Santander UK today announces the appointment of Emma Leith as Chief Information Security Officer.

Emma joins from Barclays International where she was Director of Cyber Strategy and Programme. Prior to this, she was Chief Information Security Officer for the Corporate Functions and Commodity Trading Division at BP Oil International and has over 13 years’  experience in leading cyber security and privacy agendas across a variety of industry sectors including financial services, oil and gas, telecoms and government.

In the newly created role Emma will be responsible for the delivery of security and privacy services across Santander UK, in line with the continued commitment to protect Santander’s systems, information and customers from the growing cyber risk.

Emma will report to Santander UK COO Michael Harte and starts her role with immediate effect.  

Commenting on the appointment Michael Harte, Chief Operating Officer, Santander UK said: “I'm delighted to appoint Emma as Chief Information Security Officer as we continue to build a team delivering innovative products and solutions for our customers and communities that we serve, whilst ensuring information security remains a top priority. Emma brings extensive knowledge and experience to the team which will prove invaluable in helping us drive forward our security and privacy agendas across Santander UK to ensure our customers' prosper.”

Emma Leith said: “I am delighted to be joining Santander UK. It is well known in the market for creating customer value through innovative solutions and delivering an excellent service. I look forward to working with the teams both in the UK and across Santander Group to further build on the existing work and ensure we are well placed for the challenges ahead.”


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April 2018 - present Director, Cyber Strategy and Programme; Barclays International
2011 - 2018Chief Information Security Officer for the Corporate Functions and Commodity Trading Division; BP Oil International
2010 - 2011PCI DSS Consultant / Programme Delivery; Lloyds Banking Group
2010Principal Information Security Manager; Royal Mail
2008 - 2010Senior Security Consultant; Deloitte
2007 - 2008Lead Information Security Consultant; Comsec Consulting
2006 - 2007 Information Security Consultant; BT Global Services
2018Women in IT Awards: Finalist, Security Champion of the Year category


Santander UK is a financial services provider in the UK that offers a wide range of personal and commercial financial products and services. It has brought real competition to the UK, through its innovative products for retail customers and relationship banking model for UK SMEs. At 30 June 2018, the bank has c24,200 employees. It serves around 15 million active customers, via a nationwide branch network, telephone, mobile and online banking; and 64 regional Corporate Business Centres. Santander UK is subject to the full supervision of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) in the UK. Santander UK plc customers are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) in the UK.

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