"I am a coach and consultant with extensive experience in financial services, including EXCO and Board. I have worked with startups, SME's, and some of the biggest businesses in the world."

Athol Abrahams

Athol Abrahams, Senior Risk and Compliance

Athol Abrahams

Senior Risk and Compliance professional

I am a skilled Senior Risk and Compliance professional and accredited Transformation Coach, with over 25 years experience in Financial Services. Key strengths include:

  • Risk management frameworks – design from scratch, build, implement, refine
  • Credit risk and portfolio management for commercial and consumer credit businesses
  • Specialist in Bank builds, start-ups and fintech high growth businesses
  • Advisory and audit for lenders, funders and investors
  • Strategic support for financial services lenders and funders
  • Compliance & AML frameworks – design from scratch and implement, FCA approved person
  • Compliance advisory, including FCA applications, assurance, projects, or interim
  • Coaching individuals and teams
  • Successfully deliver FCA applications, variations of permission and provide hands on support in dealing with FCA interventions, including audits, remediations and VREQ’s
  • Providing advisory, support and consultancy to corporate clients in:
    • Enterprise Risk
    • Credit Risk and Compliance
    •  Specialisms in SME lending, banking, acquisitions, consumer credit, asset finance, mortgages, bridging, funding facilities, retail deposits, payment services, peer to peer platforms and alternative investment funds 
    • FCA SMF16/17 responsibilities by arrangement
  • Providing audits for wholesale funders on lenders portfolios, including due diligence for portfolio acquisitions
  • Writing or remediating policies for lenders at the request of funders to ensure rigour in lending activities
  • Providing training, executive coaching and management coaching

Professional Qualifications & Associations

  • Triple Accredited Master of Business Administration (MBA); with Merit 
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (Pg.DiP.BusAdmin)
  • Bachelors’ Degree in Commerce (B.Com)
  • Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management (FInstLM)
  • Fellow of the Association of Accredited Coaches (FACCPH)
  • Accredited Transformation Coach ( BaThH & CNHC )
  • Former Chair of the Finance and Leasing Association Risk and Fraud Committee

Previous Employers include

ING Bank

Singer and Friedlander Bank


Lendinvest Group

Amicus Capital Limited

GH Bank