Our Team

Chief Executive Officer

Iain Hunter

Iain joined the bank as Chief Executive Officer in September 2015 having previously held several senior management roles within CIT Bank limited including the roles of Chief Executive Officer and Chief Risk Officer.

He is an experienced, energetic and driven business leader who has successfully delivered business plans supporting a multitude of asset classes and liability strategies often within a significant change management environment.

Chairman

John Howland Jackson

John is a veteran senior banker with over 40 years’ experience at some of the world's largest financial institutions, including the ING Group, NatWest Markets, Nomura Securities and J.P. Morgan. He has worked extensively throughout Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region and has substantial management experience covering strategic and business development as well as regulatory and risk control.

John is currently also Chairman of Nikko Asset Management Europe and is by background a qualified barrister.

Non-Executive Director & Chair of Audit Committee

Ian Gomes

Ian Gomes has spent his professional career with KPMG with 23 years at Partner level with wide ranging depth and breadth of client facing and senior roles in the UK, Middle East and India. He has substantial financial services experience as auditor and advisor besides leading forensic investigations for regulatory authorities. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Non-Executive Director

Suresh Advani

Suresh has worked for many years in banking, fund management and private sector insurance with a specialisation in trade finance.

Suresh is a Director of Wyelands Capital limited where he is responsible for financial services investments on behalf of the GFG Alliance. He is also a Non Executive Director of Exporters Credit Corporation Incorporated, Insurecap limited and Eastern and Southern African Trade Advisors limited. He is a member of GMl Capital llP where he was formerly lead portfolio manager of the Federated Project and Trade Finance Fund. He is also Chair of "Institutional Investors in Trade Finance", a working group established by the International Chamber of Commerce Banking Commission.

Non-Executive Director

Jay Hambro

Jay is presently the Chief Investment Officer of the GFG Alliance and Chief Executive Officer of Mining and Energy of SIMEC. He was formerly the Executive Chairman of IRC limited, the Hong Kong listed Sino-Russian industrial commodities producer.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and an Independent Non-Executive Director of IRC limited and Cellmark AB. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management and is a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths.

Non-Executive Director

Stephen Reid

Steve has spent his entire career in the financial services industry. During this time, he has held executive roles with the Woolwich Building Society, Barclays Bank, National Australia Group Europe and as CEO of Allied Irish Bank (UK). Steve is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland.

In particular, he has extensive retail banking experience with a strong focus on managing credit, operational and conduct risk complimented by a keen commercial acumen. He also has a deep understanding of how to deliver customer-friendly processes and propositions and in embedding customer centric values across organisations.

Director & Chief Financial Officer

Matt Cowan

Matt joined the bank as Chief Financial Officer in September 2015 from Tungsten Network Finance where he was Head of Finance. Prior to joining Tungsten, Matt was the Interim Chief Financial Officer for the London Metal Exchange and before that worked for Investment banking arms of Deutsche Bank, HSBC and RBS leading teams on and offshore on CFO mandated deliveries.

Matt holds an llB in law, is a Chartered Management Accountant and is also a member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.

Chief Operating Officer

Gina Thomas

Gina Thomas is the Head of Operations. She has over 25 years banking experience in institutions such as RBS, Deutsche, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and CIT Bank Limited.

She is an experienced, energetic and driven leader with strong operational and customer services banking experience. She has strong expertise in a range of functional areas with emphasis on risk management, anti-money laundering and leading operations.

Head of Origination

David Locking

David Locking is a senior banker with 36 years’ experience, including in multi-product coverage, at a number of global financial institutions.

David has a broad international background drawn from UK, continental European, US, African and Asian organisations.