Breda Forrest

Breda Forrest | Nomura

Breda Forrest

I have 15 years experience working within Front Office Technology in Investment Banks.

I began my career in London in 2005 as a graduate, after completing a 4 year degree in Business Information Systems at University College Cork, Ireland. I have worked in several investment banks including BAML and RBS and also spent time working in New York before joining Nomura 8 years ago.

Currently I lead a Global Production Support team covering the Fixed Income business. Prior to my current role, I lead and managed regional and global teams supporting various front office businesses.

I am an experienced and versatile technical support manager, with a highly successful track record delivering services across both Equities, FX, Fixed Income businesses. I have a strong client focused delivery over a significant time period with a reputation of leading from the front managing very demanding internal users and external clients.

Nitzan Solomon

Nitzan Solomon | Nomura

Nitzan started her career as a Business Analyst specialising in Anti Money Laundering and Market Abuse technology solutions and in 2016 was introduced to Nomura in a consultant role, leading an independent review of the Surveillance and Financial Crime technology platforms across Nomura’s Asia and EMEA operation. Her unique talent was noticed and Nomura hired her in February 2017 as a Project Manager within the Surveillance and Financial Crime Technology function. Within a very short period of time her contribution and influence grew and she was rapidly promoted to Head of Projects and change in July 2017, leading a large team of both employees and consultants, responsible for overseeing the delivery of the functions diverse portfolio of change programmes.

An active advocate for social responsibility, Nitzan was awarded certificates of excellence, for two years in succession, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to society, in Israel. She co-established a youth subsidiary of the well known "Lions" non-profit organisation ("NPO") and established and managed a branch of one of the leading Israeli NPOs that provide financial advice and support to the underprivileged.

Her tenacity, drive for improvement and talent has instigated and resulted in a significant and quantifiably positive change. A consistent driving force for improvement, Nitzan has been at the forefront of developing and shaping the function to keep pace with the rapidly evolving and complex regulatory landscape and business requirements. She is recognised as a subject matter expert and a highly effective talent leader who is able to motivate and bring out the best in her team and build strong partnerships with the Business.

Nitzan’s outstanding contribution has helped to take Nomura’s Surveillance and Financial Crime Technology capability to the next level.

Christina Maddy

Christina Maddy | Nomura

Christina Maddy

I joined Nomura on the Graduate scheme in 2014 as a Business Analyst and Scrum Master, after graduating from Loughborough University with a 2.1 in Information Technology Management for Business. Soon after joining, I was leading the delivery of a key, regulatory system to control and report on access to production systems. This role gave me exposure to internal and external auditors, as I had to present and meet with them regularly, and also all areas of technology.

I have since led the delivery of other projects such as a tool to consolidate all of your outstanding tasks (from timesheets to access approvals) into a single pane of glass view, and most recently Symphony, a cloud based communication and content sharing platform.

I have championed and applied Agile processes across all of the platforms and systems mentioned, either by acting as the BA/Scrum Master myself or by training and mentoring other members of the organisation to fulfil these roles, and I am now managing a small team of business analysts within my division, which is a new and exciting challenge, and together we are working to implement agile processes and a continuous delivery strategy against other teams in our division, to ensure we, as an organisation, are working as efficiently as possible.