The Board of Directors

Committed to provide you with a first class service

Our Board members have significant experience of working in the banking and financial services industry, each bringing with them a unique set of skills to ensure you receive a positive banking experience.

Mr Herbert Wigwe

Chairman and Non-Executive Director

Herbert Wigwe is the Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Access Bank Plc. He began his career at Coopers & Lybrand, Lagos as a management consultant later qualifying as a Chartered Accountant. After a period at Capital Bank he joined GT Bank where he spent over a decade working in corporate and institutional banking including three years as Executive Director in charge of institutional banking. In 2002 Herbert co-led the acquisition and was given the mandate by The Board to transform a relatively small bank into a world class financial service provider.

Herbert also served as the Chairman of Access Bank (Ghana) Limited, Access Investment & Securities Limited, and is the current Chairman of Access Bank (UK) Limited. He is a Board Member of Nigerian Mortgage Refinance Company and a member of the advisory Board for Friends Africa. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN – FCA), a Fellow of The Institute of Credit Administration, and an Honorary member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria. Herbert has a degree in accountancy from the University of Nigeria, an MA in Banking and Finance from the University College of North Wales, an MSc in Financial Economics from the University of London, and alumnus of the Harvard Business School.

Mr Tim Wade

Independent Non-Executive Director

Tim Wade was formerly a Managing Director of AMP Limited, responsible for the Group’s banking operations in the UK and Australia. Previously, Tim was Chief Financial Officer of Colonial Limited, where he was an Executive Director of Colonial State Bank Limited. Before that, Tim worked at Arthur Andersen in Melbourne and Singapore where he became a Partner in 1992. Tim is qualified as a lawyer and an accountant, and has a long career in financial services around the world. Tim is Chairman of the Credit and Remuneration Committees of The Access Bank UK Limited. Tim is an Independent Non-Executive Director at Clydesdale Bank, Macquarie Bank International Limited and Monitise PLC. He Chairs the Audit Committee of all three companies. He is also the Chair of the Board of Governors of Coeliac UK.

Mr Roosevelt Ogbonna

Non-Executive Director

Roosevelt Ogbonna was appointed Executive Director, Commercial Banking, Access Bank in October 2013. Prior to his appointment, he served as the Divisional Head, Commercial Banking. He has a wealth of experience in the Banking industry spanning the various areas of investment banking, treasury, commercial and corporate banking. Before joining Access Bank in 2002, he managed the largest Team in the Institutional Banking Group of Guaranty Trust Bank Plc. Roosevelt holds a BSc. in Banking & Finance from The University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and also sits on the Board of Directors of Access Bank Plc and Access Bank Zambia. He is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School (HBS) and the Institute of Management Development (IMD). He is also a graduate of the Senior Executives Fellows program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.School. In 2015, Roosevelt was selected as one of the Institute of International Finance (IIF) Future Global Leaders.

Mr Jamie Simmonds

Chief Executive Officer/ Managing Director

Jamie Simmonds was appointed the founding Chief Executive Officer/ Managing Director of The Access Bank UK Limited in January 2008. He is an alumnus of Harvard Business School Executive Management Programme. Jamie is also an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, a Certified Financial Adviser and also a member of the Association of Foreign Banks. He has enjoyed a career spanning 39 years in the Financial Services industry holding a series of Director roles for National Westminster, Coutts, Royal Bank of Scotland, Gerrards and Close Brothers. He has a proven track record in the startup and turnaround of financial service business delivering sustainable benefits for all stakeholders. He has extensive knowledge of both Corporate, Retail and Private Banking services.

Mr Sean McLaughlin

Finance Director

Sean McLaughlin is a Chartered Accountant with excellent financial and operational management skills. He has over 18 years of proven success gained in senior positions with international investment banking institutions. He qualified with Deloitte, and worked as a Senior Manager specialising in the auditing of complex banking and securities firms. He spent ten years at Credit Lyonnais Securities as finance director, where he also had responsibility for the settlements and middle office departments. He then worked for five years at Robert W Baird Limited, the UK subsidiary of the US investment bank, as chief operating officer with responsibility for all operational functions. Prior to joining Access in 2008 he spent two years with an internet start-up developing a property trading exchange dealing with small institutions and investors.

Mr Stephen Clark

Independent Non-Executive Director

Stephen Clark was formally appointed Non-Executive Director at The Access Bank UK on the 7th November 2016. Stephen was formerly Chief Executive Officer of VTB Bank, responsible for the leadership and transition of the Commercial Bank to the Investment Bank. Prior to this Stephen served as Chief Executive of Gerrard Ltd, a subsidiary of Old Mutual Plc. He also served as Partner and Co-Ceo of CIBC Oppenheimer International. Stephen is an Honours Graduate in Financial Services from University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) and is a qualified banker. He has a wealth of financial and corporate finance experience, with a career spanning 27 years with Natwest Bank Plc where he became Managing Director and Group Finance Director of the International Investment Bank County Natwest. Stephen is currently a Non-Executive Director at Nutmeg Saving and Investment Limited, Medway NHS Trust and is a Senior Advisor and Chairman of the Disciplinary Panel for the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI).