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Frank le Roex
Chairman of the Board and member of the Board Audit and Risk Committee, and the Remunerations and Nominations Committee

Frank began his banking career at Citibank where he gained extensive experience of corporate and investment banking. He subsequently became the General Manager and CEO of the Nedbank operations in London where he was also Chairman of its offshore private banking subsidiaries in Jersey and the Isle of Man. Frank was the CEO of the Bank from 2008 until February 2015 before he became the Chairman of the Board in June 2015.

Ladi Balogun
Non-Executive Director and member of the Board Remunerations and Nominations Committee

Ladi is the Group Chief Executive of FCMB Group Plc., Lagos and was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of the Bank in 2009. He has over 17 years of experience in commercial and investment banking in Europe, the United States of America and Africa. He has worked in various areas of First City Monument Bank, including treasury, corporate banking and investment banking. He was appointed an Executive Director in charge of the Institutional Banking Group in 1997 and in 2000 he was made Executive Director in charge of Strategy and Business Development. Prior to this he spent several years at Morgan Grenfell and Co. Limited in the risk management and corporate finance (debt origination) divisions.

Ladi holds an MBA from Harvard Business School (2000).

Charles Nicholas Rouse
Senior Independent Non-Executive Director, and Chairman of the Board Audit and Risk Committee

Nick joined the Board of the Bank in 2013. He was the Managing Director of Frontier Markets Fund Managers, a division of Standard Bank Plc from 2005 until 2014. His involvement with the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF), a fund managed by the Frontier Markets dates from its inception. Prior to this Nick worked in  Barclays Bank for 33 years in various capacities including in Africa  for  7 years  initially running Barclays Corporate Business in East Africa and subsequently as Head of Credit Risk for Africa and the Middle East.

He presently is the Non-Executive Chairman of the Credit Investment Committee of CDC Group Plc. His earlier speaking engagements include invitations to Harvard Business School, Oxford Said Business School and World Bank Group.

Hemen Shah
Independent Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Board Remunerations and Nominations Committee and member of the Audit and Risk Committee

Hemen joined the Board of the Bank in 2013. He is currently a partner of 8 Miles LLP, a private equity firm focused exclusively on investing in Africa. He has spent over 15 years in senior management roles, notably in the financial services sector in Africa. He was previously CEO of Standard Chartered Bank Ghana and the Area General Manager for West Africa, where he was instrumental in leading the Bank's regional growth strategy and transformation.

He joined Standard Chartered Plc as group head of strategy in 2002, having worked for ten years with the leading strategy consulting firm Boston Consulting Group in the US, UK and India, where he set up the firm's Mumbai office. His other roles include, vice president for strategy and business development, for Campbell Soup Company.

He holds a degree in Economics from Harvard University and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Andrew Craddock
Independent Non-Executive Director and member of the Audit and Risk Committee

Andrew joined the Board in 2018. He is currently Chief Executive of Buckinghamshire Building Society, a role he has held for 3 years. Prior to this he spent 10 years with Allied Irish Bank in the UK, finishing his time there as UK Chief Operating Officer.

He started his banking career with Barclays Bank in 1984 and spent 20 years with them, working in the retail branch network and Head Office managing various projects and supporting the Group CEO with strategy and planning.

Andrew is a Chartered Associate of the London Institute of Banking and Finance and a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management. He is a trustee of Buckinghamshire Community Foundation and a Non-Executive Director of the Building Societies Association Pension Trustees Ltd.

Bismarck Rewane
Non-Executive Director and member of the Board Audit & Risk Committee

Bismarck was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of the Bank in 2009. He is the Managing Director/Chief Executive of Financial Derivatives Company Limited, Lagos and joined the Board of First City Monument Bank Ltd, Lagos in 2002 as a Non-Executive Director.

