The Validus Board


Kevin Lester, AMCT



Kevin has over a decade of corporate risk management experience, as both a practitioner and a consultant. Previously the Head of Risk Management for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (FX and Commodities) at Rio Tinto Alcan, he also has several years of corporate treasury experience with Dow Chemical and Avery Dennison.  


Kevin holds an MBA from McGill University, and is an Associate Member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT), holding certificates in International Treasury Management, Financial Mathematics and Modelling, and Risk Management. Kevin is also a member of the Professional Risk Manager’s International Association (PRMIA). 




Francois Scheepers, CFA



Francois has worked in the financial services industry for ten years, and has been responsible for leading and executing financial risk management projects for multinational companies in several industry sectors, including private equity, technology, utilities, commodities and financial services. 


Francois has expertise in the area of financial modeling and quantitative risk analysis and is a member of the Professional Risk Manager’s International Association (PRMIA) and the CFA Society of the UK.




John Glover

Board Advisor


John has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, having held senior positions at banks in both Canada and the UK.  He has advised corporate and institutional accounts on risk management policy development and implementation across industry sectors, incorporating FX, interest rate, and commodity exposures.  John currently holds the position of Managing Director for a major global bank.





Professor Florin Vasvari, Ph.D, MA 

Senior Advisor to the Board


Professor Vasvari is the London Business School (LBS) Term Chair, Associate Professor of Accounting, and Fellow and Board Member of the Coller Institute of Private Equity in London.  He is the co-author of International Private Equity, a leading MBA textbook on the subject of Private Equity.  Professor Vasvari is a senior advisor to, and board member of,  Validus Risk Management, ensuring that our Private Equity Risk team is continually kept abreast of the latest academic research regarding private equity risk management trends and techniques.










Validus Staff


Our team of risk management consultants and market analysts has extensive experience  in the trading and analysis of foreign exchange, commodities and interest rates,  derivatives structuring, corporate treasury management  and treasury technology. This variety of expertise ensures that every client engagement team is assembled to combine technical skills, practical experience and market knowledge.


White Papers


FX Hedging:

10 Common Pitfalls


Commodity & FX Risk:

An Integrated Approach


The Corporate Use of Credit Derivatives:

Where Next?


Corporate Hedger’s Guide to Basel III


Currency Volatility – Are markets nearing an inflection point?



Private Equity


 “The Validus team understand how private equity thinks about financial risk management issues and they are rigorous in the way they help our portfolio companies to understand and mitigate their risks.”


James Markham, Partner – Portfolio Management, Graphite Capital LLP


FX and Commodity Risk


“Validus provides us with independent strategic advice relating to our long-term currency and commodity risk management program.  The people are extremely capable and collaborate very well with our finance and operations teams here at JD Irving.”


Mark Bettle, Director, J.D. Irving Ltd.


FX  Risk


 “Validus developed a tailored hedging solution to mitigate the risks from our unique combination of existing supplier agreements. The implementation and management of this rolling hedging programme with our FX service providers has been expertly and efficiently handled”.  


Mark Goldby, Finance Director, SMS Electronics Ltd.


FX, Commodity & Interest Rate Risk


“Validus comes up with risk management solutions that are innovative and comprehensive but practical to implement, that is their strength compared to other consulting companies we have worked with in the past.  Validus provided valuable insights into how FX, interest rate and commodity risks impact our organisation, and provide actionable recommendations and solutions.”


Andrew Ayres, Finance Director, U-POL Ltd.

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