Keith was appointed Chair in January 2022 bringing a wealth of experience on SME funding having served as the founding Chief Executive of the British Business Bank, the UK Government’s economic development bank for business.

Appointed on its creation in 2013, Keith developed the Bank to become a major funder of UK businesses, helping deliver over £60 billion of support to SMEs through more than one million loans and guarantees before stepping down in 2020.

Previously he was an executive director at UK Financial Investments, managing the Government’s shareholdings in the financial services sector, a senior executive at Banco Santander’s UK and US businesses and a partner at management consultancy, LEK Consulting. In 2020, he was awarded a CBE for his services to small business finance.