Standard Chartered’s Harwood-Jones joins ISSA board

Addition give International Securities Services Association additional expertise in the Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa region.

By Joe Parsons

Margaret Harwood-Jones, Standard Chartered’s co-head of securities services and financing, has joined the board of the International Securities Services Association (ISSA), as the industry body continues to geographically diversify its membership. 

The addition of Harwood-Jones to the board of directors will give ISSA additional expertise in the Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa regions, and help it expand its work in establishing standards in new markets.

“One of Standard Chartered’s strengths, which is also a unique addition to ISSA, is the presence of its securities services business across Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, where we are seeing rapid transformation and opportunities,” said Lee Waite, ISSA chairman. “Margaret is a seasoned and highly regarded expert in the industry, and we are excited to have her on our board to help drive ISSA’s mission especially in the emerging and frontier markets.”   

Harwood-Jones was recently made co-head of a new division that combined Standard Chartered’s securities services business with prime finance and portfolio risk management. 

As we anticipate more changes to our industry, this collaboration between two leading organisations will definitely help institutions and businesses navigate the new operating landscape and continue to access markets around the world safely and efficiently,” added Harwood-Jones.  

Her appointment is the third change in consecutive months to the ISSA board, after the organisation replaced Luc Vantomme, chief commercial officer APAC at Euroclear, with Pierre Yves Goemans, as the CSD’s board member, and elected R Vivekanand, co-head of TCS Financial Solutions, as the tech vendors’ first representative to the organisation.