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Board of Directors

CYBG PLC is governed by a Board of Directors.

Jim Pettigrew, Chairman

James Pettigrew

Board committee membership:

  • Governance & Nomination Committee (Chair)
  • Remuneration Committee

Joined the Group:

September 2012 and became Chairman in 2014

Key areas of expertise:

Finance, Governance, M&A

Skills & experience:

Jim has over 30 years’ experience in business and finance gained from executive and senior positions principally within financial services. Jim was formerly Chief Executive Officer at CMC Markets PLC, Chief Operating Officer at Ashmore Group PLC, Group Finance Director at ICAP PLC and Deputy Group Finance Director and Group Treasurer at Sedgwick Group PLC. He is a chartered accountant and has extensive Non-Executive Director experience in a listed environment. He was previously Chairman of The Edinburgh Investment Trust PLC, Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of Crest Nicholson PLC, Non-Executive Director at Aberdeen Asset Management PLC, Non-Executive Director at AON UK Limited and Non-Executive Director at Hermes Fund Managers Limited. He is a past President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. His breadth of experience, credibility with key stakeholders and strong leadership qualities make him an effective Chairman.

Key external appointments:

Chairman of Miton Group PLC; Chairman of RBC Europe Limited, BlueBay Asset Management (Services) Ltd and BlueBay Asset Management LLP (members of the RBC group); Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of Rathbone Brothers Plc and Rathbone Investment Management Limited (part of the Rathbone Brothers Plc group); Chairman of Scottish Financial Enterprise; and Co-Chair of the Financial Services Advisory Board.

David Bennett, Deputy Chairman & Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

David Bennett

Board committee membership:

  • Audit Committee
  • Governance and Nomination Committee
  • Remuneration Committee
  • Risk Committee

Joined the Group:

October 2015

Key areas of expertise:

Finance, M&A, Retail Banking

Skills & experience:

David has significant experience in retail banking gained from a career spanning more than 30 years and including executive and senior roles in both the UK and internationally. David was Group Finance Director of Alliance & Leicester plc for six years before becoming its Group Chief Executive. Following the acquisition of Alliance & Leicester plc by Banco Santander he was appointed Executive Director on the Board of Abbey National plc. His in-depth experience of retail banking and involvement in organisational, operational and structural change is invaluable as the Group executes its strategy. He was formerly Chairman of Homeserve Membership Limited and has significant Non-Executive Director experience in a listed environment which has included being a Non-Executive Director of Bank of Ireland (UK) PLC, easyJet plc, and CMC Markets PLC.

Key external appointments:

Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of Ashmore Group plc, Non-Executive Director of PayPal (Europe) S.a.r.l et Cie, S.C.A and Chairman of various companies within the Together Financial Services Limited group.

Clive Adamson, Independent Non-Executive Director

Board committee membership:

  • Audit Committee
  • Risk Committee (Chair)

Joined the Group:

July 2016

Key areas of expertise:

Governance, Financial Services Regulation, Risk

Skills & experience:

Clive has considerable experience of UK and global economic, banking and regulatory matters gained from an extensive career in banking and financial services regulation. He held senior executive and advisory positions with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the former Financial Services Authority and the Bank of England. He was previously Head of Supervision and an Executive Director of the Board of the FCA until May 2015. His strong understanding of the UK and global banking industry and related risks is invaluable to the Board.

Key external appointments:

Chairman at JP Morgan International Bank Limited; Non-Executive Director of The Prudential Assurance Company Limited; Non-Executive Director at Ashmore Group plc; and senior adviser at McKinsey & Company.

Paul Coby, Independent Non-Executive Director

Board committee membership:

  • Risk Committee

Joined the Group:

June 2016

Key areas of expertise:

Information Technology, Strategy

Skills & experience:

Paul is an accomplished IT professional with significant e-commerce, international and technology experience. In particular his understanding of how technology has changed consumer behaviour, how advances in digital technology can impact customer outcomes and his appreciation of the end-to-end customer journey in a strategic omni-channel context is invaluable to the Group as we develop new products and digital capability. In April 2018, Paul was appointed Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Johnson Matthey PLC. Prior to this, Paul was the John Lewis Partnership’s CIO, responsible for leading and coordinating IT across the John Lewis, Waitrose and JLP Group. Previously, Paul was IT Director at John Lewis and CIO at British Airways for 10 years. Paul’s other previous roles include Chairman of the Societe Internationale de Telecommunications Aeronautiques (SITA), the global provider of systems, solutions and telecommunications to the air transport industry, Non-Executive Director at Pets at Home Group PLC and at P&O Ferries Limited, Chairman of the eSkills UK CIO Board and Chairman of the oneworld CIO Group which coordinated IT links across the 10 airline oneworld Alliance partners.

