Leadership team

Client experience

Leadership Team

Across the UK and around the world, Barclays Corporate Banking is proud to have some of our industry’s most experienced and respected professionals to lead our business and help our clients achieve more every day.

  • UK Leadership

    Barclays Corporate Banking is led by some of our industry’s most seasoned professionals, focused on delivering the services and solutions that help put our clients ahead.

  • Regional Specialists

    Meet the experienced professionals leading Barclays Corporate Banking in your region – and across the UK.

  • Industry Specialists

    Meet the experienced professionals leading our industry specialist teams – providing dedicated experience and insight into your sector.

  • Product Specialists

    Meet the experienced specialists leading each of Barclays Corporate Banking product capabilities, providing focused expertise to shape the right solutions for your business.

    Karen Braithwaite
    Global Head of Transaction Banking

    Karen Braithwaite

    Karen Braithwaite is Managing Director, Global Head – Transaction Banking within Barclays International, based in London. Her responsibilities cover global payments, digital channels, liquidity products, foreign exchange, trade finance and working capital across product management, sales management and client management. She leads teams that serve clients globally, including corporates, financial institutions, non-bank financial institutions and governments. Karen is a member of the Corporate Banking Executive Forum.

    Martin Runow
    Managing Director, Global Head of Payments and Digital

    Martin Runow

    Martin Runow is the Global Head of Payments and Digital at Barclays Corporate Bank. Martin has a significant breadth of transaction banking experience and joined us from Deutsche Bank in 2019. During his 26 years at Deutsche, he held multiple global and regional client and product related transaction banking and corporate banking roles – among them cash management leadership roles based in New York, Zurich and Frankfurt. He leads a global team of product managers and client experience professionals that deliver payments, transactional FX and digital solutions to our corporate and institutional clients across all segments and geographies.


    James Binns
    Managing Director, Trade & Working Capital

    James Binns

    T&WC serves Corporate, NBFI and FI clients globally with teams located in the UK, Europe, Americas, Asia and the Middle East. Prior to joining Barclays, James spent 4.5 years at Deutsche Bank where he headed Working Capital Advisory and Trade Finance for EMEA and latterly Global Cross Product Solutions.

    David Shinkins
    Managing Director, Global Head of Cash Management Sales

    David Shinkins

    David is the Managing Director, Global Head of Cash Management Sales. David is a member of the Transaction Banking Senior Leadership Team, responsible for all cash management and FX sales activity for Barclays Corporate Banking globally. In addition to this role David is Co-Executive Sponsor for Spectrum, Barclays LGBT+ network and sponsor for Diversity, Equity and inclusion for the Transaction Bank.

    David has 20+ years of experience spanning commercial and international business development including leadership roles at American Express and Bupa. David has held a number of advisory board positions; examples include the Visa Digital Strategic Advisory Board and the China Union Pay Advisory Board.

    Managing Director, Head of Liquidity Solutions

    Elise Fairbairn

    Elise is the Managing Director, Global Head of Payments and Cash Management. The group she leads is responsible for Payments, FX and Liquidity.
    Elise joined Barclays in June 2023, with 30+ years in Banking where she has worked in Sydney, London, New York, and now back in the UK. Throughout her career she has held a variety of senior roles that have spanned, front line client relationship management, specialist sales, strategy, client research and from 2008, focused on the Transactional Banking space.