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Sally Dewar

CEO, A&O Consulting


Dewar Sally
Sally Dewar

CEO, A&O Consulting


Sally is the CEO of Allen & Overy’s new consulting and strategic advisory practice.

Prior to launching A&O Consulting in September 2018, Sally spent 7 years at JPMorgan (JPM) and prior to that 10 years at the Financial Services Authority (FSA) in the UK. She is a qualified chartered accountant who worked both in audit and corporate finance at KPMG earlier in her career.

At A&O Consulting Sally has been working on a range of mandates in relation to Brexit implementation, focused primarily on designing proportionate and effective governance frameworks for new corporate entities, supporting senior management in understanding additional local responsibilities, as well as designing AML and culture and conduct capabilities including in respect of training tools and risk assessment frameworks.

At JPM Sally provided advice and leadership on a range of strategic issues across EMEA and APAC as the International Head of Regulatory Affairs. She steered the company’s Brexit strategy discussions with UK and EU regulators on structure, governance and risk. She headed the design and delivery of the culture and conduct agenda across EMEA and APAC (which was then adopted worldwide) as well as a wide range of governance initiatives including designing an individual accountability regime for UK entities Additionally, Sally oversaw EMEA governance and carried out various governance effectiveness reviews, as well as being responsible for JPM’s advocacy efforts around policy reform in EMEA and APAC. She was also elected onto the first European Securities & Markets Authority (ESM) Stakeholder Group which covered all market stakeholders including market infrastructure providers.

At the FSA Sally was most recently Managing Director of the Risk Division and a member of the Board. In this role she was responsible for the policy direction, risk management processes, governance and markets oversight - including responsibility for the UK Listing Authority and the supervision of regulated markets and related infrastructure. During this time she sat on the Board of CESR (Committee of European Securities Regulators).

In respect of other Board roles, Sally has held numerous positions across a range of corporate and not for profit organisations. Additionally, she attended the JPMorgan Securities Plc Board meetings as a permanent attendee, providing strategic governance and other regulatory advice to the Chairman and other Board Executives.

Sally studied pure Mathematics and French at UMIST, now part of the University of Manchester.

News & insights


Publications: 19 OCTOBER 2020

The FCA’s 5 conduct questions: Translating theory to practice

The FCA has published its “Five Conduct Questions” report for 2020, highlighting key observations and issues with respect to firms’ conduct and culture programmes

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Publications: 16 JULY 2020

Managing ESG compliance — challenges for UK listed companies

Matthew Townsend, Sally Dewar, James Roe and Anne Kirkwood of Allen & Overy LLP examine the current environmental, social and governance laws, regulatory codes and reporting obligations for large…

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Publications: 19 MARCH 2020

Covid–19 coronavirus: prompts for board members

Boards of financial services firms are fully aware of their responsibility to oversee the safety and soundness of the firm. At all times, but certainly in times of stress like we are currently…

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Publications: 03 FEBRUARY 2020

Podcast: What is non-financial risk and why does it matter?

Non-financial risk may be a less well defined area of risk management than traditional financial risk, but it is rapidly becoming a strategically important consideration for senior management and…

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