Paul Tucker (banker)

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Sir Paul Tucker
Deputy Governor of the Bank of England for Financial Stability
In office
March 2009 – October 2013
Preceded by John Gieve
Succeeded by Jon Cunliffe
Member of the Monetary Policy Committee
In office
June 2002 – October 2013
Member of the Financial Policy Committee
In office
April 2013 – October 2013
Personal details
Born (1958-03-24) 24 March 1958 (age 60)
Alma mater Trinity College, Cambridge
Profession Economist

Sir Paul Tucker (born 24 March 1958) is a British economist and central banker. He was formerly the Deputy Governor of the Bank of England, with responsibility for financial stability, and served on the Bank's Monetary Policy Committee from June 2002 until October 2013[1] and its interim and then full Financial Policy Committee from June 2011.[2] In November 2012 he was turned down for the position of governor in favour of Mark Carney. In June 2013, Tucker announced that he would leave the Bank of England,[3] and later that he would be moving to Harvard.[4] He was knighted in the 2014 New Year Honours for services to central banking.[5]

Since late 2013, Tucker has been a Fellow[6] at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government. He is a Senior Fellow at Harvard's Center for European Studies.[7]

Tucker's book, Unelected Power: The Quest for Legitimacy in Central Banking and the Regulatory State, will be published in May 2018 by Princeton University Press.[8]

Tucker was educated at Codsall High School, Wolverhampton, and graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge, where he studied maths and philosophy.[1][9] He joined the Bank of England very shortly afterwards, in 1980.[10] He was appointed a member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee and Executive Director for Markets from June 2002;[11] and as Deputy Governor of the Bank of England with effect from March 2009.[1]

While Deputy Governor, Tucker became a director of the Bank for International Settlements,[12] and later also chaired the Basel Committee on Payment and Settlement Systems (CPSS).[13] During this period, he was a member of the Steering Committee of the G20 Financial Stability Board ("FSB").

In 2009 Tucker became the first chair of the FSB's Working Group on Cross-Border Crisis Management.[14] According to the British Bankers Association, Tucker was “one of the first to set out thinking on ways to deepen the resolution regime”, in particular to develop "a super special resolution framework that permitted the authorities, on a rapid timetable, to haircut uninsured creditors in a going concern”.[15] Tucker helped to develop the conceptual architecture of bail-in, and also got the FSB and G-20 behind the proposal.[16] In October 2011, the FSB Working Group published the "Key Attributes of Effective Resolution Regimes for Financial Institutions". This document set out core principles to be adopted by all participating jurisdictions, including the legal and operational capability for such a super special resolution regime (now known as 'bail-in')..[17] In late 2012, Tucker co-authored an op-ed with FDIC Chairman Martin Gruenberg that described how different countries should cooperate on the resolution of a cross-border bank.[18]

A July 2012 memo submitted to the Treasury Select Committee and released by the Wall Street Journal suggested that Tucker may have implicitly pressured Barclays to manipulate its Libor submissions by relaying a message from senior members of the UK government that "it did not always need to be the case that [Barclays] appeared as high as [Barclays] has recently."[19][20] The memo also noted that Diamond did not believe he received an instruction from Tucker.[21] In August 2012, the Treasury Select Committee noted in its report into Libor that the conclusion of the Financial Services Authority was that "no instruction for Barclays to lower its LIBOR submissions was given during this telephone conversation", but that "as the substance of the telephone conversation was relayed down the chain of command at Barclays, a misunderstanding or miscommunication occurred" so that "Barclays' Submitters believed mistakenly that they were operating under an instruction from the Bank of England".[22][23] The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission also came to similar conclusions following their investigations.[22][24][25]

In December 2015, Tucker became chair of the Systemic Risk Council, a body set up in 2012 by former regulators and central bankers to promote financial stability.[26] Its first chair was Sheila Bair, former Chair of the FDIC,[27] and its members include Paul Volcker (former Chair of the Federal Reserve)[28] and Jean-Claude Trichet (former President of the European Central Bank).[29] Since Tucker became chair, the SRC has issued a statement to G20 Finance Ministers and Governors on financial reform[30] and, among other things, intervened on various US Treasury proposals to roll back financial regulation.[31][32]


