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RBS regional managing director Richard Topliss is the chair of The Growth Company.  Richard has been based in the North West since 2000, originally running the corporate and commercial banking division of RBS in North Lancashire and Cumbria.  He has more than three decades worth of experience in corporate banking and is responsible for a team of 328 staff, looking after businesses with turnover in excess of £2m across the North of England and North Wales.

In his role at RBS, Richard is a member of the National Leadership team and chair of the Regional Management team for the North, working closely with the North West’s Local Enterprise Partnerships. He has experience working directly with the public sector and local authorities such as Manchester City Council, with whom he has helped to establish a funding hub for social inclusion.  In addition to his local authority experience, Richard is also directly engaged with the local business community as an active member of the CBI council in the North West and the North West Business Leadership Team.