Paul Lynam, Secure Trust Bank
Paul Lynam is the chief executive of the Shirley-based Secure Trust Bank. Before joining Secure Trust in 2010 he spent 22 years working for Natwest and RBS. He was managing director of banking, running RBS/Natwest’s SME banking business across the UK. He also spent four years as managing director of Lombard North Central PLC running the largest asset finance and leasing business in Europe.
Guy Thompson, S&U
S&U is one of the UK’s leading niche specialist finance providers. Founded in Birmingham in 1938, the Solihull-based company includes motor finance operation Advantage Finance of which Guy Thompson is managing director. He joined the group in 1999 with a strong track record in the finance and motor sectors. He previously held senior positions at Welcome Financial Services and Warranty Holdings.
Dr Craig Errington, Wesleyan
Dr Craig Errington is group chief executive of city centre-based Wesleyan. He was awarded the Director of the Year title in the Institute of Directors awards in 2011. He joined Wesleyan in 1999 and joined the board three years later. He was appointed chief executive in 2005 and is also chairman of Wesleyan’s executive committee. He is chairman of the Aston Reinvestment Trust.
Matt Hammond, PwC
Matt Hammond is regional chairman of the Midlands practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers and senior partner for the Birmingham office which is based in Cornwall Street. He leads a team of more than 1,800 specialists from offices in Birmingham, East Midlands and Milton Keynes. He joined PwC in 1996 and moved to the Midlands in 2005, becoming a partner the following year. He has led the firm’s business recovery team and the deals team, working with high profile clients.
Mike Steventon, KPMG
Mike Steventon is the Midlands regional chairman of KPMG UK. He has been a partner at KPMG since 1998, becoming senior partner in the Birmingham office in 2011 and regional chairman in 2013. KPMG’s Birmingham office is its second largest office in the UK and fifth in Europe. He has spent his entire professional career with KPMG having joined as a graduate and has served in their Los Angeles office, as well as secondments in Germany.
Paul Anderson, Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank’s presence in Birmingham has grown massively over recent years, with hundreds of front-office staff moved from London. It occupies two offices in Brindley Place which house a trading floor, a wealth management team, asset management and legal HR and finance staff. Paul Anderson is managing director of the Midlands team. He moved to Birmingham last year having spent 19 years in London, largely involved with financial derivatives markets.
Andrew Harrison, RBS
Andrew Harrison is managing director of the Midlands and East region of RBS and Natwest. He has responsibility for the bank’s corporate and commercial relationships, working out of RBS’s Birmingham office. He was previously regional managing director of RBS’s corporate and institutional banking business in the region and before that worked with the bank’s energy and infrastructure business.
Francesca McDonagh, HSBC Retail
Francesca McDonagh is group general manager and head of retail banking and wealth management for HSBC, covering HSBC, First Direct and M&S Bank. She has substantial international experience, having worked in Egypt, Indonesia, Mexico, Panama, Hong Kong and Dubai. She sits on the European Advisory Board for MasterCard and is a member of the Forum of Young Global Leaders.
Ray O’Donoghue, Barclays
Ray O’Donoghue is managing director for the Midlands region of Barclays Bank. He joined Barclays in 1980, working in Birmingham, before taking up posts in London, Shrewsbury, Spain and Gibraltar. He returned in 1998 to set up the corporate banking team and became regional managing director 10 years later.
Pauline Biddle, Deloitte
Pauline Biddle became Deloitte’s Midlands practice senior partner last February. Deloitte in the Midlands employs more than 700 staff in offices in Birmingham and Nottingham. She joined the firm in 2002 and was made a partner three years later. She has worked in audit, consulting and corporate finance and led in many high-profile deals. She sits on the national Corporate Finance Leadership team and headed the firm’s UK Aerospace and Defence Industry Group.