RBS become the first bank to be awarded Corporate Chartered status

  • 5 March 2020
  • News | Press release

The Institute is delighted to announce that RBS is the first bank to be awarded Corporate Chartered status, recognising the bank’s sustained commitment to the training and professionalism of its staff.

Earlier today, a certificate was presented to Alison Rose, CEO of RBS by Simon Thompson, CEO and Joanne Murphy, COO of the Institute to mark the occasion.


Speaking at the presentation of the award to Alison Rose, RBS CEO earlier today, Simon Thompson, Chief Executive of the Chartered Banker Institute commented:

“The award of Corporate Chartered status to RBS recognises the major, sustained and ongoing commitment from the bank, and by colleagues across the organisation, to investing in the training and enhanced professionalism of colleagues. Colleagues throughout RBS, from their Chief Executive Officer to Customer Service Officers are enthusiastic advocates for socially-purposeful, ethically professional and customer-focused banking, closely aligned to the mission of the Chartered Banker Institute.  We are delighted to be able to encourage and support RBS’ ambition of becoming the most professional bank.”

Alison Rose, CEO, RBS, added:

“I am proud that we are the first bank to receive such an important acknowledgement of our commitment to the professional development of our workforce.

Our partnership with the Institute, along with the hard work and commitment of our colleagues, means we now have 13,000 professionally qualified bankers across our organisation.

We are focused on providing opportunities for all of our people to develop their skills and knowledge and I’m delighted to see the CBI continuing to innovate in this space with the introduction of the Green Finance Certificate and the Advanced Diploma in Banking and Leadership in a Digital Age”.  

To find out more about Corporate Chartered status, please click here

Matthew Ball

Matthew Ball

Head of Public Affairs, Policy & Communications


Matthew is responsible for leading the implementation of the Institute’s strategic and operational plans for public affairs, communications and thought-leadership.

Matthew has over 20 years’ experience working as a senior Parliamentary/Political Affairs Professional with a wealth of skills across all areas of public affairs, joining the Institute in 2015 to help raise its profile with key stakeholders. Matthew has worked for MPs, co-founded a public affairs agency and run think-tanks providing him with considerable knowledge of the operations of regulators and government. He is also an expert in the UK Parliamentary Process.

Matthew was Administrative Secretary to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Building Societies and Financial Mutuals between 2003 and 2013 and immediately prior to working for the Institute, was Chief Executive of the financial services think-tank, New City Agenda.

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