Top job for local banker

FORMER Maybole man Andrew Hastings will become President of the Institute of Bankers in Ireland next month.

The Institute is the educational body for the banking industry in Ireland with a membership in excess of 33,000 across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland

Although Mr Hastings didn’t move into Maybole until 1977, aged 13, and having attended Maidens Primary School, he considers himself very much to be a Maybole man.

He attended Carrick Academy before studying at Dundee University.

A keen swimmer, Mr Hastings continued to swim long after leaving school and has completed several 5km charity events over the years.

He joined The Royal Bank of Scotland as a graduate trainee in 1985 and worked with them in a variety of jobs and locations from Ayr to Singapore until 1996, when he joined Banque Paribas in London.

In 2001 Paribas was acquired and became BNP Paribas for whom he continued to work in London until 2007 when he moved to Dublin as CEO of BNP Paribas’ Irish operations.

In July 2011, he made a renewed commitment to his banking career in Ireland when he joined Barclays Bank Ireland plc as Chief Executive.

After a spell of almost 20 years in which he returned to Maybole only for family visits, in 2008 Mr Hastings and his wife Colleen, who is originally from London, re-established a local connection when they bought a second home in Maybole and their two youngest children, Ross and Lorna, are living in the town and attend Carrick Academy, whilst their elder brother Callum is studying for his Leaving Certificate at Sutton Park School in Dublin.