John Collins, Chief Legal and Regulatory Officer, Santander UK, awarded OBE in Queen's Birthday Honours List 2021

John Collins, Chief Legal and Regulatory Officer, Santander UK, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2021, in recognition for his services to financial services during the Covid-19 pandemic.

John has been recognised for his influential leadership within Santander as well as helping to shape the support for customers and communities provided by the wider financial sector throughout the past year.

Commenting on his award, John said: “I am privileged to accept this honour as the public face of Santander. This is recognition of the spirit of who we are – by coming together like never before and adapting to this huge shock in how we live our lives, our teams worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to innovate and to be there for those most in need of support from the financial services industry. I see this award as recognition of the tireless efforts made across all teams in the bank and want to dedicate it to my colleagues.” 

In addition to his day-to-day role as Chief Legal and Regulatory Officer, John is also a Santander’s Executive Sponsor for Social Mobility and was recently appointed to the independent socio-economic taskforce, run by to the City of London Corporation, looking to drive real change by improving socio-economic diversity at senior levels within UK financial and professional services. 

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Santander UK is a financial services provider in the UK that offers a wide range of personal and commercial financial products and services. At 31 December 2020, the bank had around 21,900 employees and serves around 14 million active customers, via a nationwide branch network, telephone, mobile and online banking. 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’ eligible deposits are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) in the UK.

Banco Santander (SAN SM, STD US, BNC LN) is a leading retail and commercial bank, founded in 1857 and headquartered in Spain. It has a meaningful presence in 10 core markets in Europe and the Americas, and is one of the largest banks in the world by market capitalization. Its purpose is to help people and businesses prosper in a simple, personal and fair way. Santander is building a more responsible bank and has made a number of commitments to support this objective, including raising over €120 billion in green financing between 2019 and 2025, as well as financially empowering more than 10 million people over the same period. At the end of 2020, Banco Santander had more than a trillion euros in total funds, 148 million customers, of which 22.8 million are loyal and 42.4 million are digital, 11,000 branches and 191,000 employees.

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