Specialist Panel

Genius Methods works on a business model that includes experts and specialists in their field being part of the team to support the delivery of excellent services to our customers.

Professor Bob Garratt
Advisor on Board Effectiveness and Corporate Governance at KPMG LLP 

30 years of international consulting on board and director review and development in Europe, US, China and South East Asia, Africa, South Africa and Australia/New Zealand.

His academic experience includes The Management School, Imperial College of Science and Technology London; Judge at the Institute of Management Studies, University of Cambridge; Ulster College, Belfast; Architectural Association School, London.


Joe DiViannaDr Joe diVanna
Director of Financial Services Industry Research
Speaker, Advisor and Author

Described by The Economist as a “polymath”, and by his clients as “brilliant and fresh”, Joseph DiVanna is an independent author, consultant and global public speaker. His sometimes unconventional approach to solving global business challenges prompts clients to stop and think about what they do and how they do it.  Simply, Joe provides insight on why business do the things they do from a historical context so organizations can learn from the missteps, successes and wisdom of other companies throughout history.

Joe inspires people to develop deeper interest in the study of history, commerce and technology as a means to put today’s business challenges into a greater competitive global context.


Professor Steve BristowProfessor Steve Bristow
Director of Open Direction 

Professor Steve Bristow specialises in corporate governance, strategic analysis, policy evaluation and information logistics, particularly in the education and training sector. Steve’s specialties include Governance, strategy and quality assurance especially in post-compulsory education and training and the voluntary sector.


Professor Mike Power
Professor of Accounting at London School of Economics

Mike is also a director at the Centre of analysis of risk and regulation at the London School of Economics and is a Non-Executive Director at St James Place Partnership where he Chairs the Risk Committee and is a member of the Audit Committee.

Mike is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and an Associate of the UK Chartered Institute of Taxation. He sits on the risk management committee of the London School of Economics and lectures and writes on risk management, regulation and compliance issues.


Martin Webster
Partner at Pinsent Masons LLP

Martin has practised as a corporate lawyer in the City for 30 years.  He has acted for both quoted companies and growing private businesses and now heads the corporate governance unit at Pinsent Masons, advising companies and their boards on governance, risk management and general compliance issues.

Martin is the editor and lead author of The Director’s Handbook, the Institute of Directors’ guide to a director’s duties, responsibilities and liabilities (3rd edition, May 2010). He has also written numerous articles on governance related issues and lectures widely on the subject.

Peter BonischPeter Bonisch  
Managing Director at Paradigm Risk

Specialist risk strategy and consulting practice based in London serving financial services, corporate and public sector clients in UK and Europe. Our specialisms are fusing thought-based and experience-based practices to deliver leading solutions adapted to the real demands of the client’s strategic, competitive and operating environments.


Professor Bryan FossProfessor Bryan Foss 
Director Foss Initiatives

Bryan is an active Non-Executive Director, Audit & Risk Chair, Board Adviser and Visiting Professor with Bristol Business School. His non-executive and board advisory roles currently include the Government Office for the South East (GOSE), Customer Essential and the Wellness Fund I. In a prior board NED and assurance role, for three years Bryan advised the Department for Work & Pensions.

Having worked extensively in financial services for more than 30 years, Bryan’s FS knowledge of board decision making, risk & compliance, change management, channel management, IT systems and numerous other topics combine to make him a unique end-to-end assurance expert and board adviser.

Bryan is extensively qualified in board governance (FIoD, DipIoD), management (MBA), marketing (FIDM, FCIM & DipM), change (CEng), IT systems (FBCS & CITP) and finance (ACCA CDipAF). As visiting professor of marketing, Bryan has researched and co-authored six marketing and FS business books with Merlin Stone and is the IT Editor of the Journal of Financial Services Marketing.


Richard Anderson
Managing Director, UK at Crowe Horwath Global Risk Consulting
Chairman at Institute of Risk Management

Richard Anderson is the Managing Director of Crowe Horwath Global Risk Consulting in the UK and leads for Crowe Horwath International on Risk Advisory Services in EMEA.

Richard is also the Chairman of the Institute of Risk Management, the leading educational body for Enterprise Risk Management.

Richard has been involved at the highest levels in risk management since 1996 when he became the first full time partner in any of the now Big-4 firms to specialise entirely in ERM.

In 2008 he wrote a report on Risk Management and Corporate Governance in the Banking Industry in the UK, USA and France for the OECD. A copy of the paper can be found here:http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/29/4/42670210.pdf

Last year he was the principal author of the IRM’s guidance on Risk Appetite and Tolerance, which can be found here: http://www.theirm.org/publications/risk_appetite.html.