Meet our Senior Team

Joe Channer
CEO (Co-Founder)
  • Highly commercial Capital Markets COO specialising in aligning, motivating and driving Investment and Commercial Banking organisations to deliver change and meet their strategic objectives
  • Expertise in translating business strategy into target operating model, business case and roadmap
  • Proven track record of delivering large and complex front to back Business and Technology transformation initiatives for leading sell-side institutions in capital markets and transaction banking
  • Strong product, technical and regulatory expertise
  • MBA – London Business School
  • BA Economics & International Finance
  • Chartered Accountant

Key Competencies

  • Strategy development
  • Business transformation leadership/programme directorship
  • Strategic Business Operating Model/Client Service Model
  • Operations risk expertise
  • Trading and risk technology
  • Outsourcing
Bimal Umeria
Head of External Partnerships (Co-Founder)
  • Capital Markets Front Office COO with 15+ years practitioner experience gained from working within leading Investment Banking organisations
  • Proven track record in leading strategic business transformations and Programme Management of large scale, complex front to back change
  • Formulation of sophisticated Target Operating Models and installation of effective governance frameworks designed to deliver change
  • MSc. Business Finance & Econometrics – Brunel University, London
  • BSc. Business Economics – Brunel University

Key Competencies

  • Front Office business transformation/ programme mobilisation & management
  • Business plan, Target Operating Model and governance expertise
  • Senior stakeholder management, communication and MI
  • Front to back trading and risk technology implementation
  • Broad product knowledge across equities, options, futures, swaps, etc derivatives
Petri Arola
CTO (Co-Founder)
  • Senior Capital Markets advisor with a proven track record of defining technology-driven business transformation initiatives for leading financial institutions. 20 years in consultancy
  • Deep understanding of how the end-to-end technology stack works, and how it enables various business models
  • Business consultant and architect, combining also effective delivery skills – gets things done
  • MSc. Econ – Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration

Key Competencies

  • IT strategy and its implementation
  • Enterprise, solution and technical architectures, requirements management
  • Front office trading architectures
  • Data governance, quality and lineage (response to BCBS 239)
  • Business transformation/programme and project management
  • Governance frameworks, business case definition and delivery
  • Vendor selection, management and outsourcing
Tom Kastelein
Head of Benelux
  • Senior banking practitioner with proven track record in delivering large organisation change in complex and political environments
  • Significant experience in designing and implementing new business and IT driven organisation models
  • Passionate about executing change by motivating people to use their experience and knowledge to continuous improve and innovate without compromising on efficiency, effectiveness, quality and client satisfaction

Key Competencies

  • Design and implement greenfield (new) business/banking models
  • Execute organisation change by a Business process Transformation (eg product focus to client focus organisation)
  • Bring Business & IT together through WFM and portal solutions
  • Improve client experience (online) innovative solutions
  • Improve Operational Excellence in both operations and client side of the business
Mark Aldous
Managing Director, inSPire Structured Products

Mark has worked in the structured products industry for over 20 years delivering solutions and managing platforms for the issuance of complex and flow products. Mark is an experienced leader of Derivatives and Structured Products teams at a number of leading investment banks and has operated across London, New York, Hong Kong, Frankfurt and Zurich.

Head of Capital Markets Delivery
  • Senior Financial Markets professional specialising in defining and driving Investment Banking organisations to deliver change and meet their tactical and strategic challenges
  • Significant experience in project management and business analysis translating business challenges into practical requirements and drive solutions and delivery working as part of the organisation rather than alongside it
  • Proven track record of global delivery of large and complex front to back business and technology transformations, cross-asset products and regulatory expertise
  • BSc. (Hons) Computer Science – University of Westminster, London

Key Competencies

  • Business transformation programme and project management
  • Senior stakeholder and team management across the business and IT
  • Regulatory expertise and compliance/business/IT impact analysis
  • Cash equities, Derivatives and Prime Broking and exposure to all asset classes
  • Order and execution management, trading strategies and position keeping
  • Compliance and Middle Office and front to back interfaces
Trevor Belstead
Head of Transaction Banking Solutions
  • Senior technology practitioner with 20 years experience as CTO, solutions architect and programme manager responsible for delivering large scale programs in complex organisations across Defence, Investment Banking, Retail Banking, Insurance and Governments.
  • Extensive experience in the Payments domain as both a CTO at leading Vendors (Dovetail, Concise) and as a Senior Consultant at a number of payment infrastructure institutions
  • Effective at working with both the business and technology organisations to define and deliver their enterprise strategy, business solutions and improvements across payments, fraud, financial crime, regulations, security, business intelligence.
  • B. Multidisciplinary Science (Computer Science) – Curtin University of Technology, Perth Western Australia

