LCH taps Kate Birchall as new head of Asia Pacific

Kate Birchall joins LCH from National Australia Bank, replacing previous region head Marcus Robinson.

LCH has appointed a new head of Asia-Pacific from the National Australia Bank (NAB) who will take up the position from on 15 October.

Kate Birchall will be responsible for overseeing the business’ operations in the region, including the CCP’s existing over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives clearing activity in Singapore and Tokyo.

Birchall’s most recent role with NAB was head of portfolio optimisation and collateral, and had previously held positions with KPMG, Lloyds, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, and Australia and New Zealand Banking Group.

Based in Sydney, Birchall with report to Martin Pluves, chief executive of LCH.

“She [Birchall] brings with her substantial experience of the markets in Australia and internationally, and will be an asset to our leadership team,” commented Pluves. “In her new role she will oversee our growing business in Asia-Pacific, fostering relationships with market participants in the region, and leading our colleagues based in Australia and Japan.”

Birchall will replace Marcus Robinson, who has assumed the role of LCH’s head of business development, based in London.