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Executive management team

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Mikael Sørensen

Chief Executive Officer

Mikael Sorensen was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Handelsbanken in the UK in September 2016. Before joining the UK bank, Mikael worked in numerous roles and countries across the Handelsbanken Group, including as Branch Manager and Regional Area Manager in Denmark, General Manager in Poland, and as CEO in the Netherlands from 2007 to 2016. Mikael sits on the Council of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce. Mikael enjoys reading, music and modern art as well as finding time to explore the UK countryside.

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Tracey Davidson

Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Tracey joined Handelsbanken in 2003, to help expand banking operations in the UK, later becoming Senior Vice President and Head of Northern UK in 2010. After successfully acquiring our wealth and asset management business, in 2013 Tracey became Executive Director of the now -named Handelsbanken Wealth & Asset Management, before becoming its CEO in 2014. In November 2019, Tracey became Deputy CEO of Handelsbanken, remaining as Chair of Handelsbanken Wealth & Asset Management. She is a Board member of PIMFA, and Board Trustee at CISI as well as Chair of CISI Integrity & Ethics Committee., Tracey enjoys being an active mentor and is a keen theatre-goer; she particularly likes attending shows, operas and plays in London's West End.

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Martin Björnberg

Chief Financial Officer

Martin has held his current position as Chief Financial Officer for Handelsbanken's UK operation since April 2017. He joined Svenska Handelsbanken AB (publ) in 1989 when he started working in the Bank’s branch operations as an account manager, before moving to IT and business development operations where he led improvement and efficiency programmes for the Bank’s retail processes. Between 2002 and 2017, Martin held senior management positions in one of the Swedish regions and was Head of HR for our Swedish regional banks unit in Stockholm. Martin can occasionally be spotted on a tennis court, but is more often seen on a football stand!

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Chris Teasdale

Chief Branch Officer

In 2021, Chris was appointed as Chief Branch Officer. Chris has worked at Handelsbanken since 2006, and has undertaken a number of roles within the Bank including that of Branch Manager, Area Manager, Chief Financial Officer, and Regional Head. Before moving to the banking sector, Chris actually started his working life in football. After that, he moved into industry and spent five years as Operations Director for an AIM-listed public company specialising in direct sales.  Chris is married with three children, and whilst his children certainly keep him busy, he likes to keep fit and pursue his hobby of running.

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Suzanne Minifie

Chief Digital Officer

Suzanne leads Handelsbanken Digital, leveraging more than 26 years’ experience within the banking industry. Before taking up her role, as Chief Digital Officer in 2021, Suzanne was Regional Head for Yorkshire & the North East and Central regions, and prior to that enjoyed a variety of roles within the Bank, including Account Manager, Credit Analyst, Branch Manager and Area Manager. Suzanne enjoys walking with husband and her dog, playing tennis and cooking in her spare time.

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Ulrica Stolt Kirkegaard

Chief Product Officer

Ulrica moved to London in 2019 and heads up the products and customer experience function as Chief Product Officer. Ulrica first joined Svenska Handelsbanken AB (publ) in 1994 focusing her expertise and experience in credit, which led to her becoming Head of Credit and Financial Research for the Nordic corporate bond market in 2000, and later, Head of Credit in Stockholm before she was appointed as Area Manager in 2011. Prior to moving to the UK, Ulrica was Chief Executive Officer of Stadshypotek (the mortgage subsidiary of Handelsbanken in the Nordic region) for five years. Ulrica often talks about her passion for customer experience and how she always tries to do things a little bit better than the day before!

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Matthew Handley

Chief Risk Officer

Matt joined the Bank as Chief Risk Officer in May 2020 and is responsible for leading the Bank’s risk function, defining and overseeing the risk strategies for the bank, encompassing policy, governance, frameworks, analysis and insights. Matt started out in the banking industry in 2001, and has since undertaken a variety of roles in commercial and retail banking in the UK, specialising in Risk Management. Outside of work, Matt can be found rediscovering London's culture and its history, or with his walking boots on exploring the Lake District, Peak District and Snowdonia.

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Simon Bradley

Chief Credit Officer

Simon began his banking career back in 1982. In 2011 he joined Handelsbanken as a Corporate Account Manager in his home town of Leicester, progressing to Branch Manager a year later. Subsequently Simon became regional Head of Credit before taking up the role of Chief Credit Officer at the beginning of 2018. After playing rugby union for many years, Simon continues to enjoy the sport, now as a keen spectator.

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Anthony Brigginshaw

Chief Information Officer

Anthony was appointed Chief Information Officer of Handelsbanken plc in August 2021, joining us from HSBC, where he oversaw digital retail banking technology and products across 37 international markets. Prior to this, Anthony was responsible for one of the largest and most ambitious digital transformations in Government, overseeing the UK Digital Welfare State, where he was also a digital adviser to Government ministers, departments and Secretary of State. Prior to working in the public and private sectors, Anthony spent several years in telecommunications where he led a number of large-scale, digitally-focused enterprise technology functions. Anthony has a PhD in software engineering. He brings an excellent mix of digital and broader technology transformation experience to Handelsbanken.

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Louise Kingston

Chief Compliance Officer

Louise was appointed as Chief Compliance Officer in 2017, after spending four years within the compliance team at Handelsbanken. Prior to her current role, Louise spent 17 years at the now- named Handelsbanken Wealth & Asset Management, where she qualified as an investment manager before specialising in compliance in 2001 and becoming Risk and Compliance Director seven years later.  Louise is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment and enjoys walking, pub quizzes and learning Swedish in her spare time.

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Bernie Charles

Chief Human Resources Officer

Bernie Charles is responsible for Handelsbanken’s Human Resources function in the UK including business partnering, talent management and development, succession planning and reward. Prior to his current role, Bernie was Head of Human Resources and Risk within the now-named Handelsbanken Wealth & Asset Management, which Handelsbanken acquired in 2013. Bernie was awarded a Bachelor’s degree in Business Studies from the University of Limerick, Ireland and is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (MCIPD).

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Graham Turner

Chief Executive Officer of Handelsbanken Wealth & Asset Management

Graham was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Handelsbanken Wealth & Asset Management Ltd in October 2020, after having worked in the banking sector for more than 35 years. Graham has a wide breadth of experience, working across a variety of customer facing, specialist and leadership roles in London and Birmingham. He can often be found either on his bike or in his walking boots enjoying the countryside with his family.