Leadership team

Industry Specialists

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

Head of Healthcare

Steve Fergus

Steve joined Barclays in 2019 and was appointed Head of Healthcare in 2020. With over 15 years experience within Corporate Banking, he has undertaken roles ranging from leverage finance to client coverage with his focus being purely on Healthcare over the past 6 years. The Barclays Healthcare team supports a wide-ranging client base with their dedicated specialist approach, industry knowledge, and sector-specific products and services.

Head of Social Housing

David Cassidy

David leads our Social Housing team in maintaining and developing strong links with all of the key stakeholders in this sector. Having joined Barclays in 1982 he has worked closely with Corporate clients in relationship management, debt structuring and leadership roles. This included six years up to 2009 as a Director in the Social Housing team. Most recently David has led a team in our Business Support division.

Head of Manufacturing, Transport and Logistics

Lee Collinson

An experienced banking professional who joined Barclays in 1988 undertaking a number of roles across client coverage, debt finance and credit. Currently responsible for all Barclays UK clients in the Manufacturing, Transport and Logistics sectors.

Head of Business and Professional Services

James Morris

James has worked at Barclays for over 21 years, starting his career on the graduate programme in 1999.  He has undertaken a number of leadership roles across Corporate and Investment Banking, most recently, Managing Director, Head of UK Insurance & Captive Banking within the Financial Institutions Group.  James was appointed as National Head of Business & Professionals Services in January 2021 with responsibility for the national proposition in the UK. 

James takes a lead role in the Diversity and Inclusion Council where he has been externally recognised and named among the “50 Leading Lights in the UK”.

Head of Hospitality and Leisure

Mike Saul

Mike is head of the Barclays UK-based Hospitality and Leisure Team. With over 30 years of experience, he and his team support a wide-ranging client base with their dedicated specialist approach, industry knowledge, and sector-specific products and services.

UK Head of Retail, Wholesale and Healthcare

Karen Johnson

Karen joined Barclays in 2015 to lead the large corporate team in the North West. Karen has over 25 years banking experience working with owner managed businesses through to large corporates.  She has worked in a senior capacity in a variety of roles across the bank and was appointed as Co-Chair of the Corporate Banking D&I Council in 2018.

Key campaigns during the last 2 years include the Women in Business Awards and launching the ‘This is Me’ North West to raise awareness and reduce the stigma of mental health. In 2018 Karen won the Business Impact Champion Award for work in the mental health arena for This is Me in the North West and is now looking at growing awareness across the UK.

Head of Government and Local Authorities

Julian Batson

Julian leads our national team of specialist bankers supporting this key sector of the UK economy, aligning our broad range of financial services to the varied and particular needs of councils, combined authorities and central government departments.

Julian joined the bank in 2005 and has over 20 years’ experience in corporate advisory roles. Prior to joining Barclays, Julian was Practice Leader with Mercer where his team specialised in advising management teams and trustee boards on the provision of employee benefit schemes across a wide range of industries.

Head of Education

Richard Robinson

Richard has been in his current role since 2016 having worked in the sector for nearly ten years. Richard is also a former college Vice-Chair and Governor of a further education college. Richard has over 15 years’ experience in Corporate Banking.

Global Head OF FI and Non-Bank Payments Services Providers (NB-PSPS)

Sabry Salman

Sabry Salman is Global Head FI & Non Bank PSPs, which includes Correspondent Banks, Barclays Affiliates, FMI Broker dealers, FinTech and MSBs. He is a member of the International Corporate Bank Management Forum.

Sabry has 24 years of experience in global corporate banking, having lived and worked in Asia and the UK. Prior to his current role, he was Global Head of Banks Coverage and Head of UK MNC subsidiary banking
for 6 years, covering client markets in the Americas, UK, Europe, Middle East and Asia. Since joining Barclays in 2004, he has held many leadership roles spanning industry sectors and geographies including Africa for 7 years.

Prior to Barclays he worked at Standard Chartered and RBS Group.

Head of Agriculture UK

Adam White

Adam leads our Agricultural business in the UK, with over 18 years’ experience. As Head of Agriculture he leads the Agriculture team based across the UK. Our Agricultural Managers work closely with local agricultural businesses to help them to thrive.

Head of UK Real Estate

Jason Constable

Originally joined Barclays in 1990, Jason enjoyed a career spanning Corporate and Investment Banking. After a spell at Platinum Equity, Jason re-joined Barclays in the European Real Estate Finance Team in 2005. Having undertaken a variety of roles within the team he was appointed Head of UK Real Estate in 2021.

Head of Charities

Nazreen Visram

Nazreen joined Barclays in 2005 as a Relationship Director in Retail and Wholesale Corporate Banking team. Her previous role involved driving delivery of our Citizenship strategy, ensuring execution of the plan and to increase colleague engagement.


Andy Ponsford

Andy is the Global Corporate Banking head of the Funds and Insurance businesses, spanning Asset Management, Alternative Investment Funds / Private Equity, General and Life insurance, Brokers, Captive Insurance, Non-Life Specialty markets and Insurance Run-off businesses. He is also Head of the Corporate Strategic Solutions business which includes Escrow, Securitisation services and the Crown Dependencies for the Corporate Bank.
Andy is a member of the International Corporate Bank management team and a voting member of the Corporate Bank's lending capital committee.

Andy joined Barclays in July 2017, and prior to this was at JP Morgan for 10 years, after 10 years as a management consultant working across 3 continents.

Managing Director Head of Public Sector

Nicki Thomson

Nicki leads a team of 92 bankers across the UK, working with over 880 clients across Central and Local Government, Education, Social Housing and Charities.

Public Sector banking is a core strategic focus for Barclays. We are committed to helping the sector deliver high quality, efficient and cost effective services leading to outstanding and sustainable outcomes which make a difference to people’s lives.

As Head of Public Sector banking, one of Nicki’s key areas of focus is to ensure that Barclays continues to innovate and provide world class products and services, designed to meet the changing demands of a sector which has the delivery of public benefit at its core.

National Head of Technology, Media & Telecoms

Helena Sans

Helena is National Head of Technology, Media & Telecoms, responsible for the strategy, portfolio and income performance across our Industry aligned teams. With over 20 years of Corporate Banking experience, previous roles within Barclays have included National Head of Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics, Industry Director of Retail & Wholesale and a variety of roles specialising in specialist debt financing and solutions.

Helena is passionate about promoting Barclays support in gender diversity and Strategic Innovation within all Industry sectors.