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The finance sector goes beyond tax and accounting. The pandemic has highlighted the need to plan for a digital future within the financial services industry - with a new generation of graduate talent leading the charge.
Meet our panel of key players from the professional services industry and hear about their unusual routes into the sector and the variety of roles on offer for graduates from any discipline.
Employer Panel for Your Future in Business and Professional Services
Richard Ramsey is Chief Economist, Northern Ireland, at Ulster Bank. He is a member of the Department of Finance’s Statistics Advisory Committee.
Before joining Ulster Bank, Richard spent 10 years in the public sector – including spells as Principal Economist at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) and with Invest NI.
He also held a number of economist posts within the Department of Finance & Personnel. Richard is a graduate of Loughborough University with a BSc in Economics & Human Geography and an MSc in European Economics and Finance.
Karen is responsible for the development of the multinational Financial Services and Professional Services Sector, including FinTech, in Northern Ireland. She also manages a portfolio of major NI investors in the FS Sector.
A graduate in Chemical Engineering from Queens University, Karen worked as a production manager for Coats Viyella and as a consultant for Reuters Healthcare and Parity, before joining Northern Ireland’s economic development agency, in 1999.
She initially worked with a number of start-up companies in the ICT and Life Sciences sectors and with spin-out companies from the two local universities. She moved to the Financial Services sector in June 2005.
As People and Operations Director in Operate, Deborah is responsible for leading the PwC people strategy to support the ever evolving needs of the business.
At the heart of her role is making sure PwC continue to hire, develop and inspire their people, creating operational specialists who are focussed on high quality delivery. Deborah has the honour of leading teams who are focussed on how they improve their people experience and therefore the experience of their clients. PwC clients tell them their culture is a differentiator.
Deborah joined PwC Forensic Services in 2010 and has held multiple roles supporting large scale asset tracing and due diligence investigations across the globe. She transitioned to operations in 2013, and has been part of the Operate leadership team since the beginning, supporting it's continued growth across multiple UK locations.
Stephanie specialises in Programme Management and running Programme Management Offices at Deloitte.
She manages a team based in Belfast that specialises in implementing and running PMOs for complex client transformation programmes.
Chris is a manager in EY's Risk Advisory practice in Belfast.
He has over 16 years experience across public sector, industry and more latterly in practice.