Chief Executive Officer
Martin joined Castle Trust in May 2018. With a background in the retail banking sector, he brings a wealth of experience. Previous roles include Managing Director Retail Distribution at Santander, as well as director roles within the Royal Bank of Scotland Group both in the UK and USA. Over the years, he has led transformational change programmes across all channels. Martin is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland.
Chief Financial Officer
Paul joined Castle Trust in May 2018 and was appointed to the Board in May 2019. He held roles within Barclays Bank over the previous ten years, most recently as Managing Director, Business Planning and Analytics for Barclays Group Financial Control, and before that as Finance Director, Barclays Investment Bank – Markets. Prior to this, Paul was a senior finance manager at Santander, having trained at Deloitte.
Andrew joined Castle Trust in January 2015, having previously held the role of Head of Legal at Europe Arab Bank where he was responsible for the Legal Operations of the Arab Bank group throughout Europe. Prior to this, he had worked in private practice at the law firms Slaughter and May and Sidley Austin where he had advised clients worldwide on a wide variety of banking and financial services matters. Andrew is a Solicitor with a Jurisprudence degree from Oxford University.
Managing Director, Property
Barry joined Castle Trust in May 2014, having previously been a Founding Director of Portillion, a start-up mortgage and savings bank, which closed in 2012, then Chief Operating Officer of Legal & General’s Mortgage division until December 2013. Barry was Operations Director at Private Label Mortgage Services, the UK’s largest independent mortgage packager when bought by GMAC RFC in 2000. He became Marketing Director, then Chief Operating Officer in 2003. From start-up in 2000, GMAC RFC was the tenth largest UK mortgage lender in 2006.
Head of Compliance
Caroline joined Castle Trust in 2016. She has spent 18 years working in regulated financial services firms, including 8 years at Barclays, both in retail and private banking. In addition to her extensive experience in Compliance, she is also Castle Trust’s Money Laundering Reporting Officer and is responsible for CASS Oversight. She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree, a Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Governance, Risk and Compliance and is a Fellow of the International Compliance Association.
Chief Risk Officer
Jon joined Castle Trust in May 2016, having previously worked at the Bank of England where he performed a range of deposit-taker supervisory roles before leading the Bank of England’s project to implement the European legislation, CRD IV in the UK. His previous roles have been in credit risk at the FSA and Barclays Bank. Jon holds the Professional Risk Manager qualification and has a Masters in Financial Risk Management from the ICMA centre at Henley Business School.
Managing Director, Omni
Ronnie joined Castle Trust in March 2019, with over 30 years’ experience in banking and consumer finance at Barclays and American Express, and a focus on providing innovative solutions for customers. He held Managing Director roles at Barclays Partner Finance, one of the UK’s largest point-of-sale companies offering consumer lending and payment solutions, where he was responsible for the business’s transformation from loss-making to significantly profitable, and at Barclays Digital Marketplace, a data-driven online e-commerce business providing customer acquisition and retention capabilities to retailers. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant.
Abbas joined Castle Trust in January 2018, having previously worked for Dixons Carphone as the Head of HR, responsible for a subset of their corporate operations across the UK and Europe. In a career working across technology, finance, retail and consulting organisations, Abbas has delivered a series of major people projects at board and executive level. He graduated with a degree in Computer Science and Management from Loughborough University.
Chief Technology Officer
Al joined Castle Trust in May 2019. He has extensive and unique experience of building online banking businesses in the UK and the Czech Republic, most recently as CTO/COO for the successful launch of Masthaven, a new UK challenger bank, and as CIO of Aldermore Bank during the establishment of a new in house banking platform. His career has also included periods at Close Brothers, during which he led the new Business Applications function in the Banking division, and Merrill Lynch, where he held the role of COO for the UK online share dealing and wealth management business joint venture with HSBC. Al has a Mathematics degree from Durham University.
Director of Savings and Strategy
Toby joined Castle Trust in June 2018, having spent a decade with Nationwide Building Society in a variety of roles based in the retail branch network, commercial property and strategy. Toby played a key role in the creation and launch of UK Finance in 2017 and went on to join Virgin Money working on its business banking proposition. He is Treasurer of the charity Holloway Neighbourhood Group, a chartered financial analyst (CFA) and holds a degree in economics from Cambridge University.