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The Coutts

Foundation Board

The Board of the Coutts Foundation includes our own staff and other highly experienced individuals who strongly identify with its mission. The Board is supported by a team from Coutts, who manage its governance and grant-making operations.Close

Chair

Lord Waldegrave 

Lord Waldegrave became Chairman of Coutts & Co on 1st January 2014. He was educated at Eton College, Corpus Christi College, Oxford and Harvard. Having worked in the Central Policy Review Staff in the Cabinet Office from 1971-3, he became Political Secretary to the Prime Minister, Edward Heath. After a spell working in industry for GEC Ltd, he was elected to the House of Commons as Member of Parliament for Bristol West in 1979. He was made a Minister in 1981, and served continuously until 1997, including terms as Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, and at the Foreign Office. At Cabinet level he served as Secretary of State for Health, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Minister of Agriculture, and Chief Secretary to the Treasury. After losing his Commons seat in 1997, he entered the House of Lords as Baron Waldegrave of North Hill. Before joining Coutts in 2013, he worked successively at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson and UBS, and held non-executive posts at Bank of Ireland (UK) plc and Fleming Family and Partners. He is currently Provost of Eton College, Chairman of Biotech Growth Trust plc, and Chairman of the Royal Mint Advisory Committee.

His charitable work has included a spell as the joint Chairman of the Bristol Cathedral Trust; the Rhodes Trust; and the Science Museum. He was a Trustee of the Mandela Rhodes Foundation; and is now a Trustee of Cumberland Lodge. He owns a dairy farming business in Somerset, Waldegrave Farms Ltd, and is Chairman of the antiquarian bookseller, Henry Sotheran & Co. He is married to Caroline Waldegrave, cookery writer and co-founder of Leith’s School of Food and Wine. They have four children.

Peter Flavel 

Peter joined Coutts as Chief Executive in 2016.

Before joining Coutts, Peter was Chief Executive Officer of J.P. Morgan Private Wealth Management, responsible for overseeing and expanding the high net worth business and client base in Asia Pacific. He was a member of the Wealth Management Global Operating Committee. Peter also spent nine years with Standard Chartered, establishing their Global Private Bank in 2006.

In 2012 he was named Outstanding Private Banker - Asia Pacific by PBI. Most recently he was voted 'Best Leader in Private Banking 2015' at the PWM/The Banker Global Private Banking Awards.

Peter holds degrees in Law and Economics and has attended the Advanced Management Programme at both Harvard Business School and the University of Oxford.

Lord Geidt

Private Secretary to The Queen between 2007-2017

Leslie Gent 

Leslie heads the Investment Product team for Coutts globally, with teams based in London, Zurich, Hong Kong and Singapore. She is responsible for delivering some of Coutts key investment propositions including the launch of a range of Coutts Multi Asset funds. She is also responsible for equity, fixed income and fund research. She has worked for the last 16 years in wealth and investment management. Previous roles at Coutts include Head of Private Banking Investments and Portfolio Manager, responsible for UK-based discretionary managed portfolios.

Before joining Coutts, Leslie spent five years at Charles Schwab in San Francisco where she was a Director in the Investment Research division specialising in manager selection, asset allocation, and product research. Previous experience includes three years at Robertson Stephens where she was a sell-side equity research analyst covering the semi-conductor and data storage industries. Leslie is an executive Director of RBS Asset Management (Dublin) Limited and RBS Asset Management (ACD) Limited.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. She is a CFA Charterholder and is a member of London Society of Financial Analysts and the CFA Institute. Leslie is a participant in the CFA Institute’s Continuing Education program.

Camilla Stowell

Camilla joined Coutts Private Office in 2007 with a mandate to manage a portfolio of Ultra High Net Worth clients. She has built an impressive 20 years' plus experience in the wealth management industry, previously in client management roles at Lloyds Private Banking, Drummonds, and Schroders Private Bank. In May 2015 she was appointed Managing Director of Coutts International, Coutts Crown Dependencies, and Coutts Private Office. In April 2017 Camilla took an expanded role of Head of Wealth & Investment Management overseeing the management of the businesses, driving strategic and propositional developments. She is a member of the Private Banking Executive Committee and co-chairs the Coutts Diversity & Inclusion Council. Camilla won Private Banker International "Outstanding Young Private Banker" 2012. She has a BA Hons Philosophy & Politics Durham University and the Securities Institute Diploma.

