Catharine French is the Group Corporate Relations Director at Barclays and Chief of Staff to the Group Chief Executive. Catharine has overall responsibility for Corporate Communications, Brand and Marketing and Citizenship and Government Relations across Barclays, as well as overseeing delivery of the Group CEO's strategic agenda and office.
Catharine joined Barclays in 2003 and prior to her current role, she served as Consumer & Corporate Affairs Director for UK Retail Banking and subsequently as Corporate Affairs Director for Retail and Business Banking.
Catharine graduated in History & Economics from Oxford University. She initially trained as an investment analyst at Cazenove & Co, before moving to work for the Treasury Select Committee at the House of Commons on economic and regulatory issues. She then worked at the Bank of England and Financial Services Authority leading the supervision of major UK and European financial services groups.