Leadership team

Our leadership team is split into two elements:

 

an executive committee, comprising Directors and other senior staff 

the Board, including non-executive Directors, the CEO and COO.

 

Executive Committee

John Flint

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

John is a banker with a wealth of experience in the industry. He is the former Group Chief Executive of HSBC, a company with which he spent 30 years, having first joined them in 1989 as a graduate trainee. 

In that time, he worked across the business, serving in various senior leadership positions as Chief Executive Officer of Retail Banking & Wealth Management, Chief of Staff to the Group Chief Executive of HSBC, Chief Executive of Global Asset Management, Group Treasurer and Deputy Head of Global Markets.

James Emmett

Chief Operating Officer (COO)

James is a highly experienced financial services leader, with a career spanning more than 25 years covering business, fintech, operations, technology, and strategy across EMEA, Asia, and the Americas.

Most recently he worked with Management Consultancy, Oliver Wyman, as an external senior advisor. Prior to this, James had scale-up experience as CEO & MD of the Diem (Libra) payment network’s operating company, and held a number of senior leadership positions in banking, including Chief Operating Officer of HSBC Bank Plc covering the UK and Europe and, post-ring-fencing, Chief Executive Officer of HSBC Bank plc & Europe, where he was responsible for the UK Wholesale Bank, together with the businesses across Continental Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa and Bermuda

Patricia Galloway

Chief People Officer

Patricia Galloway is an experienced HR professional who after a successful career with DVB Bank SE will join the UK Infrastructure Bank as the Chief People Officer. Patricia joined DVB Bank in 2002 and as a member of the leadership team drove a significant scale up of the UK, Tokyo, and New York operations to create a global presence.

At DVB Bank, Patricia designed the UK HR strategy, embedded a collaborative culture, and designed attractive career development propositions for employees within the organization. She held the Significant Influence Function CF29 position with the FCA and was a Chair of the Governance Committee for London. 

Prior to joining DVB Bank, Patricia was the Head of HR for Forrester Research UK, working with the founders of a start-up acquired by Forrester to rapidly scale the company, growing the UK leadership team and the wider company employee services & capabilities. Patricia is Vice President and Board member of the City Women’s Network where she is a strong advocate of the inclusion and belonging agenda to support women in business. She is also a Non-Executive Director at the Association of Foreign Banks where she Chaired the HR committee for over ten years.

Ian Brown

Head of Banking

Ian is Head of Banking and Investments at UK Infrastructure Bank, responsible for the origination and execution of the bank’s lending and investing activities.

Ian is an experienced banker and investor. Before joining UKIB, he was Head of Private Markets at asset manager LGPS Central, establishing its infrastructure, private credit, private equity and real estate direct and fund of funds platform for its eight UK pension schemes. 

Previously, he spent 14 years at Lloyds Banking Group, where latterly he was Head of Industrials & Infrastructure and Head of Large Corporates, Europe. He had joined Lloyds to lead leveraged finance in Europe, becoming Global Head of Leveraged Finance and then Global Head of Loan Financing before moving to head coverage. His career prior to Lloyds was at UBS where he was a Managing Director in the leveraged finance and advisory business. 

Annie Ropar

Chief Finance Officer

Annie helped build a very similar government owned entity between 2018 and 2021 in Canada giving her an intimate understanding of what the CFO role at UKIB entails. She joined Canada Infrastructure Bank as employee no.2 which was established to deploy C$35 billion of authorized capital and grew to 80 staff members during her tenure there. She was responsible for establishing finance, risk management, legal and operational processes in enabling investment activities.

Annie has the requisite blend of private and public sector exposure and has accrued an understanding of the dynamic and governance between the department/bureaucracy side of government vs. the political/policy side in the parliamentary system. She has crucial experience managing the entire balance sheet of a bank and scaling business at pace. Crucially, she also has a record in building world-class reporting and control functions.

She had nine successful years with Royal Bank of Canada in their finance, private equity and institutional trading businesses, and 5 years with Aequitas NEO Exchange Inc, a start-up trading platform launched in 2015 to compete with the effective market monopoly held by Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX).  She is a Deloitte-trained accountant and has sat on a number of boards (public and private), alongside being an active ambassador for diversity.

Peter Knott

Chief Risk Officer

Peter is highly experienced in impact investing and is currently Managing Director and Head of Portfolio Management at the Green Investment Group, part of Macquarie, and is based in Edinburgh. 

