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  • Writer's pictureMeurig Chapman

Happy Prime’s new Director of Risk Consultancy

Happy Prime is delighted to welcome back Rob Underwood as our new Director of Risk Consultancy.


With over two decades of experience in credit risk management and data analytics, Rob Underwood brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our team. His pragmatic approach and passion for simplifying complex challenges make him a valuable addition to our organisation.


Throughout his career, Rob has honed his skills in navigating the intricacies of credit risk and regulatory compliance. His journey spans across both the UK and New Zealand, where he has served in various capacities for lenders and consultancies. Rob's deep understanding of the industry landscape equips him with the insight to tackle the multifaceted issues that arise in the financial sector.


Rob's expertise encompasses the entire credit risk lifecycle, with a focus on retail and business lending. While he possesses a nuanced understanding of corporate lending, his primary domain lies within retail and business lending—a testament to his specialised knowledge in these areas. His hands-on experience coupled with leadership roles underscores his ability to drive results across diverse environments.


One of Rob's defining qualities is his commitment to cutting through complexity. He thrives on unravelling intricate business and regulatory problems, seeking out sustainable solutions that drive lasting impact. Whether it's supporting business growth strategies, developing IRB models, or navigating transitions to IFRS9, Rob's pragmatic approach ensures that organisations are equipped to navigate change with confidence.


Furthermore, Rob is a staunch advocate of strong governance and control environments. He recognises the importance of embedding analytical rigour within organisations, fostering trust among stakeholders, and earning the license to operate and innovate. His emphasis on governance frameworks and model risk management underscores his dedication to upholding industry best practices and regulatory standards.


At Happy Prime, Rob's role as Director of Risk Consultancy will involve leveraging his expertise to provide strategic guidance to our clients. Whether it is enhancing stress testing capabilities or implementing effective model maintenance activities, Rob's insights will be instrumental in helping organisations navigate evolving market dynamics.


In addition to his professional accomplishments, Rob is known for his collaborative spirit and ability to inspire teams. He fosters an environment of open communication and knowledge sharing, empowering individuals to excel and innovate. His leadership style is rooted in inclusivity and respect, creating a culture where everyone feels valued and motivated to contribute their best.


As Happy Prime embarks on its mission to deliver exceptional risk consultancy services, Rob Underwood's appointment heralds a new chapter of growth and innovation. His depth of experience, coupled with his passion for simplifying complexity, will undoubtedly drive success for our clients and our organisation as a whole.


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