  1. ^ a b c Bank of England. "Profile of Paul Tucker". Archived from the original on 10 June 2011. Retrieved 12 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Financial Policy Committee: what it does and who is in charge". The Daily Telegraph. 29 May 2011. Archived from the original on 30 June 2009. Retrieved 12 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Heather Stewart (14 June 2013). "Deputy governor Paul Tucker quits Bank of England". The Guardian'. Archived from the original on 30 June 2009. 
  4. ^ Philip Aldrick (19 October 2013). "American dream in Tucker's future". The Telegraph. 
  5. ^ "No. 60728". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2013. p. 2. 
  6. ^ "Research Fellows and Other Appointees". Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government. Retrieved 28 February 2018. 
  7. ^ "Sir Paul Tucker". Harvard Center for European Studies. Retrieved 28 February 2018. 
  8. ^ "Unelected Power". Princeton University Press. Retrieved 28 February 2018. 
  9. ^ Birmingham Post. "Staffordshire man named as new deputy at Bank of England Dec 12 2008". Archived from the original on 30 June 2009. Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  10. ^ Chris Giles; Brooke Masters; Patrick Jenkins (17 April 2012). "Favourites line up for beefier BoE". Financial Times. Archived from the original on 30 June 2009. Retrieved 18 April 2012. (Subscription required (help)). 
  11. ^ "Appointments at the Bank of England" (PDF) (Press release). Bank of England. 2002-04-04. Retrieved 2018-04-06. 
  12. ^ "Organisation, activities and financial results" (PDF), BIS 79th Annual Report (PDF), Bank of International Settlements, 2009, p. 147, retrieved 2018-04-06, By letter dated 23 April 2009, Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England, appointed Paul Tucker, Deputy Governor of the Bank of England, as a member of the Board of Directors for the remaining period of Lord George’s term of office ending on 6 May 2011. 
  13. ^ "Paul Tucker appointed CPSS Chairman<!lang>" (Press release) (in {$lang}</!lang>). Bank of International Settlements. 2012-03-05. Retrieved 2018-04-06. 
  14. ^ FSB (27 June 2009), Financial Stability Board holds inaugural meeting in Basel (PDF), archived from the original (PDF) on 6 April 2018 
  15. ^ British Bankers Association (August 2010), Resolution and unsecured creditors 
  16. ^ Risk Magazine (13 January 2014), Lifetime achievement award: Wilson Ervin 
  17. ^ Financial Stability Board (October 2011), Key Attributes of Effective Resolution Regimes for Financial Institutions (PDF) 
  18. ^ Martin Gruenberg and Paul Tucker (10 December 2012). "When global banks fail, resolve them globally". Financial Times'. Archived from the original on 18 November 2017. 
  19. ^ Written Evidence (PDF). Fixing LIBOR: some preliminary findings. 
  20. ^ Barclays file, obtained by Wall Street Journal, Supplementary information regarding Barclays settlement with the Authorities in respect of their investigations into the submission of various interbank offered rates
  21. ^ House of Commons Treasury Committee. "Fixing LIBOR: some preliminary findings" (PDF). 
  22. ^ a b House of Commons Treasury Committee (12 August 2018). "Fixing LIBOR: some preliminary findings: Second Report of Session 2012-2013" (PDF). 
  23. ^ Financial Services Authority. "FSA Final Notice to Barclays" (PDF). 
  24. ^ "Appendix A" (PDF). Department of Justice. 26 June 2012. Retrieved 30 March 2018. 
  26. ^ "Paul Tucker to Succeed Sheila Bair as Chair of Systemic Risk Council". The Systemic Risk Council. Retrieved 8 December 2015. 
  27. ^ "Sheila Bair to lead private financial risk council". The Systemic Risk Council. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  28. ^ "Former FDIC Chair to Lead Systemic Risk Council, Monitor Financial Regulation". The Systemic Risk Council. Retrieved 6 June 2012. 
  29. ^ "Jean-Claude Trichet to Join Systemic Risk Council as Senior Adviser". The Systemic Risk Council. Retrieved 16 May 2016. 
  30. ^ "Systemic Risk Council Policy Statement to G20 Leaders". The Systemic Risk Council. Retrieved 27 February 2017. 
  31. ^ "Comment on the Treasury Department's October 2017 Reports". The Systemic Risk Council. Retrieved 23 February 2018. 
  32. ^ "Comment on the Treasury Department's June 2017 Report". The Systemic Risk Council. Retrieved 19 September 2017.