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1LoD provides the highest-quality intelligence to risk and control practitioners managing non-financial risks across the 3 lines of defence in financial institutions. We deliver this via global in-person and virtual events, private meetings and digital content.

In 2017, 1LoD started out on a mission to provide the highest quality events and information to non-financial risk and control practitioners in the 1st line of defence. From that focused beginning we have expanded our reach to work with non-financial risk functions across all 3 lines of defence. We are humbled and delighted to have so many loyal supporters in our sponsors, speakers and delegates. We are proud to be a trusted and connected source in the industry who strive to better ourselves continually and to provide the highest quality products. This would not have been possible without our loyal, intelligent and hard-working team members who all share the same passion and dedication to be the best at what we do.

We are also the Conference & Event Awards Nominees and Finalists for two years in a row.

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A recent article by Banking Risk and Regulation (part of the Financial Times Group) on non-financial risk training highlights huge gaps and inconsistencies in training standards in the industry – it even calls it ‘inadequate’. Read the article

Our training, benchmarking and networking events have been deemed, by your peers, as the best in the market.

Have a look at our calendar of events and speak to us about your global training needs.

The Founders

John Baskott, Co-Founder

John Baskott,

John has had a career in B2B media, specialising in financial conferences. He has had a consistent track record in driving growth in a range of market-leading brands and he co-founded a successful media start-up that was sold to Euromoney Institutional Investor (now Delinian).

John started his career at IIR (now Informa), the world's largest conference producer, before leaving to head the sales team at Risk Conferences. In 2001, John co-founded Capacity Media, that was eventually sold to Euromoney and today remains one of the latter’s most profitable divisions.

Before starting 1LoD John ran Euromoney’s Capital Markets conferences.

Paul Hodge, Co-Founder

Paul Hodge,

Paul has over 20 years’ experience in financial services working in the markets and banking divisions of tier one banks including Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs.

In 2006, Paul was appointed as chief operating officer of a $30bn fund with global responsibility for Operations, Risk and Technology before joining IHS Markit as a managing director.

Prior to starting 1LoD, Paul was the EMEA head of 1st line supervision for Barclays Investment Bank.

The Management Team

Andrew Lennon, Director, Head of Business Development

Andrew Lennon,
Director, Head of Business Development

Andrew is responsible for revenue at 1LoD and has been with the business since its humble beginnings. With 17 years business development experience, he has specialised in delivering revenue growth in new markets and on launch products. Prior to 1LoD Andrew was head of sales and director, capital markets at Euromoney. In his ten years at Euromoney he originated and launched capital markets conferences and investor roadshows in Europe, North America and Asia.

Layla Baskott, Chief Operating Officer

Layla Baskott,
Chief Operating Officer

Layla has been in events for 20 years. Starting at RISK Publications before moving on to join the logistics team at the Liberal Democrat Party.  She then joined Euromoney Conferences where she enjoyed a long and varied career as Head of Operations, managing different teams and businesses with a varied portfolio including capital markets dinners and events as well as EMEA conferences and a diverse event portfolio within the Hedge Fund world.

James Boynton, Head of Production

James Boynton,

Head of Production

James is an experienced non-financial risk practitioner and has recently re-joined 1LoD as Head of Production. In his previous role, he was a Director at HSBC within the Global Banking & Markets Non-Financial Risk function. Starting as a Management Consultant at Accenture, he has subsequently led NFR teams and global programmes at financial institutions including Barclays, Deutsche Bank and HSBC. 

Daniela Kaltenbach, Marketing Director

Daniela Kaltenbach,
Marketing Director

Daniela has been working in events for nearly 20 years. During this time, she has marketed several different events formats ranging from large scale exhibitions, conferences, webinars, roundtables to awards across a variety of industries and on an international basis. She has also extensive experience in launching new events and formats. Daniela is a firm advocate that marketing needs to be benefit driven and add value to customers by providing insightful content and experiences.

Dane Barnard, Director, Head of Financial Institutions

Dane Barnard,
Director, Head of Financial Institutions

Dane is a Director and is the Head of Financial Institutions who joined 1LoD in 2018. Prior to 1loD he spent 10 years in financial services recruitment, specialising in risk and control functions across the sell side, buy side and consultancies. 

