Board of Directors
Simon is International Director for the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and leads CBI’s international work primarily in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and North & South America.
After graduating from Exeter University, Simon embarked on a banking career with Lloyds Bank Corporate. He then spent several years in London and New York with Chase Manhattan Bank before joining Barclays Commercial Bank in 2003. In 2009 Simon became Regional Chairman of Barclays Corporate, Wales and the South West of England. In 2012 he was appointed as the Regional Director CBI South West.
His activities centred initially on the fixed income markets, but, following Big Bang, he was part of the Rothschild team that developed the privatisation/Equity Capital Market model that has become the industry standard. Since 2004 Paul has been Bursar of Trinity Hall, one of Cambridge University’s oldest colleges. He has been intimately involved in the foundation and structure of Cambridge & Counties Bank Ltd, the College’s investment in which will form a key part of its endowment portfolio.
He was Mid Corporate Real Estate Director of Bank of Scotland Corporate following the HBOS and Lloyds merger in 2008 until 2010 and, before joining Cambridge & Counties Bank in 2012, worked with several specialist property Banks as they undertook strategic reviews of their business in response to prevailing market turbulence.
Since the launch of the Bank in 2012, Mike has held the position of Chief Operating Officer, subsequently taking up the position of CEO in October 2014.
Ian is a finance professional with over 25 years in accounting and business finance roles, 22 of those in financial services. As a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, he has performed a diverse range of technical accounting and business performance roles. His most recent position before joining Cambridge & Counties Bank was as CFO and Finance Director of HFC Bank Ltd, a HSBC subsidiary, specialising in point of sale retail credit and branch based lending.
In addition to his financial expertise, Ian has broader experience having run the HFC retail business and driving strategic business divestments along the way.
Will has worked in Financial Services since 1997, carrying out a variety of roles in the industry as a regulator and as a consultant. Prior to joining Cambridge & Counties Bank in 2015 he was a Partner at Avantage Reply, a boutique consultancy specialising in Financial Services Risk & Regulation. In this role he was responsible for leading the UK business, was the global lead for the Conduct Regulation and Internal Audit practices and was responsible for leading a number of high profile Credit, Operational and Conduct Risk assignments for clients including Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds Banking Group, HSBC, PayPal, State Street and Bank of New York Mellon.
Rachel has over 20 years experience in Financial Services, having started her career on the counter in a branch of the Halifax Building Society as it was then. The majority of her career was undertaken at Alliance & Leicester and then latterly Santander, holding senior management positions in the areas of customer services, deposit management and marketing.
Rachel was part of the original team that developed the Cambridge & Counties Bank proposition and launched it to market in 2012.
Having performed various customer facing roles, Rachel champions customer experience within the Bank and fiercely defends our 99% customer satisfaction rates. She is responsible for the liabilities side of our balance sheet, raising deposits from UK SMEs and also heads up the marketing function within the company
Chris qualified as an Accountant in 1985 and has spent most of his career working within local government. He has held various senior management positions at a diverse range of local authorities including a London Borough Council a City Council and the second largest district council in the country. Chris has always supported local government professional networks and has held a number of senior positions in these including being the President of the Society of District Council’s and being their lead officer within the Spending Review process negotiating with Government Ministers.
Chris has also spent some time working within the private sector including running his own consultancy and interim support business. Chris recently decided to return to local government and has taken up the position of Chief Financial Officer for Cambridgeshire County Council.
John has extensive experience of commercial and corporate banking after a career spanning almost 40 years with The Royal Bank of Scotland Group. After almost 20 years in a variety of credit control responsibilities, John’s final position was as an Executive Director of the RBS Group in his role as Managing Director of the Corporate and Commercial businesses within both the NatWest and RBS franchises in the North of England and Midland Regions. He also has significant Treasury and Capital Markets experience from his previous roles as General Manager of the RBS operations in Switzerland, and as Credit Control Director for the City of London where he chaired the central credit committee.
John retired from his banking roles in 2005 to focus on a variety of non-executive positions including Trusteeship of the RBS Group Pension Scheme, Investment Director of the £200M NorthWest Fund, a company investing by way of equity/loan participations in SME businesses in North West England, and as Audit Chairman of N Brown Group PLC.
His extensive experience covers commercial and retail banking across a broad range of institutions.