We are Halex Consulting

What we do

We take a different approach to governance consultancy. Our years of experience and deep expertise allow us to work flexibly, adapting our approach to meet your needs while leveraging tried and tested principles. Our aim is always to provide you with valuable and value-adding insights, advice and guidance.

Unrivalled experience

It’s the Halex team that sets us apart

Chris Burt - Principal

Chris is a principal of Halex Consulting and a co-founder of the Risk Coalition. He focuses on working with boards and executive management, and has over 25 years’ experience delivering governance, risk management and assurance consultancy to leading UK and European businesses. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and holds a degree in Industrial Economics from the University of Nottingham and a masters in secure e-commerce from Royal Holloway, University of London.

Chris qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG where he specialised in technology risk and information security (cyber) consulting, later extending his expertise into enterprise risk management and internal audit consulting with Andersen/Deloitte.

Chris set up Halex Consulting after working for several years with Independent Audit, a highly regarded boutique governance consultancy, first as a senior associate and then as a partner. In this time, he specialised in performing board and committee evaluations (including S166 work), and reviews of risk management and internal audit effectiveness.

Chris is an internationally recognised risk management thought leader having instigated, chaired and being principal author of the Risk Coalition's 'Raising the Bar' leading practice guidance for board risk committees published at the UK's Financial Reporting Council in December 2019.

Chris chairs the Risk Coalition's Risk Committee Chairs' Forum, CRO Forum and Halex Consulting's own CoSec Forum.

See https://riskcoalition.org.uk for more information.

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Prof. Bryan Foss - Senior Advisor

Bryan is an experienced financial services NED having chaired audit, risk, remcom, nominations and governance committees, also working as part of a core board team taking a challenger through to a UK banking licence. His current roles include advising the FRC on banking and building society standards, going concern, viability, corporate code, succession planning, client asset management and other matters. Bryan also connects with the PRA and FCA as observers in this process, also within his role as a co-founder of the Risk Coalition.

Bryan has led numerous board reviews on behalf of the UK Government for export development, including within the UK, Central and East Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Bryan has a particular interest in mutual organisations, their purpose, viability and stakeholder management operations in a regulated environment.

Bryan is an IoD Fellow, Chartered Director, Visiting Professor, Chartered Marketer and Finance professional, as a Chartered Engineer he is also a recognised systems and cyber expert.

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Diane Moore - Senior Advisor

Diane is an experienced Independent Non-Executive Director and has chaired Audit & Compliance, Risk, Remuneration and Nomination Committees across a range of Boards with different geographies, ownership structures and businesses, mostly within financial services. Previously she was a central banker and financial services regulator, having worked at the Bank of England, Deutsche Bundesbank, Oesterreichische Nationalbank and the Financial Services Authority. 

Diane has an MA Joint Honours in French and German from the University of St. Andrews, an MSc in Politics and Public Administration from the University of London, and an MBA (with distinction) from the Open University Business School (Vienna and London).

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David Young - Senior Advisor

David brings extensive experience to his role as adviser to Halex. He is an experienced Chairman and Risk and Audit committee chair with particular knowledge of the regulated financial services industry. He sits as a NED on the board of a number of companies, regulated by both the FCA and PRA as well as the FRC with a range of investors from private equity, listed to subsidiaries of larger groups. In particular, he has Chaired a Risk Committee taking a large insurer through internal model approval under Solvency II.

He qualified as a Chartered Accountant at the London office of Arthur Andersen (now Deloitte). Following seven years in investment banking, he became finance director of a London Stock Exchange premium-listed company before embarking on a portfolio career in 1999. He is a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. He was deputy chairman of the ICAEW’s NED Group.

Having been both a finance director and non-executive director of companies gives David a special insight into the current risks which companies face, the workings of company boards and the requirements of regulators. As a purchaser of external and internal audit, risk and other assurance services, he understands the relationships which make risk frameworks work in practice rather than simply ticking the right box.

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Peter Neville-Lewis - Senior Advisor

Peter is a highly experienced Business Adviser to Boards and senior management teams with over 30 years’ practical delivery at Managing Director level himself, specialising in principled leadership, values-based decision making, conduct risk and, more recently, geo-political risk.

Peter's longstanding connections within the City and various political, academic and economic institutions, together with his wide range of cultural interests provide clients with a rich source of intellect, expertise and pragmatism. He is also an Honorary Research Fellow at Brunel University London.

Having trained at RMA Sandhurst, Peter left the Army to work in the City and in the early 70’s he established a wholesale business which was successfully sold to a Public Company in 1986. From 1988 up to 2001, Peter held various senior roles and non-exec positions with an emphasis on Sales and Marketing, including setting up a Sales Office in Bangkok for a US Multinational FMCG business covering South East Asia.

Peter’s current focus is on providing clients with advice and guidance on culture audits, ethical leadership, business conduct and values-based decision-making.

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James Eason - Senior Advisor

James has over thirty years’ experience as a specialist consultant within strategic risk management, compliance, and acute crisis response. During this time, he has consistently delivered exceptionally strong results in team and programme management for a broad range of project types, frequently on a global scale. An accomplished project leader, James has spearheaded the design, development, and implementation of both risk and compliance functions for publicly listed companies, through to smaller entities, with unique or extreme challenges.

During his career, James served as an extortive crime and kidnap for ransom response specialist gaining unique experience and skill advising business leaders in the required business risk strategy during existentially challenging circumstances. He was the risk and security consulting lead to the Royal Household, an advisor to the Centre for Protection of National Infrastructure, and a co-author of a BSI standard for Cyber Risk - Governance and Management.

Alongside being a certified OCEG GRC Professional and GRC Auditor, James is a member of the Institute of Risk Management and a certified Information Security Lead Auditor (ISO27001-2022).

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Jake Hoban - Senior Advisor

Jake is an experienced risk practitioner with a strong belief that risk management should support organisations in achieving their strategic aims and over-arching purpose. He has significant experience of working in highly regulated industries, having chaired UBS's operational resilience, risk and strategy committee, and served as head of technology risk at Visa Europe.

Based on his years of experience, Jake argues that critical thinking, imagination and ecosystem (whole system) analysis are as important as regulatory technical competence in helping organisations achieve their desired outcomes. For risk practitioners to partner with business teams effectively means being able to see the world through their eyes. Jake's experiences in the worlds of technology, product, strategy and programme management have given him the awareness and empathy to do that.

Jake is a Fellow of the Schumacher Institute, a Chair of an educational non-profit and fractional COO of the Enlightened Enterprise Academy.

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