Directors’ biographies

Directors’ biographies

Directors’ biographies

Directors’ biographies

Lord Smith of Kelvin


One of the UK’s most experienced chairs, Lord Smith has led organisations in the private, public and voluntary sectors.

He was chair of UK Green Investment Bank until August 2017 and SSE until July 2015. In 2014 he chaired the Organising Committee for Glasgow 2014 (Commonwealth Games) and the Smith Commission on further powers for the Scottish Parliament. A chartered accountant by profession and former President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, Lord Smith was knighted in 1999, appointed to the House of Lords as an independent cross-bench peer in 2008, appointed Knight of the Thistle in 2013, and awarded the Companion of Honour in 2016.

He is currently Chair, IMI plc, Alliance Trust plc and Forth Ports Ltd; Chancellor, University of Strathclyde.

Christina McComb

Senior Independent Director and Interim Chair from 1 October 2016 – 4 July 2017

Christina McComb has held a range of senior private and public sector roles and has a track record in private equity and venture capital investment as well as advising small and medium-sized businesses.

Christina is a former director of 3i plc and has senior public sector experience, having been a founding Director of the Shareholder Executive established by the Cabinet Office and former Department of Trade and Industry. Christina was a member of the Small Business Investment Task Force and the SME Growth Capital Review Panel.

Christina is currently Chair of OneFamily, a modern financial mutual organisation. She is also Senior Independent Director at Standard Life Private Equity Trust plc and a Non-executive Director of Big Society Capital and Nexeon Ltd.

Neeta Atkar

Independent Non-executive Director and Chair of Risk Committee

Neeta has 30 years’ experience in financial services, having held a series of positions at both banks and insurance companies, working across all aspects of risk throughout her career.

She began her career at the Bank of England, before moving on to the Financial Services Authority (FSA) on its creation, leaving in 2000 to move into consulting, working with a range of financial services clients.

Following this Neeta worked at Abbey National and then at Royal & Sun Alliance. She moved to Lloyds Bank in 2007, initially working in the retail bank and then, at Group level, leading the Operational Risk & Financial Crime integration of LTSB and HBOS. Most recently, at TSB Bank plc, she held the role of Chief Risk Officer until the end of 2016.

Neeta is also a Non-executive Director of the Nomura Europe Holdings plc, and a Non-executive Director of Yorkshire Building Society and Chair of its Risk Committee. She is a Trustee of the National Skills Academy for Financial Services. Neeta has also been a magistrate for over 20 years.

Jonathan Britton

Independent Non-executive Director and Chair of Audit Committee

Jonathan Britton has over 35 years’ experience in banking, spanning corporate, SME and investment banking businesses.

His most recent executive roles were as Divisional Finance Director and Head of Strategy for the Wholesale Division at Lloyds Banking Group from 2009 to 2013 and prior to that, Global Controller and Head of Treasury at Barclays Bank plc from 2006 to 2008. He previously held senior posts in UBS’s Investment Banking Department.

Jonathan is currently a Non-executive Director of Nomura Europe Holdings plc, and also chairs its Audit Committee. From 2006 to 2017 he was a Director of Sparks, a leading children’s medical research charity, becoming Chairman in 2012. He was a Non-executive Director and chair of the Audit Committee of ICIC Bank Uk Ltd from 2011 to 2017.

Caroline Green

Independent Non-executive Director

Caroline was Chief Operating Officer and Chief Finance Officer of network accessories vendor ProLabs Limited until June 2018, having previously held CFO positions in both private equity-backed and listed businesses.

Caroline also spent eight years in private equity, initially at 3i plc. She started her career at Xerox Corp in a variety of roles including supply chain, manufacturing and finance.

Caroline is vice-chair of unseen (UK), the charity dedicated to eradication of human trafficking and slavery.

Piers Linney

Independent Non-executive Director

Piers Linney is an entrepreneur and investor with a professional background in the City in both law and investment banking at Credit Suisse.

