Alison Rose - Business in the Community

Dame Alison Rose served as Chief Executive at the NatWest Group, a major retail and commercial bank, until 2023. Prior to this she was Deputy Chief Executive Officer of NatWest Holdings and Chief Executive Officer of the commercial and private banking business.

Alison previously served on The Prime Minister’s Business Council, and the Government’s Energy Efficiency Taskforce and the Net Zero Council, with leadership work on these initiatives now completed. She was also invited by the UK Government to lead a review of the barriers to women starting businesses and launched The Rose Review in March 2019, which she then updated annually to detail good progress on female entrepreneurship.

Throughout her career, Alison has been a strong ambassador for diversity and the progression of women and female entrepreneurs. During her time at NatWest, she championed the firm’s entrepreneur accelerator programme, an initiative supporting start-up businesses across the UK. She was appointed Dame Commander (DBE) in 2023 New Year Honours for services to the financial services sector.

Alison was the former Chair of BITC’s Scotland Leadership Board and then joined the BITC Board as a Trustee in February 2020. She was appointed as Vice Chair of BITC in December 2022.