“In the 2016/17 financial year we have again produced tangible, impressive results due to the commitment and hard work of everyone on the team.”
Keith led the planning and establishment of the British Business Bank from January 2013, and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in December 2013. Prior to this, Keith was a Director at UK Financial Investments (UKFI), joining in 2009 to manage the UK government’s shareholdings in Bradford & Bingley, Northern Rock and Northern Rock Asset Management. Keith joined UKFI from Banco Santander where he was a Director of Sovereign Bancorp in the US. He was previously Director of Strategy and Planning at Abbey National and a member of the Executive Committee, and served as Chairman of Santander’s Asset Management and Credit Card businesses in the UK. Before joining Abbey in 2004, Keith spent 18 years at LEK Consulting, where he was a partner specialising in financial services.
Catherine joined British Business Investments as CEO in September 2016.
Catherine was previously Head of Private Equity at Cardano Risk Management where she was responsible for managing a global portfolio of private capital investments with in excess of £1 billion of committed capital. Prior to this she was a Partner with secondaries specialist, Fondinvest Capital, in Paris having earlier been one of the Founding Partners of Nordic fund-of-funds manager, Proventure Private Equity. Catherine began her career as an Analyst with Venture Economics, now part of Thomson Reuters, before joining Cinven as an Investment Manager. Catherine has been an active investor in small and medium sized businesses and mid-market funds for over 20 years.
Sara joined as a Non-executive Director in June 2016. Sara co-founded the Credit Fund Management group at Intermediate Capital Group Plc (“ICG”) in 1999 and led that business until 2008.
At ICG she was a member of the Global Investment Committee and Management Committees. With a 30 year career in financial services, she has an in-depth knowledge of complex financial products, markets and financing options with specialist expertise in financing European leveraged buyouts. She currently acts as an advisor and angel investor to companies spanning entrepreneurial start-ups to multinational companies across a wide range of industry sectors.
Francis became a Non-executive Director in June 2016 after spending 36 years at Ernst & Young in a wide variety of roles.
After initially working with small and medium sized businesses, he became an audit partner in Financial Services for seven years. He then joined the firm’s Corporate Finance practice where he specialised in cross-border acquisitions, disposals, IPOs and restructuring. He ran the UK Corporate Finance practice before becoming Global Head of Corporate Finance and a member of the Ernst & Young’s Global Board.
Francis lived and worked in the Middle East for two years, advising some of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds. After returning to London in 2010, he co-ordinated services to some of Ernst & Young’s largest international clients.