Shriti Vadera, Chair

Shriti Vadera, Chair

Santander UK Group Holdings plc and Santander UK plc

Shriti Vadera was appointed Chair on 30 March 2015, previously Independent Non-Executive Director and Deputy Chair from 1 January 2015.

Shriti Vadera was an investment banker with SG Warburg/UBS from 1984 to 1999, on the Council of Economic Advisers, HM Treasury from 1999 to 2007, Minister in the UK Government from 2007 to 2009 (Cabinet Office, Business Department and International Development department), G20 Adviser from 2009 to 2010, and advised governments, banks and investors on the eurozone crisis, banking sector, debt restructuring and markets from 2010 to 2014. She was a Non-Executive Director of AstraZeneca plc from 2011 to 2018.

Shriti has been a Non-Executive Director of BHP Group Plc (formerly BHP Billiton) since 2011 and Senior Independent Director since 2015 and Independent Non-Executive Director and Member of the Nomination & Governance Committee of Prudential plc since May 2020.

Shriti has been a member of the Nomination Committee since 1 January 2015 and Chair since 30 March 2015. Her intention to step down as Chair in 2020 was announced in January 2020.
 

 

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Ana Botín, Non-Executive Director

Santander UK Group Holdings plc and Santander UK plc

Ana Botín was appointed Non-Executive Director on 29 September 2014.

Ana Botín joined the Banco Santander group in 1988 and was appointed Executive Chair of Banco Santander SA in September 2014. Ana has been a member of Banco Santander SA’s Board and Executive Committee since 1989 and previously served as Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Santander UK plc from December 2010 to September 2014. She has extensive financial services experience. She directed Banco Santander SA’s Latin American expansion in the 1990s and was responsible for the Latin American Corporate Banking, Asset Management and Treasury divisions. In March 2020, Ana Botin has been appointed to the IMF external advisory Board.

Ana is also Non-Executive Director of The Coca-Cola Company, since 2013, Vice-Chair of the Empresa y Crecimiento Foundation, since 2000, Vice-Chair of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, since 11 January 2016, and Member of the MIT’s CEO Advisory Board, since 2015.

 

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Chris Jones, Independent Non-Executive Director

Santander UK Group Holdings plc and Santander UK plc

Chris Jones was appointed Independent Non-Executive Director on 30 March 2015.

Chris Jones was a partner at PwC from 1989 to 2014. He focused on the financial services industry from the mid-1980s and was a Senior Audit Partner specialising in the audit of banks and other financial services companies. He also led PwC’s EMEA Financial Services practice and was a member of their Financial Services global leadership team.

Chris is a past president of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.

Chris is also Audit and Risk Committee member of the Wellcome Trust, since 1 September 2016, Non-Executive Director of Redburn (Europe) Ltd, since 2014, Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Association of Corporate Treasurers, since 2010, and Investment Trustee of the Civil Service Benevolent Fund, since 2015.

Chris has been a member of the Audit Committee since 30 March 2015 and Chair since 30 June 2015, the Remuneration Committee since 1 September 2015 and the Risk Committee since 30 March 2015. He was appointed as Chair of the Santander UK Group Holdings plc Remuneration Committee on 28 April 2020. Chris is also Santander UK’s Whistleblowers’ Champion.

 

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Genevieve Shore, Independent Non-Executive Director

Santander UK plc

Genevieve Shore was appointed Independent Non-Executive Director on 18 May 2015.

Genevieve Shore brings digital, technology and commercial expertise to Santander UK from a career in the media, publishing and technology sectors, most recently as Chief Product and Marketing Officer of Pearson plc, and previously as Director of Digital Strategy and Chief Information Officer.

Genevieve has also advised and invested in Education Technology start-ups and works with female executives as a coach and mentor.

Genevieve is also Independent Non-Executive Director of the Rugby Football Union, since 2017.

Genevieve has been a member of the Audit Committee since 1 September 2015, the Risk Committee since 1 September 2015, the Responsible Banking Committee since 1 July 2017, the Nomination Committee since 1 January 2020 and the Remuneration Committee of both Santander UK Group Holdings plc and Santander UK plc since 1 September 2018.  She stepped down as a Director of Santander UK Group Holdings plc and from its Board committees on 31 December 2019.

 

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Ed Giera, Independent Non-Executive Director

Santander UK Group Holdings plc and Santander UK plc

Ed Giera was appointed Independent Non-Executive Director on 19 August 2015.

Ed Giera is an experienced Non-Executive Director, having held a number of Board roles following his career with JP Morgan Securities, the investment banking affiliate of JP Morgan Chase & Co. He provided corporate finance advisory and fiduciary services as Principal of EJ Giera LLC and was formerly a Non-Executive Director for the Renshaw Bay Structured Finance Opportunity Fund, NovaTech LLC, and the Life and Longevity Markets Association. Ed was also a director of Pension Corporation Group Ltd from 2012 to 2015, and Pension Insurance Corporation Holdings Ltd from 2008 to 2012.

Ed is also Non-Executive Director of the Renshaw Bay Real Estate Finance Fund, since 2012.

Ed has been a member of the Audit Committee since 19 August 2015, the Risk Committee since 19 August 2015 and Chair since 1 November 2015 and the Responsible Banking Committee since 1 July 2017. He was appointed as Chair of the Santander UK Group Holdings plc Responsible Banking Committee on 28 April 2020.

