partnership Against Corruption Initiative and has regularly written and presented on regulatory and compliance matters in the UK and Internationally. Further John is a FCA / PRASkilled person.

Through leading the Corporate and Public sector practice within the OCREUS Group John works with firms large and small providing advisory, opinions, strategy, governance, corporate accounting, tax, conduct and values, ethics,

Through leading our Assurance practice, John focuses on providing reviews, assessments and recommendations to firms across sectors. Specifically within financial services the more recent focus has been on providing assurance reviews across matters such as Financial Crime mitigation, Governance, Risk, SMcR, Control, CASS and Cyber Crime.

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