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Chris Prior-Willeard

Chris has been involved with financial markets for most of his career.


After serving as a junior naval officer, Chris became involved in derivative markets and started a futures exchange for meat commodities at the Baltic Exchange in London. He was appointed Director of Futures Markets of the Baltic Futures Exchange which covered a variety of commodities, freight futures and had its own clearing house.

Joining the London Stock Exchange just before "Big Bang", Chris worked in the successful launch of the international equity market - SEAQ International. After Big Bang he was transferred to The Market Department where he acted as UK Equities Market Manager and Secretary of The Markets Committee of the Stock Exchange Council. 

He then moved into transaction banking serving with Chase Manhattan Bank, HSBC and The Bank of New York. Chris managed a range of businesses concerned with Eurobonds and Equities.

He was hired by PwC as a Director in strategic consulting and corporate finance. This provided the opportunity to advise on a number of key projects including the restructuring of Euroclear, a new investment bank in Moscow, a sovereign bond trading platform and the development of the UK's first electronic exchange for smaller companies.

Chris has since worked in international share registration, strategy and governance. In 2010 he was appointed as project manager by BNY Mellon for a new international securities settlement system in Belgium. He was subsequently was appointed CEO and President of the Board.

More recently Chris has focused on Hembury Associates, a company set up in 1997. Chris and his team undertake a variety of roles for clients extending from feasibility studies into new businesses, project management, M&A due diligence, as well as training, team development and surveys.

Chris's board experience includes trust companies, trade associations and market infrastructure providers.