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This year’s Annual Banking Conference will be held virtually on 21st, 22nd and 23rd September 2021 (each day’s session to run from 8am -9.30 am BST). 

The overarching theme for this year’s conference will be “responsible banking and the implementation of international standards”. It will consider among other things, how well banks are embedding the UN Principles of Responsible Banking in their organisations, how responsible banking links to the Chartered Banker Institute’s Professional Code of Conduct, and what responsible banking means for the education, training and development of bankers.

We are delighted to have AICBFINSIA, IIBF and TABF as supporting partners of this Conference.


The Panel will discuss:

"What are the components of “responsible banking”, and how do these fit together?"

"How effectively are banks embedding the UN Principles for Responsible Banking?"

The Panel will discuss:

"What more could be done to raise awareness of the Principles and their implications beyond specialist teams in banks?"

The Panel will discuss:

"What are the implications of “responsible banking” in general, and the Principles in particular, for the education, training and development of bankers?"

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Day 2:

Keynote Speaker

Oliver Holbourn

Oliver Holbourn

NatWest Group | Director of Strategy and Ventures


Oliver is currently Director of Strategy and Ventures and holds responsibility for Group Strategy, Sustainability, Economics, Ventures, and Corporate Development. He was appointed an attendee of Group ExCo in November 2019.

Oliver joined RBS in September 2018 from UK Financial Investments (UKFI) where he was latterly CEO, with responsibility for managing the government’s shareholdings in RBS, Lloyds Banking Group, and UK Asset Resolution.

Before joining UKFI Oliver worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch for nearly 14 years, where he undertook various roles including head of equity syndicate for Europe and head of UK equity capital markets origination.

Oliver holds a BA, Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford

Day 3:

Keynote Speaker

Simon Thompson

Simon Thompson

Chartered Banker Institute | Chief Executive


Simon leads the Institute’s thought leadership on green and sustainable banking.  He has been Chief Executive of the Institute since 2007, and for more than a decade has led our work on enhancing and sustaining customer-focused, ethical professionalism and responsible banking.  In 2011, Simon led the establishment of the Chartered Banker Professional Standards Board (CB:PSB).

Simon led the development of the world’s first benchmark qualification for green finance, the Green Finance Certificate, launched in 2018, and is editor of Principles and Practice of Green Finance that underpins the course programme.  He has contributed two new chapters to the 2019 update, on Fintech in Green Finance and the Role of the Green Finance Professional.  In 2018, Simon represented the Institute at the UN Climate Change Summit (COP24) in Katowice, Poland.

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