Santander UK appoints Louise Shield as Director of Corporate Communications

Santander UK today announces that it has appointed Louise Shield as the Director of Corporate Communications with effect from 1st August 2016.

As a member of the Executive Team, reporting to CEO Nathan Bostock, Louise will be responsible for devising and implementing Santander UK’s external and internal communications strategy as well as leading on Public Affairs.

Louise has over 17 years' communications experience in both the private and public sectors. She joins from FTSE 100 insurer RSA where she has been Director of Communications since 2010, leading on the communications strategy for the Group. During her time with the insurer, she has managed a broad range of reputational and strategic issues, alongside running a number of award winning consumer focussed campaigns.

Jennifer Scardino, as Head of International Communications for the Santander Group, also has a reporting line from Louise for all of her functions. Jennifer will remain on the UK Executive Committee.

Santander UK CEO, Nathan Bostock said: "I am delighted to welcome someone of Louise’s calibre and experience to Santander. I am confident that she will help us further develop our solid reputation and enhance our position as a full service challenger bank.

“Louise is highly respected with a great track record in financial services - she will be a significant asset to Santander at what is an exciting time for the organisation."

Commenting on her appointment, Louise said: "I'm thrilled to be joining Santander. It is recognised for its excellence in customer service, innovation and creating real benefit for the UK economy and society. I am proud to be joining the bank to help maintain and enhance that reputation.”

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Biography - Louise Shield

2010 - present  Director of Communications
Lloyd's of London
2006 - 2009      Head of Communications
2003 - 2006      Media Relations Manager
Department of Education and Skills
2000 - 2003      Various press officer roles and Head of Newsdesk
Downing Street
1999 - 2000

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 1|2|3 products for retail customers and relationship banking model for UK SMEs. As at 31 December 2015, Santander UK was one of the most switched to banks. The bank serves more than 14 million active customers with c. 20,000 employees and operates through 857 branches and 70 regional Corporate Business Centres. Santander UK is subject to the full supervision of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) in the UK. Santander UK plc customers are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) in the UK.

Banco Santander (SAN.MC, STD.N, BNC.LN) is a leading retail and commercial bank, based in Spain, with a meaningful market share in 10 core countries in Europe and the Americas. Santander is the largest bank in the euro zone by market capitalization and among the top banks on a global basis. Founded in 1857, Santander had EUR 1.51 trillion in managed funds, 13,000 branches and 194,000 employees at the close of 2015. In 2015, Santander made attributable profit of EUR 5,966 million, a 3% increase with respect to the previous year.

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