Key Competencies

  • Define and deliver enterprise and solution strategy
  • Define and deliver enterprise architectures and solution architectures
  • Define and deliver process improvements across business and technology
  • Define and deliver technical solutions
  • Lead development
  • Manage and motivate teams
Michele Colenso
Head of Asia Pacific
  • Banking operations executive with over 25 years of international experience
  • Management of global operations teams, change leadership and strategic advisory
  • Expert on operational efficiency, governance and risk management within Investment Banks, Retail/Clearing Banks, Credit Card and Insurance
  • Strategic thinker with strong commercial focus and ability to bridge the gap between the business and technology with an excellent delivery track record

Key Competencies

  • Enterprise Risk Management
  • Operational Risk Management
  • Governance to Board level
  • Organisation Transformation
  • Change Management
  • Strategic Direction and Portfolio/Programme Management
Earl McCausland
Head of South Africa

Earl is a people orientated business leader & senior banking practitioner with over 15 years’ experience gained within leading international banks. He has strong operational, outsourcing and risk experience having played a pivotal role in developing a strategic offshore captive. He is a business enabler with deep understanding of the governance structures and control environment required to support efficient operations.

Key Competencies

  • Outsourcing & offshoring
  • Operations management & improvement
  • Governance, risk and control
  • Operational risk
  • Business continuity management
  • Product Governance
Lindsay Jones
Chief Talent Officer

With 15 year’s experience in executive search and human capital management. Lindsay is an expert in the complexity of moving people. Lindsay has been retained across a number of Tier 1 Banks, Global FinTech’s and the “Big 4”.  Lindsay leads the DC global internal resourcing function.

David Long
Chief of Staff, Head of Non-Financial Risk

David has had an extensive and broad career spanning more than 30 years of Tier One Investment Banking experience. He has held a number of senior positions including, Group COO for EMEA, which included Head of Brexit and the Global Cultural Programme, COO Fixed Income, Executive Board membership and legal entity directorships of both Credit Suisse and industry-wide entities including the British Bankers Association and EBS Ltd (World’s largest FX broker).

David specialises in the study of Conduct and Behaviour, and leads Conduct training for the Banking Industry.

David is a fellow of the Institute of Directors and has an MBA from Cass Business School, London.

Rezwan Shafique
Head of Business Transformation

Rezwan Shafique is a Partner at Delta Capita, leading the Business Transformation practice. Based in London, Rezwan has over fifteen years’ experience in financial services and consulting. Rezwan joins Delta Capita from Capco where he led Capco Advisory. Rezwan also trained as a management consultant at Deloitte Consulting. Previous roles include COO for Emerging Markets Sales & Trading at Credit Suisse. Rezwan brings depth and expertise in solving complex change programs across the financial services sector.

Head of Prime Services & Securities Finance

David is an acknowledged expert in clearing and collateral management. With over 20 years financial services consulting experience, he has led many clearing and collateral advisory projects across buy-side, sell-side, CCPs and custodians, spanning strategy, target operating model and technology. He speaks at numerous industry conferences and is frequently quoted in financial services media.

David was the founder and Managing Director of The Field Effect (TFE), a boutique consultancy specialising in clearing and collateral management spanning cleared and uncleared OTC and exchange traded derivatives. TFE provided advisory services to every participant in the industry value chain: buy-side, sell-side, CCPs, custodians and CSDs.

Ten months after striking a strategic partnership, Delta Capita acquired TFE in 2019, creating one of the larger specialised consultancies service providers in prime brokerage, securities finance and collateral management.

Group COO

Ben has more than 20 years of Financial Services experience, specialising in Operations, Risk Management, Regulatory requirement implementation and strategic infrastructure transformations. Prior to joining Delta Capita, Ben worked at Deutsche Bank as Chief Operating Officer to the Chief Risk Officer for the Corporate and Investment Bank.

Group CIO

Philip has more than 25 years of Financial Services experience, specialising in IT and Operations. Prior to joining Delta Capita, Philip held several Chief Information Officer and Chief Operating Officer roles, more recently as Head of Technology and Operations for Barclays Investment Bank and prior to that COO of Barclays Wealth businesses. Before joining Barclays, Philip was CIO for UBS’s global Investment Banking business. Philip also has considerable consulting experience.

Steve Vinnicombe

Steve Vinnicombe has more than 20 years of experience in the consulting industry. He started his career at Accenture, where he spent 11 years, specialising in Financial Services, his last role as a senior executive in the Capital Markets unit. Steve joined Capco in 2010 and was instrumental in helping the business achieve 25% compound annual growth between 2010 and 2016. Between January 2014 and June 2016, Steve served as the CEO of Capco in both the UK and South Africa.

