Martin Wheatley to stand down as FCA Chief Executive

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has today announced that Martin Wheatley is to stand down as Chief Executive with effect from September 2015.

Mr Wheatley will continue to act as an adviser to the FCA Board until January 2016 with a particular emphasis on the implementation of the Fair and Effective Markets Review, which he co-chaired.

John Griffith-Jones, Chairman of the FCA said:

“Martin has done an outstanding job as Chief Executive setting up and leading the FCA over the last four years. We owe him a lot and I and my Board would like to thank him for his great efforts in setting up the organisation and for the contribution he has made to putting conduct so firmly at the top of the financial services agenda.

“We all wish Martin well and I am pleased that we will continue to benefit from his wisdom and expertise over the next few months.”

Martin Wheatley said:

“I am incredibly proud of all we have achieved together in building the FCA over the last four years. I know that the organisation will build on that strong start and work so that the financial services industry continues to thrive.”

Mr Griffith-Jones also announced that Tracey McDermott will be taking over as Acting Chief Executive from September 12 while the search for a permanent Chief Executive takes place.

“I am pleased that we are able to call on someone of Tracey’s ability and stature to take up the post of Acting Chief Executive. I am grateful to her for taking on this role and I know she will do a great job.”

Wheatley has previously held roles at the Securities and Futures Commission and the London Stock Exchange before becoming Managing Director of the Financial Services Authority before it was split in to the The Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority in 2012.