Alison Rose has worked at Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) for 27 years. Prior to her current role Alison was Deputy Chief Executive Officer of NatWest Holdings and CEO of the Commercial and Private Banking business.
Previous roles include Head of Europe, Middle East and Africa, Markets and International Banking, and Global Head of International Banking Capital and Balance Sheet.
Alison was invited by the UK government to lead a review of the barriers to women starting a business and launched The Rose Review in March 2019. Alison also champions NatWest’s entrepreneur accelerator programme, an initiative supporting start-up businesses across the UK, and sponsors the bank’s employee-led networks.
Alison was born in 1969. She grew up around the world before settling in England at the age of 15. She studied at Durham University and joined the NatWest graduate scheme in 1992. She is married with two children.
Alison believes the positive impact businesses in Scotland make to the communities they serve cannot be underestimated. She is committed to a collective approach, with organisations such as Business in the Community (BITC), to make a difference to people’s lives, as well as the communities where they live.
Her view is that stakeholders’ expectations of companies are changing – that they are looking for them to deliver not only financial performance but a positive contribution to society; benefitting customers and communities as well as shareholders.
Working with businesses in Scotland, to better connect purpose and business, as well as drive benefits to stakeholders, will be her focus as Chair of BITC’s Scotland Advisory Board.