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


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 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 prior to being appointed as the General Manager for the Asia/Pacific region based in Singapore.

Bruce Cannon

Non-Executive Director

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

Bruce 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.

Christine Ashton

Non-Executive Director

Christine was appointed as a Non-Executive Director in September 2020 and is the Chair of the RBS International Holdings Remuneration Committee.

An influential CIO/CTO, Christine has over 30 years’ experience 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.

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

Oliver Holbourn

Chief Executive Officer

Oliver is currently Chief Executive Officer of RBS International.

Oliver joined the NatWest Group in September 2018 as Director of Strategy and Ventures and held responsibility for Group Strategy, Sustainability, Economics, Ventures, and Corporate Development.

Prior to joining the Group, Oliver worked at UK Financial Investments (UKFI) where he was latterly CEO, with responsibility for managing the government’s shareholdings in the NatWest Group, Lloyds Banking Group, and UK Asset Resolution.

Oliver worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch for nearly 14 years before joining UKFI, where he undertook various roles including head of equity syndicate for Europe and head of UK equity capital markets origination.

Oliver holds a BA, Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford.

Robert Horrocks

Chief Financial Officer

Rob is Chief Financial Officer of RBS International.

Since joining the NatWest Group in 1999, Rob has held a variety of senior leadership finance positions across a number of functions including Services & Functions, NWG Treasury and NatWest Markets.

Rob has international leadership experience and was European Network CFO for the Europe, Middle East and Africa Commercial and Institutional Banking business as well 2 years working in Paris leading the local Finance team.

Rob holds a BA (Honours) in Music from the University of Bristol. Robert holds a Diploma in Treasury Management (AMCT) and certification from the Associates of Cost and Management Accountants (ACMA). Outside of work, Rob’s passion is classical music.