Stephen Jones is the first CEO of UK Finance, the trade association for the finance and banking industry based in the UK. UK Finance provides a single voice and resource for 300 member organisations across banking, capital markets, payments, cards and mortgages.
After a law degree from Queens' College, Cambridge, Stephen qualified as a solicitor at Baker & Mckenzie and then spent 15 years at Schroders (later Schroder Salomon Smith Barney) where he took on a number of corporate client advisory roles.
In 2002, he moved to Barclays Capital where he was head of capital markets origination and co-head of corporate investment banking in EMEA before moving to head investor relations at Barclays PLC in 2009.
He joined Santander UK in 2011 and was appointed a member of the Board and Chief Financial Officer in 2012. Stephen also served as a member of the Advisory Council of TheCityUK, the Practitioners’ Panel of the Financial Conduct Authority and the Board of the BBA, one of the 6 trade associations that was merged in to create UK Finance in 2017, until leaving Santander UK at the end of 2015.
Stephen joined Cerberus, the US private equity firm, as a Senior Advisor in 2016 before leaving to take on his present role at UK Finance.
He is also a member of the Boards of TheCityUK and the European Banking Federation.