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.

Claire has an MA(Hons) in Town Planning from Heriot-Watt University.

Simy Prakash

Policy Exec

Simy joined EY in 2017 and is EY’s general insurance investment leader. Simy specialises in advising firms on all aspects relating to their investment strategy and consults on a wide array of topics from setting governance policy to building technology solutions for better analytics. She speaks at industry conferences on economic themes, asset classes and strategic approaches to investment and frequently engages and works with board and investment committee members. Prior to EY, Simy acquired a broad range of experience and skills working across different areas of the financial services industry and has worked at firms including Schroders, River & Mercantile, MS Amlin and Aon.

Simy has 15 years’ experience and has a particular interest in skills and talent development. Simy is currently on secondment to the Financial Services Skills Commission.

She holds a BA(Hons) in Philosophy from the London School of Economics & Political Science.

Joshua Rae

Policy Exec

Joshua is a chartered accountant (ICAEW) who has worked in the FS Tax Private Client team since joining PwC in 2016. Joshus specialises in UK and US personal tax, assisting high net worth individuals, mainly across the private equity sector, with their tax compliance. Joshua has experience advising clients on various topics including luxury asset purchase, expatriation and trust compliance.

Prior to PwC, Joshua worked as a Science Teacher in a secondary school in Worcester, as part of the Teach First programme.

Joshua is currently on secondment to the Financial Services Skills Commission, supporting the Commission workstreams.

Joshua has assisted the Resurgo Spear programme which helps young people facing disadvantage into work or education, and was a Teach First Futures mentor, supporting 6th form students from Teach First schools into Further Education.

Joshua has a BSc (Hons) Degree in Psychology, and a PGCE, both from Birmingham City University.

Deborah Makinu

Future Skills & Learning Exec

Deborah joined the commission in January 2021 as Future Skills and Learning Executive and focuses on supporting workstream 1 and 2.

She previously worked for Booking.com/ Booking Holdings as Learning & Development Executive where she managed several project around quality management, learning process and performance management.

Deborah has a Bachelors in Marketing and Communication from ESUPCOM (Superior School of Communication – France).

Katharina Ehrhart

Skills Policy and Research Manager

Katharina joined the Commission as Skills 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.


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