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HSBC UK’s higher education team

Our Public Sector & Education team focuses on supporting Universities, Independent Schools and Local Authorities. We work alongside local relationship directors to share our experience and insight, support our clients’ ambitions and fuel their growth.

Ian Robinson

Head of Public Sector & Education – Commercial Banking

Ian Robinson has been with HSBC UK since 2010 and has previously held roles covering Retail Banking, Mid-Market Enterprises and Large Corporate banking across the North of England, before joining HSBC’s Public Sector & Education team in 2017.

Ian is responsible for coordinating and leading the Public Sector & Education strategy for customer-facing teams across the bank’s Commercial Banking business. This includes leading a number of high-profile partnerships, speaking engagements and developing the bank’s thought leadership content, in a dynamic and ever-changing sector.

Ian’s aim is to develop higher quality engagement with Local Authorities, Universities, Schools and Alternative Providers, whilst assisting with student and employee wellbeing, IT infrastructure, liquidity & deposits and various financing requirements – be it sustainable green finance and bank loans through to accessing the debt capital markets.

Ian works with various teams across HSBC’s global footprint to help develop global connections for institutions, academics and students to help them maximise their opportunities within the HSBC network.

Ian also hosts ‘Business in Action’ development sessions with students, to develop their understanding of the workplace and the challenges they will help tackle post-graduation.

Karen Armstrong

Head of Public Sector & Education – Global Liquidity and Cash Management

HSBC UK has fully committed to Public Sector & Education by employing a dedicated Specialist in Global Liquidity and Cash Management, to support specific and changing needs of their Public Sector & Education clients.

Karen has worked for the RBS Group and Lloyds Bank for many years and joined HSBC UK in 2018. She brings with her a wide range of skills and experience gained over time, both by leading a dedicated Public Sector Team as well as having a hands on approach to Cash Management within the Education, Charities and Government sector.

With a background in Procurement Law, she is responsible for the bank’s end to end tender response process – in terms of bid, pricing and legal contracts, as well as overseeing the overall implementation process.

Karen is responsible for the delivery and growth of the Crown Commercial Services RM3828 Framework for Procurement Cards and is shaping the deposits strategy for the sector.

Karen works with the bank’s Relationship Teams and the Commercial Banking Sector Head to help clients identify potential cost saving opportunities and/or operational efficiencies.

Karen is keen to raise the profile and commitment of HSBC UK in this sector, across all areas where we can support or add value, by way of banking services, as well as in other areas in line with our Corporate Social Responsibility and Green agendas. 

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