Les Matheson


CEO of personal and business banking and executive sponsor for gender, RBS
As CEO of personal banking at RBS and the firm’s gender executive sponsor, Matheson introduced targets of 30% women in senior roles by 2020 and gender balance at all levels by 2030. Clear that it's not about "fixing women" or "discriminating against men", he’s also set targets for areas where the bank needs to up the proportion of male workers. Last year RBS ran 300 Women in Business events, reaching around 11,000 female entrepreneurs. Matheson supports the Asian Women of Achievement Awards and recently took part in a "Men as Change Agents" roundtable with the Economic Secretary to the Treasury.

She Says: "I've worked with Les for over six years and he has pushed me to stretch myself. He's the kind of boss you hope to find in your career and a clear champion of women within financial services." Georgina Bulkelely, director, strategy and innovation, RBS Personal Banking