#32 - Neil Bellamy – Head of Technology, Media, Telecoms & Services at NatWest Group

Published on July 28, 2021

Neil Bellamy is responsible for NatWest’s strategy, proposition and risk appetite for the whole sector vertical. He is currently the Head of Technology, Media, Telecoms & Services, and has an impressive 26 year career in banking to date. As a leader, Neil is truly customer focused and enjoys advising tech start-ups at Natwest Accelerators and as a Mentor with Imperial Ventures.

Tune into this conversation as Neil reflects over the impact of being a purpose-led organisation. We also explore effective graduate schemes, B Corps, the future of digital currencies, NatWest’s environmental goals – and being raided at gunpoint.

Talking Points

  • Cultural shifts towards entrepreneurialism in banking (03:54)
  • Neil’s work at Hughenden Valley Football Club (06:14)
  • Lessons from football coaching for the business world (07:31)
  • NatWest’s post-pandemic reflections (12:50)
  • Transitioning into being a B-Corp organisation (17:58)
  • The three areas of focus for NatWest (20:21)
  • Cryptocurrencies and central banks (26:24) 
  • Supporting entrepreneurs in the UK (30:52)
  • FinTech projects to look out for (35:41)
  • AI and quantum computing use cases for the banking industry (39:26)
  • The future of talent and the role of education and training (41:25)
  • The K-shaped economic recovery (45:58)
  • Learning from your customers (49:51)