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 the Financial Services Skills Commission, appointed in May 2020.

Prior to this role, Claire was Head of Skills 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 FSSC products and policy. Katharina enjoys working collaboratively to solve complex questions and presenting her findings to big and small audiences. She has eight years of 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 had brief stints at 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.

Gregg Hutchings

Programme Director

Gregg joined the FSSC as Programme Director in November 2021. Gregg oversees the FSSC workstreams and projects, working closely with members to develop products and services.

Previously, Gregg was Head of Policy and Stakeholder Engagement at the FSCB. Gregg has held a range of policy and project management roles across the public, private and not for profit sectors.

When not running around the park with his kids, Gregg enjoys playing the trumpet, badly.

Geisla Osei-Akoto

Admin and Operations Executive

Geisla joined the Commission as Admin and Operations Executive in January 2022.

Geisla has acquired a portfolio of skills, spending 8 years at Goldman Sachs International with roles in Derivatives Operations and European Funds Board where she led the Governance and Oversight role of Goldman Sachs Asset Management mutual and alternative funds in Luxembourg, Ireland & Cayman Islands.

Geisla also has experience in Residential & Commercial Real Estate & Business Management. Prior to joining the Commission, Geisla was Senior Property Manager for a mixed portfolio in Central London, and before this she worked as the Commercial Director for Diversity & Inclusion expert & International Leadership Speaker, René Carayol MBE.

Matthew Young

Policy and Programme Executive

Matthew joined the FSSC in April 2022 as Policy and Programme Executive. He has worked in policy and public affairs for many years, specialising in developing policy solutions to complex challenges, across the public, private and voluntary sectors. He has previously worked for a number of representative bodies, including the Association of British Insurers, Motor Insurers’ Bureau and the Local Government Association. He has also spent a number of years in self-employment, consulting for a range of firms in the retail and financial services sectors. He holds a Masters degree in Politics and Administration from Birkbeck College. His interests include history, travel, architecture and art.

Anusha Thilakendran

Policy Executive

Anusha joined the FSSC as a Policy Executive, seconded in from PwC in September 2022 on a part-time basis.

Anusha started her career as a graduate in Deloitte’s Tax & Legal team, including a one-year secondment managing Aon’s Global Mobility programme. Anusha moved to PwC in 2018 and is currently working as a Workforce, Strategy & Culture consultant. Anusha has extensive experience with FS clients and has been involved in projects focussed on hybrid working, employee experience and the Future of Work.

Outside of work, Anusha is interested in child development and interior design.

Adam Welby

Policy Executive

Adam joined the Financial Services Skills Commission as Policy Executive, seconded in from EY in March 2023.

Prior to his secondment, Adam was a Consultant in EY’s People Advisory Services (PAS) practice and has experience advising financial services clients on various workforce-related matters.

Adam holds a Law Degree (with Honours) from Swansea University


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