At the heart of the LBMA is the expertise and dedication of a select group of staff, collectively referred to as the Executive.
The Executive's role is to carry out the work which has been agreed by the Board and its Sub-Committees to ensure the efficient running of the association. The Executive benefit from the knowledge, experience and dedication of senior representatives drawn from its membership who reside on these committees. Welcome to the LBMA Executive team.
- Ruth Crowell, Chief Executive
Ruth was appointed Chief Executive of the LBMA in January 2014. She is responsible for the success and strategic development of the LBMA, in partnership with the Chairman and the Board. She is also responsible for maintaining accountability to and the quality of, the Association's Membership and Good Delivery Refiners as well as representing the interests of the Association in relation to regulators, investors, media and international precious metals markets.
Before being appointed Chief Executive, she spent seven years working in the Association, initially as Commercial Director and then as Deputy Chief Executive, where she acted as the main lead on Governmental Affairs. She was also responsible for the Association's work on supply chain due diligence, with particular regard to the creation and implementation of the LBMA’s Responsible Gold Guidance. She has represented the Association at industry, governmental and multi-stakeholder regulatory forums. She continues to serve as Vice Chair of the OECD Multi-Stakeholder Governance Group for Responsible Minerals. As Commercial Director, she oversaw the development of the LBMA Conference, the LBMA's quarterly publication the Alchemist and the LBMA website.
Prior to joining the LBMA, she worked in bank finance and US corporate law at the law firms of White & Case and Norton Rose, and also acted as a monitor at the UN Commission on Human Rights in Geneva. She has an MSc in History of International Relations from the London School of Economics and a degree in English Literature from Kenyon College in Ohio.
- Sakhila Mirza, Executive Director, General Counsel
In her role as General Counsel of the London Bullion Market Association, Sakhila is responsible for all the legal and regulatory aspects of the work of the Association. She is the primary contact for regulators and governmental bodies, and travels extensively, presenting on developments in the bullion market. She has taken the lead in responding to government consultations on various financial and industry regulations, which has included responding to the Bank of England, Financial Conduct Authority and HM Treasury’s joint consultation on Fair Effective Markets Review. In addition, she has taken on responsibility for the Association's work on supply chain due diligence, especially with regard to Responsible Gold Guidance and represents the Association at industry and multi-stakeholder regulatory forums. More recently, she has been proactively involved in the transition of the London precious metal prices onto electronic platforms, leading all the legal and regulatory discussions.
She brings with her a wealth of experience having previously worked in the energy and commodities industry where she dealt with compliance, legal and regulatory matters. She read law at the London School of Economics and went onto qualify as a solicitor.
- Ed Blight, Chief Finance Officer
Ed Blight joined the LBMA in September 2015 as the Operations Director. He is now the Chief Finance Officer and is responsible for directing and overseeing the general administration of the Association including overall responsibility for issues relating to Finance, Human Resources, IT systems, contractual arrangements, commercialisation opportunities and Office Management.
- Aelred Connelly, Public Relations Officer
Aelred provides support to the Chief Executive in the administration and organisation of the Association's Public Affairs. This includes working closely with the Marketing and Communications Lead on publications, marketing material, the website and events. He is responsible for Press enquiries and is the editor for the LBMA's quarterly publication, the Alchemist.
Prior to joining the LBMA, he worked at the Bank of England for more than twenty five years. During the last five years of his career at the Bank he gained specific bullion market experience in his role as a Gold Bullion analyst, supporting senior management in the Bank's Customer Banking Division. He previously acted as a relationship manager for a portfolio of the Bank's customers including central banks and government departments. During his time at the Bank he studied part-time for a BA Honours degree in Business Studies.
- Neil Harby, CChem – Chief Technical Officer
As Chief Technical Officer for the LBMA, Neil’s responsibilities include acting as the Executive’s main contact for the Good Delivery system for GD Refiners, applicants and LBMA Committees. His duties include managing the LBMA Good Delivery accreditation system, including applications, Pro-Active Monitoring, Proficiency Testing and other GD related projects. The role also involves overseeing the work of the GDL Officer in the administration of the Good Delivery system as well as managing the implementation by gold Good Delivery refiners of the LBMA’s Responsible Gold Guidance and ensuring the efficiency and effectiveness of the Good Delivery work carried out by the LBMA.
He brings to the role a wealth of experience having previously been Head of Evaluation at the Rand Refinery in South Africa. He represented the Rand Refinery at the LBMA as the only Referee in the Southern Hemisphere. As one of only five Referees appointed by the LBMA to oversee the maintenance of the LBMA’s Good Delivery List, he has been involved in many initiatives to ensure and develop the integrity of the gold industry. He contributed to the steering committee which produced the “Conflict-Free” Gold Standard of the World Gold Council as well as the development of the LBMA’s Responsible Gold Guidance and presented the Rand Refinery “Artisanal gold” Model at the OECD in Paris. He was a Board Member of the Responsible Jewellery Council representing the Gold and/or Platinum Metals, Refiners and/or Hedgers Forum as well as sitting on the Membership Committee. His work experience included nine years in the Platinum Industry and held the position as a member of the South African Organising Committee of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
- Varsha Peiris, Good Delivery List Officer
Varsha is the GDL Officer, and is primarily responsible for the administration of the LBMA Good Delivery System, including all GD applications, Proactive Monitoring, the Proficiency Testing Scheme and Reference Material. She is responsible for maintaining strong working relationships with vaults, members, refiners and others on issues relating to Good Delivery. She joined the LBMA in September 2009.
- Jamilah Leigh, Marketing Executive
Jamilah supports the Operations Director in the administration and organisation of the Association's Membership. Her responsibilities include conducting the execution of member communications, the design, integration and configuration control of the LBMA Web presence, publications relations support and LBMA event coordination and delivery.
- Jade Maisey, Office Coordinator
Jade provides support to the Operations Director in the administration and organisation of the Executive Office. Her responsibilities include office management, business support processes, and other administrative support for the Executive team.
- Jessica Cornford, EA
Jessica supports the Chief Executive (CEO) in the running of the Association in an executive and administrative role. Acting as overall trouble-‐shooter and strategist in support of the General Counsel and Chief Executive. Managing the CEO and General Counsel’s schedules and performing a wide variety of responsible, complex and confidential administrative, secretarial, analytical and research duties.
- Manuela Burki, Compliance Officer
Manuela supports the LBMA’s General Counsel in managing and developing the compliance programme across the LBMA’s work including Regulatory Affairs, Responsible Gold, Due Diligence and also following the developments in Financial Regulations. As well as representing the interests of the LBMA in relation to the public, the bullion market’s regulators and other official bodies regarding regulatory issues, she also supports the Chief Executive and the Management Committee on the strategic regulatory development of the Association.
Manuela read Law at University College London and graduated from Sciences-‐Po, Paris, with a Master’s in Financial Regulation and Risk Management.