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Richard Tribe


“Having a really good laugh is one of life’s great and simple pleasures”


Richard is Client Partner at RBS Coutts Channel Islands


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How did you get where you are? It was a combination of hard work, a desire to succeed and advance myself,


and also having the luck of being in the right place at the right time. When I moved into the private banking sector with ANZ Grindlays in 1994, I was fortunate enough to be able to start overseas marketing and business development from a very early stage. Sub-Saharan Africa was my major focus then, and I was lucky too to have a fantastic mentor who gave me a very solid grounding. This helped me in developing a significant client and contact base and gaining real experience and expertise. Once you build this experience and your own reputation, career opportunities tend to present themselves as a matter of course.


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What is your favourite quote? A quote from Michael Grade springs to mind. While he was heading up


Channel 4, when asked about the numerous non-executive directorships he held, Grade said: “I always liken a non-executive director to a bidet; no one is quite sure what they’re for, but they add a touch of class.”


Complete this sentence: I couldn’t live without… Family and friends are obviously what


life is all about, and I’m blessed with both. If you put them aside, then I couldn’t live without a sense of humour. Having a really good laugh is one of life’s great and simple pleasures and it has a positive effect on people – as long as you’re not the butt of the joke!


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ended up staying. Not an unfamiliar story for Jersey – and while the island has changed over the last 20 years, it’s still a fantastic place to live. I’ve had several opportunities to move overseas since I arrived, but have never really wanted to leave – I enjoy the work/life balance you can achieve here too much.


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Time out… Since my son, Aaron, arrived last year, spare time is at a premium and my


priorities have changed massively, as I guess every new parent will tell you. But when I’m not trying to stop him destroying our house, now that he’s walking, I like to slip away to the golf course for a quick nine holes and have a catch- up with friends.


What has been your most memorable travel experience? Having spent over 15 years travelling


long-haul around the world, there have been plenty of memorable experiences. One that springs to mind was being caught in the middle of a major riot in Nairobi. The university students had gone on a rampage over some new government policy and were setting fire to cars on the road. Fortunately my driver was able to get us to safety by reversing at high speed back up the highway and then straight through the hotel hedge into the car park. Now I can look back and smile, but at the time I don’t mind telling you it was pretty hairy.


Why Jersey? I came to the island in 1990 with NatWest for a supposed two-week period, and


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