Dr. Kay Swinburne is Vice Chair of KPMG UK’s Financial Services practice and Chair of KPMG’s EMA Risk & Regulatory Insight Centre, and until recently, was Global Co-lead of Sustainable Finance at KPMG. She’s an active voice in the market and leads special projects on ESG, EU/UK political issues and financial regulation – including Fintech, UK competitiveness and capital market infrastructure.

Kay is the Chair of the International Regulatory Strategy Group (IRSG) leading one of the most influential regulatory and strategy cross-sectional groups in Europe which is co-sponsored by TheCityUK and the City of London Corporation. She is also a board member of TheCityUK and chairs their Finance and Audit Committee.  

Earlier this year she was appointed to the Financial Conduct Authority’s Secondary Markets Advisory Committee which helps develop reforms that improve market competition, increase consumer protection and enhance the integrity of market. Most recently, Kay was appointed to the UK Capital Markets Industry Taskforce, an industry-led group that aims to support wider regulatory reform and the international position of the UK capital markets.

Prior to joining KPMG, Kay was a Member of European Parliament (2009-2019), serving as Vice Chair of the Economics and Monetary Affairs Committee. This role saw her shape EU and global financial services legislation, including setting up the EU supervisory bodies (ESAs, SSM, SRM), capital markets union (EMIR, MiFID II, Prospectus, CCP Recovery & Resolution), and the broader banking union files.

Recent awards include being named one of Financial News’ 100 Most Influential Woman in European Finance in 2020 and 2021, selected as a Standout as part of the Women in Fintech Powerlist 2021 in the category Policy Makers & Regulatory Experts and being named one of Financial News’ 25 City Influencers as part of an initiative to celebrate FN’s 25th anniversary in 2022.