Management Team

  • Ian Cowie

    Ian Cowie

    Interim CEO

    Ian joined Shawbrook in April 2017, initially leading the Business Finance division until taking the role of interim CEO in July 2018. Ian brings with him a wealth of SME banking experience, after leading the largest business banking franchise in the UK via a number of senior roles at RBS. These include; CEO Business and Commercial Banking, Chairman of SME Banking at NatWest and Director of Lombard Asset finance and RBS Invoice Finance.

  • Angela Wakelin

    Angela Wakelin

    Chief Operating Officer

    Angela joined Shawbrook as COO in November 2016. For the previous 8 years she worked at Santander where she was part of the team that built its Corporate & Commercial Banking business and most recently headed up the Operations and Control function for the UK Banking Division which spanned across the Retail, Wealth and Business Banking segments.

    Angela started her career in branch banking at NatWest and then worked for RBS since 2000 in a number of roles across its various business, product and functional teams.

  • Dylan Minto

    Dylan Minto

    Chief Financial Officer and Director

    Appointed to the Board in February 2017

    Role & Committees
    Chief Financial Officer

    Skills & Experience
    Dylan spent eight months as Interim CFO at Shawbrook. He previously spent 11 years with KPMG (amongst other things, providing advice on the original Northern Rock restructure in 2009 and RBS’s participation in the Asset Protection Scheme) and joined Shawbrook in 2013. He has extensive experience in the UK banking and finance sector. He is FCA qualified and holds a dual BA Honours degree in German and Business Studies from Sheffield University.

    Other External Directorships

    Former Appointments

  • Evelyn Hamilton

    Evelyn Hamilton

    Managing Director, Consumer Lending

    Evelyn joined Shawbrook in January 2016 from Lloyds Banking Group where she has held a number of roles since 2007, most recently as Director of Lloyds Personal Loans. Prior to this, Evelyn held senior roles at Banco Santander credit card business and at Barclays.

  • Philip George

    Philip George

    Managing Director, Business Development

    Prior to Shawbrook, Philip was Managing Director of Commercial First Mortgages since 2003. In 2009, Philip also became Managing Director and co-founder of Link Loans Ltd, a prime secured loan lender. Prior to joining Commercial First Mortgages, Philip, a qualified banker, had been the Managing Director of First National Bank — the leading finance house and specialist lending arm of Abbey National plc. His career with First National spanned over 30 years, culminating in becoming Managing Director in 1997 and CEO in 2000.

  • Daniel Rushbrook

    Daniel Rushbrook

    General Counsel &
    Company Secretary

    Daniel holds a law degree from Oxford University and a Masters law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He qualified as a solicitor in 1995 and worked in commercial private practice in the City for nine years, first with Linklaters LLP then Macfarlanes LLP. In 2004, he became the first in-house lawyer for Commercial First Mortgages Limited, joining its Board as Legal Director a year later. Daniel transferred to Shawbrook in 2011, as part of the Commercial First management team.

  • Hugh Fitzpatrick

    Hugh Fitzpatrick

    Chief Risk Officer

    Prior to joining Shawbrook, Hugh worked in various Credit and Risk roles at GE Capital, the finance arm of General Electric Inc. He joined GE in 2003 and notable roles he performed there were the Chief Risk Officer for the Factoring and ABL Platforms in Europe, being the Chief Credit Officer of GE Capital UK, the Head of Enterprise Risk and, most recently, the Chief Risk Officer of GE Capital UK. Hugh holds a BA (Hons) in Economics and Post Graduate MSc in International Banking and Finance at Heriot Watt University.

  • Debbie Griffin

    Debbie Griffin

    Group HR Director

    Debbie joined Shawbrook as Group HR Director in May 2016 from SocGen where she was for 5 years; latterly in the position of Head of HR for EMEA. Prior to SocGen Debbie spent time at a number of Financial Institutions including Rabobank, Commerzbank and JP Morgan. She started her career with ICI in the North East.

  • Karen Bennett

    Karen Bennett

    Managing Director, Commercial Mortgages

    Karen Bennett is Managing Director of the Shawbrook Commercial Property business which has built a strong reputation for combining award-winning products with a practical approach to service. With nearly two decades of experience within the mortgage industry, Karen began her career as an underwriter before progressing into senior management roles in Sales & Marketing, both for Commercial First and Shawbrook Bank. As Managing Director, Karen is responsible for all elements contributing to the performance of this large business, driving all strategic initiatives, exploring complimentary market opportunities, and embedding a strong culture across the expert Commercial team.

  • Jeremy Law

    Jeremy Law

    Managing Director, Residential Mortgages

    Jeremy joined Shawbrook in September 2017, having most recently run the distribution arm of Post Office Financial Services. He has worked in a number of specialist lenders/building societies including Bradford and Bingley and Yorkshire Building Society. He started his career in Barclays in a number of roles in Retail Banking including product, marketing and distribution.