British Bankers' Association

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British Bankers' Association
British Bankers’ Association logo.svg
Abbreviation BBA
Motto The voice of banking & financial services
Formation 1919
Legal status Non-profit company
Purpose Banking in the UK
Region served
253 banks
Chief Executive
Anthony Browne

The British Bankers’ Association (BBA) is a trade association for the UK banking and financial services sector. Its members collectively provide a wide range of banking and financial services. The Association lobbies for its members and gives its view on the legislative and regulatory system for banking in the UK.

In November 2015 it was confirmed that the BBA would be merged with Payments UK, the Council of Mortgage Lenders, the UK Cards Association and the Asset Based Finance Association, following a review into financial trade bodies. The resulting organisation is due to begin operating in November 2016.[1]


The BBA describes itself as the leading trade association for the UK banking sector with more than 230 member banks headquartered in over 50 countries with operations in 180 jurisdictions worldwide.


The BBA is a trade association owned and governed by its members.

BBA Board[edit]

The Board is the governing body of the Association, and it agrees major strategies and policies.

Member Segment Advisory Boards[edit]

Member Segment Advisory Boards provide a forum to inform the agenda of the BBA Board and policy committees. There is a Member Segment Advisory Board for the major retail banks, challenger banks, small banks, major international wholesale banks, foreign banks, private banks and wealth management, and custody banking.

High-level committees[edit]

The BBA has four high-level committees, representing retail policy, financial policy and risk, wholesale policy, and corporate policy.

Technical panels and working groups[edit]

Below its Board, Member Segment Advisory Boards and high-level committees, the BBA has a number of technical panels and working parties.


The BBA responds to the full range of issues affecting retail and wholesale banking and the wider financial services industry. As well as its interaction with current affairs, it works to form and reform lasting policy decisions.

Products and services[edit]


LIBOR is the primary benchmark for short-term interest rates. It indicates the average rate at which a leading bank can obtain unsecured funding for a given period in a given currency. It therefore represents the lowest real-world cost of unsecured funding in the London market. As such, LIBOR is one of the fundamental standards for global financial markets.

Prior to September, 2012, BBA LIBOR (the London Interbank Offered Rate) was calculated and published by Thomson Reuters on behalf of the BBA. In July 2012, it came out that LIBOR had been systematically rigged by Barclays for many years, leading to the LIBOR scandal. Paul Tucker, Deputy Governor of the Bank of England, compared the BBA LIBOR market to a "cesspit" of dishonesty.[2] In September, 2012, it was decided that the BBA would be stripped of its role in LIBOR rate setting. Martin Wheatley said "the BBA acts as the lobby organisation for the same submitting banks that they nominally oversee, creating a conflict of interest that precludes strong and credible governance".[3]

Events and training[edit]

In 2014 the BBA held 67 events attracting over 4,500 attendees. This included the Association’s annual conference and annual industry dinners, as well as a number of forums, briefings and training courses.

High street banking statistics[edit]

The BBA produces a monthly report on high street banking figures which is used by banks and by the media. This data informs the BBA Annual Abstract of Banking Statistics which is published each August.

Global Operational Loss Database (GOLD)[edit]

The BBA manages the Global Operational Loss Database (GOLD) for its members. GOLD is an important tool for managing operational risk.

SME support[edit]

In line with the UK Government’s drive to support UK business, the BBA is a committed participant in the Business Growth Fund.[citation needed]

The BBA is leading efforts to increase funding to small and medium-sized enterprises through the Better Business Finance campaign. The BBA collaborated with the British Chambers of Commerce to deliver 15 outreach events across the UK throughout 2011 in support of this initiative.

Better Business Finance is complemented by the website mentorsme,[4] an online gateway through which small and medium businesses can connect with mentoring organisations and individuals working in their area.

Lost accounts[edit]

The BBA has ongoing responsibility for a number of personal and business customer services. These include the website My Lost Account,[5] a free service that helps customers trace their lost accounts and savings.

BBA Strategy 2013-2015[edit]

The BBA’s three core priorities are helping customers, promoting growth and raising standards. Its strategy document [6] gives further details about the Association’s aims and values.

BBA Brief[edit]

The BBA Brief[7] is a daily two-minute summary of the banking news that matters sent at 10am.


Anthony Browne succeeded Angela Knight as chief executive on 1 September 2012.[8][9]

Senior personnel[edit]

  • Anthony Browne, Chief Executive
  • Sally Scutt, Deputy Chief Executive
  • Henrietta Royle, Chief Operating Officer
  • Paul Chisnall, Executive Director – Financial Policy and Operations
  • Simon Hills, Executive Director – Prudential Capital, Risk and Regulatory Relationships
  • Eric Leenders, Executive Director – Retail
  • Paul Stephenson, Executive Director – External Affairs
  • Irene Graham, Executive Director – Business Finance
  • Keith Phillips, Executive Director – BBA Enterprises, Membership and Business Development
  • Richard Woolhouse, Chief Economist and Head of Research


The BBA was founded in 1919. The Association was reconstituted in 1972, the same year it first accepted foreign banks. In 1975 responsibility for money transmission services moved to Association for Payment Clearing Services (APACS) (which became UK Payments Administration (UKPA) in 2009).

Presidents and Chairmen since 1972[edit]



See also[edit]


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