Fostering prosperity through green finance and clean growth - a collaborative approach
Private investment in environmental and sustainable projects and infrastructure is key in positioning the UK as a global leader in the green finance space and helping the country meet its commitments under the Paris Agreement.
Join us to hear from:
Sir Roger Gifford, Chair of the UK Goverment Taskforce on Green Finance, who will give an update on the Government’s priorities on the clean growth agenda, and how business, government and the not-for-profit sector can work together to consolidate the UK’s position as a global leader in this field.
Rhian Mari Thomas, Chair of the Green Banking Council, Barclays, who will discuss the need for low-carbon transition, the growth of the Green Finance landscape and how to mobilise investor interest moving forward.
After the briefing you will have an opportunity to put your questions to the panel.
About the speakers:
Sir Roger Gifford joined S.G. Warburg & Co before starting at SEB in 1982. Prior to his appointment as UK Country Head (2000 – 2016) Roger headed the bank's operations in Japan for six years. He has worked in and around the primary debt and equity capital markets most of his career.
Roger is Vice Chairman and a past Chairman of the Association of Foreign Banks in London, President of the Bank Workers Charity, Chairman of the IBDE Advisory Board and a Non-Executive Director of Multrees Investor Services. In 2016 he was appointed Chairman of the City of London Green Finance Initiative and was more recently appointed Chair of the UK Government’s Green Finance Taskforce, the intention of which is to help deliver the investment needed to meet the UK’s Industrial and Clean Growth Strategy, to further consolidate the UK’s leadership in financing international clean investment and to maximise the opportunities to be had for UK businesses in this rapidly growing area. Roger was Lord Mayor of the City of London in 2013.
Rhian Mari Thomas is Chair of the Barclays Green Banking Council and represents Barclays on the UK Government Green Finance Taskforce, the City of London’s Green Finance Initiative and the Banking Environment Initiative's Fintech Taskforce.
Rhian began her 17-year banking career at Barclays Investment Bank, where she spent 10 years in Leveraged Finance and Financial Sponsors coverage. She subsequently held a succession of senior leadership roles at Barclays Corporate Bank, including Head of Group Products and Global Product Chief Operating Officer responsible for business development, product governance and control, and international product strategy.
Latterly, Rhian was Head of Foreign Exchange and International Payments across Barclays Personal and Corporate Bank, a significant global business generating revenues of c. £500m. Rhian joined Barclaycard in January 2016 as a Chief Commercial Officer for Barclaycard Business Solutions, responsible for commercial strategy, data analytics and governance.
Rhian is a fluent Welsh speaker and holds a PhD in Physics from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. Rhian is a passionate advocate of diversity and fairness and she was awarded the Barclays Woman of the Year Award 2014/15 in recognition of her efforts to support the inclusion agenda both within Barclays and the broader community. In both 2016 and 2017 Rhian was ranked in the Financial Times Outstanding Top 30 Global Executive LGBT Allies list.