Kristen Bennie

Kristen is a creative leader, innovator, producer and connector of people, ideas and strategies.

She brings the future into focus at Natwest through customer led design, purposeful collaboration, insight and ideation, emerging technology and strategic partnering. She cares passionately about the future of design, technology, people and education.

Technology has been part of her career since her first role and has always been at the heart of her career. She is an advocate of learning by doing and her career has involved the development and delivery of new brands, products, services and software always working at the intersection of strategy, design and technology. In her role today Kristen is Head of Strategic Partnerships and OX for Natwest Group. She shapes the innovation and partnerships strategy across the Bank, created and leads ‘OX”, the globally recognised state of the art innovation centres in in London and Edinburgh responsible for defining, designing and delivering new to market customer focused propositions for growth enabled by a variety of technologies.

Kristen is passionate about taking ideas from inception to first market launch, then scaling. She regularly advises and educates colleagues, clients and partners on the impact and the importance disruptive technologies.

Kristen’s Board memberships include the Natwest Group Scotland Board, the Board of Fintech Scotland, the Board of CodeClan and the Board of Governors at The Glasgow School of Art. She was recently honoured by IBM as one of top 35 Women Leaders globally in Artificial Intelligence for her work using AI to transform customer experiences.