Board Members

The governing body of the PCS initiative is the Board of the PCS Association, a Belgian not-for-profit association with its seat in Brussels. It is the PCS Association’s Board that sets the strategic direction of the initiative.

The Board is made up of nine directors drawn from senior individuals representing the various sectors which are stakeholders in the PCS initiative: the public sector, the issuing community, the investor community and service sector groups.

Although they may work for specific institutions, each member of the Board has agreed to serve in his or her individual capacity and, when on the PCS Association’s Board, does not represent the institution to which he or she belongs. They have all committed to preserving the independence of the PCS initiative.

Francesco Papadia

Former Director General for Market Operations at the European Central Bank

Before that he was Deputy Head of the Foreign Department and Head of the International Section of the Research Department of Banca d’Italia He also worked as Economic Advisor at the European Commission. Mr. Papadia has a degree in Law from the University of Rome and attended postgraduate courses in Economics and Business at the Istituto Adriano Olivetti in Ancona and at the London Business School. Mr. Papadia has written extensively in the field of Monetary Policy and International Economics.


Richard Bartlett

Richard Bartlett was with RBS from 1999 until 2016. When he left he was responsible for Financing and client relationships for the Investment Banking Division of RBS and served on the Executive of that Division.

A civil engineer by background, Richard joined RBS in 1999 to take responsibility for the structured bond business. The business completing a number of notable transactions spanning most aspects of infrastructure, utility and public/private partnerships. At different times Richard was responsible for the lending, securitisation and bond businesses within RBS.  He was also chair of the Bank’s Global Capital & Underwriting Committees, chair of the EMEA Credit Markets Management Committee, chair of the Emerging Markets Management Committee for the CEEMEA region and Chair the Board of Directors of RBS ZAO, the Bank’s subsidiary in Russia.

Richard received an MA in Engineering from Cambridge University.


Ian Bell

Chief Executive, PCS UK and PCS EU

Having qualified in law at the London School of Economics and Yale Law School, Ian joined Clifford Chance becoming a partner in its securitisation group in 1996. He joined Standard & Poor’s Ratings in 1999, first as European General Counsel then as Head of Structured Finance for Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He is now the Chief Executive Officer of both PCS EU and PCS UK.


Steve Gandy

Head of DCM Solutions for Santander Global Banking and Markets

Chair, PCS Market Committee Steve is Managing Director, Head of DCM Solutions for Santander Global Banking and Markets. He has 24 years experience in the securitisation industry, having completed transactions in Europe, United States, Latin America and Asia. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the European DataWarehouse. He also served a rotation as Member Chairman of the Securitisation forum of AFME where he participated in the development of the PCS initiative. Prior to joining Santander in 2006, he was a Managing Director at Bank of America for 10 years, 2 years as Head of International Securitisation based in Chicago, and 8 years as European Group Head for Securitisation at Bank of America in London. Prior to moving to London, Steve had held a number of management positions in his 35 years of banking experience, with postings in the US, Mexico, Hong Kong and Paris. Steve holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Linguistics from the University of Texas, and an MBA from Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International Management, where he graduated summa cum laude and won the Barton Kyle Young Award, the graduate school’s highest award.


Gregor Gruber

Gregor Gruber is CEO of the IKAV/ecoprime Group, which invests in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Previously, he was Partner with Oaktree Capital Management, where he was responsible for European Strategic Credit, building a CLO and a private debt business. Prior to 2013, Gregor was a member of the Allianz Group’s Investment Management Board, where he was in charge of the interface with asset managers and building up a $10 billion portfolio of alternative investments. Until 2007, he served as a member of the Management Committee of BNP Paribas Germany and served as Head of its Financial Institutions Group. Previous capital markets experience included over ten years with Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs working on securitisations and leading the hybrid capital effort. He started his professional career in 1986 at the Boston Consulting Group, whom he recently rejoined as a Senior Advisor. Gregor is fluent in German and French, earned an A.B. degree from Harvard University and an M.B.A. in Finance and Operations from Stanford Business School.


