Dame Jayne-Anne Gadhia

Background 

Jayne Anne Gadhia was Chief Executive of Virgin Money from 2007 - 2018.

A Chartered Accountant, she spent six years at Norwich Union (now Aviva) before becoming one of the founders of Virgin Direct in 1995. Three years later, she set up the Virgin One account, which was acquired by the Royal Bank of Scotland in 2001.

She subsequently spent five years at RBS as part of its Retail Executive Committee, before returning to Virgin as the CEO of Virgin Money. In 2012, Virgin Money acquired Northern Rock, and in 2014 it successfully listed on the London Stock Exchange.

In November 2016, she was appointed as the UK Government’s Women in Finance Champion, and in July 2017, she became a founder member of its Business Diversity and Inclusion Group.

She sits on the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy Council and Scottish Business Taskforce as well as being on the Scottish Government’s Financial Services and Scottish Policy Foundation’s Advisory Board. She is also a member of the Mayor of London’s Business Advisory Board.

Jayne Anne was made a Dame in the 2019 New Year’s Honours list and has been appointed as an external member of the Financial Policy Committee.

Jayne-Anne is a firm believer in the importance of businesses making a positive contribution to society. She won Leader of The Year at the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards in 2018 in recognition of her personal impact on the culture and success of Virgin Money as a force for good in the banking industry.

A committed supporter of The Prince’s Charities, she is a Trustee of the Tate, Chairs the Dumfries House Trust and has previously served as Chair of Scottish Business in the Community.