Key external appointments:

Chief Information Officer of Johnson Matthey PLC.

Adrian Grace, Independent Non-Executive Director

Adrian Grace

Board committee membership:

  • Remuneration Committee (Chair)

Joined the Group:

December 2014

Key areas of expertise:

Finance, Financial Services Regulation, Strategy

Skills & experience:

Adrian has extensive financial, business leadership and general management experience gained from a career which has spanned a range of consumer and commercial financial services sectors and involved a variety of senior roles. Adrian’s experience of designing and implementing substantial change programmes and delivering transformational growth through simple customer focused visions and plans is aligned to the Group’s strategy. Having started his career with the Leeds Permanent Building Society and then Mercantile Credit, Adrian joined GE Capital where he spent time in the UK, Asia, and the Americas. He became Managing Director of the Small Business Division at Sage Group plc. He was Chief Executive at Barclays Insurance and Managing Director of Commercial Banking within the Corporate Division of HBOS. Since 2011 Adrian has been Chief Executive Officer at Aegon UK having joined Aegon in 2009 as Group Business Development Director. He was previously on the boards of the Association of British Insurers and Scottish Financial Enterprise.

Key external appointments:

Director of various companies within the Aegon Group and a member of the FCA Practitioner Panel representing the life and pensions sector.

Fiona MacLeod, Independent Non-Executive Director

Fiona MacLeod

Board committee membership:

  • Governance & Nomination Committee
  • Risk Committee

Joined the Group:

September 2016

Key areas of expertise:

M&A, Marketing, Strategy

Skills & experience:

Fiona has 30 years’ international business experience in leading complex, large scale business transformation and in managing the commercial, human resources and cultural aspects of change programmes. She has demonstrated this both as an executive and as an advisory consultant to both listed and governmental organisations. A substantial part of her career was at BP Group plc where she held various executive positions encompassing Mergers and Acquisitions, Branding and Marketing and latterly the role of President Retail, USA & Latin America. Fiona was formerly Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of SThree plc.

Key external appointments:

Non-Executive Director of Denholm Oilfield Services Limited.

Dr Teresa Robson-Capps, Independent Non-Executive Director

Board committee membership:

  • Audit Committee

Joined the Group:

October 2014

Key areas of expertise:

Finance, Strategy

Skills & experience:

Teresa has extensive financial, customer service and general management experience from across a range of industries including telecommunications, financial services and retail. She is a chartered management accountant and has a Doctorate in Accounting and Management Control. Teresa has a breadth of experience gained from executive leadership roles with BT Mobile, Sears plc, Eagle Star/Zurich Financial Services, Cable & Wireless, Reality and Accenture. She joined HSBC Group in 2006 and from 2010 was Deputy Head, Direct Bank & First Direct. Teresa also has strong board experience gained from her previous roles as Chairman of ACS Clothing Group Limited and Non-Executive Director of Broker Network Holdings Limited, Paymentshield Group Holdings Limited, PowerPlace Insurance Services Limited, Towergate Insurance Limited and Yorkshire Water Services Limited.

Key external appointments:

Non-Executive Director of Hastings Group Holdings PLC and FIL Holdings (UK) Limited.

Tim Wade, Independent Non-Executive Director

Tim Wade

Board committee membership:

  • Audit Committee (Chair)
  • Risk Committee

Joined the Group:

September 2016

Key areas of expertise:

Finance, M&A, Retail Banking, Risk

Skills & experience:

Tim has over 20 years’ senior experience in retail financial services, including retail banking in both the UK and internationally. An Australian national, he is an experienced Chief Financial Officer, a chartered accountant and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia. Tim was Managing Director at AMP International, responsible for AMP Bank and the Virgin Direct (now Virgin Money) joint venture. He began his career at Arthur Andersen working in Melbourne and Singapore, and in 1994 he joined Colonial Limited, the mutual financial services group, as Chief Taxation Counsel. He became Group Chief Financial Officer in 1997 and Executive Director of State Bank of New South Wales. Tim subsequently oversaw the IPO of Colonial and was involved in Colonial’s subsequent acquisition by Commonwealth Bank – at the time the largest acquisition in Australian corporate history. His previous Non-Executive Director board experience includes Friends Life Group Limited and Monitise plc.

Key external appointments:

Chairman at Macquarie Bank International Limited; Non-Executive Director of companies within the Chubb European Group Limited and The Access Bank UK Limited groups; and Non-Executive Director of The Coeliac UK Trading Company Limited.

