Richard Sheldon

Growth | Facilitator | Partner | Mentor

Risk Professional with 30 years international experience. He brings direct expertise and relevant tradecraft to advise boards and executive management on how to effectively and pragmatically manage the risks posed by financial and corporate regulation. He is a practiced and effective change manager and manager of global teams, projects, regulatory relationships and investigations. He has developed effective operating models for the teams he has managed by implementing a number of restructuring programs. He has also been instrumental in the development of risk, conduct & culture frameworks, reporting and governance structures to meet the increasing evidential obligations on financial institutions.

Relevant Experience

  • Developed culture and conduct programs including success factors and measuring success
  • Managed global regulatory risk teams and extensive regulatory change programs
  • Restructuring of business risks and risk departments
  • Designing & implementing formal structures, to support the management of key regulatory risks including: market conduct / surveillance / customer suitability / AML /culture & conduct / remuneration / whistleblowing / privacy / payments / CD-R / cyber & ESG / product disclosure / breach reporting
  • Licensing and regulatory approvals
  • At RBC Richard developed the governance infrastructure to set the business up for sustained success
  • He also devised the strategy and led the regulatory change programmes, including the implementation of the Accountable Executive Regime
  • Richard was is a trusted adviser to boards, executive and non-executive management with regard to accountability, governance, streamlining reporting and management of contentious and non-contentious regulatory issues.
  • Richard had pivotal roles in dealing with Brexit, including being appointed to the boards of the new RBC entities in France and Germany. Moreover, Richard is well versed in Australian regulation having had, in previous roles, oversight for the APAC Region since 2006.


  • Securities Investment Institute (UK) Regulation & Compliance program | 2001
  • Queensland University of Technology Australia Bachelors of Laws | 1987 – 1990
  • Saint Joseph’s College Nudgee Brisbane Australia TE Score 955 | 1982 – 1986

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