Steven Cooper - Business in the Community

Steven Cooper CBE


Aldermore Group
Chair, Employment and Skills Leadership Team

Steven Cooper CBE is the CEO of Aldermore Group, a leading specialist lending and savings bank.

Previously Steven was CEO of C.Hoare & Co and prior to that a Senior Executive at Barclays where he held a number of executive positions including CEO of Personal Banking for UK & Europe and CEO UK Business Banking.

Steven is Chair of Experian UK, a Non-Executive Director (NED) of the recruitment firm Robert Walters PLC and he was a Co-Chair of the Social Mobility Commission until 2021.

He is a passionate advocate for social mobility; he is a regular speaker and media commentator on the issue and has recently joined forces with former Cabinet Minister Justine Greening to form the Equality of Opportunity Coalition.

He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Herriot Watt University and made a Commander of the British Empire – both for services to banking and social mobility.

About Business in the Community’s Employment and Skills Leadership Team

Each area of work Business in the Community (BITC) undertakes is led by a group of senior executives who provide strategic guidance and support us in achieving our objectives.

The purpose of Business in the Community’s Employment and Skills Leadership Team is to help create a UK where everyone, regardless of their background or experience, can access the education, employment, and skills they need to thrive throughout their working lives.

Find out more about BITC’s work on employment.