Alison Rose (banker)

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Alison Rose
Born1969 (age 51–52)
EducationDurham University
TitleCEO, NatWest Group
TermNovember 2019-
PredecessorRoss McEwan

Alison Rose (born 1969) is a British banker, and chief executive (CEO) of NatWest Group since November 2019; she is the first woman to lead a major UK lender.

Early life[edit]

Rose was born in 1969.[1] She grew up overseas in a military family.[2][3] She earned a bachelor's degree in History from Durham University.[4][2][when?]


She started her career as a graduate trainee with National Westminster Bank in 1992.[4]

Rose was appointed a member of RBS' executive committee on 27 February 2014.[5] In October 2014, as head of commercial and private banking at RBS, she announced a new plan for the bank to bring more women in decision-level and board-level positions.[6] In August 2015, she encouraged her managers to reconnect with the SMBs part of their clientele.[7]

In September 2018, she was nominated to lead the Treasury's review focusing on barriers for women in business.[8][9] The Rose Review found that just one in three UK entrepreneurs is female and only one per cent of venture funding goes to all-female teams.[10] In November 2018, she became deputy chief executive of NatWest Holdings.[11][12]

In March 2019, the UK Government published a policy paper, the Alison Rose Review of Female Entrepreneurship.[9][13] In April 2019, Rose was "widely-tipped" to succeed Ross McEwan as CEO.[4][11][14]

Rose was the chief executive of commercial and private banking at Royal Bank of Scotland Group and deputy chief executive of NatWest Holdings.[4][15] In September 2019, it was announced that she succeed Ross McEwan as CEO of RBS Group on 1 November 2019, making her the "first woman to lead major UK lender".[16] RBS Group was re-named NatWest Group in 2020.

External appointments[edit]

Non-executive Director of Great Portland Estates plc, Chair of the McLaren / Deloitte Advisory Council and sits on the board of Coutts Charitable Foundation.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Rose is married, with two children, a daughter and a son.[4][3] She and her husband live in Highgate, London.[3]


  1. ^ "Alison Rose". RBS. Retrieved 1 November 2019.
  2. ^ a b "The Big Interview: Alison Rose, highest-ranking woman in RBS". Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "Secrets of my success: RBS private banking boss Alison Rose". Evening Standard. 25 August 2016. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e "The most powerful woman in UK banking unveils her plans for the future". HeraldScotland. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Alison Rose | RBS". Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  6. ^ Treanor, Jill (3 October 2014). "RBS wants more women in senior roles". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  7. ^ Wallace, Tim (9 August 2015). "RBS bosses ordered to go out and meet small firms". The Daily Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Treasury launches review into barriers for women in business". GOV.UK. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  9. ^ a b "I started a business accidentally". 8 March 2019. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  10. ^ "Women's work: interview with RBS's Alison Rose". Holyrood Website. 4 October 2019.
  11. ^ a b "Alison Rose's move sparks RBS chief chatter". Evening Standard. 14 November 2018. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  12. ^ "UPDATE 1-RBS high-flier Alison Rose takes on NatWest Holdings job..." Reuters. 14 November 2018. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  13. ^ "The Alison Rose Review of Female Entrepreneurship". GOV.UK. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  14. ^ Treanor, Jill (28 April 2019). "Rose's moment to bloom". The Sunday Times. ISSN 0956-1382. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  15. ^ Driscoll, Margarette (30 October 2018). "Alison Rose on the price of being a successful woman in finance". Retrieved 25 April 2019 – via
  16. ^ Jones, Huw (20 September 2019). "Alison Rose gets top job at RBS, first woman to lead major UK lender". Reuters. Retrieved 1 November 2019.
  17. ^ "Alison Rose | RBS".

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