Banks has over thirty years experience in financial services, having started his career at Midland Bank, before moving to Girobank, subsequently Alliance & Leicester. He stepped down from the board of A&L in October 2008, following its acquisition by Santander.
Richard Pym, the current executive chairman will become non-executive after an appropriate handover period.
Pym says: ”This role was advertised in January 2009 and a strong field of applicants applied for the position. The board selected Richard whose experience and competencies made him the outstanding candidate for the role.”
Banks says: ”B&B is in a unique position, and it will be a challenging role to maintain the momentum and motivation of colleagues during the wind down of the business as we protect taxpayers and repay HM Treasury and the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, whilst also treating customers and creditors fairly.
“I look forward to working with the board in achieving a successful outcome for all stakeholders.”