Xanthe Blain

Xanthe approaches her personal and professional life with huge positivity and enthusiasm, seeking and creating opportunities to maximise contribution to colleagues, the organisation and society.

She is results-driven, demonstrated by achieving a First and straight A*s as a first-generation university student who financially supported her studies with part-time jobs.

Her banking career started in the secondary debt market. She has since helped project manage a team to deliver a pioneering app that will support small business customers with tracking their carbon footprints. In Coutts, she supported clients with real estate, corporate advisory and private equity services. She managed a book of 85 clients with £50m+ property purchases in the pipeline. Now, she is working as a Leveraged & Acquisitions Finance analyst. Alongside her work, she is studying for Advanced Diploma in Banking and Leadership in a Digital Age with the Chartered Banker Institute.

She is passionate about helping develop others, having co-led the Innovation & Development Council for 800 graduates, overseeing delivery of 70+ events and orchestrated a pioneering climate summit. She founded a competition to give youth colleagues a platform to voice their visions of a better future, which was endorsed by Alison Rose and the Global Ethical Finance Initiative. The finalists were able to present to an international audience of 900 attendees. She has also created a podcast series with C-Suite, entrepreneurs and Directors which aims to share knowledge from experienced colleagues and individuals to those starting their careers. She was nominated for a Tech Community Star award for connecting colleagues during the pandemic with a ‘coffee roulette’ initiative, which paired individuals to make new connections across the department. She also leads a LeanIn circle to support a group of 12 female colleagues with personal and professional development.

She is passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship, having been one of seven Innovation Fellows at the University of Warwick. In this role, she supported student entrepreneurs and provided opportunities that sought to develop creativity, innovation, design thinking and entrepreneurship on campus. Since joining the bank, she has a continued interest in innovation, specifically in supporting diverse business founders. She has volunteered at Investment Round Tables with female entrepreneurs and worked towards the launch of the UK Enterprise Fund which supports investment into diverse, growth businesses across the UK. She volunteered for 10 weeks to support an entrepreneur with their sustainable greeting card company, LoopLoop and she participated and won an Innovation & Development Hackathon, innovating an employee mobility app.

Outside of work, she plays netball and captains the Coutts Netball team. She has volunteered with the Princes Trust to deliver workshops and be a CV mentor; SmartWorks to support their charity sales and stock management and The Conservation Volunteers, helping plant trees. She has fundraised money doing a charity abseil for Samaritans. This year, she hopes to partake in a charity week sailing with visually impaired people.

She has been selected to be part of bank wide Talent Academy and has roles as a Sustainability Champion, Women in Business Champion and Future Change Shaper in the Bank.