Chris retired from his role as Chief Executive of the Corporate & Investment Bank at Santander UK at the end of 2018, having successfully built and grown the business over 3 years to comply with the UK Banking Reform standards. Prior to joining Santander, Chris had spent 40 years with the Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest in various CEO roles with 11 years on the Group ExCo which included heading up Corporate Banking, Retail Banking, Direct Line / Insurance businesses and Retail Direct Division culminating in appointment to his final role with the Group as the Deputy Group Chief Executive in March 2014.
From 2009 for 5 years in his role as the CEO of RBS Corporate Banking Division, Chris rebuilt the bank to create the largest Corporate Bank, Commercial Bank, Invoice Finance business, Asset Finance business (Lombard) and Transaction Services / Payment business in the UK. As part of this role Chris also had responsibility for Ulster Bank. During his time in this role he championed the return to professional qualified bankers and introduced new propositions for Entrepreneurs and Women in Business.
Throughout his career, Chris has focussed on building new propositions and businesses such as WorldPay, Direct Line Group, RBS Aviation Capital and Lombard – businesses sold and valued in excess of £20bn.
Chris has been a member of the Westminster Abbey Investment Committee since 2014 and was appointed as Chairman in 2017. He is also currently serving as Chairman for DWF – a leading international legal business, a Non-Executive Director of the Goodwood Estates and more recently was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Alfa Financial Software Holdings PLC.
In addition, Chris is a Trustee and Vice Chair for The Candy Foundation which supports various charities such as The Children’s Trust. Similarly up until very recently he served as a Trustee for the Centrepoint Charity which provides housing and support for young homeless people in many places throughout the UK.
During his time at RBS, Chris was the Chairman of the Global Banking Alliance for Women which is based in Washington,