Alison Barker

Director of Specialist Supervision
Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)

Alison Barker was appointed in December 2016 as Director of Specialist Supervision, within the Supervision Division at the Financial Conduct Authority. She has responsibility for financial crime regulation, technology and cyber risk, client assets and the prudential supervision of 22,000 firms. Her division provides specialist expertise to the FCA, and engages with national and international stakeholders on related policy issues. Prior to her current role, Ms Barker was the Head of the Infrastructure & Trading Firms Department, within the Supervision Division. The department brought together responsibility for the supervision of key market infrastructure such as Recognised Investment Exchanges, trading firms and commodity brokers, high frequency traders and specific supervisory regimes for LIBOR, other benchmarks and regulated covered bonds. Ms Barker joined the Financial Services Authority in 2009 and was responsible for the Supervisory Oversight Function, assessing supervisory quality. She has also supervised the UK’s client money and assets regime and retail banking conduct regime. Prior to joining the Financial Services Authority she spent 12 years as a consultant for KPMG in the London regulatory practice, working on a range of regulatory programmes for financial services organisations. Before joining KPMG she worked for Lloyds Banking Group in senior compliance roles.