Matthew Aldous
Finance Director


  • Founder and Director – The Laurel Partnership (Accounting Firm)
  • 20 years of experience providing financial leadership and helping businesses develop internal controls
  • Licensed Accountant (ATT)
Jonathan Adams
Managing Principal, Prime Services & Securities Finance
  • Senior practitioner with over 20 years Collateral Management, Securities Finance and Treasury experience across Front Office, Product and Change Management at Investment Banks, Global Custodians and ISCDs
  • Significant vendor solution implementation experience driving change from project initiation and vendor selection through to project delivery
  • Delivery track record in interpreting regulatory jurisdictional nuances and implementing the required process and functional change

Key competencies

  • Target Operating Model formulation
  • Business Analysis
  • Project Management and Governance
  • Stakeholder Management
Charanpal Matharu
Managing Principal, Non-Financial Risk

Charanpal is a qualified accountant with more than 20 years of Tier 1 Investment Banking experience. He is a highly accomplished and experienced Chief Operating Officer with industry leading experience in the First Line of Defence. This includes pioneering the Front Office Controls COO role, implementing robust supervisory frameworks, performing operational risk evaluations, conduct risk assessments and implementing measurement techniques to identify emerging trends

Managing Principal, Non-Financial Risk

Nick has extensive Country and Change Management expertise with a strong track record of building and delivering both business and infrastructure solutions regionally and globally. My career has provided significant exposure to a wide range of businesses across Investment Banking, Global Markets, Private Banking and Asset Management in developed and emerging markets.

He has a strong Governance and Control background serving on a number of Legal Entity Boards and good experience in dealing with a wide range of regulators and Governments across the EMEA region. He has the ability to deliver impact through strong stakeholder management and a track record of successful delivery of major change programmes from Front to Back Office, and to establish new businesses and legal entities in a wide range of countries. He is recognised for an analytical and considered approach to driving regional efficiencies and cost savings.

Nick’s strengths include strong cultural awareness and the ability to work effectively in both large centralised locations and country offices. He has direct management experience in all Corporate Functions.

Tracey Allen
Head of Financial Crime

Tracey has more than 15 years KYC industry experience, most recently heading up the Client Experience team at Thomson Reuters, within their risk managed services division. Prior to that, she was an Executive Director within EMEA Client Onboarding at Goldman Sachs.

Tracey is a recognised industry financial crime and client onboarding expert who will help DC develop a service model that delivers a differentiating client experience.

Rob Kemna
Head of Managed Services, Benelux

Rob has over 20 years experience in senior executive positions in both Operations and IT for financial services. Significant experience in leading highly skilled executive management teams and large transformation programs.

Mark Halama
General Counsel & Head of Commercial Advisory
  • 20-year professional specializing in heavyweight commercial and project contracts having technology and intellectual property rights at their core
  • Significant experience advising banks and asset managers based in Asia, Europe and the US on their commercials and contracts with all major technology and market data suppliers
  • Particular focus on the providers of front , middle and back office applications for transactions processing , monitoring and reporting
  • LLM – London School of Economics
  • LLB – Lancaster University
  • Solicitor

Key Competencies

  • Facilitation and negotiation of complex high value transactions
  • RFP preparation and bid reviews
  • Initial investment vs TCO assessment
  • Contract consolidation and enterprise agreements
  • Audit and dispute resolution
  • Outsourcing
Non-executive Director

30 years experience in the finance sector and has specialised in developing businesses and creating innovative solutions for complex challenges within  the industry for the industry for both banks and vendors on an international basis.

Key Competencies

  • Trading infrastructures
  • Production management
  • Complex programme management
  • Market Data systems
  • Trader Voice
  • Clearing & Settlement infrastructures
Non-executive Director

30 years multi-geography experience at-C level in the banking industry.  Deep expertise as a commercial COO, CIO and CAO. Extensive experience in Australia, Singapore, Philippines, US, India, China, Netherlands, UK, Switzerland, France and Malaysia.

Senior roles in MNC IT & Professional Services’ vendors as Trusted Advisor of CEOs & COOs for major banks.

Key Competencies

  • Steering strategy development and execution
  • Strategic sourcing, outsourcing and vendor management
  • Major banking transformations
  • Lead negotiator for major deals
  • Shared services and BPO set ups and sales/disposals
  • Business reengineering
  • M&A, core banking and program office leadership
  • Cyber security & risk assessments
  • Senior executive coaching
  • Innovative ICT start-ups and angel investing
  • IT solutions for Retail, Wealth, Private, Commercial and Investment Banking
Wei Choong Lam
Non-executive Director

Over 30 years experience in strategic business and IT alignment as well as sophisticated large scale programme and project implementations. Previously Head of IBM consulting for the APAC.

Previously Head of IBM consulting for the APAC region with responsibility for bank mergers. Significant experience in advising and assisting financial institutions and government bodies regionally (including China) in strategic business and IT alignment as well as sophisticated large scale program and project implementations. Held senior technical and C-level positions across Asia Pacific.

Key Competencies

  • Outsourcing
  • IT Strategy
  • Bank mergers and acquisitions
  • Change Management
  • Business Strategy
  • Start Ups