Andrew Bester joined The Co-operative Bank as Chief Executive Officer in July 2018.
Born in South Africa, he has lived and worked on three continents and led businesses across 39 countries. He is a banking leader with a track record in business turnaround and large-scale transformation.
A qualified chartered accountant, whose career began with three years at PwC and subsequently three years at Deloitte. Andrew joined Standard Chartered Bank in 2004, where he held senior leadership roles in wholesale banking in Africa and Asia. In 2008 he took on the role of Chief Financial Officer for Standard Chartered's consumer banking division and, in 2011, he was appointed Chief Operating Officer for consumer banking. He was then appointed Group Director and Chief Executive of the commercial banking division of Lloyds Banking Group where he led the successful customer-focused turnaround and transformation of the commercial/wholesale banking business over five years from 2012.
Andrew is a leading advocate for inclusion and diversity and has multiple awards for his work, including Advocate of the Year at the 2017 Women in Finance awards, and was ranked second in the FT HERoes Male Champions of Women in Business the same year. He chairs the Business in the Community (BITC) Circular Economy Taskforce.
He enjoys skiing, cricket, cycling and golf and has completed 28 marathons. He is married with two children.
On his appointment to the North West Regional Advisory Board, Andrew said: "Following my involvement with the BITC Circular Economy Taskforce, I am delighted to join the North West Regional Advisory Board, working with other leaders to help to shape and identify the unique ways in which business can support, innovate and create more prosperous communities across the region."