David Duffy, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

David Duffy

Joined the Group:

June 2015

Key areas of expertise:

Banking, Finance M&A, Strategy

Skills & experience:

David has significant international finance and banking experience gained from a career spanning almost three decades. David’s proven ability to build and transform businesses and lead strong management teams brings significant value to all of the Group’s stakeholders. Prior to joining the Group, David was Chief Executive Officer at Allied Irish Banks plc, one of the largest retail and commercial banks in Ireland. He is a former Chief Executive Officer of Standard Bank International where he has responsibility for operations in the UK, Europe, Latin America and Asia. He was also previously Head of Global Wholesale Banking Network with ING Group and President and Chief Executive Officer of the ING wholesale franchises in the United States and Latin America. David is a past President of the Banking and Payments Federation of Ireland and a past Director of the European Banking Federation. David’s broad-based skills, leadership, energy and strategic vision are invaluable to the Group as it continues its strategic journey and cultural transformation.

Key external appointments:

Senior Independent Director of NewTA Limited (trading as UK Finance), the industry body representing leading firms providing finance, banking, markets and payments-related services in or from the UK; HM Treasury Fintech Envoy for England and a Board member of The Northern Powerhouse Partnership.

Debbie Crosbie, Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer

Debbie Crosbie

Joined the Group:

June 1997

Key areas of expertise:

Information Technology, Retail Banking, Strategy, Operations

Skills & experience:

Debbie has broad experience and knowledge gained over 20 years in the banking sector, particularly around information technology, complex project delivery, material outsourcing and strategy and planning. She has significant experience at a senior management level and is a strong advocate for customers and improving the customer experience by driving a change and transformation journey which has the customer as its core focus. Since joining the Group in 1997 Debbie has held a variety of positions including Head of Technology Governance, Head of Strategic Projects and Head of the Group’s Development Centre. She was Chief Information Officer from 2008 to 2011, became Operations & IT Director in 2011, was appointed Executive Director in 2014 and became Chief Operating Officer in 2015. Debbie was Acting Chief Executive Officer from February 2015 to June 2015 and during this period led the preparation for the Group’s demerger and IPO and was part of the management team which completed the transaction. She was previously a Non-Executive Director of the Scottish Court Service. She holds an Honours degree in Industrial Relations from the University of Strathclyde and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.

Key external appointments:

Vice-Chair of the Board of CBI Scotland, member of the Board of Glasgow Economic Leadership and Member of the Strathclyde Business School Advisory Board.

Ian Smith, Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer

Ian Smith

Joined the Group:

November 2014

Key areas of expertise:

Banking, Finance M&A, Strategy

Skills & experience:

Ian has considerable experience in finance, audit and advising on bank strategy and corporate transactions from a career spanning more than 25 years. He has held senior finance roles in HBOS plc and Lloyds Banking Group plc. He joined the Group in November 2014 from Deloitte LLP where he was a partner specialising in financial services.

Key external appointments:

Non-Executive Director of 67 Pall Mall Limited.

Geeta Gopalan, Independent Non-Executive Director

Geeta Gopalan

Board committee membership:

  • Risk Committee

Joined the Group:

October 2018

Key areas of expertise:

Finance, Financial Services, Retail Banking, Digital

Skills & experience:

Geeta Gopalan has over 25 years of experience of financial services and retail banking, particularly payments and digital innovation. Geeta was Director of Payment Services with HBOS plc and previously Managing Director, UK Retail Bank and Business Development Head EME at Citigroup. Geeta was formerly the Chair of Monitise Europe and she is a chartered accountant.

Key external appointments:

Non-Executive Director of Ultra Electronic Holdings Plc and Wizink Bank S.A and Member of the Council of Marlborough College.

Darren Pope, Independent Non-Executive Director

Darren Pope

Board committee membership:

  • Audit Committee

Joined the Group:

October 2018

Key areas of expertise:

Finance, Financial Services, Retail Banking

Skills & experience:

Darren has over 30 years of experience in retail banking and financial services. Darren held the post of Chief Financial Officer of TSB Bank plc, having taken a lead role in the design and divestment of the TSB business from Lloyds Bank plc and its subsequent IPO and takeover. He previously held a number of executive and senior roles at Lloyds Banking Group plc including Retail Bank Commercial Director. Darren is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Certified Accountants.

Key external appointments:

Independent Non-Executive Director of Equniti Group plc.

Amy Stirling, Non-Executive Director

Amy Stirling

Joined the Group:

October 2018

Key areas of expertise:

Finance, Strategy, Operations

Skills & experience:

Amy has extensive board, financial and management experience from senior and board roles in a range of sectors including telecommunications, financial services and commerce. She was previously Non-Executive Director as Pets at Home Group plc and the UK Cabinet Office. Amy is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Accountants of England and Wales.

Key external appointments:

Chief Financial Officer of Virgin Group Holdings Limited and Non-Executive Director of RIT Capital Partners plc.