Linda Yueh

Dr. Linda Yueh is Fellow in Economics at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University, Adjunct Professor of Economics at the London Business School, and Visiting Senior Fellow at IDEAS, the foreign policy think tank at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She was Visiting Professor of Economics at Peking University and serves on the Policy Committee of the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Dr. Yueh is a Non-Executive Director of the FTSE-100 company, Rentokil Initial, and was a NED of the FTSE-listed companies, JPMorgan Asian Investment Trust and Baillie Gifford's Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust. She was previously Co-Chair of the Global Cities Business Alliance and Board member of London & Partners, the official promotion body of London. Previously, she was Chief Business Correspondent at the BBC and Economics Editor at Bloomberg TV, as well as an attorney at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.

She is a widely published author and her latest book is The Great Economists. As a Trustee of the Coutts Foundation, Dr. Yueh continues to fulfil her interest in public service through working with a charitable foundation that supports initiatives to reduce poverty in the UK.

Alison Rose

Alison Rose heads the Commercial and Private Banking business for RBS and was appointed to the Executive Committee on 27 February 2014. She has worked with the bank for over 20 years, most recently as Head of EMEA, Markets and International Banking, and Head of International Banking, EMEA, where she was responsible for the Europe, Middle East and Africa business, including client relationship management across the region.

Her previous roles with RBS include Head of EMEA Corporate Coverage & Client Management, Head of Non–investment Grade Origination and Head of Leveraged Finance for the UK and Europe. She is also a passionate supporter of diversity and until recently was Executive Sponsor of Diversity & Inclusion for Markets and International Banking.

Ali Hammad 

Ali Hammad is a Managing Director and Head of the Middle East Region at Coutts. In this role Ali is responsible for continuing to develop Coutts proposition for Middle Eastern clients. Ali joined Coutts in July 2012 from Credit Suisse, where he was most recently Head of Private Banking for the Middle East in London.

Prior to Credit Suisse, he spent nine years working as a Senior Private Banker for UBS, serving Middle Eastern clients. During his almost 30 year career in financial services, Ali has worked in a number of senior roles based in Beirut, Dubai and London. He holds a BA in Politics and Economics from the University of Denver.

Thom Kenrick

Thom Kenrick is Head of Community Programmes at RBS. Thom leads RBS’s strategy for supporting and engaging with its communities. His team is responsible for all the Bank's community programmes and partnerships, as well as leading and coordinating the RBS staff and customer-facing grants/giving, volunteering and fundraising initiatives.

Thom is a Trustee of RBS Social & Community Capital, an independent social finance charity which lends money to community businesses and social enterprises. He is also a Director of The Melting Pot, an Edinburgh social enterprise that aims to stimulate and support social innovation. Thom holds a First Class Master's degree in Chemical Engineering & European Studies from the University of Edinburgh. Prior to joining RBS, he worked for Unilever on supply chain projects in various parts of the world. He is a Fellow of the RSA. Thom lives in Edinburgh with his wife, who is a General Practitioner, and young family.

Lenka Setkova

Lenka leads the Coutts Institute, which advises clients and their families on philanthropy, wealth succession and family business succession.

Lenka joined Coutts in 2011, bringing over 15 years' experience in the fields of philanthropy and international development. Her career began with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office/Overseas Development Agency, based at the British Embassy in Prague. Since then Lenka has worked with the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, a private American family foundation, the Tudor Trust and New Philanthropy Capital. Prior to joining Coutts, Lenka was a Director at the Carnegie UK Trust leading the Democracy and Civil Society Programme. Lenka also has many years' experience as a trustee of a number of charitable organisations.

Lenka holds an MBA and an MSc in Development Management, FFI GEN Certificates in Family Wealth Advising and in Family Business Advising and is an Accredited (RSPP) Mediator.

Rachel Harrington

Rachel has over a decade's experience in the non-profit sector, having begun her career in fundraising, working with a range of donors from individuals to major foundations. She joined Coutts in 2011 and now specialises in helping clients and their families to develop their philanthropy so that is both effective and rewarding. She also supports clients around challenges such as how to talk about wealth as a family, planning for the future of the family business, and preparing children for inheritance. Rachel holds practising Certificates in Family Business Advising and Family Wealth Advising from the Family Firm Institute.

Rachel is a trustee of the charities Philanthropy Impact and Breaking Barriers, and a member of the Advisory Board for the Environmental Funders Network's Expanding Environmental Philanthropy programme. She holds a BA (Hons) in Modern History and English from the University of Oxford.