People at Triodos
Triodos Bank could not achieve its mission without the whole-hearted support, effort and commitment of all its co-workers. It will only be able to make a name for itself as a pioneering force in sustainable banking if its co-workers continue to be able to identify with, and make a real contribution towards, the Bank’s mission. To this end, our co-workers are not only very closely involved in the development of new products and services for customers but also in the financial, social and environmental performance of Triodos Bank itself.
See below for brief profiles of relevant Triodos Bank group members and the UK management team.
Peter Blom, CEO & Chairman of the Board of Management, Triodos Bank Group
After studying Economics, and helping to run one of the first organic food centres in the Netherlands, Peter Blom joined Triodos in 1980, the year we first opened for business. Having been with us since the start, he was appointed Managing Director in 1989, and has been CEO since 1997. He is Chair of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values and also a member of the Board of the Dutch Banking Association. He maintains his interest in food and farming, chairing the Organic Food and Agricultural Council of the Netherlands.
Charles Middleton, Managing Director, Triodos Bank UK
Charles joined Triodos Bank in 2003 as Managing Director of the UK business, bringing with him 21 years’ banking experience of which 11 were spent overseas in India, Africa and the Caribbean. Moving to Triodos provided a great opportunity for Charles to combine his banking expertise with his desire to make a difference to people and the environment.
Since joining Triodos Charles’ leadership has helped generate significant growth in the core business of mobilising depositors’savings to support a range of social and environmental projects, growing lending from around £60m to more than £250m. Charles has also helped Triodos to bring other types of finance to the UK market, such as capital raising for fair trade coffee brand, Cafedirect, and launching Triodos Renewables, which has pioneered an increasing number of investment opportunities in the growing UK renewable energy sector.
Charles is also Chair of the Haller Foundation, a charity supporting people and the environment in Kenya and continues to indulge his passion for photography by raising funds to support street children projects in Mumbai
Kit Beazley, Head of Finance
Kit joined the bank in 2008 with 16 years’ experience in the financial services industry. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse in London, where he continued to work for two years as a management consultant focusing on management information systems. He then moved into financial services, spending ten years with Chartered Trust, the UK consumer finance subsidiary of Standard Chartered Bank. His roles included planning, treasury, finance and finally Head of Strategy, and he moved to Lloyds TSB to work in the Asset Finance Division when the company was sold to them. A move to Zurich Financial Services, where he worked in capital management and finance roles across the UK businesses, added insurance to his banking experience. He then moved to Stroud and Swindon Building Society where he worked as Finance Director for two years, before joining Triodos. Working at Triodos means Kit feels his work is now much better aligned with his long-standing support for organisations such as Friends of the Earth, Tree Aid and Sustrans.
Sarah King, Head of Human Resources
Sarah King is Triodos Bank’s Head of Human Resources with responsibility for all HR activities in the UK. Sarah has fifteen years’ experience in Human Resource Management within charitable, public and private organisations. Sarah first started working for Triodos Bank in 2002 and left in 2004 to re-join us again in 2010. Sarah’s recent experience is predominantly change projects within large financial services organisations; AXA, RSA (Royal and Sun Alliance) and Capita. Sarah is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Judy Rose, Head of Operations
Judy Rose is Triodos Bank's Head of Operations, with responsibility for customer operations, large project implementation, facilities management and ICT services. Judy has more than 20 years' experience as a project manager and developer in the financial sector, including several years with the Woolwich Building Society, and holds an MSc in Information Systems. Judy first started working for Triodos' forerunner in the UK, Mercury Provident, in 1993, and after a few years of freelance work returned to the bank in 2006.
Huw Davies, Head of Personal Banking, Sales and Marketing
Huw Davies is Head of Personal Banking, Sales and Marketing with responsibility for personal/business banking product and pricing, sales and marketing, and the contact centre. Prior to joining Triodos, Huw worked for 11 years at Nationwide Building Society, where since 2007 he was savings product marketing controller, with responsibility for product development, pricing, and customer proposition development. During his time at Nationwide he also worked on mortgages, and general insurance. Huw has a first class degree from Cambridge university, and a post-graduate diploma in marketing. He has taught English in southern India, and is passionate about realising the potential of money to do good.
James Vaccaro, Head of Market and Corporate Development
James is Head of Market & Corporate Development for Triodos Bank - an international role covering all of the business units within the Triodos Group, leading on our external engagement with customers, stakeholders, partners and the public. Since joining Triodos Bank in its early days in the UK, James has managed equity investments and project finance for renewable energy projects; advised on bond issues and share offers for leading social enterprises including Ecotricity, Ethical Property Company and Cafédirect; worked as an analyst for microfinance institutions in Asia and Africa; and managed equity investments in a range of early stage business including organic food businesses, recycling companies and environmental technology companies.
In 2005, he started Triodos Bank's investment activity in the UK and was Managing Director of Investment Management (incorporating Corporate Finance and Fund Management). James was also the Managing Director of Triodos Renewables plc from 2005-2012 and was a director of the world's largest operational offshore wind farm. James is a member of the Markets Committee of UKSIF, a Fellow of the RSA and a Trustee of a Community Development Association in South Bristol.
Dan Hird, Head of Corporate Finance
Dan joined the bank in 2008 as Head of Corporate Finance and has built a strong team which acts for clients on capital raising and other corporate finance advisory projects. Dan is a Chartered Accountant, trained with KPMG in Bristol and spent six years with KPMG Corporate Finance as a lead adviser on a range of mergers and acquisitions, including management buyouts and fundraising deals. Dan then established and ran a successful corporate finance consultancy business with offices in Bristol and Bath which completed over 80 transactions in the SME sector in seven years. Prior to joining Triodos, Dan spent five years as a Finance Director of two large private companies, the first of which he was instrumental in building for sale to a trade purchaser. Working at Triodos enables Dan to fulfil his strong interest in supporting entrepreneurs and social enterprises and making money work for social and environmental benefit.