Elizabeth Ninness

Independent AdviserĀ 

I have over eighteen years' experience in the financial services industry gained across first, second and third lines of defence with global exposure and responsibilities. My experience provides me with the knowledge and tools to positively contribute to companies and assist them in achieving their strategic objectives. I have held various Audit, Risk and Compliance roles with leading financial services firms covering a range of areas including Group, Investment Banking, Markets, Corporate Banking and Wealth Management. My most recent role was within the first line of defence acting as a trusted adviser to senior management of to drive change, assist with transformation, formulate strategic controls and governance solutions. Technology transformation has been key to all aspects of financial services companies for quite some time and continues to be key to keep pace with competitors, client wants and needs, risk management and changing regulations. Due to this I have been involved with technology solutions and transformation throughout my career either as the owner of the project or working with the management to implement solutions. I am a dynamic leader with experience in both developed and emerging markets. I have in depth knowledge across front to back processes and global regulations in a range of financial services segments in both wholesale and retail. In addition to this I currently hold Independent Advisor and Audit Committee positions for a Private Equity Real Estate Investment and asset management company. I hold a Global Executive MBA from IE Business School, a Masters of Finance & Investment from Financial Services Institute of Australia (FINSIA), Certificates in Islamic Finance from Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), a Certificate in Risk Management Assurance from the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and Non-Executive Director Certification from the Non-Executive Director Association. Whilst I have not yet held a Non-Executive Director position I have had significant experience with Governance, Risk Management, Compliance, financial products and investment for my employers representing the Executive Committee's interests. This includes being a representative on a range of committees such as New Product/Business steering Committees, Investment Committees, Deal Committees and Due Diligence Committees both at a transaction level and offer document level. This along with my leadership experience working with senior management to achieve strategic solutions for customers, shareholders and employers provides me with the experience and tools to successfully contribute to companies. I have the knowledge and passion to assist companies achieve their strategic objectives.


  • Other
  • Financial Services
  • Audit
  • Governance
  • Banking
  • Change Management
  • Finance & Investments
  • Policy & Regulation
  • Risk
  • Senior Leadership
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Other


  • Committee Member
  • Advisory Board Member
  • Executive Director

Board or Committee Experience

Title Sub Committee Company Name Industry
Audit Risk & Compliance CommitteeCaerus Investment ManagementReal Estate & Investment Management
Independent AdviserCaerus Investment ManagementReal Estate & Investment Management

Executive Career Summary

Title Company Name Industry
Head of Controls & Governance Corporate & Investment BankingFirst Abu Dhabi BankFinancial Services
Head of Audit Global Markets & CIB IslamicFirst Abu Dhabi BankFinancial Services}