Ben Barbanel

head of debt finance, OakNorth

Ben Barbanel is the Head of Debt Finance at OakNorth - the bank for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs – where he leads a team of 18 people who have collectively grown the loan book to over £710m since its launch two years ago. He also sits on the bank’s Credit Committee alongside Rishi Khosla (CEO and co-founder), Graham Olive (deputy CEO), and Cristina Alba-Ochoa (CFO) amongst others. Ben is also a member of the Bank’s Executive Committee. 

Prior to joining OakNorth in March 2015, Ben spent almost six years at Santander Corporate Bank, where in his last role, he was the Divisional Head of Business Development for London and the South East. Prior to Santander, he was at Clydesdale Bank and Royal Bank of Scotland.