Board of Directors

Hakan Bortecene
Chairman of the Board of TurkishBank UK and Chairman of TurkishBank Group.

Steven Bennett
Chief Executive Officer. He has over 20 years experience in financial services. 17 years with HSBC across a multitude of business lines, support functions and geographies, notably as CEO of HSBC Georgia and most recently at National Australia Bank in Australia.

Steven Betteridge
Non- Executive Director. A career banker with over 30 years experience at senior level . Steve has worked at Lloyds Banking Group, the Bank of England and HM Revenue and Customs . He has extensive payments experience and has been a director of two of the UK Payment Schemes , CHAPS and Bacs as well as Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee at Bacs. Additionally Steve has senior level experience in operations management, procurement, risk management, policy implementation, regulatory compliance , change and programme management. He has held two other Non Executive Directorships : a housing association (current ) and the Rural Payments Agency, Department for Environment , Food and Rural Affairs ( 2007-2010 ).

James Gillan
Independent Non-Executive Director, formerly a career Detective with 26 years’ experience in the Metropolitan Police Service, including service in the Economic Crime Unit at New Scotland Yard. James also has significant experience in the private sector, having worked in senior Financial Crime Compliance positions at a number of firms, where he has had responsibility for oversight of policy, Due Diligence, Sanctions screening and investigations, including acting as Money Laundering Reporting Officer.

Murat Arig
Non- Executive Director. With over 20 years at a Director level, his professional background includes; President at Finance Group & Board Member at Abank, CEO & Board member at Abank, CEO at ALEASE, as well as various positions from Deputy Marketing Manager to AGM at Credit Lyonnais, and Client Executive at Iktisat Bankasi AS. He also serves as a board member of Turk Sigorta; the groups Cyprus-based insurance.

Kemal Sahin
Non-Executive Director. Kemal has been a Senior Director with 25+ years of expertise in Advisory and Regulatory Compliance, Anti Financial Crime, Internal Controls, Project, Quality & Risk Management Consultancy and Group Audit at Global Tier 1 Investment Banks like JPMorgan Chase and Deutsche Bank as well as in Türkiye İş Bankası. Managed large teams, not only in Emerging Markets like Turkey, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan but also in UK, Germany, Luxembourg and Malta. Kemal had an MBA from Warwick Business School, UK and a BSc in Economics from METU, Ankara. He has been a mentor at WBS and held Non-Executive Directorship at ArtsDepot (2016-2019), a not-for-profit arts centre in London. Kemal also sits on the Board of Directors of Turkish Bank Turkey and Turkish Bank Cyprus.

Jeremy Heales
Non Executive Director, Chair of Audit Committee. Over 30 years’ experience in Financial services of which the majority has been at the UK regulators’ – Bank of England, Financial Services Authority and Financial Conduct Authority. Over recent years Jeremy has worked as an MD at a consultancy practice, working both in the UK and overseas. His main areas of expertise include retail banking, business models, governance, control and risk frameworks, pre and post sales and product governance.

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