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Dr Simon Ashby, Associate Professor, Plymouth Business School

Dr Simon Ashby is Associate Professor of Financial Services at the Plymouth Business School. Prior to this he worked as a financial regulator (writing policy on risk management for the UK Financial Services Authority) and a senior risk manager in a number of top UK financial institutions (covering both credit and operational risk).

Dr Ashby has a PhD in corporate risk management and has published many academic papers and reports on risk, financial services regulation, banking and insurance. His current research interests include the causes of the global financial crisis, the Basel III regulatory reforms and the management of risk within financial institutions, looking at concepts such as risk culture and risk appetite. Dr Ashby remains actively involved in the UK financial services sector and is a regular speaker at industry conferences and seminars.

He also provides occasional training and consultancy services to financial institutions and their regulators. In addition Dr Ashby and is a Fellow and Chairman of the Institute of Operational Risk (

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