 

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Annemarie Durbin, Independent Non-Executive Director

Santander UK plc

Annemarie Durbin was appointed Independent Non-Executive Director on 13 January 2016.

Annemarie Durbin has 30 years' international retail, commercial, corporate and institutional banking experience culminating in being a member of Standard Chartered’s Group Executive Committee. In addition, she was Group Company Secretary at Standard Chartered for a number of years and an independent non-executive director on the board of Fleming Family and Partners Limited. Annemarie is an executive coach and mentor. 

Annemarie brings broad based international banking, leadership, talent development, executive remuneration, property, internal audit, crisis management, business continuity, operational excellence and governance capabilities to the Board. Annemarie is also Non-Executive Director of WH Smith PLC, since 2012 and the Chair of Merryck & co EMEA, a global mentoring group. 

Annemarie has been a member of the Remuneration Committee since 13 January 2016 and Chair since 4 August 2017, the Responsible Banking Committee since 1 July 2017 and the Risk Committee of both Santander UK Group Holdings plc and Santander UK plc since 13 January 2016. She stepped down as a Director of Santander UK Group Holdings plc and from its Board committees on 31 December 2019.  She has been Chair of Cater Allen Limited since 15 November 2018.

 

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Garrett Curran, Independent Non-Executive Director

Santander UK plc

Garrett Curran was appointed Independent Non-Executive Director on 7 May 2019. 

Garrett brings extensive financial services experience, an understanding of the UK regulatory environment and strong risk management credentials. 

Garrett has spent over 20 years in investment banking in a variety of positions, predominantly in global markets, capital markets and investment banking in London and New York. Most recently, he was CEO of Credit Suisse in the UK and the bank’s Chief Client Officer in EMEA, whilst also managing and supervising their Global Markets EMEA client business, with responsibilities spanning strategy, operational management, supervision, culture and senior client relationships. Since leaving Credit Suisse in 2016, Garrett has been an active advisor and investor specialising in financial services, technology and real estate.

Garrett has been a member of the Board Risk Committee and the Board Audit Committee since 7 May 2019 and Chair of the Responsible Banking Committee since 28 April 2020. He stepped down as a Director of Santander UK Group Holdings plc and from its Board committees on 31 December 2019.

 

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Dirk Marzluf, Non-Executive Director

Santander UK plc

Dirk was appointed Non-Executive Director on 7 May 2019. 

Dirk joined Banco Santander as Group Head of Technology and Operations in September 2018.  He joined Banco Santander from AXA Group, where he served as Group Chief Information Officer (CIO) since 2013 leading the insurance group’s technology and information security transformation, its overall project portfolio and as co-sponsor of its digital strategy.  His global technology leadership roles include previous work at Accenture, Daimler Chrysler and Winterthur Group.  

As Banco Santander Group Head of Technology and Operations, Dirk Marzluf is responsible for leading the information technology and operations function and its strategic development.

He stepped down as a Director of Santander UK Group Holdings plc on 31 December 2019.

 

Bruce Carnegie-Brown, Non-Executive Director

Bruce Carnegie-Brown, Independent Non-Executive Director

Santander UK Group Holdings plc and Santander UK plc

Bruce Carnegie-Brown was appointed Non-Executive Director on 16 September 2019.

Bruce Carnegie-Brown is currently Vice Chairman and Lead Independent Director of Banco Santander, S.A. (since 2015) and Chairman of Lloyd’s of London. 

Previously, he was non-executive chairman of Moneysupermarket.com Group plc (2014-2019), non-executive director of JLT Group plc (2016-2017), non-executive director of Santander UK Group Holdings plc (2014-2017), non-executive director of Santander UK plc (2012-2017).  He was also non-executive chairman of Aon UK Ltd (2012-2015), and was Senior Independent Director at Close Brothers Group plc (2006-2014) and Catlin Group Ltd (2010-2014).  As an executive, he was co-founder and managing partner of the listed private equity division of 3i Group plc, President and CEO of Marsh Europe and a managing director of JP Morgan. 

Bruce was appointed as a member of the Nomination Committee on 28 April 2020.

 

William Vereker

William Vereker, Independent Non-Executive Director

Santander UK Group Holdings plc and Santander UK plc

William Vereker was appointed Independent Non-Executive Director from 1 October 2020.  

William is an experienced and well-respected Banker, previously having served as Global Head of Investment Banking for UBS (2013 – 2018), and prior to that holding a number of leadership roles at Nomura, Lehman Brothers and Morgan Stanley.

From 2018 to 2019 he served as the Prime Minister’s Business Envoy.

He has been a Senior Adviser to JP Morgan since 2020.

William has been a member of the Nomination Committee since 1 October 2020.

 

For further information on other principal appointments of board members to companies part of the Banco Santander Group, please refer to our latest Annual Report.

Compliance with CRD IV
Santander UK plc complies with sections 4.3A.5R and 4.3A.7R of the FCA/PRA Senior Management Arrangements, Systems and Controls manual. The Board members of Santander UK plc are regularly reminded of their duty to notify the Board of any changes to their external directorships, which are kept under review by the Secretariat department.