SFE Starts Search for New Chief Executive

Scottish Financial Enterprise (SFE) will begin the search for a new Chief Executive to replace Owen Kelly OBE, who has held the post since 2008.

Appointing FWB Park Brown as recruitment consultants today, SFE Chairman Sir Ewan Brown said:

“Owen Kelly has been an outstanding Chief Executive and has served SFE members and the wider financial services community in Scotland well for over seven years.  As the longest ever serving Chief Executive of SFE, he has brought tremendous insight and knowledge of the workings of governments, politics and the wider public sector, both throughout the UK and internationally,  to the job of representing our industry.  He has been instrumental in linking the two worlds together where necessary and promoting collaboration and understanding for the benefit of the industry.  The respect with which Owen’s views and advice are held throughout the financial services community in Scotland, the UK and Europe, is testament to his dedication to the job and the sound judgement he has applied throughout his tenure. 

“We wish Owen well for the future and begin what will be a very challenging job to replace him.”

Owen Kelly said:

“It is a privilege to work with so many world-class member companies and with so many fine colleagues at SFE. In the time that remains to me in this role, I look forward to continuing our work on SFE’s priorities and to supporting the Board in their search for my successor.” 

The process to appointment a new Chief Executive is expected to take six to eight months.  Owen Kelly will remain in post until a successor has been appointed, giving the Board the opportunity to plan for a successful transition to a new Chief Executive.


  1. Owen Kelly has been Chief Executive of SFE since January 2008.
  2. SFE is the representative body for Scotland’s financial services industry.  Member companies range from global organisations headquartered in Scotland to small specialist support companies.  They include banks, general insurance, life insurance, pensions, investment management, asset servicing, professional services, wealth management and business services.
  3. SFE is a company limited by guarantee and is overseen by a board of directors.
  4. SFE contact:  Elaine Ravenscroft:  0131 247 7700/07919 468 960/ eravenscroft@sfe.org.uk