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Non-Executive Directors

The Alba management team is complimented by a vastly experienced group of non-executive directors who provide invaluable support and expertise to the business.

Robert Sharpe

Chairman

Robert brings with him over 45 years’ experience in retail banking. Robert is also currently chair at Metro Bank plc, Hampshire Trust Bank plc and Pollen Street plc, having previously held a number of UK and international non-executive roles including chair of Bank of Ireland (UK)’s consumer business, Vaultex Limited and RIAS plc.

Robert has also held non-executive director (NED) roles at Aldermore Bank plc, George Wimpy plc, Barclays Bank UK Retirement Fund, LSL Properties plc, as well as several independent NED roles at banks in Qatar, UAE, Oman and Turkey.

Jim McColl OBE

Shareholder, Non-Executive Director

Jim is one of Scotland’s best known and most successful Businessmen and Entrepreneurs. He is Chairman and CEO of Clyde Blowers and has been the chief architect of its impressive growth record since buying into the business in 1992.

Jim has a wealth of experience investing and operating businesses through many economic and market cycles. In the past 20 years he has invested in 20 platform acquisitions, overseen 15 exits including 2 public listings.

He has led a number of public to private transactions, mergers, demergers, spin outs and turn arounds. Jim is the founding shareholder, director and driving force behind the creation of Alba Bank.

Jeff Picton

Independent Non-Executive Director

Jeff is a Chartered Accountant and was a partner at PwC from 1991 to 2019 where he worked with a wide range of companies in the banking and capital markets sector.

He spent 3 years in New York as well as time seconded to the Bank of England. He has extensive experience of accounting, risk and controls in banks. As well as being an audit partner he led many other client engagements including investigations, due diligence and regulatory reporting reviews. He is treasurer of the Safer Neighbourhood Board in Richmond upon Thames. 

At Alba, Jeff serves as Chair of the Audit Committee.

Anne Weatherston

Independent Non-Executive Director

Anne has recently moved into a full time career as a non-executive director following an extensive executive career which majored on the leadership of business and technology transformation. Anne’s principal expertise is financial services albeit she has worked across a range of industries and in many geographies.

She has led the turnaround of many technology functions within major banks including Abbey/Santander, Bank of Ireland, ANZ and EnergyAustralia. In her last two roles she was responsible for defining and leading an extensive business and IT transformation required to restore organisational stability and control while introducing new digital capability in support of a new business strategy.

Anne is currently a non-executive director of two Australian based Fintech companies; Mint Payments, a listed mobile and electronic payments company and Archa, a start-up focused on the provision of a corporate credit card for SME’s. She has also joined the Board of Piraeus Bank in Greece.

Alba's Executive Committee

Our Executive Committee comprises well established and respected leaders from around the financial services industry, bringing years of perspective and a fresh approach. They adopt a 'sleeves up', can-do approach with open communication across the whole Alba team.

Jonathan Thompson

Acting Chief Executive Officer

Jonathan brings leadership experience across start-up, scale-up and established firms to Alba’s commercial proposition, along with deep expertise in UK mid-market debt, corporate finance and capital advisory. 

Prior to joining Alba, Jonathan was CEO and Co-Founder of Bank North where he led the Bank from concept, through build and full PRA/FCA regulatory approval, to successful market entry.  He was previously Divisional Managing Director at Santander Business (the SME division of Santander UK), having also worked with Deloitte and Lloyds Banking Group.

At Alba, Jonathan is leading the team developing a compelling range of commercial finance products aimed at supporting UK SMEs.

Dominic Wade

Chief Financial Officer

Dominic has more than 20 years' experience working for global and scale up banks. Previously CFO of Unity Trust Bank, he oversaw rapid growth and substantial increases in profitability. 

Prior to Unity, Dominic undertook a number of managing director level roles at NatWest, including leading their group cost transformation and their response to Brexit. Dominic has also held senior positions at Credit Suisse, UBS and Merrill Lynch. He has a degree in Accountancy and Management and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

As Chief Financial Officer, he holds SMF2 regulatory permissions and leads our investor relations activity. He also works as part of Alba's Executive Committee to shape the bank's strategy and culture.

Andy Lewis

Chief Risk Officer

Andrew brings over 25 years’ experience in financial services, including Aldermore Bank plc, where he served 3 years as Chief Risk Officer. Prior to that he was an Expert Partner at Bain & Co in their Financial Services & Digital practice and, before that, worked over 20 years in NatWest Group where he held a number of senior business and risk roles, most recently MD, Commercial & Private Banking. He was also Co-Founder of NatWest’s Esme Loans Ltd an award winning SME digital lending platform.

As CRO Andy is focussed on helping mobilise a safe, scalable and sustainable bank, ensuring that Alba has the full confidence and backing of key stakeholders, and offering compelling SME lending and online savings propositions to our customers

Gareth McColl

Chief Operating Officer

Gareth has over 12 years’ experience in the financial services industry, predominately in Private Equity, with a focus on operational value creation projects spanning several industries and jurisdictions. Gareth’s experience includes leading M&A transactions, capital raising in both debt and equity markets, integration and strategy formation and execution. Gareth has a proven track record of creating value through a focus on customer intimacy, technology leadership and operational excellence.
In his current role Gareth is overseeing the operational build out of Alba from scratch, with a focus on creating excellent customer experiences through an efficient, scalable and resilient operating model.

Sandeep Kadam

Chief Technology Officer

Sandeep is a technology expert with 16+ years of experience designing and building large, distributed and scalable systems. His speciality is in software architectures with high traffic and global reach. He has also developed high performance mobile and web applications from scratch, and built top caliber technology teams globally.

In his current role, Sandeep is leading the development, integration and deployment of best in class technology to deliver the Alba proposition.

Sue Murdoch

Chief People Officer

Sue has over 25 years experience working across all areas of HR including leading centres of excellence, delivering HR projects and programmes; building and leading HR functions and People Strategies. She creates structurally aligned, commercially focused, flexible and agile HR teams and facilitates a culturally aligned team right across the business.

Sue has worked across a number of different industries including Telecoms, Professional Services, Financial Services and Banking; working in businesses of differences sizes, constructs and levels of maturity and latterly leading the HR build for Bank North to support PRA/FCA regulatory approval.

Sue brings to her current role a deep experience and passion for Organisation Design and Development, believing that building the right culture at Alba is paramount to our success. 

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