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Two new non-executive directors join Barclays Bank UK PLC Board

17 October 2022
  • The new appointments bring further expertise to support the bank’s strategic transformation and growth.

17 October 2022: Barclays Bank UK PLC is today announcing two new non-executive appointments to further bolster its Board. Bernadette Wightman joined as an independent non-executive director in September while John Liver commences his role today, 17 October 2022.

Crawford Gillies, Chair of Barclays Bank UK PLC said: “As Barclays UK continues to transform and grow, it is imperative that the Board has the diversity of thought and skillsets needed to ensure success. Bernadette brings knowledge of transformation, technology, and digital innovation to enhance customer experience, whilst John brings expertise in financial regulation. Their experience and insights will complement and enhance the Board’s existing skillset to help accelerate Barclays UK’s strategic transformation.”

Bernadette Wightman has extensive experience in digital technology and driving global business transformations. She is currently Senior Vice President of Worldwide Partners and Global Accounts at Genesys, a US business specialising in omni-channel customer experience and contact centre solutions, based in the UK. Previously, she was Managing Director for BT Group’s banking and financial services business. She also had a 20-year career at Cisco, where she managed large global businesses and served as the President and CEO of Cisco Canada.

John Liver is a leading advisor on financial services regulation in the UK and internationally. A former UK regulator, his most recent role was as a Partner at professional services firm EY, where, working with authorities and major institutions, he co-chaired the Global Financial Services Regulatory Network, and led European work on the post-2008 regulatory reform agenda and conduct regulation. He is a trustee of Rethink Mental Illness, a charity dedicated to supporting people severely affected by mental illness.

As a result of these changes, Barclays Bank UK PLC Board comprises:


  • Crawford Gillies, Chair of Barclays Bank UK PLC

Executive Directors:

  • Matt Hammerstein, Barclays UK CEO
  • James Mack, Barclays UK CFO

Independent Non-Executive Directors:

  • Vanessa Bailey
  • Tracy Corrigan
  • Michael Jary
  • Avid Larizadeh Duggan OBE
  • John Liver
  • Kathryn Matthews
  • Chris Pilling
  • Andrew Ratcliffe
  • Bernadette Wightman

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For further information, please contact: Suraj Mashru, +44 (0) 7385 510014, Suraj.Mashru@barclays.com

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About Barclays Bank UK PLC

Barclays Bank UK PLC (the Company) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Barclays PLC. The consolidation of Barclays Bank UK PLC and its subsidiaries is referred to as the Barclays Bank UK Group. The term Barclays refers to Barclays PLC, or depending on context, the Barclays Group as a whole, and Barclays Group refers to Barclays PLC, together with its subsidiaries. Barclays Bank UK PLC is the ring-fenced bank within the Barclays Group.

The Barclays Bank UK Group contains the majority of the Barclays Group’s Barclays UK division, including the Personal Banking, Business Banking and Barclaycard Consumer UK businesses other than the Barclays Partner Finance business.

About Barclays

Barclays is a British universal bank. We are diversified by business, by different types of customers and clients, and by geography. Our businesses include consumer banking and payments operations around the world, as well as a top-tier, full service, global corporate and investment bank, all of which are supported by our service company which provides technology, operations and functional services across the Group.