Piers qualified as a lawyer in the City with SJ Berwin before joining the investment banking teams at Barclays de Zoete Wedd (BZW) and Credit Suisse. Piers has founded several technology and communication businesses and has won a range of entrepreneurship awards. He sat on the Cabinet Office SME Panel and the Board of TechUK, and is a Trustee of Nesta, the UK’s leading innovation charity.

Piers is known as a champion of entrepreneurship and SMEs after appearing as an investor on Dragons’ Den. He has been recognised as one of the top 100 most influential Black Britons and won the inaugural Entrepreneur of the Year award at the EY sponsored Black British Business Awards. In 2018 Piers was recognised as one of the UK’s top 20 Ethnic Minority Executives in the Financial Times/EM Power list.

Amanda Rendle

Independent Non-executive Director

Amanda has over 30 years of marketing experience in both agencies and clients across numerous sectors including: financial services, professional service and FMCG sectors. She is the former Global Head of Marketing for Commercial Banking and Global Banking and Markets at HSBC. More recently she has been working with a new UK challenger bank, Masthaven Bank, supporting their successful launch.

Amanda began her career at Barclays Bank before moving to Limbo (Bartle Bogle Hegarty). She also set up a consultancy recognising the opportunity to focus on customer experience.

Amanda is a Non-executive Director for Tesco Bank, The Royal Mint, a Trustee of Keep Britain Tidy, and a Non-executive Director for the Government Communications Service Ministerial Board. She is also a Fellow of the Marketing Society and a member of Women in Advertising & Communications London.

Ceri Smith

Shareholder Representative Director

Ceri Smith is a Director at UK Government Investments whose responsibilities include overseeing the British Business Bank on behalf of its Shareholder, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. He previously worked in HM Treasury, the Department for Business and the Foreign Office. Responsibilities have included advising on business finance, employment law, SME taxation and developing the government’s Enterprise Capital Fund Programme.

Keith Morgan

Chief Executive Officer

Keith led the planning and establishment of the British Business Bank from January 2013, and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in December 2013. Prior to this, Keith was a Director at UK Financial Investments, joining in 2009 to manage the UK Government’s shareholdings in Bradford & Bingley, Northern Rock and Northern Rock Asset Management. Keith joined UKFI from Banco Santander where he was a Director of Sovereign Bancorp in the US. He was previously Director of Strategy and Planning at Abbey National and a member of the Executive Committee, and also served as Chairman of Santander’s Asset Management and Credit Card businesses in the UK. Before joining Abbey in 2004, Keith spent 17 years at LEK Consulting, where he was a partner specialising in financial services.

Christopher Fox

Chief Financial Officer

Christopher is Chief Financial Officer and his remit includes Human Resources, Policy and Communications and Strategy, Economics and Business Development. Prior to joining the British Business Bank, Christopher was Head of Banking at UK Financial Investments (UKFI), where he was responsible for overseeing HM government’s shareholdings in Lloyds Banking Group, Royal Bank of Scotland and UK Asset Resolution. He was also a Non-executive Director at UK Asset Resolution, Bradford & Bingley and Northern Rock Asset Management. Christopher joined UKFI from UBS, where he gained extensive experience of financial services over nearly 20 years.

Patrick Magee

Chief Commercial Officer

Patrick joined the British Business Bank as Chief Operating Officer in October 2014 and became Chief Commercial Officer in October 2017. He had previously represented the government’s shareholder interests on its Board. Before joining the Shareholder Executive in June 2012, Patrick was a Managing Director of corporate finance at JP Morgan Cazenove, having worked at the predecessor firms for almost 18 years. During his time at the Shareholder Executive Patrick led the team working on the set-up and governance of the British Business Bank as well as working on a range of the companies in the Shareholder Executive portfolio. At the British Business Bank Patrick is responsible for overseeing the Start Up Loans, Guarantee and Wholesale Solutions and Venture and Regional Solutions Business areas.

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