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Wednesday 25 October, 2017

Metro Bank PLC

Metro Bank CFO to retire in 2018 and successor

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Metro Bank PLC
25 October 2017



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Metro Bank Chief Financial Officer to retire in 2018

David Arden announced as successor


Metro Bank PLC today announces that Mike Brierley, Chief Financial Officer, Company Secretary and Director of Metro Bank PLC has informed the board of his intention to retire next year.  


A well-respected leader with over 35 years' experience in banking, Mike joined Metro Bank as CFO in April 2009 and helped lead the Bank through regulatory authorisation, initial funding and eventual successful launch in July 2010.  He has been an integral part of the team that has taken the Bank from a start-up to a profitable FTSE 250 Bank listed on the London Stock Exchange, with over 3,000 colleagues and over 1 million customer accounts.


Mike has been working with the bank over recent months to agree an appropriate date for his retirement and to ensure a smooth and effective transition.  With a suitable successor now identified - subject to regulatory approval - he has announced his intention to retire in March 2018 following the 2017 Full Year Results Announcement.


Commenting on his retirement, Mike Brierley said "When we started Metro Bank few people believed we could become the first new High Street Bank in the UK in over 100 years. I am proud of what we have built - a profitable listed bank with over one million customers, assets of c£15 billion and a market capitalisation of over £3 billion.  What I and the rest of the management team are most proud of, however, is the jobs and career opportunities we have created for our dedicated and talented colleagues at the Bank. We are the revolution in UK banking.  My final executive role has been my most challenging but also the most fun."


Mike's successor - subject to regulatory approval - is David Arden, CFO Sainsbury's Bank, a position he has held since March 2012. David is also currently interim MD of Argos Financial Services following last year's acquisition of Home Retail Group by J Sainsbury Plc.


David joined Sainsbury's Bank from Shop Direct Financial Services where he was Chief Financial Officer.  In his 27 year career he has held a number of senior positions including Managing Director of RBS/NatWest Credit Cards and Finance and Risk Director for Tesco Bank.


Commenting on the changes, Craig Donaldson, CEO said: "We are really sorry to lose Mike from the Metro Bank family.  Without his knowledge, hard work and business acumen, it would have been even harder and definitely a lot less fun building Metro Bank.  I wish him, and Rachel his wife, well in his retirement, but we don't expect him to be a stranger, as he has become a friend to myself and many at Metro Bank.


"The appointment of David marks a new chapter in the Metro Bank story.  David's distinctive blend of retailing and banking experience made him the natural choice to be our CFO and I look forward to him joining the team and helping the board take the bank nationwide."


On his appointment, David Arden said: "The opportunity to be part of the Metro Bank story is incredibly compelling for me. Metro Bank is a high growth retailer, known for shaking up the market.  After a career spent with a number of sector disruptors, and with a personal passion for putting the customer at the heart of the business, Metro Bank is the obvious next step.  I'm incredibly excited to be part of the revolution and can't wait to get started."


This Announcement contains inside information. The person responsible for arranging release of this Announcement on behalf of Metro Bank is Michael Brierley.



For more information, please contact:

Metro Bank PLC Investor Relations

Jo Roberts

+44 (0) 20 3402 8900

[email protected] 

Metro Bank PLC Media Relations

Tina Coates

+44 (0) 7811 246016

[email protected] 

Martin Pengelley/ Latika Shah

Tulchan Communications

+44(0)20 7353 4200

[email protected] 




About Metro Bank


Metro Bank is the revolution in British banking. It is celebrated for its exceptional customer experience and its trusted products, and was awarded 'Most Trusted Financial Provider' at the Moneywise Customer Service Awards 2017, as well as 'Best Financial Provider' at the Evening Standard Business Awards 2017 and 'Bank of the Year' at the CityAM Awards 2016.


Offering retail, business, commercial and private banking services, it prides itself on using technology to give customers the choice to bank however, whenever and wherever they choose. Whether that's through its growing network of stores open seven days a week, from early in the morning to late at night, 362 days a year;  on the phone through its UK-based 24/7 contact centres manned by people not machines; or online through its internet banking or award-winning mobile app.


The bank employs over 2,800 colleagues and is headquartered in Holborn, London. 


Metro Bank PLC. Registered in England and Wales. Company number: 6419578. Registered office: One Southampton Row, London, WC1B 5HA. 'Metrobank' is the registered trade mark of Metro Bank PLC.


It is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority. Most relevant deposits are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme. For further information about the Scheme refer to the FSCS website


All Metro Bank products are subject to status and approval.


Metro Bank PLC is an independent UK bank - it is not affiliated with any other bank or organisation (including the METRO newspaper or its publishers) anywhere in the world. Please refer to Metro Bank using the full name.


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