Robert has over 45 years’ experience in retail banking. He is currently chair at Hampshire Trust Bank plc, Pollen Street plc and Alba Bank Limited. He has had an extensive number of appointments both in the UK and the Middle East including chair of Bank of Ireland (UK) plc, Aspinall Financial Services Limited, Vaultex Limited and RIAS plc. He has also been a Non-executive Director (“NED”) at Aldermore Bank plc, George Wimpy plc, Barclays Bank UK Retirement Fund, LSL Properties plc, and several independent NED roles at banks in Qatar, UAE, Oman and Turkey. Robert was previously Chief Executive Officer at West Bromwich Building Society, a role he took to chart and implement its rescue plan. Prior to this, he was Chief Executive Officer at Portman Building Society, Bank of Ireland’s consumer business in the UK and Bank of America’s UK retail banking business.