Mark Lewis

Head of Operations and Head of Analytics – PCS UK

Head of Operations and Head of Analytics – PCS EU

Mark Lewis has been a participant in the domestic and international financial markets since 1983 and more particularly, the securitisation markets since 1989 including roles as Head of European Securitisation at UBS and Global Head of Structured capital markets at Unicredit. Mark was Chairman of the securitisation division of AFME in 2011.

Mark studied at Downing College, University of Cambridge (1980-1983) where he gained an MA (Cantab).


Lars Nyberg

Lars Nyberg, born 1945, has held positions as Executive Vice President in two commercial Swedish banks, Handelsbanken and Swedbank. During the Swedish banking crisis of 1991-1993, he was as the deputy CEO of Föreningsbanken and as such deeply involved in restructuring and recapitalising the bank, including establishing its AMC. Between 1999 and 2011 Mr Nyberg was Deputy Governor of the Swedish Central Bank (Riksbanken). He was a member of the board of the Swedish FSA for 12 years, starting 2000. He chaired for a number of years the ECB Task Force on Crisis Management. He was a member of the de LaRoisière group, which was set up by the EU Commission to develop guidelines for the monitoring of European financial sector after the crisis following 2008. He also chaired the EFC High Level Working Group that drew the policy conclusions from the crisis. Between 2013 and 2015, Mr Nyberg was chairman of the Slovenian asset management company, BAMC. At present, he is among other things a board member of the Nasdaq Clearing AB and the Selection Panel of the HFSF in Greece.

Mr Nyberg has a PhD in Economics from the Stockholm School of Economics.


Anneli Peshkoff

Former Director of Treasury at the European Investment Bank

Anneli Peshkof retired from the position of the Director of Treasury at the European Investment Bank. Anneli has worked in financial markets for 33 years, covering vast areas of short and long end debt markets, derivatives, FX and more recently carbon allowance markets. She began her career with Citibank in the US but soon moved back to Europe, working in various positions in Citibank treasury, including derivative and capital market functions in London, Milan, Amsterdam and Helsinki including client and trading responsibilities, as well as managerial roles in investment and origination. In 1996 she became responsible for the market risk management of Citibank in Europe based in London. Also that year she was appointed as the Head of Market Practice task force for the euro for ISDA, a position she held for three years.

Anneli was the Treasurer at the EIB for nearly 15 years, where she was responsible for Liquidity and Portfolio Management, ALM, Financial Engineering, including carbon trading and quoting of rates for EIB loans in 14 currencies.

Anneli served on the board of European Securitization Forum from 2003 till 2008. Subsequently EIB has been an observer of the PCS initiative.


Gaëlle Philippe-Viriot

Gaëlle Philippe-Viriot works for BNP Paribas, previously working at AXA Investment Managers as a senior ABS manager and was head of ABS until 2016. She previously worked for two years at Natexis Banque Populaires as a senior structurer of ABS/MBS transactions. Prior to that, she was vice president senior analyst at Moody’s Investors Services where she spent six years in the Structured Finance Department.

She graduated from French business school ESSEC in 1992.


Michaela Ulrici

Chair of the Board, NautaDutilh

Michaela Ulrici chairs the Board of NautaDutilh as of June 2010. NautaDutilh is the international law firm for Netherlands, Belgian and Luxembourg law, with over 400 lawyers, notaries and tax advisers in offices in Amsterdam, Brussels, London, Luxembourg, Rotterdam and New York. NautaDutilh is recommended by the leading international legal directories, such as the European Legal 500 and Chambers’ Global.

Besides this Michaela is co-head of NautaDutilh’s Dutch Securitisation and Covered Bonds team. Michaela Ulrici was involved in the first public securitisation transaction and acting as a drafting counsel in many transactions since that time.



Further information

    • The PCS Association more >
    • PCS Articles of Association (English) more >
    • PCS Articles of Association (French) more >