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 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 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.

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.

Lynn Cleary

Chief Financial Officer

Lynn was appointed as Chief Finance 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 RBS in 1999, and moved to RBSI the same year.

Lynn led on the ring-fencing transformation of the RBS International business, which has elevated RBSI to a stand alone bank outside 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. Lynn is the President of the Jersey Bankers Association.