Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Secrets of My Success; Alison Rose Chief Executive, RBS Commercial and Private Banking

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Secrets of My Success; Alison Rose Chief Executive, RBS Commercial and Private Banking

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Byline: Alison Rose

What do you do? The way I look at it, as the chief executive of RBS's commercial and private banking division, I have the best job in the bank. I look after all our business customers, so that includes companies with turnover from PS2 million to the top of the FTSE 100, in the UK and western Europe, as well as private customers for the bank. I'm normally in the office from around 7am and my day is typically a mixture. I often sit down with my team first thing, will have board meetings during the day and meet two or three customers if I am in the London office. Every couple of weeks, I will be in one of our local offices around the country, meeting customers and staff. I will also have some credit committees to go to, where we look at approvals for transactions, as well as innovation ideas.

What do you enjoy about it? It's great spending time with people who are starting up and running their own businesses. That is by far the best part of my job. I also have a great team I genuinely enjoy spending time with, whether it is fixing stuff or trying to solve problems for them or for customers. Those are the things that get you out of bed in the morning and make it fun.

Biggest break? I come from a military family so I grew up all over the world before I settled back in England when I was 15. I then went off to study history at Durham University, and after that joined NatWest on a graduate scheme. I worked my way up and have been in banking at Royal Bank of Scotland for over 20 years now. There have been various points in my career where I have had different opportunities including, about eight years ago, looking after Europe, the Middle East and Africa. I helped structure that business for the future, which was really interesting. In banking, you can have a hundred different careers in one bank. For my current role, my break was about three years ago when Ross McEwan became chief executive. …

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