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Al Rayan Bank Board of Directors

Al Rayan Bank PLC is a subsidiary of Al Rayan UK Limited, a majority owned subsidiary of Masraf Al Rayan Q.P.S.C, one of Qatar’s largest and most well established banks.

The Bank’s Board of Directors has delegated responsibility for day to day management to the executive team, led by the Chief Executive Officer.

Board of Directors

Malcolm Brookes, Interim Chairman

Mr Malcolm Brookes was appointed to the Board in September 2014 and is interim Chairman. He is a member of the Audit Committee, Board Risk Committee and Remuneration & Nomination Committee.

Malcolm has spent the vast majority of his career with HSBC Group.  His 37 years with the Group began at Forward Trust Limited, latterly HSBC Asset Finance (UK) Ltd, in Birmingham, UK.  Malcolm held a number of senior positions before the business was integrated into HSBC in 2001 at which point he was appointed CFO to the UK Commercial Bank.  Before retiring from HSBC, he performed due diligence exercise in South Africa and Mexico and was instrumental in setting up the UK based Business Growth Fund.  Today Malcolm runs an accounting practice based in North Worcestershire.

Ahmed Swaleh Abdisheikh, Non-Executive Director 

Mr. Ahmed Swaleh Abdisheikh joined the Board in January 2014.  He is chairman of the Board Risk Committee and a member of the Audit Committee.  Ahmed previously served as Executive Director (People & Technology) and interim CEO of Al Rayan Bank.

Ahmed has been Chief Operating Officer of Masraf Al Rayan since 2012.  He is South African qualified chartered accountant.

Kathryn Kerle, Independent Non-Executive Director 

Kathryn is a Non-executive Director of Al Rayan Bank and a member of the Audit Committee, Board Risk Committee and Remuneration & Nomination Committee.  She is the Chair of the Risk, Audit and Evaluation Committee of the Microbiology Society.  She is also Advisor, Board of Directors, Urgentem.

Kathryn has more than 35 years’ experience in the financial sector, most recently at RBS, where she led a team responsible for reviewing customer complaints in relation to a strategic remediation project. Previously, she was Head of Enterprise Risk Reporting for the bank. She joined RBS from Moody’s Investors Service, where she held a number of analytical and managerial roles in the UK, the US and Singapore.  Earlier in her career, Kathryn founded and managed The Paradigm Alliance, a consulting firm based in Sydney, Australia. She began her career in finance at The Chase Manhattan Bank. Kathryn served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Fez, Morocco. Kathryn holds a BA from Bryn Mawr College and an MA from Georgetown University

Caroline Bradley, Independent Non-Executive Director 

Caroline joined the board in January 2021 and is chair of the Audit Committee and member of the Board Risk Committee.  She is a Chartered Management Accountant and also Non-Executive Director at the Loughborough Building Society.

She has 20 years Executive Director experience at TD Direct Investing (online stockbroker and bank) and Tenet Group (independent investment and mortgage advice support group) and brings in depth Finance, Risk and Regulatory experience. She also brings experience in significant digital projects.

Peter Horton, CEO & Director

Peter Horton was appointed CEO and Director of Al Rayan Bank in April 2020.  He has many years of senior leadership experience from the global banking sector, most recently from Commonwealth Trade Bank, formerly known as Diamond Bank (UK), where he served as CEO from 2016.  He also served as CEO of Bermuda Commercial Bank between 2013 and 2016 and Bank of Maldives from 2011 to 2013.  Prior to this, Peter worked in number of senior management roles with Barclays, in the UK and Africa, over a 20-year period.

Management team

  • Peter Horton, Chief Executive Officer
  • Maisam Fazal, Chief Commercial Officer
  • Imran Pasha, Chief Operating Officer
  • Saalim Mahmood, Interim Chief Financial Officer
  • Andrew Shiels, Interim Chief Risk Officer

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