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Leadership team

UK Leadership

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

Head of Large Corporate

Richard Lowe

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 clients with turnover > £25m across the England, Scotland and Northern Ireland

Head of Mid Corporate

Tony Walsh

Tony joined Barclays in 1983 and currently heads our Mid Corporate business in Corporate Banking with responsibility for over 500 people. 

With 35 years’ experience, Tony has had a diverse career with Barclays, including roles in risk management, portfolio and strategic planning and operations, working in London four times.  Of late Tony has focused on client facing scale leadership roles at both UK and Regional level, including 3 years as a Board Member of Corporate Bank ExCo.

Tony is a Director of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, a privately led business group helping the Northern Powerhouse concept translate from an idea to inception.  He is also a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.

Head of Mid Corporate, London

Helena Sans

Helena is Head of Mid-Corporate for the London region, 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.

Head of Mid Corporate, South

Paul Kempster


Paul is Head of Mid-Corporate, South Region for Barclays in the UK. He has been with Barclays since 2009 and was previously the COO for Barclays UK Front Office Corporate Banking teams. He now leads 7 regionally based teams looking after 2,200 Mid Corporate clients stretching from Cornwall to Kent and up into Essex. Prior to joining Barclays Paul spent 18 years working for RBS Group, Bank of Ireland and PricewaterhouseCoopers in a variety of roles dealing with corporate businesses.

Head of Mid Corporate, Scotland and North

Jamie Grant

Jamie is a qualified Chartered Accountant with more than 15 years’ experience in Corporate Banking. Jamie has been involved in several high profile deals in the UK and was named the Emerging Dealmaker of the Year in 2006 and was nominated as Banker of the Year in 2008.

Head of Northern Ireland

Adrian Doran


Adrian qualified as a chartered accountant with PWC and joined Barclays in Oct 2000 with a remit to grow the bank’s Corporate Banking business in Northern Ireland. Since then Barclays has led some of the largest financing transactions completed in the region, and the bank is now recognised as a leading player in the market. Adrian is Chair of the CBI in Northern Ireland and a member of Senate of Queen’s University Belfast.

Head of Mid Corporate, Midlands

Keith Ross


Keith has a diverse background having ran a chemical manufacturing business after graduating.

He joined the financial services sector in 2004, and has held a number of roles, including being a Trade Director as well as a Relationship Director.

He joined Barclays in 2011, originally as a Relationship Director, before leading the East Midlands Corporate team from 2013. He was appointed to Regional Head for the Midlands in 2020.

Keith is a graduate of a Business Degree from Leeds University and also holds an MBA from Durham University.

Head of Mid Corporate, Eastern

Stephen Ainsworth


Stephen is Head of Mid Corporate, Eastern Region, leading teams to support clients across Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Essex and East Anglia.

He has been with Barclays since 2005 and held coverage and leadership roles within the Investment Banking and Corporate Banking divisions, in a variety of sectors including TMT, Hospitality & Leisure, and Business & Professional Services. Prior to joining Barclays, Stephen worked in the defence sector for 12 years.

Stephen holds an MA from Cambridge University, a PhD in Theoretical Physics from Bath University and an MBA (distinction) from Manchester Business School.