He has continually driven revenue growth across new and existing accounts, as well as managing large teams. Internally he sat on the senior management team and externally, he was an account director with overall responsibility for several major accounts, including Barclays, Morgan Stanley and Janus Henderson Investors.

Natacha Robert, Finance Director (Consultant)

Natacha Robert,
Finance Director (Consultant)

Natacha has over 20 years’ experience in senior finance and commercial leader roles within Media, Telecoms and Professional services across 3 countries. Since 2020, she became portfolio Finance Director for B2B start-ups and SMEs specialised in media businesses, EdTech and professional services.

Senior Advisors

Mark Carawan,  Former Group Chief Compliance Officer, Citigroup

Mark Carawan, 
Former Group Chief Compliance Officer, Citigroup

Mark Carawan has a wealth of experience in governance, regulatory compliance and ethics, and conduct and culture matters globally, and has served as the chief audit executive for two global financial institutions. From the late 1980s to 2002, as a partner at Andersen and then Deloitte, Mark led and managed multi-disciplinary financial sector and individual institution restructuring, resolution, and privatisation programs on behalf of ministries of finance, central banks, regulatory authorities, and restructuring agencies. In developed and developing economies in Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America, these programs introduced new legislation, regulation, governance, and risk management requirements, often in response to financial sector crises. In many of these jurisdictions, Mark worked with the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

Mark is currently a Senior Fellow at the New York University School of Law Program for Corporate Compliance and Enforcement (PCCE). Most recently, from 2017 to 2020, Mark served as Citigroup’s Chief Compliance Officer with responsibilities spanning Citi’s financial crime, regulatory compliance, conduct, and ethics programs. Mark was previously the Chief Internal Auditor for Citigroup from 2011 to 2017, and prior to that, the Barclays Group’s Chief Internal Auditor from 2003 to 2011. Mark’s earlier consulting career included roles such as Managing Partner responsible for Enterprise-Wide Assurance to wholesale financial services institutions at Deloitte (UK), and Managing Partner for Andersen’s global Privatisation and Emerging Markets practice, overseeing mandates and consulting activities in over fifty non-OECD countries.
Piers Bearne,  Founder & CEO, Collingwood Advisory

Piers Bearne, 
Founder & CEO, Collingwood Advisory

Piers Bearne is an entrepreneur and investor who has built and sold his own media businesses, and who has worked on M&A for major buyers, both as CEO and consultant.

Piers sold his first exhibition business, Rock Media, to Imago Group in 2006. As CEO of Clarion Conferences, he was involved in the sale of Clarion to VSS in 2008. More recently, he sold Tank World Expo to ArtexisEasyfairs, led the sale of TowerXchange to Euromoney and sold SmartRail World to DVV Media International.

As Chairman and shareholder with GFC Media Group, Global Transport Forum, Bio-Based World and World Retail Insights, he works on strategy, resourcing, sales maximisation and value creation in conferences, exhibitions, digital communities and intelligence reports, and co-hosts London’s Media Entrepreneur Meetups.

Piers previously worked on off-market acquisitions for Clarion Events, ITE Group plc and i2i Events Group (now Ascential plc). He has presented target acquisitions to CEOs and Boards, and understands the value drivers and risks from a buyer’s point of view. Through Bio-Based World, he led the acquisition of World Bio Markets from GreenPower Conferences.

Dr Roger Noon,  Senior Moderator

Dr Roger Noon, 
Senior Moderator

Roger is an executive coach and culture change consultant working in financial services and healthcare. As a chartered engineer, he spent his formative career in the Ministry of Defence managing avionics programmes. He was a founding partner in a change management consultancy for six years and has been involved in major risk transformation programmes in Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, Barclays and HSBC. Most recently, he has led the delivery of risk culture change using a novel approach that helped one client win a prestigious industry award for innovation in developing risk capability.
Simon Brady, Editor  

Simon Brady,

Simon is a journalist, editor, content and event creator and publisher specializing in wholesale financial markets and technology. He has been working for 1LoD since its inception, researching, writing, editing and moderating content and events both in physical and digital formats. He has also sat as an Executive Director on the main board of a FTSE-250 listed media company and has spent two decades travelling the globe talking to CEOs, CFOs and government ministers about the trends driving business and finance.

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