Leadership team

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.

James Allen
Managing Director, Head of Global Payments Solutions

James Allan

James Allan is responsible for Barclays’ Global Payments Solutions business, with the focus on optimising cross-solution opportunities for Payments and FX within Transaction Banking. Prior to this, James led the firm’s cash management franchise in the UK and, since joining in 2000, has worked in Barclays Investment Bank and BGI.


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
Global Head of Cash Management Sales

David Shinkins

David is the Global Head of Cash Management Sales, responsible for Payments, Liquidity and Foreign Exchange sales across Barclays Corporate.  Prior to this, David was the Global Payment Networks Director in Barclaycard, responsible for driving the strategic, commercial and operational aspects for all of the card payment scheme relationships with Visa, Mastercard and American Express for Barclays across Europe. David has an extensive background in payments and has represented the bank on a number of senior advisory forums.

Managing Director, Head of Lending and Portfolio Management, EMEA

Jonathan Brown

Jonathan Brown is the Managing Director and Head of Lending and Portfolio Management for EMEA and a member of the Corporate Bank Executive Committee based in London. The group he manages is responsible for the lending activities of banking and the management of the lending portfolio through the loan lifecycle. He was appointed to this role on June 1, 2017.

Prior to this appointment Jonathan was Managing Director and Co-Head of Global IG Fixed Income Syndicate and Head of Banking Capital Management for EMEAPAC, based in London.