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Leadership team

Industry Specialists

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

Mark Suthern
National Head of Agriculture

Mark Suthern


Mark has worked for Barclays for 29 years. As Head of Agriculture he leads the Agriculture team of 200 based across the UK. Our Agricultural Managers work closely with local agricultural businesses to help them to thrive.

Philip Bowkley
Head of Non-Bank Financial Institutions (NBFI)

Philip Bowkley

Philip has global accountability for Corporate Banking client coverage of insurance, specialty finance, funds, asset managers and FinTech companies. 

The NBFI coverage team has presence in the US, UK, Asia, Western Europe and the Middle East, and provides an extensive range of banking solutions including cash management, trade finance, liquidity, debt and FX.

Mike Rigby
Head of Business Services

Mike Rigby


Mike was appointed as Head of Business Services for Corporate Banking in 2018. Mike has a wealth of experience in the banking sector including managing the Manufacturing, Transport and Logistics team for over 5 years . Prior to joining Barclays, in 2008, he spent 14 years at HSBC in a number of roles in the Credit, Retail and Corporate divisions.

Mike is responsible for the strategy, portfolio performance of the sector in the UK & Ireland and is the external face to market. 

David McHattie
Head of Healthcare

David McHattie

David was appointed as Head of  Healthcare for Corporate Banking in 2018, having been Head of Charities for the last seven years. David has a wealth of experience from over 30 years in corporate banking, including structured debt finance and international operations.

Ian Gilmartin
Head of Retail & Wholesale

Ian Gilmartin


Ian has over 20 years of corporate banking experience and has spent the last five years providing specialist banking services to retailers and wholesalers as part of the leadership within Barclays Retail & Wholesale Team.

Prior to that he was a senior relationship director in the Technology, Media and Telecoms team, and before joining Barclays held a range of positions at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson and Allied Irish Banks.

Sean Duffy
Head of Technology, Media and Telecoms

Sean Duffy

Sean has been at Barclays for more than 10 years and has spent most of his time in Corporate Banking. He leads the Technology, Media and Telecoms team for Barclays.

Sean graduated with a first class Honours degree in Physics and a PhD in Mathematical Physics. On leaving academia he trained as an actuary before moving across to banking. Sean held a number of strategic and operational roles before he moved into corporate banking over 10 years ago.

 

Mike Saul
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.

Dennis Watson
Head of Real Estate

Dennis Watson


Dennis is a Managing Director in Barclays Corporate Banking and is the Head of Real Estate. His career with Barclays spans over 30 years during which time he has undertaken a variety of roles in Client Relationship, Operations, Risk, Strategy and Structured Finance functions for both the Retail and Corporate businesses.

He has been responsible for Corporate Banking’s Real Estate lending activity since 2006 and the 200 plus strong team now covers all of the Bank’s Real Estate clients from the SME sector through to the listed house builders and REITS, providing financing lines in excess of £15bn.

Tom Easterby
Head of Venture Capital Coverage

Tom Easterby

Tom leads the VC Coverage unit for Barclays in the UK, coordinating the delivery of banking services across the Barclays Group and effective engagement with portfolio companies.

This ranges from the provision of corporate banking and venture debt solutions to later stage investment banking advisory services.

Adam Groves
Head of Professional Services

Adam Groves

Adam is head of the Professional Services team, having responsibility for the sector nationally within Barclays Corporate Banking.  With over 30 years of experience, Adam and his team support clients to navigate changing market conditions through a broad range of products, services and solutions.

Richard Robinson
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.

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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.

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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.

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Head of Government and Local Authorities

Fraser MacKay

In his current role as Head of ESHLA Coverage, Fraser leads the UK Education Social Housing and Local Authority Team. The team consists of 20 Relationship Directors and Relationship Support Managers located across the UK.

In addition, Fraser operates as Sector Head for the Local Authority Sector across Barclays Corporate Banking. 

Helena Sans
Head of Manufacturing, Transport and Logistics

Helena Sans

Helena has over 20 years of corporate banking experience, with over 10 years spent in debt financing and solution roles before she was promoted to Head of Manufacturing, Transport and Logistics for UK Coverage. Prior to MTL, Helena was the Industry Director for the Retail and Wholesale UK Team, supporting the industry with specialist banking services to retailers and wholesalers. In particular, Helena was passionate about promoting technologically led innovation across the sector.