Debbie CrosbieGroup Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director
Debbie was appointed to Clydesdale Bank’s Group Chief Operating Officer in January 2015 having joined the PLC’s Board as an Executive Director in May 2014. In this role, Debbie is responsible for the Bank’s day-to-day operations as well as the CYBG’s ongoing, multi-year investment programme, which is heavily focused on digital transformation and innovation across the Bank. Debbie joined the Group in 1997 following a spell with the Prudential Assurance Company. Prior to her role as COO, she has held a variety of positions including Operations and IT Director in 2011 following on from Chief Information Officer and Head of Technology Development Centre. Debbie was Acting Chief Executive Officer from February 2015 to June 2015 and during this period led the preparation for the demerger and IPO from its parent company National Australia Bank. She was a key part of the management team who completed the transaction on 8 February 2016 forming CYBG which is now listed in both the FTSE 250 and ASX. Debbie was invited to provide evidence to the UK Parliament’s inquiry into Women in the Workplace and in 2015 became the first female executive to sign Scottish banknotes. She was also previously a Non-Executive Director of the Scottish Court Service for over three years, and Chairman of their Audit committee. She holds an Honours degree in Industrial Relations from the University of Strathclyde and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers. She was also named the University of Strathclyde’s Alumna of the Year in 2016. Most recently, Debbie has joined the Glasgow Economic Leadership Board and in September 2017 was announced as the new Vice Chair of Confederation of British Industry (CBI) Scotland Council.