On 5 August 2022, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) announced the appointment of Ruairi O’Connell, OBE, as the new Director of International.

Ruairi will join the FCA from the Home Office where he is Director, International. Ruairi has extensive experience in both the Home Office and the Foreign Office, including as British Ambassador to Kosovo. He will be responsible for helping to shape the FCA’s international strategy as well as overseeing the FCA’s international engagement, including matters arising from the UK withdrawal from the EU.

Ruairi’s appointment follows the appointment of six new Directors in July as the FCA expands its headcount to meet its growing remit and the ambitious three year-strategy launched in April.