Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
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Loughborough University

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University Council

Composition and Membership

Alan Hughes

Alan has spent most of his career in banking. Currently, he serves as: Chairman of Unity Trust Bank plc, the challenger bank for socially–minded SMEs; Deputy Chairman of Hampden and Co plc (Bankers), a new private bank; and Senior Independent Director of Hitachi Capital (UK) plc. 

He has lectured at Oxford Saïd and Warwick Business Schools. At Warwick he was awarded ‘Outstanding MBA Teacher of the Year’ for four years running. He is a former Chief Executive of First Direct Bank and Member the Executive Board of HSBC EU. At First Direct, he won the national ‘Overall Best Customer Service’ award. He chaired the panel appointed at the behest of Parliament to offer independent assurance of the then Government’s identity card programme. He has served as Chair of the International Advisory Board at Leeds University Business School and as director of the Passport Service. 

Alan holds an MBA from Henley Management College having won Midland Bank’s only sponsored place. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Financial Services and of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.


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