Our Team

The Commission is supported by a dedicated, talented and experienced team which drives our work forward. The team supports our four workstreams, and other activity in line with our strategy and long-term objectives.

Claire Tunley

Chief Executive

Claire Tunley is the Chief Executive of Financial Services Skills Ltd, appointed in May 2020.

Prior to this role, Claire was Head of Skills Policy at City of London Corporation leading on skills and talent policy. In this role, Claire was seconded to the Financial Services Skills Taskforce as subject matter expert on skills; led the creation of a sector deal on apprenticeships between the Professional Business Services Council and government; worked with the Government Equalities Office to create an action-based guide on supporting women’s progression in the work place; and created an innovative partnership with local schools to support students from disadvantaged backgrounds to gain a professional financial services qualification.

Claire has worked in skills and economic development in both local and central government roles for over 20 years. Claire is a member of the Institute of Leadership and Management and is a governor of a secondary academy located in an area of deprivation and is the nominated lead governor for careers.

Katharina Ehrhart

Policy and Research Manager

Katharina joined the Commission as Policy and Research Manager in February 2021 where she leads on research projects that inform evidence-based policy formulation. Katharina enjoys working collaboratively to solve complex questions and present outcomes. She has extensive experience in the research world through her previous roles at the City of London Corporation and at the consulting arm of the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to that, she worked for a consultancy in Paris, the European Commission in Luxembourg and a think tank in Berlin.

Having enjoyed an international education, Katharina holds an M.A. in European Studies, jointly awarded by the University of Bath and Sciences Po, and a B.A. from the University of Passau, Germany. Katharina speaks three languages and holds certificates in non-violent communication, a conflict resolution technique. She is passionate about data visualisation, learning, and inclusion.

Linsey White

Communications Director

Linsey White joined the FSSC team as Communications Director in July 2021 from the National Charity DEBRA where she was Head of PR and content. With over 20 years experience working across the private and public sector, Linsey previously worked for UK Finance heading up the UK media relations team, The Association of British Insurers  and has also worked for the Ministry of Defence covering external affairs and crisis communications.

Linsey is also studying to become a naturopath in her spare time.

Siyao Zhang

Policy Executive

Siyao is a Policy Executive at the Commission, seconded in from PwC UK since August 2021.

Prior to her secondment, Siyao was a Manager at PwC UK in the HR Transformation & Technology Consulting practice.

Siyao is a CIPD-accredited HR professional and has over 4 years of experience in global HR Transformation programmes across various industries including Financial Services. In her Consulting years, Siyao primarily focussed on the design, optimisation and implementation of SaaS-enabled HR processes, global HR Target Operating Models and HR Shared Service Centres, alongside business M&A.

Emma Whitton

Programme Manager

Emma joins us as Programme Manager on an interim basis until the end of November 2021, reporting to Claire Tunley.

Emma has over 20 years’ experience in financial services having worked at RSA Insurance Group undertaking a number of roles across personal and commercial lines. Prior to her departure she was Head of Event Experience & Sponsorship.

Most recently Emma worked at the City of London Corporation, running the Lord Mayors Dragon Awards and managing the Taskforce for Socio-economic Diversity at senior levels within Financial & Professional Services.


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