Finance Awards 2020

13 | Finance Awards 2020 Based in London, Chapelle Consulting is a team of experienced and passionate risk specialists dedicated to providing its clients with the best advisory, training and insights in operational risk and enterprise risk management. Following the firm’s well-deserved success in the UK Finance Awards 2020, we got in touch with Ariane Chapelle to find out more. Established in 2006, Chapelle Consulting aims to simplify risk management by focusing on its value for the decisionmakers and their organisations’ priorities. Going into further detail, Ariane begins by providing us with a brief overview of the firm and offers more insight into its clientele. “At Chapelle Consulting, our mission is to make risk management effective, valuable and accessible to all. Together, we aim to diffuse good knowledge and best practices in risk management for the benefits of all sectors, both profit and non-profit. Typically, we serve a wide range of clients across the financial services industry, international institutions, UN agencies, as well as the energy and healthcare industries. Financial clients include top tier international banks, insurance companies, national and local banks, and asset managers. Institutional clients include the IMF, the World Bank, the UNHCR, national regulators and central banks.” Specialising in risk management brings plenty of competition to the table for Chapelle Consulting. However, thanks to its values and training capabilities, the firm has been able to differentiate itself from the rest and rise to the forefront of the industry. “At Chapelle Consulting, we cater and adapt to our clients’ needs through total flexibility, while ensuring our advice is of exceptional quality and our pricing fair”, Ariane explains. “As a firm and an employer, the “Chapelle spirit” of honesty, kindness, hard work, entrepreneurship, and fun has allowed us to develop the business and exceed our clients’ expectations. By combining our operational risk and enterprise risk management expertise, we deliver top-class executive training courses, consulting services, and coaching programmes. The audience of our tailored training programmes ranges from the board of directors to staff at all levels, including risk specialists, auditors, and supervisors.” Best Risk Management Advisory & Training Firm - Europe Ariane further points out that it is essential to recruit individuals who possess similar values to Chapelle Consulting. “Working relationships here are solid, and although our small team is currently growing very quickly, nobody joins the firm without the approval of others. Each team member is absolutely critical to the success of the business, so naturally, when it comes to hiring, we look for people who can bring the hard work, business ethics and subject matter expertise we value with them.” Despite the COVID-19 outbreak, the firm has still managed to prosper during these difficult and uncertain times. “With risk management often being countercyclical, 2020 was even busier than other years for Chapelle. Undeterred by periods of lockdown and travel restrictions, we were able to boost the digitalisation of our training, building a new website, and develop live online training and webinar series. We applied to ourselves what we recommend to our clients and exploited the opportunities brought by challenging times.” When discussing its impact on the industry, Ariane highlights how the pandemic showcased the importance of risk management. “In risk management practice, the pandemic has re-emphasised the importance of scenario analysis and the assessment of interconnections between risks, stress-testing, and the necessity to identify early trends and emerging risks. The financial industry has demonstrated exceptional resilience in the wake of COVID-19 and should be praised for that. Much is, however, still to be strengthened at all levels, and learnings from the past year should be built upon to fully utilise opportunities while continuing to mitigate key risks.” Bringing the interview to a close, Ariane signs off by sharing her thoughts with us on Chapelle Consulting being awarded Best Risk Management Advisory & Training Firm – Europe before revealing some of the exciting plans the firm has in store for 2021 and beyond. “We are very grateful to SME News for this award. Looking back at our achievements so far and ahead at another year of expansion in 2021, receiving this wonderful recognition feels extremely rewarding. Moving forward, we plan to continue putting our values and expertise at the forefront of our service provision to support our clients’ needs as they navigate emerging risks and opportunities. More outreach is in the pipeline by furthering our service provision in more specific areas such as climate risks and operational resilience, a new certification programme in operational risk management, developing coaching and peer benchmarking services to keep catering to stakeholders’ needs across sectors. Feel free to reach out to us via our website to know more!” Company: Chapelle Consulting Contact: Ariane Chapelle Email: Website: Nov20493