Richard Priestman is a Chartered Accountant and has over 30 years experience in the finance and banking sectors
Richard has spent over 25 years working for NatWest bank and Royal Bank of Scotland group where most recently he was managing director of Corporate Businesses of Lombard and a board director of Lombard the finance house and leasing division of the group.
He was also chair of the business division and a board director of the Finance and Leasing Association, a trade body that is responsible for over a third of all consumer lending and over a quarter of all fixed capital formation spending within the UK.
He has also worked overseas in Canada for the British Columbian Provincial Government where as a forensic accountant he was involved in an investigation into expenses abuse by provincial MPs
His public sector/voluntary experience includes being President and a board director for East Sussex Credit Union and director and trustee for a Canadian social services charity. He is also the treasurer and a board member of Citizens Advice Board, and a board director of the Local Government Association
Richard is married with two children and is a graduate of Glasgow University having attained a Bachelor of Accountancy degree(BAcc)