Bernard O'Dea

Bernard O'Dea

Bernard O'Dea, MA FCA

Bernard O'Dea was a Queen'€™s Scholar at Westminster School, Graduate of Magdalen College Oxford (PPE Hons) and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG. He has strong cross disciplinary project management, consultancy and financial management skills as well as extensive international experience.

Following 3 years financial consultancy with BDO (principally advising Govt facing infrastructural enterprises) appointed as Controller of the Heron Group and later as Finance Director of a Swires overseas associate conglomerate. These latter roles involved assessing acquisitions, negotiations of all kinds (including with Govt), structuring new ventures; sectors covered included international property, insurance, shipping, tourism and hotel development.

Following 6 years as an independent board level consultant to Barclays Group in US (including the design of predictive tools and an overhaul of New York Treasury Operations) joined BZW/Barclays Capital as CFO of the newly formed, world-wide Markets Division comprising all non equity trading operations and later appointed Head of Capital & Regulatory Management for the whole investment bank. Designed and project managed the installation of a world wide product profitability and benchmarking system. Fronted transfer pricing negotiations with Barclays retail bank. Managed the investment bank'€™s capital and balance sheet and mounted and ran cross disciplinary teams to address regulatory matters arising with the Bank of England and SFA. Latterly involved as a consultant to 2 major charities, commercial start ups/re-financings, and sundry advisory projects including ones for private investor groups.