Mayboler Andrew Hastings will become President of the Institute
of Bankers in Ireland in March of 2012. 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 Andrew didnít 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 (as did his sister Janice and brothers Alistair
& David). In 1981/82 he was Vice Captain before leaving to study
at Dundee University.
Always a keen swimmer, Andrew continued to
swim long after leaving school and has completed several 5km
charity events over the years. At the moment he is focused on
running distances of up to half Marathon (best time recently was
1 hour 53 mins in the Great
Scottish Run in Glasgow last September).
Following the Christmas
break, he is gradually getting back into his stride and is
preparing for the Caledonian Challenge in June, in which his
nephew Duncan McKellar has persuaded him to take part.
Andrew joined The Royal Bank of Scotland as a
Graduate Trainee in 1985 and worked with them in a variety of
jobs and locations (Ayr/Edinburgh/London/Singapore/Birmingham)
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 Paribasí Irish operations. In July 2011 Andrew
made a renewed commitment to his banking career in Ireland when
he joined Barclays Bank Ireland plc as Chief Executive, where he
has responsibility for the business in both Republic of Ireland
and the Corporate and Wealth Management businesses in Northern
After a spell of almost twenty years in which
he returned to Maybole only for family visits, in 2008 Andrew
and his wife Colleen, who is originally from Enfield in London,
re-established a local connection when they bought a second home
in Maybole. After a period of four
years at school in Dublin, 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.
Andrew is a regular visitor to Maybole and
maintains a keen interest in events in the local community.