James Whitaker

James Whitaker

James Whitaker

Regional Head of High Growth and Entrepreneurship, Barclays

James’s role at Barclays as Regional Head of High Growth and Entrepreneurship involves the management and development of a specialist relationship banking team in Barclays distributed across the Midlands, North West and Scotland. This team is focused on delivering an enhanced customer experience making it easier for Entrepreneurs to successfully operate their businesses as well as offering support beyond banking.

James has spent the past 12 years working with small and medium-sized businesses at Barclays and thoroughly enjoys doing so. His career began in the West Midlands working with customers directly. Latterly this transitioned to the East Midlands, holding the role of Regional Head for the East Midlands Business Banking team. During this time, James worked to promote businesses across this region, recognising the great work and innovation being achieved.

James’s passion for the Midlands culminated in the recent launch of the new Barclays Midlands Growth Fund for £370m, a collaborative approach supporting the strategic goals of the Midlands Engine Investment Fund. He continues to advocate the Midlands Eco System for growth and innovative businesses and looks forward to working with UKBAA in support of this goal.