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Viv Syal is a highly analytical, organised individual with strong communication and leadership skills, with over twenty years experience at blue chip financial services companies and professional services firms.

In addition to his experience at Barclays, Viv has held a number of positions as a business and brand strategist at a digital consultancy, risk manager at Credit Suisse and as an experienced audit senior in the Commercial Markets Division at Arthur Andersen.

Viv was the Chief Operating Officer for Product Control at Barclays Corporate and Investment Bank, with responsibility for people, location and communication strategy and an annual cost budget of £100m. His mandate included Controls and Governance oversight and the global regulatory relationships for Product Control. Prior to this, Viv was the global head of Financial Planning & Analysis at Barclays Capital and part of the due diligence team for ABN Amro and Lehman Brothers transactions.

Viv is a Fellow of the ICAEW (2016) and qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ACA) in 1997. He studied Mathematics and Management Studies at Queens' College, Cambridge University.

Finance and operations consulting for growth companies

Phone: +44 (0) 7966 262 939


Client and Colleague feedback:

  • "Viv was instrumental in helping us professionalise our management structure, from solidifying cash flow forecasts to establishing a set of priorities for reporting with the board of directors. His ability to grasp complex matters quickly, without requiring burdensome explanation was exceptional and enabled me to concentrate on growing the firm at all times during the process"

  • "Viv has a lot of drive and passion. He is a person I would always go to for advice and guidance. He does not shy away from making difficult decisions....he looks to find better ways for creating efficiency and stands behind them."

  • "Viv drives results, has a clear view on how things should operate and is willing to get into the detail when he needs to."
  • "Smart, focussed, analytical, thinks about the key messages before delivering them, good at keeping the bigger picture in mind, is organised... a good multi-tasker, pleasant and personable to deal with, is committed and determined and has integrity."
  • "It is clear that Viv cares about the wider organisation...he has nurtured strong relationships with senior members, many of whom are quite challenging in nature."
  • "Personal integrity and respect is an area where Viv completely stands out to the rest of the audience by a large distance and much as it's an ideal trait to have in a COO capacity, it is primarily also a function of who he is."