Bismarck began his banking career in 1973 with Barclays Bank in the UK and moved to Barclays Bank of Nigeria two years later. After his tenure at Barclays Bank, Bismarck worked with First National Bank of Chicago and later with International Merchant Bank Nigeria, where he became a General Manager before leaving in 1996 to start his own company. He has served on the board of Lion Bank of Nigeria plc and Intercity Bank of Nigeria Limited. In addition to his position on the Board of Directors of FCMB Group, he currently sits on the boards of Top Feeds Nigeria Limited and Delta Packaging Nigeria Limited.

Gerald Ikem
Non-Executive Director (Alternative to Ladi Balogun)

Gerald joined First City Monument Bank Limited in 2005 and is currently its Divisional Head, Treasury and International Banking.  He started his banking career in 1997 and worked in various other Nigerian banks such as MBC International Bank Limited. He was appointed as an Alternative Director to Ladi Balogun in 2014.

James Benoit, CFA
Chief Executive Officer

James Benoit, CFA, is an international banker and investor for 27 years in North America, Asia Pacific, Africa, Middle East and Europe. He led and developed businesses for multinational bank HSBC for 18 years including credit cards, consumer banking and private and corporate banking.

From 2007 to 2015, he founded and led the award winning corporate and private bank, AfrAsia Bank Ltd. He currently leads FCMB Bank (UK) Limited in London which is a subsidiary of the 7th largest bank in Nigeria. In both roles he has worked across Africa and India to grow and develop client businesses with multicultural, highly skilled colleagues.

He has served as CFA Mauritius Society President and has chaired numerous CFA Institute advisory panels globally. He is a past Chairman of YPO Mauritius. Has also chaired the Mauritius Institute of Directors, and currently serves as advisory panel member of the National Committee on Corporate Governance under the Minister of Financial Services, Mauritius.

He obtained his Bachelor of Commerce degree from University of Alberta, Canada in 1988 and his CFA Charter in 1996.

Balchandra Achary (BC), Chartered FCSI
Executive Director & Chief Risk Officer

BC joined the Bank in September 2008 as Head, Risk and Compliance and was appointed as an Executive Director in December 2012. He has been the Executive Director and Chief Risk Officer of the Bank since its authorisation as a wholesale Bank in 2013. He was the interim CEO of the Bank from May 2015 to November 2016.  BC attends the meetings of the Board Audit and Risk Committee and the Remunerations and Nominations Committee.

BC has over 30 years of banking experience having worked in India and the United Kingdom with State Bank of India in various capacities. His experience includes financial risk management, credit, treasury, asset liability management, trade finance, regulatory compliance, anti-money laundering, business strategy and development, branch management and training. He was actively involved in the centralisation of treasury operations of various banks in the State Bank Group as a member of the committee constituted to achieve synergy in treasury operations. While at the UK operations of State Bank of India, he was also responsible for business strategy, budgeting and performance monitoring, compliance and risk management.

BC holds an  MPhil in Economics with an MBA. He is also a Chartered Fellow of Chartered Institute for Investments and Securities (CISI) and is a member of its examination panel for corporate finance regulation and risk management. He is also a member of the Institute of Risk Management.

Olufemi Bakre
Executive Director, Institutional Banking (UK and Nigeria) 

Femi holds a Master’s degree in Banking/Finance from the University of Lagos. He is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, and a fellow of Direct Marketing Association of Nigeria.

He has held top management positions in Commercial and Merchant Banking businesses for 12 of his 22 years in banking. His experience cuts across Accounts Management, Credit and Financial analysis, Marketing/ Customer Relationship Management, Branch Management/ Co-ordination, Multilaterals, Local & Foreign Financial Institutions Management, Public Sector and Global Custody.

Key Staff:

  James Benoit Chief Executive Officer
  BC Achary Executive Director & Chief Risk Officer
  Benjamin Anwuri Head of Compliance & Money Laundering Reporting Officer
  Paul Brattle Chief Operating Officer
  Andrew Ricketts Chief Financial Officer
  Terry Rust Head of Trade Finance
  Paul Underwood Treasurer
  Stella Okuzu Head of Personal & Business Banking
  Richard Foulds Head of Credit









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