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
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 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.
The Rt Hon Sir Christopher Geidt KCB, KCVO, OBE
Sir Christopher has been the Private Secretary to The Queen since September 2007.
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.
Michael joined Coutts in 2009 as Chief Executive of Coutts & Co and as a Director of Adam & Company and served in both capacities until June 2016. In September 2010 he also became Chairman of Royal Bank of Scotland International, the offshore banking business of the Group in the Crown Dependencies of Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man and the Crown Territory of Gibraltar. He has over 30 years of experience in financial services, including eight years with Merrill Lynch as Managing Director for UK Private Banking and Director of Private Wealth Services for Europe and the Middle East. From 2002-2007 he was Head of International Private Banking at Barclays Wealth and CEO of Barclays Switzerland.
He is a World Fellow of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award and a Director of Forces in Mind Trust, a charity dedicated to helping Service personnel make a successful transition to civilian life. He is a Board Director of Walpole British Luxury and a Board Member of the Wealth Management Association. In 2014 he became a founding member of the China Advisory Council of the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. He is a Director and Trustee of the Coutts Foundation.
Michael is married to a Spaniard, has two sons and studied Modern and Medieval Languages at Christ's College, Cambridge. He lives in London and Madrid.
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 and Coutts Private Office, continuing to work closely with a portfolio of clients, whilst overseeing the management of the businesses, alongside strategic and propositional developments as a member of the Private Banking Executive Committee. She is the Exco co-sponsor for Coutts D&I Council. Camilla won Private Banker International "Outstanding Young Private Banker" 2012. She is currently a member of the editorial board for Private Banker International. She has a BA Hons Philosophy & Politics Durham University and the Securities Institute Diploma.
Dr. Linda Yueh is Fellow in Economics at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University, Adjunct Professor of Economics at the London Business School, and Visiting Professor of Economics at Peking University. She is Co-Chair of the Global Cities Business Alliance, and a Trustee of the Royal Commonwealth Society. Previously, she was an attorney at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, Economics Editor at Bloomberg TV where she hosted "Economic Edge," and Chief Business Correspondent for the BBC where she hosted "Talking Business with Linda Yueh." Dr. Yueh is the Series Editor of the Routledge Economic Growth and Development Series. Her books include: Macroeconomics (co-authored with Graeme Chamberlin) which is a recommended textbook of the UK Government Economic Service, and China's Growth: The Making of an Economic Superpower, among many others.
She serves on the oversight Policy Committee of the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), on the Advisory Board of The Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF), and has advised the World Bank, European Commission, Asian Development Bank, World Economic Forum, among others. Dr. Yueh was a Non-Executive Director of the FTSE-listed companies, JPMorgan Asian Investment Trust and Baillie Gifford's Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust; Board member of London & Partners, the official promotion body of London; and advisor to the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC). 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 in the UK and around the world.
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 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 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.
Working as a Managing Director in the Coutts Institute, Maya advises Coutts clients and their families on philanthropy, family governance, wealth and business succession planning and next generation development. She has extensive experience in facilitating family meetings and providing tailored one to one advice, designing education programmes and creating thought leadership on wealth succession, philanthropy and family business. Maya leads Coutts Philanthropy Advisory services, the Coutts in the Community programme and the operations of the Coutts Foundation.
Maya joined Coutts in 2008, following roles in leading non profit organisations in India and the UK including The Prince’s Trust and New Philanthropy Capital. Maya currently serves on the Boards of a private family foundation and Social Entrepreneurs Trust. She is a member of the faculty of the Family Firm Institute (Boston) where she has co-written and teaches a course on Philanthropy. Maya holds a BA (hons) History and MA International Studies and Certificates in Family Wealth Advising and Family Business Advising from the Family Firm Institute.
Working as an Executive Director in the Coutts Institute, Lenka advises clients and their and families on philanthropy, wealth succession and family governance.
Lenka joined Coutts in 2011, bringing over 15 years of experience working in the fields of philanthropy and international development. Her career began in Central and Eastern Europe working with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office/Overseas Development Agency where she oversaw the British government’s bilateral technical assistance programme for the Czech Republic. Lenka then joined the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, a private American foundation, where she was responsible for developing the grants portfolio for Romania and Bulgaria. Since relocating back to the UK, Lenka has worked with the Tudor Trust, one of the UK’s largest family foundations, and as a Research Analyst at New Philanthropy Capital. Prior to joining Coutts Lenka was a Director at the Carnegie UK Trust where she led the Democracy and Civil Society Programme.
Lenka has been a trustee of a number of UK and international charitable organisations and foundations. She holds a BA in Contemporary East European Studies, an MBA and an MSc in Development Management.
Kay has managed the corporate philanthropy activities of Coutts since 2010.
She also supports the Coutts in the Community Forum and is a member of the Coutts London Charity of the Year Committee.
Kay is the first point of contact for the Coutts Foundation.