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Alex Fogal

Director in Corporate Banking

Industry expert

My name is Alexandra Fogal and I am a Director in Corporate Banking for Barclays. For the past 9 years I have been a Relationship Director focusing on the manufacturing sector across Yorkshire.

I joined Barclays when I was at university in York working on the counter serving our retail customers as a cashier and then formally applied for the Gradate scheme in 2005. I have done various roles within the bank and the graduate scheme gave you the platform to do so.

I also run Barclays Women in Business Awards and sit on our Diversity and Inclusion council for the Corporate Bank and help lead the gender pillar. I was fortunate to win a Global Award in 2017 as Business Impact Champion for Corporate Banking and this year runner up in the Women in Banking and Finance Awards in London.

Strangest place for a client meeting?

Probably the Blackburn Wing which is a 2,000 sq. ft tree house shaped like an airplane wing and nestled in ancient woodland at the heart of the Bowcliffe Estate. The copper and glass masterpiece pays tribute to aviation hero Robert Blackburn, a Yorkshireman who introduced the first scheduled air service in Great Britain and designed and built one of the first powered aeroplanes.

I’ve also found myself on the top of a mountain in the Lakes faxing documents to clients too!

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Industry expertise

Manufacturing, Transport and Logistics

For over a decade, Barclays has provided dedicated expertise across the whole value chain for these key UK industries.

Tell us about a time you’ve helped your client with something beyond banking?

I would say the Women in Business Awards I created 4 years ago in Yorkshire which have also run 2 years in the North West.

This platform has enabled me to build a network for clients to meet like-minded individuals, share best practice, stories and mentor one another. Through the additional events I have run this provides an engaging environment for leaders to come together to share their stories and has led onto individuals forming new relationship with businesses in Yorkshire, doing and referring business to each other and forming friendships.

The ROI has been in excess of £1m on this each year and I am pleased to say over £50k raised for local charities in Yorkshire.

We also ran Bradford Manufacturing Week (BMW18), a week-long event in October, to ultimately assist Bradford with engaging school children into manufacturing as a sector, together with helping manufacturers with apprenticeships. 37 manufacturing companies were involved, and 18 schools participated with 2637 children taking part. Of these 390 directly took part in Lifeskills sessions which was delivered by 11 Barclays staff across MC and LC. 

What is the most exciting thing happening in your client's industry?

I would say that the innovation occurring within the manufacturing sector is very exciting.  Clients are focused on becoming smarter, leaner, stronger and faster.

There is lots of overseas investment coming into the UK in spite of uncertain times. Recent deal example in our region was PepsiCo acquiring Pipers Crisps.

I would say as a Yorkshire region we lead and are leading the investment into the sector and innovation with the Advanced Manufacturing Park attracting McLaren and Boeing. 

If you didn’t work for Barclays, what would you be doing

Professional Dancer or running my own Events Company. Both are passions of mine and that I still do now.

As a young child my first stage appearance was at 4 years old and I’ve been dancing ever since together with gaining my teachers in dance. Ballroom and Latin were always my favourite styles. Claim to fame, dancing in the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth games in Manchester.

On the event side I’ve run various professional networking events whilst working for the bank and take a lead on a number of sector and diversity & inclusion events we run as a business. Bringing people together for common gain is something I find both interesting and engaging and that I could do in a personal business capacity someday.

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Client Story

Pipers

When an award-winning food manufacturer wanted to scale up its operations, Barclays' trade and assets finance helped equip Pipers to think bigger.