Heidi Barnes, Entrepreneur Strategy Manager, Royal Bank of Scotland, 26

Heidi Barnes

Heidi’s role as Entrepreneur Strategy Manager involves programme development, project management & stakeholder management across the banks entrepreneur strategy across the UK.

A key component of the entrepreneur strategy is the award winning partnership with entrepreneurial spark, of which Heidi Barnes is on the banks stakeholder management team.

At the age of 26 she has progressed quickly within RBS, after successfully completing the 2 year Commercial & Private Banking graduate programme she was one of only three promoted to a managerial position, with line management responsibility for the functional support team & all graduate and intern placements.

Heidi coordinates external press launch events which includes project management and liaising with internal and external stakeholders across a range of partners and external organisations

The Royal Bank Sessions programme has supported over 1500 entrepreneurs through a total of 130 events & 1:1 surgeries with record breaking NPS scores.

Heidi developed the entire programme from scratch,constantly innovating and improving the events and surgeries to ensure they provide the best experience for entrepreneurs.

The Opportunity Knocks conferences focus on educating entrepreneurs on the different ways you can finance a growing business and include a range of keynote speakers, case study led seminars, speed mentoring and exhibition.

Heidi developed the programme which started in Scotland and has been exported down to Birmingham, Brighton & Leeds reaching over 600 delegates with 6 more conferences to run in 2016. She sits on the management team of the Entrepreneurial Spark powered by Royal Bank of Scotland partnership contributing to ongoing strategic developments and managing the operational support for all hatchery locations.

Heidi has recently completed the Accelerate programme for talent across Scotland and has began the CIMA certificate qualification, recently passing the Financial Accounting module.