Coutts is a global bank that delivers tailored wealth management, banking, trust and fiduciary solutions - backed by a discreet, professional, world-class service.

Sale of our internationally managed

Private Banking and
Wealth Management business

The internationally managed Private Banking and Wealth Management business has been sold to Union Bancaire Privée, UBP SA. The sale included business managed from Switzerland, Monaco, UAE, Qatar, Singapore and Hong Kong.  


Chief Executive Officer

Paul Horner

Paul Horner was appointed Chief Executive Office of Coutts & Co Ltd effective March 2016.

He joined Coutts & Co Ltd in April 2012 and took up the position of Chief Risk Officer in September 2012. Since joining RBS Group in 2003 Paul held various positions, most recently as Head of Risk for Countries and Whole Businesses in the Non Core Division, where he led the risk management for strategic repositioning and disposal of over thirty international RBS businesses. He previously worked as Chief Risk Officer seconded to ABN Amro, Europe & Middle East in Amsterdam, Chief Risk Officer, European Consumer Finance in Dusseldorf, and as a Senior Manager within the RBS Group Risk Function in London.

He began his banking career at Barclays, where he spent 15 years in various business-facing, operational and risk management roles. Paul holds a Masters degree from the University of Oxford.



General Counsel

Simon A. Trippel

Simon A. Trippel was appointed to the General Management Committee in June 2015.

Simon A. Trippel is the General Counsel of Coutts & Co Ltd. He joined Coutts in 2000 and has supported the business transformation since then.

Prior to joining Coutts, Simon was Counsel to Julius Bär and to Zurich Cantonal Bank. In addition, he has experience from private practice in Zurich and New York and from his clerkships at Swiss courts. He is specialised in legal and regulatory matters in an international banking and wealth management context.

Simon is Swiss and fluent in German and English. He graduated from law school, obtained a PhD in jurisprudence, is admitted to the bar and is a member of various industry associations and working groups.

Chief Risk Officer

Grace d'Ambros

Grace d'Ambros joined Coutts & Co Ltd in 2002 as General Manager of the Coutts Monaco branch and moved to Zurich in February 2016 to take up the position as Head of Compliance and Financial Crime. In March 2016, Grace was appointed Chief Risk Officer and joined the General Management Committee effective that date.  

Prior to joining Coutts, Grace was Deputy General Manager of ABC Banque Internationale de Monaco and spent 16 years with Arab Banking Corporation in Milan, Italy, in various operational and regulatory risk management roles.   

Grace is fluent in English, French and Italian. She holds a BA degree from the University of Adelaide, Australia and was awarded the distinction of Knight of the Order of Saint Charles by Prince Albert II of Monaco in November 2013.

The Board of Coutts & Co Ltd is the prinicipal decision-making forum for the company.  It has overall responsibility for leading and controlling the company and is accountable to shareholders for financial and operational performance.



The Earl of Home CVO CBE

Lord David Douglas-Home was appointed Chairman of Coutts & Co in June 1999, and became Chairman of Coutts Bank (Switzerland) in March 2000. 



Deputy Chairman

Ursula Suter

Ursula joined the Board in July 2012 and was appointed to Deputy Chairman in May 2014.

She was General Counsel to the Wealth Management & Business Banking Division at UBS AG responsible for the Legal Departments in Switzerland, Europe and Asia from 2002-2009. Prior to that, she was Senior Legal Counsel for Private Banking, Wealth Management, Corporate Banking and Capital Markets.

Ursula Suter holds a law degree from the University of Berne. She was admitted to the bar in 1979. Since 1992, Ursula Suter is a Judge at the Commercial Court of the Canton of Zurich. She is a member of the Board of Directors of various companies.




Roland Plan

Roland Plan joined the Board in March 2012. He is Country Executive and Head of Markets and International Banking Switzerland for RBS.

Prior to this role, Roland was Head of Investment Grade Corporate Bond Origination, Western Europe for RBS based in London. He has more than 20 years experience in the international debt capital markets covering origination, sales and syndicate as well as syndicated loans and private placements.

Roland worked for Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt, Tokyo and Singapore before joining ABN AMRO in Singapore in 1997 as Regional Asia Head of Syndicate and Origination. In 2000, he moved to London to cover corporates in the German speaking countries. Roland holds an economics degree from the Katholieke Universitet Leuven, an MBA from the Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve, speaks six languages and is the author of the book External Debt Rescheduling.



Helen Grimshaw

Helen Grimshaw became a member of the Board of Directors on 6th October, 2016.  Helen is a senior banker and business leader with recent exposure to some of the most complex and high profile issues in the Financial Services industry.  Having been at the centre of the bail out of RBS in 2009 in the negotiation of the Asset Protection Scheme with HM Treasury in the UK, Helen has successfully led a number of key and complex divestments within RBS Capital Resolution, which at its peak comprised over £250bn of funded assets.  More recently, Helen has led delicencing activities for RBS across Europe and from March 2017, has assumed the role of Chief of Staff for RBS in the UK.