Board and Governance

The Royal Bank of Scotland International (Holdings) Limited (RBSI Holdings) and The Royal Bank of Scotland International Limited (RBS International) Boards

Philip Brewster

Chairman

Philip had a c. 22 year career with RBC retiring from his executive role in June 2004. Philip's last executive position with RBC was based in Jersey. He was appointed Regional Head for Private Banking covering the UK (on/offshore), Chairman of RBC Investments Ltd, Managing Director of RBC CI Ltd and a Director of RBC Amsterdam B.V. In addition to regional responsibility for the British Isles, the mandate included the Private Banking business in Asia. Philip managed the bank's interaction with the Jersey and Guernsey regulators for Banking/Investment Management and Trust businesses. Philip also interacted with the regulators in Singapore/Hong Kong and Japan for Private Banking business matters.

Philip trained as a stockbroker before transitioning those skills to operate in the Money Markets; CME, Chicago and LIFFE, London. Philip's career at RBC encompassed establishing and running major treasury operations in Tokyo and New York, overseeing US corporate and Investment banking businesses and acting as General Manager for the Asia/Pacific region based in Singapore before moving to Jersey.

Bruce Cannon

Non-Executive Director

Bruce Cannon was appointed as a Non-Executive Director in January 2020. Bruce is Chair of the RBS International and RBSI Holdings Board Risk Committees.

Bruce Cannon is a highly experienced banker with over 40 years experience spanning five continents. In his later career he held several senior risk management roles with HSBC, including Regional Chief Risk Officer for Europe, and Latin America. Prior to focusing on risk management, Bruce managed large trade finance businesses for HSBC in Asia and North America, preceded by four years in the group internal audit function based in Hong Kong.

Greg Branch

Non-Executive Director

Greg Branch was appointed as a Non-Executive Director in January 2020. Greg is Chair of the RBS International and RBSI Holdings Audit Committees.

Greg was Managing Partner for Deloitte Offshore covering the Crown Dependencies. He specialised in providing audit and consulting services to the Banking and Asset Management sectors. He also has extensive experience in working with Regulators in several jurisdictions.

Christine Ashton

Non-Executive Director

Christine Ashton was appointed as a Non-Executive Director in September 2020. 

Christine Ashton is recognised for 30 years as an influential CIO/CTO/Women/ CIO100 in technology for inclusive global leadership. An experienced Business Executive and INED with a track record in complex business and digital transformations and re-structures.

She is currently an Independent Non-Executive Director for Pay.UK and Bacs and Chairs the New Payments Architecture Committee. She continues to influence C-suites and boards on the benefits of standardisation, digital business models and cloud technology in her work as a C-level advisor and operating partner.

Christine is experienced in working across industries to deliver change and helping companies to build digital resilience as they transform their businesses. She has a background in both regulated national infrastructure and global industries that includes oil and gas, financial services, private equity, transport, utilities, data services, consumer product Industries and telecommunications.

Previously she was ‘CIO in Residence’ at SAP SE and Global SVP Technology at Thomson Reuters driving a product, technology, and skills transformation. She has held key roles at companies in transition such as BP, United Utilities and Transport for London during the London 2012 preparations. Additionally, she has served as an Independent Non-executive to H.M. Home Office, member of the British Computer Society’s strategic panel and on advisory boards of global technology companies.

Christine is well respected in her field and has been consistently rated over many years as one of the most influential women in technology. She is a powerful role model, promoter of STEM careers and a keen fund raiser.

Stuart Porteous

Non-Executive Director

Stuart Porteous was appointed as a Non-Executive Director in November 2018.

Stuart Porteous was appointed to the Board to improve connectivity and understanding between the parent company and RBS International.

Stuart joined NatWest Group in 2000. Stuart is a highly experienced banker and economist with over 18 years' experience in financial services; advising senior executives on corporate governance, risk and financial matters.

Andrew McLaughlin

Chief Executive Officer

Dr Andrew McLaughlin was appointed as the CEO of RBS International in July 2015. He was formerly Director, Communications and Chief Economist for NatWest Group. Before joining the bank, he spent three years in corporate finance advisory working with Ernst and Young.

Andrew holds a first class honours degree in Economics and Politics. His 1993 doctoral thesis won the prestigious Walter Bagehot prize for best UK dissertation. Andrew spent several years working in academia before beginning his commercial career. He published a book on the automobile industry in 1998. He is a member of the University of Nottingham Globalisation and Economic Policy Advisory Board and sits on the CBI Economic Affairs Committee.

Andrew was previously a regular commentator in UK print and broadcast media and also a columnist in China Daily, China's leading business newspaper. Andrew is a member of the University of Nottingham Globalisation and Economic Policy Advisory Board, a member of the Oxford Business School Business Economics Programme and Chairman of the Prince's Trust Scotland Advisory Council.

Lynn Cleary

Chief Financial Officer

Lynn was appointed as Chief Financial Officer in 2005 and has more than 20 years' industry experience, having joined PwC in Jersey after qualifying in Dublin. Lynn benefits from a broad range of finance sector knowledge; she joined NatWest Group in 1999 and moved to RBS International in the same year.

Lynn led on the ring-fencing transformation of the RBS International business, which has elevated RBS International to a stand alone bank outside of the ring fence with a balance sheet in excess of £30bn, coupled with strong and sustainable profitability.

Lynn holds a first class honours degree in Business Management from Trinity College, Dublin and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in Ireland, before relocating to Jersey. She was recently appointed as Vice President of the Jersey Bankers Association and will assume the Presidency in 2021.