He was previously Chief Risk Officer and then Chief Financial Officer of the UK Green Investment Bank, which he joined at its launch in 2012, and scaled to a global business with 500 employees now under Macquarie’s ownership. Peter has been involved in the acquisition and execution of over 150 infrastructure projects over the past decade across equity and debt.

He was previously Group Head of Operational Risk at Standard Chartered Bank and has broader investment experience through positions with JP Morgan Chase and Robert Fleming. He is a Non-Executive Director and Audit Committee Chair at the Scottish National Investment Bank.

Davinder Mann

General Counsel

Davinder Mann is a city-trained project finance lawyer who moved in-house into a technical advisory role at UK Export Finance. She went on to become the first General Counsel appointed in-house and modernized the provision of the legal service. She then progressed to Director of Legal & Compliance, creating a financial crime compliance function from the ground up.

In recognition of her grasp on strategic priorities, she was asked to set up a new central directorate for UK Export Finance as Director of Strategy, Policy & Climate Change. She is an experienced General Counsel who has provided and overseen complex advice on transactions, compliance, and public law matters.

She has strong relationships across Whitehall and with external industry and institutional stakeholders such as the big banks, UK Finance and the British Exporters Association. She also has over a year of experience as a trainee NED on the board of Ordnance Survey.

Kate McGavin

Chief Strategy & Policy Officer (job share)

Kate is Chief Strategy & Policy Officer at the UK Infrastructure Bank, job-sharing with Helen Williams. They joined UKIB shortly after it opened its doors in Summer 2021 as part of the founding team to establish the Bank and are responsible for leading the policy, strategy and comms teams.


Kate joined the Bank after a 20 year career in the Civil Service. She spent a decade as a senior civil servant in various strategy and policy roles, including leading on UK governance and devolution in Cabinet Office during Brexit and Covid. She was previously responsible for sponsoring the creative and cultural sectors, leading relations with a range of arms’ length bodies including the Arts Council and British Film Institute. She also has experience of leading regulatory policy in the media sector, having led the government’s engagement on the Leveson Review, sponsorship of Ofcom and reviews of Channel 4 and other public service broadcasters as well as developing digital infrastructure policy.


Kate is also an independent governor on the board of the University of the Creative Arts.
 

Helen Williams

Chief Strategy & Policy Officer (job share)

Helen is Chief Strategy & Policy Officer at the UK Infrastructure Bank, job-sharing with Kate McGavin. They joined UKIB shortly after it opened its doors in Summer 2021 as part of the founding team to establish the Bank and are responsible for leading the policy, strategy and comms teams.

Before joining the Bank Helen was Director in the Cabinet Office leading on UK governance and devolution during EU Exit and Covid.

Helen joined the Civil Service in 2000 and has worked in various central government departments including HM Treasury, the Dept for Business and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. She has significant experience sponsoring Arms’ Length Bodies of Government and leading strategy and policy delivery. Helen is an experienced non-executive including as vice-chair of the Horniman Museum and Gardens. 
 

Sheer Khan

Chief Impact Officer

Sheer heads up the impact team which leads analysis on the impact of the Bank’s investments.
 
He is a senior leader with a career spanning over 20 years in the public sector, tackling some of the most complex social policy issues, including child poverty, pension reform, long term unemployment, manufacturing policy, and energy and climate change. He is an economist by profession, with a track record in applying economic principles and analytical approaches to strategy and policy across the public sector. He has held a number of roles across government departments and was previously the Chief Economist at DWP.
 
Most recently he led the development of future business strategy for DWP, (the largest government department with over £250bn of spending, 80,000 staff delivering to over 23million customers every year). Setting out the vision for how services will be delivered in the future and a clear operating model for how Data, Digital, Estates, People and Partnerships will evolve over time to achieve it.  
 

Lorna Pimlott

Managing Director, Local Authority Advisory and Lending

Prior to joining the Bank, Lorna worked for over 30 years developing and delivering major infrastructure projects. She started her career as an architect and worked with both the public and private sector, engaging with central and local government to solve challenges in infrastructure.

She has led schemes from a multinational contractor, central government grant organisations, big four and specialist boutique consultancies to government Arm’s Length Bodies. Her most recent roles were at the Great British Rail Transition Team and as Sponsorship Director for Phase 2 at HS2.

Lorna started as Managing Director of the Local Authority function in July 2023 and is continuing to develop offerings for advisory and lending services across the UK’s four nations.