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Ian Stuart awarded honorary masters degree from The London Institute of Banking & Finance

11 November, 2021

The London Institute of Banking & Finance (LIBF) has presented an honorary Master of Science (Banking and Finance) award to Ian Stuart, Chief Executive Officer of HSBC UK Bank plc and Group Managing Director, for his services to the finance sector.

Ian Stewart speaking at the Graduation CeremonyThe award was presented during LIBF’s 2021 Graduation Ceremony, held at London’s Guildhall in November.

Alex Fraser, Chief Executive of The London Institute of Banking & Finance said:

“Having left school at 16, Ian went straight into banking and worked as a cashier before moving into business banking. To help him progress his career, he found the time to study at night school. He attended the University of Reading, where he obtained a management diploma. He maintains a strong commitment to education and to professional development to this day.

“As a leader, Ian has promoted equality and diversity and has a very strong sense of fairness. This applies to his colleagues within the bank and to the bank’s customers. He has done much to encourage social and financial inclusion and under his leadership HSBC UK has created services which are specifically aimed at those experiencing hardship, providing access to the homeless and the victims of human trafficking.

“Ian has also been a great supporter of different educational and health charities throughout his career and served as a Trustee of this Institute for a number of years, giving freely of his time and expertise. We honour this year’s recipient, Ian Stuart, for his decades of service to the finance sector, and the wider community.”

Ian Stuart said:

“Heading to university straight after school was never an option for me, but one privilege I have had in my life is to be brought up and live in the UK with the ability to access world-class education. I have also been very fortunate to work for four employers who all encouraged self-development and invested heavily in aspiring talent. My passion for education will continue and I hope inspire others that you can achieve whatever you put your mind to, at any stage of life.”

Ian Stuart biography

Ian Stuart has been Chief Executive Officer of HSBC UK Bank plc and Group Managing Director of HSBC UK Bank plc since April 2017. One of the UK’s largest banks, HSBC UK serves around 15 million retail, commercial and private banking customers, supported by 25,500 colleagues. In addition to the HSBC UK brand, it also includes HSBC Private Bank (UK), M&S Bank, first direct and John Lewis Financial Services. As CEO of HSBC UK, Ian is also a member of the HSBC Holdings plc Group Executive Committee.

Ian has worked in financial services for four decades. He joined HSBC as Group General Manager and Head of Commercial Banking Europe in 2014, having previously led the corporate and business banking businesses at Barclays and Natwest. He started his career at Bank of Scotland.

Ian is the global Executive Sponsor of HSBC’s Ability Employee Network and is also a Business Ambassador for Meningitis Now.