BBA Executives

Please see details below of the BBA executive team.

Chief Executive
Anthony Browne

Anthony joined the BBA in September 2012 from Morgan Stanley, where he was responsible for external engagement on political and regulatory issues. Anthony previously worked as policy director for economic development for Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London. He oversaw the London Development Agency, London’s international promotional agencies and set up the London apprenticeships programme, recruiting 40,000 apprentices in one year.

Before working for the Mayor, Anthony ran Policy Exchange, the UK’s largest free market think tank. He spent the first two decades of his career as a television and newspaper journalist, covering politics, business and economics.

Chief Operating Officer
Henrietta Royle

Henrietta joined the BBA in October 2014. She is responsible for the internal management of the BBA, including finance, HR, IT, estates and legal matters. She also works closely with the Chief Executive of a range of special projects.

Between 2011 and 2014, she worked as a coach, strategic consultant and Board reviewer. She was COO of City University 2008-11, following 6 years as COO of Cass Business School. Henrietta started her career as an investment banker. She was then CEO of CEENET and subsequently Deputy CEO of British Invisibles. She was educated at Cambridge, LBS and HBS. Henrietta sits on the Boards of the 30% Club, the Share Foundation and W J Wright Ltd. She is married and her interests include backgammon, art, bridge, real tennis and shooting. Henrietta was listed in the 2012 Women-to-Watch.

Executive Director, Financial Policy & Operations
Paul Chisnall

Paul’s responsibilities include banking reform, financial reporting, tax and corporate governance. Paul prepared industry responses to the Independent Commission on Banking, the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards and various financial stability related UK government consultations. He is currently working on issues arising from the Financial Services (Banking Reform) Act 2013, including its provisions on ring-fencing and measures arising from the Government and regulatory response to the PCBS recommendations.

Executive Director, Corporate and Commercial Banking
Mike Conroy

Mike has policy responsibility for Corporate and Commercial Banking at the BBA and for the Business Finance Taskforce. This includes engagement with key industrial sectors and stakeholders, strategic initiatives across products such as export finance and leading the access to business finance agenda. Prior to joining the BBA he gained over 35 years’ experience in the banking industry at HSBC in branch, regional and head office roles including retail and commercial banking, marketing, strategic planning and implementation, e-commerce and most recently external affairs, leading on SME, Commercial and Corporate Banking policy issues.

Whilst at HSBC, he completed two secondments with the London Enterprise Agency and HM Treasury.

Mike holds a BSc in Economics and is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.

Executive Director, Prudential Capital, Risk and Regulatory Relationships
Simon Hills

Simon leads the BBA team working on prudential regulation, liquidity management and bank funding instruments.

He was previously a Director in the Debt Capital Markets Origination team at BZW and has experience of energy and aerospace project finance, gained at First Chicago. Simon is also a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of International Bankers.

Managing Director, Wholesale and Financial Policy
Ronald Kent

Ronald joined the BBA in 2015. He is responsible for wholesale and financial policy matters and leads the BBA’s teams engaging with Wholesale, Investment and International Banks, and capital markets, prudential, digital and technology, tax, and financial crime issues.

Ronald has held senior positions in leading investment banks, global exchanges, and international public organisations and has been based in the United States, UK, Europe and Asia. He was previously CEO and Executive Vice President for New York Stock Exchange Euronext London and Managing Director with Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. Ronald’s experience includes responsibility for businesses in both developed and emerging markets, encompassing public and private sector clients, investment, risk management, infrastructure, technology, business strategy, public policy and firm management. He is SID Board Director and Chair of the Audit Committee and of the Investment Committee for Caucasus Nature Fund, a foundation established by the German government and KfW (‘Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau’). Ronald began his career in New York as a lawyer with Sullivan & Cromwell.

Ronald is a graduate of Oxford University and the University of Chicago. He is married with five children.

Managing Director, Retail and Commercial Banking
Eric Leenders

Executive responsibility for all retail conduct matters, including payments, credit, general insurance and savings across commercial, retail and private banking portfolios: Accountable to Retail, Bunsiness, Private Specialist and new/ challenger bank CEOs for development and delivery of sector specific strategies.

Active senior-level engagement with EU and UK politicians, regulators, consumer advocates and policy makers on a range of issues to rebuild trust, champion growth and support consumers.

Executive Director, Strategy and Research
Pendar Ostovar

Pendar has responsibility for strategic thought leadership, economics and research at the BBA. He liaises with senior stakeholders within the industry, regulatory bodies, advisory firms and policy teams on a range of priority issues that impact the industry.

Prior to joining the BBA he was a Director at HSBC’s Commercial Banking Strategy and Planning team where he helped develop the wholesale digital strategy and international markets’ operating model. Prior to that Pendar was the Director and Head of the Banking Cluster Strategy Practice at KPMG, where he led more than 50 major client projects over a 14 year period. His earlier career was focused on delivering strategic change programmes at PwC Consulting and Logica. He holds an engineering PhD from Imperial College.

Executive Director, External Affairs
Rebecca Park

Rebecca joined the BBA in 2013 and moved to head up the External Affairs team in 2017. Rebecca has responsibility for BBA’s communications programme, government affairs strategy in the UK and EU, website and publishing.

Prior to joining the BBA Rebecca worked as a solicitor specialising in structuring, and restructurings for real assets funds, complex joint ventures for investment and development, and structured acquisitions and disposals with a particular focus on the real estate and infrastructure sectors. Before working as solicitor, Rebecca worked for the Conservative Party’s International Office and has a background working on political campaigns both in the UK and abroad.

Executive Director, Finance and Projects
Corinna Pinfold

Corinna joined the BBA in 2013, initially as a consultant and latterly employed. She is responsible for the finance team and the programme management of new commercial initiatives and other special projects.

Corinna is a qualified FCA and project manager. Over the last 20 years she has worked as FD, Finance and Admin Director or consultant to a wide range of businesses including not for profit, financial services and technology companies. She is equally comfortable operating at a strategic level and in hands on operational roles, and has extensive exposure to best in class business practices and protocols.