Frances Howell

Managing Director and Head of Corporate Banking, Midlands Region, HSBC UK

Frances was raised on the Island of Bute, Scotland, before attending Aberdeen University and graduating with a MA Hons in Economics with Accountancy.

She joined Midland Montagu / HSBC Group from University in 1988 and has spent 30 years in financial services.  During her career Frances has been based in numerous locations in the UK and overseas including Hong Kong and Sydney and has worked in a variety of roles including Digital Banking, Trade Services, Corporate banking and Global Liquidity and Cash Management. 

In her current role, Frances is responsible for supporting MME businesses throughout the region to achieve their ambitions by providing tailored domestic and cross-border growth solutions.

Personally, Frances is a mum to Joshua (16) who was born in Hong Kong and her personal time is devoted to supporting her son in his chosen sport, rugby and enjoying travelling with her partner Martin.   

Frances has been chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for HSBC UK Commercial Bank for the last 5 years where her focus has been driving a more inclusive environment for all through a “Know Your People” policy.  She is a keen supporter of flexible working, shared parental leave and supporting mental wellbeing in the workplace.