Governance of RTGS and CHAPS
We have dedicated governance arrangements for the RTGS infrastructure and CHAPS payment system.
The RTGS/CHAPS Board (the Board) provides strategic leadership for the RTGS infrastructure and CHAPS payment system. The Board operates within the Bank’s wider governance structure, reporting to the Governor and Court.
The Board supports the delivery of the Bank’s mission to promote the good of the people of the United Kingdom by maintaining monetary and financial stability. It also seeks to promote efficiency, innovation and competition in sterling payments, wherever that can be safely done without impairing stability.
As operator of a systemically important payment system, the Bank is accountable for the end-to-end risk management of the CHAPS payment system. The Board supports this through the oversight of all risks that could affect the payment system's resilience.
For both RTGS and CHAPS, the Board is responsible for:
- setting strategic aims
- setting risk tolerances
- reviewing the risk management frameworks and overseeing the risk profiles and risk mitigation
- reviewing the audit programme
- reviewing business continuity and crisis management
The Board is chaired by the Bank’s Deputy Governor for Markets and Banking, Dave Ramsden. Its membership includes four independent, external appointees, to provide additional challenge, broader experience and insight into the Board’s decision-making. The Board takes appropriate input from RTGS and CHAPS users, including through the CHAPS Strategic Advisory Forum.