Our People

Drive sustainable growth and prosperity across the UK, and to enable the transition to a net zero economy, by improving access to finance for smaller businesses.

Angelene Woodland

Angelene Woodland is Chief Marketing Officer, having joined the British Business Bank in April 2019.

angelene woodland Angelene leads the Bank’s Demand Development Unit and is responsible for brand proposition, the customer demand strategy, marketing communications and the regionally based UK Network Team.

Angelene has held several positions within Marketing over the past 25 years and has worked both Agency and Client side.

Angelene joins from Bupa UK where she was Director of Marketing Communications, leading all Bupa UK’s brand, acquisition and retention marketing strategy across all customer segments and business lines. Prior to Bupa, she held senior roles at Littlewoods Shop Direct Group and the British School of Paris.

Phil Piers

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Phil joined the Bank in November 2019, with more than 25 years’ experience working in corporate and investment banking businesses, leading multi-disciplined finance teams both in the UK and globally.

A chartered accountant, Phil was previously CFO for Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets and started his career in Valuations and Product Control with Morgan Stanley, Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital.





Richard Bearman

Richard Bearman has over 20 years’ experience in the banking sector and over that time has developed a real passion for working with and supporting entrepreneurs.Richard is Managing Director at the British Business Bank and is responsible for the Start Up Loans programme.

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Working with a range of Delivery Partners across the UK to help start up businesses access funding, Richard is proud to play a part in helping people achieve their dream of being their own boss.


Richard was previously UK Head of Small Business at HSBC, where he led and supported colleagues serving the UK SME market via face to face, telephony and digital channels. Richard set the strategic direction and led the business to evolve its channels and grow its customer base. Under Richard’s leadership, HSBC was voted Best Business Banking Provider in the Smart Money People British Bank Awards and Best Online Banking Provider in the Business Moneyfacts Awards.