Catherine Lewis La Torre
About Catherine Lewis La Torre
At British Business Bank, we’re on a mission to 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.
We provide businesses with the finance they need to start-up, scale-up and make it through the recovery, funding businesses in frontier sectors to maintain the UK’s position as a science superpower. We help drive sustainable growth and prosperity across the UK, and help enable the transition to a net zero economy, by improving access to finance for smaller businesses. We believe diversity is good for business and we’re proud to create greater demand and more opportunities to access finance for the best talent, regardless of region, social background, gender, ethnicity or age.
I joined as CEO in September 2020, having led the Bank’s commercial arm since 2016 as CEO of British Business Investments, and from 2018 as CEO of British Patient Capital.
Before this I managed global portfolios of private capital investments on behalf of UK pension funds, was a founding partner of a fund-of-funds manager and established my own consultancy business advising Sovereign Wealth Funds and institutional investors.
In the summer you will usually find me in Tuscany with family and friends. Over the past two years I have been dividing my spare time between studying for an Executive Masters degree at the London School of Economics and trying to keep up with my teenage daughter. Both have been very challenging but rewarding tasks.