Our Team

We love what we do - work with us! Meet our team who exceed client expectations through a personal and collaborative approach.
Founding Partner
Jon Szehofner

Co-founder at GDFM, Jon is responsible for executing the firm’s strategic direction, overseeing the day-to-day management of the business operations, leading client relationships and delivering on GDFM’s people agenda. 

Jon has worked exclusively in the financial services and consulting industry, holding roles at both Sapient Global Markets and Deloitte before setting up GDFM in 2016.

Jon is a trusted business leader who is passionate about delivering high value outcomes for our clients and fortunate to have been involved in a wide range of high-profile engagements for first class financial services businesses with a specific focus on risk advisory, business process design and managed services.

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Board Members and Advisers

The GDFM Board and Advisory Panel is formed of financial services experts who are all ex-market practitioners and leaders in their respective fields.

The team has a passion for delivery excellence, coaching our future leaders and bringing innovative and efficient solutions to our clients. We firmly believe that our people are our strongest asset and the key to building our culture.

Chairman

Nazir Badat

Non-Executive Adviser

Anthony Fraser

Board Member

Libby Denchfield

Board Member

Brett Newland

Adviser to the Board

Rob De La Rue

Chairman

Nazir Badat

Naz Badat has more than 30 years of experience in Financial Services covering Finance, Operations and business roles at Morgan Stanley, UBS and HSBC. Most recently, Naz was the COO for the Markets Business in HSBC where he had responsibility for the organisational, process/technology and regulatory developments in the division. Naz was also a board member of LCH for many years and headed up their Risk Committee. Naz works with the GD Financial Markets to develop its client offerings as Chairman and Senior Adviser.

Non-Executive Adviser

Anthony Fraser

Anthony Fraser is an advisor with GD Financial Markets, working with the partners to develop client solutions. He has extensive experience in financial service operations including technology implementations and regulatory processes. Anthony is a chartered engineer and a member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology.

Board Member

Libby Denchfield

Libby brings over 25 years of global banking and finance expertise, across a variety of compliance, risk, operations and front office roles. She sits on the FMSB Conduct and Ethics Sub-Committee, and serves as the Head of Conduct Industry Group for Retail and Wholesale Banking. She is also an active Trustee and Treasurer in the Charity sector.

Board Member

Brett Newland

Brett, partner at PCB Partners, is a Chartered Management Accountant (CIMA) and former Accenture Managing Director level executive with 28 years of Global experience spanning financial, commercial and operational roles across all industry segments.

Adviser to the Board

Rob De La Rue

GD Financial has appointed the professional services firm RSM to provide technical and operational support to the business. The RSM team is led by Rob De La Rue, who draws on a wide array of technical support teams including Accountancy, Tax, Payroll and Transactions specialists.

Rob joined RSM as a Partner in 2018 having previously held senior positions in multinational groups in the media and retail sectors. Whilst primarily a tax specialist, Rob’s extensive commercial experience and focus on advising dynamic groups to help achieve their strategic objectives (through both organic growth and acquisitions/IPOs) means that he and the wider RSM team are ideally placed to support GD in our business aspirations.

Management
AllPractice HeadsOffice SupportTeam Leaders
Associate Partner - Head of Cyber Risk

Tony Adams

Associate Partner - Head of Regulatory Compliance Practice

Sarah Peaston

Director - Head of Financial Crime Compliance

Clarisse Mallem

Chief of Staff

Aarti O’Donnell

Financial Controller

Balazs Bezeczky

Head of Delivery (Cardiff)

Aqsa Majeed

Associate Partner - Head of Cyber Risk

Tony Adams

Tony has an extensive background of investigating national and international serious and organised crime. He was the former Head of Investigations and digital forensics for the National Cybercrime Unit.

Tony has significant experience in the management of critical incidents, particularly relating to high-profile Cybercrime attacks. Tony graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in 2018 with a MSc in Cybercrime Investigations (Dist).

Associate Partner - Head of Regulatory Compliance Practice

Sarah Peaston

Sarah has enjoyed a Financial Services career spanning over two decades in US, UK and European investment banking and Financial Services organisations (Goldman Sachs, Citi, Barclays, Societe Generale).

Sarah has devoted over 10 years of her career to Regulatory Governance and Control; Project and Programme managing and leading Change Management and Quality Assurance teams, covering multijurisdiction Regulatory and Authority Reporting, Client Money and Assets, Customer Protection and overall Regulatory Governance and Control. Sarah has defined and executed regulatory strategy and governance framework to support multiple business types, along the investment chain, leading local and remote teams to deliver and managing relationships with global stakeholders.

Sarah is an industry and regulatory expert and has been active as a leading participant in industry association groups, partnering with peers and regulators to review, shape, influence and advocate regulation. Sarah has appeared as speaker and panellist at various industry events and is also an appointed Independent Non-Executive Director (INED) within a fund house operating Authorised Fund Manager, host ACD and fund administration services.

Sarah is a winner of the Compliance Register Platinum Special Award for Transaction Reporting. 

Director - Head of Financial Crime Compliance

Clarisse Mallem

Clarisse is an experienced consultant specialised in the delivery of complex regulatory change projects and high-profile Financial Crime projects. She joined GDFM as the Head of Financial Crime Compliance with the drive to develop client focused solutions and to tailor approaches to remediation that are both pragmatic and cost effective for the clients.

Chief of Staff

Aarti O’Donnell

Aarti, as the first employee of GDFM, has been a valuable part of the team since 2017. 

Aarti is an experienced team leader and business manager. Her role as Chief of Staff for GDFM involves overseeing key business activities as well as supervising workers both in Cardiff and London. Aarti understands that our people are our most important asset and believes that by investing in our people, and fostering a culture of shared values, we energise collaboration, development and innovation, and ultimately drive better client outcomes.

Aarti continues to play an instrumental role in the development of GDFM and our people, and has been central to our expansion from a team of 4 to a company with 30+ employees and growing.

Financial Controller

Balazs Bezeczky

Head of Delivery (Cardiff)

Aqsa Majeed

Aqsa is a Paralegal Team Leader and Head of Delivery (Cardiff) at GDFM with experience in Anti-Money Laundering projects for clients in and outside of the Financial Services. She has extensive experience dealing with the end to end CDD process, EDD of high risk clients and screening. She enjoys creating simplified tools and templates to support the team which then streamline the CDD process to ensure targets are met and high quality work is produced. 

OPEN VACANCIES

JUNIOR CONSULTANT

This is an exciting opportunity for a university graduate who is looking for a challenging role. We are committed to investing in new talent who want a career in financial services and our culture is one of learning and professional development through hands-on specialist training and project-specific roles. Now is the ideal time for the right candidate to join as you’ll be given the opportunity to work closely with the company partners and be at the centre of this exciting period of expansion for the firm.