CEO, HSBC UK
Having left school on my 16th Birthday, I have been in the Banking Industry for 34 years+. I have been in scale Leadership roles for the last 20 years and have come through many Industry highs and lows (From Industrial action in the late 70’s to the LIBOR crises in 2012) I left school with basic qualifications but through many years at night school and then attending the University of Reading (in my late 30’s) I obtained qualifications which have helped to develop my career. There has been no easy journey, it has been hard earned but hopefully my experiences can inspire others to achieve through application and hard work.
I commenced my working life with Bank of Scotland in front line Banking in a village Branch in the Highlands of Scotland. There were only 5 members of staff. I was in the Bank of Scotland for 6 years before moving to a subsidiary of NatWest, called Lombard North Central Plc. This was the bedrock of my career where I progressed from a Relationship “Representative” to a senior role in scale Leadership. I was 22 years in this Company which was acquired by RBS in 2000. These were interesting times. I then Joined Barclays (2007) where I was the MD of the Asset Finance Business for approx 18 months before taking over as the Head of the Corporate Banking which was a dynamic role. I went into this role at the start of the Financial crises (early 2009) and have learnt more about Banking in the last 4 years than the previous 30. Throughout the crises, my Leadership skills were tested every day, not least throughout the “LIBOR” period. This is a topic which many people want to hear about when I speak at public engagements. At time of writing I have just left my post at Barclays to take up The Head of UK role for HSBC in the UK for the Commercial Bank. This is a significant role with 6000 people and $3.3bn of Revenues.
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